By Edmund Crispin
Title note: unique identify Frequent Hearses (Classic Crime)
Publish yr note: initially released in 1950
Stars, Starlets, Floozies and factotums to the movie world-Gervase, Fen suspects them all... Gervase Fen is extra at domestic in his ivory tower than in a London movie studio, yet homicide can ensue wherever, and aspiring actress Gloria Scott's suicide certainly appears like homicide. Oxford don Gervase Fen is on the movie studios to propose a few movie biography of Alexander Pope. Gloria Scott looks to have had little explanation for eager to kill herself by way of leaping off Waterloo bridge, yet an individual has taken nice pains to conceal Gloria's actual identification, and Gervase Fen's detective nostril starts off to twitch.
When a lecherous cameraman is poisonded sooner than his very eyes, Fen unearths himself 'consulting' on a much more normal subject: homicide.
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He realised, in fact, that after the letter was once released there could now not be any discretionary bar to overlook Crane’s reporting its robbery to the police; he realised that Felicity might comprehend him for the offender. yet he used to be silly adequate to think that for worry of wasting her activity Felicity wouldn't denounce him; or even if she did, he fondly imagined that delivering he by no means observed her back his pseudonym might shield him. With the cash obtained—which will be a really tolerable sum—he might close up his place of work and leave on a vacation; and by the point he lower back the entire enterprise could have blown over. therefore did Mr. Snerd plot and plan, whereas unobtrusively his mum or dad angel deserted send. As we will see, he badly under-estimated either Felicity and the assets of the Metropolitan Constabulary. yet in the mean time his scheming looked as if it would him sturdy, and he proceeded instantly to place it into motion. within the bed room Felicity slept on. Mr. Snerd collected up his clothing and donned them somewhere else. Nicholas Crane’s letter he enclosed within the pages of A Whip for Veronica, and A Whip for Veronica he positioned within the pocket of his raincoat. as a consequence, having closed and relocked the rifled drawer, he prowled concerning the flat, wiping his finger-prints off every thing he may perhaps take note having touched. If by means of a few mischance any remained, which may now not be helped; his prints weren't within the police documents, and any that have been came upon could hence stay inexplicable. He thought of forcing a window, with the intention to make it seem that the flat have been damaged into, yet made up our minds, on extra mirrored image, that it might be tricky to make this examine all believable; furthermore, it is going to contain noise, and noise may waken Felicity. For her he scribbled a notice, explaining that his paintings known as him away early and arranging to fulfill her at “The Queen’s Head” that evening—a rendezvous at which, take into account that, he had no purpose of turning up. And having deposited this at the dressing-table, he waved a regretful yet made up our minds final farewell at her subconscious shape and allow himself quietly out of the flat. It was once a gray morning, promising rain. Out at the pavement along with his spoils in his pocket, Mr. Snerd at the start hesitated as to what course to take. yet shortly, his brain made up, he boarded an 88 bus, which took him up Whitehall to Charing pass. Alighting there, he headed for St. Martin’s Lane. And the clocks have been extraordinary eight-thirty while he driven open the ornate bar door of “The Scissors” Being within the neighbourhood of Covent backyard, the place they paintings all evening and require a drink early within the morning, “The Scissors” was once enabled via specified dispensation of the Licensing legislation to exchange at this hour; and therefore, proven alcoholics, in addition to the industry porters, have been usually to be chanced on there. It used to be for someone of this former type that Mr. Snerd used to be looking—a individual named Rouncey who stated for the Mercury. Mr. Rouncey and Mr. Snerd have been previous cronies; during this and different bars that they had over a interval of numerous years cemented that companionship in shadiness which served them for friendship; and as far as both of them was once in a position to trusting a person, they depended on each other.