By Gwendoline Butler
"Butler has the sunshine contact of a grasp and a beguiling hero within the somberly monikered Coffin," says Booklist of Gwendoline Butler's seriously acclaimed Inspector Coffin sequence. Following her many earlier Coffin mysteries, demise Lives round the corner takes the reader again in time to Coffin's first case. between her colleagues at Oxford collage, Dr. Marion Manning is taken into account an excellent student and a unprecedented girl. within the opinion of pals, she is a sort, good individual whose sound recommendation is as liable as her personal activities. aside from Joyo, the flowery personality who stocks her domestic as a housekeeper-companion, the revered don leads a solitary existence, contentedly pursuing her reports. Why, then, should still Marion Manning, clever, esteemed, profitable, be the hapless sufferer of The Watcher - the unusual, shadowy determine whose omnipresent eyes appear to keep on with her at any place she is going? younger Scotland backyard Inspector John Coffin, at the path of a lacking individual in Oxford, reveals that Marion Manning's challenge is one way or the other concerned along with his quarry - and in a frightening and unforeseen demeanour, with homicide.
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I know he took the piss, owed a couple of quid, but that wasn’t any reason to fucking remove the poor little fucker’s eye. ’ Johnny sighed. ’ Cain laughed. ‘Oh, Johnny, it was fucking Vic who requested the lesson in the first place. ’ They both started laughing at the irony. ’ They both dissolved into loud laughter again. ‘Let me change this fucking shirt, I hate the smell of blood. I’m going to have a quick shower. ’ Cain left the offices and made his way up a rickety flight of stairs to his makeshift bedroom and bathroom.
He turned now and faced his antagonist. ’ Johnny MacNamara, affectionately known as Johnny Mac, sighed. He saw exactly where all this was going. ‘Only in one eye, Cain . ’ Cain Moran laughed at that, a deep, sarcastic laugh. ‘Oh, why didn’t you say that before! He’s only half blind, then? What a cunt I am, eh? ’ Johnny Mac instinctively stood in front of Sean Bowers, attempting to defuse the situation, but Sean, a nice enough lad prone to talking before he had fully engaged his brain, said plaintively, ‘You told me to teach him a lesson, Cain.
They both shook their heads in unison. ‘Don’t be shy, girls −’ he placed his hand on Jenny’s knee now − ‘I won’t bite you. ’ He laughed at his own humour. ’ The barmaid was motioning with her head for the girls to leave as she spoke. ’ Jenny tried to remove his hand but it was like a claw. ‘We don’t want another drink, thank you. ’ She tried to sound in control, but she was frightened now, and Bella was pale with fear. ‘You stay there, madam. If you come in here like a couple of fucking tarts, then you should expect to be treated as such.
Death Lives Next Door (John Coffin Mystery, Book 6) by Gwendoline Butler