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The Mitford Scandal--A Mitford Murders Mystery by Jessica Fellowes

The Mitford Scandal--A Mitford Murders Mystery by Jessica Fellowes

Author:Jessica Fellowes
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group


CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO

A week later, Louisa had put Diana’s breakfast tray down with the morning post and was running her bath when she heard her mistress call out for her. She quickly turned the taps off – she’d once left it too long and it had flooded the floor, causing a dreadful row – and went to see what it was. Diana was waving a letter around. ‘It’s from Naunce, apparently Clara’s family did have an autopsy after all and now they say it was an opium overdose. So much for claiming they wanted a quick burial.’ Louisa didn’t know how to react to this.

‘Idiot girl. I’m sorry, Louisa, but she fooled you. She hadn’t had it stolen at all. Her kind are sly, you know.’

The ugliness of this remark took Louisa aback for a moment. Besides, she knew different. She’d been with Clara, she’d seen her distress. There was absolutely no possibility that she had opium hidden on her, and Louisa certainly didn’t have any in her bedroom, where Clara had spent her final hours. She wondered what to do with these suspicious – at this stage, they could be no more than that – and decided that she had to say something. She was due to leave London for a few days to stay with her mother and aunt in Suffolk. Before she left, she sent a note to Guy at the station, saying nothing save the detail of the autopsy result and her own knowledge of that evening, together with the conclusion she had drawn. If there was anything to take further, then he could deal with it.



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