Depths of Deceit (Ulverscroft Mystery)

By Norman Russell

When well known archaeologist Professor Roderick Ainsworth finds an historic Roman temple of Mithras in London's Clerkenwell, his profession is determined to be topped with a knighthood. Then a tender analytical chemist is murdered within the temple, and situations recommend a ritual homicide. at the related day, a wealthy producer is located slaughtered at Carshalton. back, facts issues to ritual sacrifice. Has the invention of the Mithraeum revived a dormant cult of Mithras?Set in past due Victorian instances, "Depths of Deceit" is the 6th novel that includes Detective Inspector field of Scotland backyard and Sergeant Knollys, who jointly probe into the pro lives of Roderick Ainsworth and his lethal rival, Sir Charles Wayneflete, to discover the dreadful fact concerning the Mithras murders.

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Good, that’s attainable, sir,’ acknowledged Knollys, ‘though there are different reasons. ’ He rummaged in the course of the valise, and withdrew Gregory Walsh’s pockets. Thelma gave vent to a stifled sob, and held out her hand, yet Knollys appeared unwilling for the instant to relinquish the pockets. ‘I chanced on the cancelled halves of 2 tickets for the Alhambra in Mr Walsh’s wallet,’ he stated. ‘They have been dated the 14 July, which used to be a Saturday. Returning the stubs of tickets to his pockets indicates to me that Mr Gregory Walsh was once a meticulous younger guy – a guy inquisitive about element. ’ ‘That used to be smart of you, Sergeant,’ stated the elder Mr Walsh. ‘Gregory regularly paid nice awareness to element. He spotted whilst issues have been awry, and could placed them correct. ’ ‘The 14 July – that used to be the evening Greg took me to the track hall,’ acknowledged Thelma. ‘Hetty Miller was once on, and the Santini Brothers. after we got here out into Leicester sq., the heavens opened, and we have been either sopping wet. It used to be all such enjoyable, you recognize. yet now …’ the woman shook her head unfortunately. Knollys glanced at her, after which became his awareness once again to the murdered man’s father. ‘Did your son reside with you, Mr Walsh? ’ ‘He did, and if issues had long past as deliberate, he could have married Thelma, as I informed you, and they might have taken excessive flooring. Who can have wanted him any damage? He hadn’t an enemy within the world…. Gregory was once born during this residence, and may be buried from it. while lets – when…? ’ ‘The physique could be published from Horseferry street Police Mortuary day after today, Mr Walsh, so that you can start making preparations instantly. I can’t let you know how sorry i'm, sir, to be plaguing you with these kind of questions at present. As your son lived in Clerkenwell, did he ever stopover at the Mithraeum in Priory Gate road? ’ ‘Yes, he did. He’d made a number of visits there, once they have been nonetheless admitting the general public. They stopped doing that a few fortnight in the past. I don’t comprehend why. It was once anything to do with changing the wood stairs top down into the chamber, i believe. ’ The outdated guy moved in his chair, and a gentle of animation got here to his previous eyes. ‘I ask yourself, Sergeant, even if bad Gregory went to examine the location the previous day, and was once attacked by means of a vagrant? that might clarify all of it. As I acknowledged, Gregory used to be no stranger to the Mithraeum, and that i comprehend for a incontrovertible fact that he’d been allowed in there regardless of its being closed for the length. ’ ‘It should be as you assert, sir,’ stated Knollys, notwithstanding privately he idea it a truly distant chance. Murderous vagrants didn’t move around with pots of honey of their wallet. ‘Did your son understand Professor Ainsworth, the fellow who came across the Mithraeum? Did he ever point out having met the professor? ’ The outdated guy glanced at Thelma, who shook her head. ‘No, Sergeant,’ acknowledged Mr Walsh, ‘I’m convinced Gregory didn’t be aware of this professor. He’d have pointed out it if he’d recognized him. i need to confess that I’ve by no means heard of him. I’m no longer a lot drawn to old issues. Are there any more questions that you really want to invite? I’m a bit drained, you recognize.

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