By Dolores Gordon-Smith
One hundred thousand dragons lie, beneath an Arabian sky. How do a couple of traces of poetry, an opportunity come across in a London resort, and a demise in Sussex result in a misplaced urban of Arabia, and to the tombs of the Whispering lifeless? Jack Haldean has avoided the reality for years, yet now, enmeshed within the net of homicide, robbery and deception, he needs to find the solution and withstand the truth—a fact as lethal as any dragon...
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Nothing to go by that church clock of yours,” I used to say. ’ Hilary was dreadfully afraid of this question, but she had to ask it or be a coward. And immediately she knew why she had been afraid. Panic looked at her out of Mrs. Ashley’s eyes and a trembling hand went up and covered her mouth. Hilary shook too. ‘What did you hear? You did hear something — I know you did. ’ Mrs. Ashley moved her head. ’ ‘You heard voices? ’ ‘Mr. ’ The words were stifled against the woman’s palm, but Hilary caught them.
She wasn’t bothering about being logical, she was just putting down what came into her head. The deafness of the Mercers’ visitor was one of these things. Another thing that struck her was what a lot of alibis everyone had. Looking back on what she had read last night, it seemed to her that all those people couldn’t have had better alibis if they had sat down and thought them out beforehand. ’ Mercer — Bertie Everton — Mrs. Mercer — Frank Everton… Mrs. Thompson to supper on just that one night.
But there, she goes on harping on it, and I can’t stop her. ’ ‘Oh yes,’ said Hilary. The thoroughfare was most helpfully near. She walked faster and faster. That was at least six times Mercer had told her that Mrs. Mercer wasn’t right in the head. He must be very anxious for it to soak right in. She wondered why. And then she thought she knew. And then she thought that if he said it again, she would probably scream. They emerged upon the High Street, and her heart jumped with joyful relief. ’ And caught one.