By Ellis Peters
As a favour to his female friend Tossa's attractive yet erratic filmstar mom, Dominic Felse is of the same opinion to escort a teenage heiress to her father in India. yet vacationing with the spoilt, precocious Anjili isn't any sinecure - and the duty of providing her again to her relations proves below effortless. Dominic and Tossa locate themselves embroiled in a secret that speedily and shockingly turns into a homicide research. For at the back of the vibrant, smiling masks of India that the vacationer sees is one other kingdom - distant, mysterious - and sometimes shatteringly brutal...
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Yet she’s long past! ’ Her look fell upon the wriggling tail at that second, and her eyes opened large in incredulous horror, for she had examine, yet by no means but encountered, the extra unnerving conduct of the smaller lizards. yet she used to be too preoccupied to spare a be aware for the phenomenon Dominic it appears that evidently had now not even spotted. ‘It’s a good morning,’ he stated kind of, ‘she’ll have long gone off for a stroll. I don’t believe she’s any farther away than the backyard. ’ Tossa shook her head emphatically. ‘She’s taken that outsize purse of hers. I checked once I realised… It’s received all her funds in it, and her passport. Her coat’s long gone from the cloth cabinet, and a cotton costume… and her washing issues have vanished out of the rest room. No, she’s as much as whatever on her personal. no matter what it really is, she deliberate it herself. you recognize what i feel? I’d have sworn even on the time she was once being too quiet and moderate. while it got here to the purpose, she easily didn’t are looking to return domestic. ’ ‘But she without doubt wouldn’t run off on her personal, simply to provide us the slip? She’s received not anyone the following to show to, in any case, whether she does hate the idea of going again to England. ’ ‘She’s received a cousin,’ Tossa reminded him dubiously. ‘She didn’t convey a lot signal of taking to him. ’ ‘I understand. yet he’s the single relative she has acquired left over the following, so far as we all know. We’d larger attempt there first, hadn’t we? ’ Her eyes remained mounted at the deserted tail, now twitching solemnly and often as a metronome. Her feet curled with horror. ‘Don’t step again! ’ she warned; his naked foot was once simply an inch from the pale-green tip. Dominic seemed down, uttered a startled yelp, and got rid of himself a number of ft from the unbelievable factor in a single bounce. ‘Good lord, what on earth…! I haven’t performed that, definitely? I swear I by no means touched… ‘They say they do it while they’re scared,’ acknowledged Tossa, and questioned if she had no longer shed an appendage herself this morning, a taken-for-granted tail of eu self-confidence and defense. ‘I imagine they develop one other. She can’t particularly have long past off and left us completely, can she? without doubt she’d be afraid! ’ ‘Go and dress, and we’ll see if she involves breakfast. If now not, probably many of the inn employees can have obvious her exit. ’ That used to be stable feel, and Tossa seized on it gratefully; Anjli had a fit urge for food, and was once regularly on time for foodstuff. yet this time the magic didn't paintings. the 2 of them met at their desk within the ground-floor dining-room, the backyard vibrant and empty outdoors the lengthy home windows; the tea arrived, powerful and darkish as consistently, the toast, the eggs; yet no Anjli. They went looking for the room-boy. final night’s attendant was once off-duty for the day, and the shy southerner who had simply tidied away the gecko’s tail, eventually limp and nonetheless, had noticeable not anything of leave out Kumar. Nor had the sweeper within the courtyard, nor the porters on the gates. All this time Dominic had had one eye cocked for the truant’s go back, totally watching for her to saunter in from a stroll at any second; yet time ticked via and the potential assets of data dried up one after the other, and nonetheless no Anjli.