by Ann Morven
A Sheil B. Wright whodunit in which murder stalks an English village.
© copyright Ann Morven
Smashwords Edition 2009, ISBN 978-1-4523-0960-6
First published 2009 by Darling Newspaper Press
PO box 176, Kalamunda, Western Australia 6926.
Smashwords edition licence notes: This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be resold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it, or if it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to Smashwords.com and purchase your own copy.
Thank you for respecting the hard work of this author.
My offence is rank! It smells to Heaven. - HAMLET
THE first murder was before an audience, in a picture-postcard English village, ten miles from the roar of the M1, on a temperate summer’s day, the kind that nudged Shakespeare to lyrical bliss.
Perhaps more lovely than this day, yet not more temperate, the Queen of Scotland stood nervous in battle helmet and breastplate. A tall blonde, she gleamed in the afternoon sun but muffed her opening monologue. Her shrill quaver stumbled through hesitant silences, loudly whispered prompts, and shouted suggestions by merry playgoers. And she the conqueror of England, Hamlet's bride-to-be. The acting was so woeful I resolved to slip away after singing my ballads during the first interval.