By Katherine John
Pschological crime mystery
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Because I know – because I do – ’ 57 One of the joys of being a copper in a smallish town is knowing the history of most of the characters the town had to offer. Dan had been in the station the night they’d arrested Vanessa. It had been eight or nine years ago, but he had known of her before then. Her husband had owned the biggest, plushest and most popular hotel on the seafront, and Vanessa had been the right person to help build up trade, with her attractive face, trim five-foot-two figure, designer clothes, and memory like a seasoned CID officer for guests’ names, faces, likes and dislikes.
A second police car arrived with her immediate superior, Sergeant Peter Collins. As he directed the erection of canvas screens around the site, she continued to stand her ground. Within minutes the entire area around the hole was shrouded off, much to the disappointment of the crowd of onlookers. Peter Collins stepped back, stood in the crowd for a few moments to test the efficiency of the screens then joined Michelle. ’ ‘I was,’ she answered. ’ ‘I think it’s attached to a body,’ she ventured, suddenly unsure of the facts.
The problem is, Mr Goldman,’ Dan turned to Harry, ‘after what we uncovered following her last bout of attention seeking, we dare not ignore any information she volunteers. ’ Trevor stood poised in the doorway that separated the familiar, secure world of his ward from the frightening, unknown world of the outside. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and put one foot on the doorstep. Leaning on his stick he dragged his other foot forward. Stepping down on to the path, he opened his eyes again.