Welcome to the third of five daily roundups for the first DS Giles Case, ‘The Lamentable Jeweller’ – a chance for you the readers to solve a crime fiction case written by myself for delivery through Twitter.
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The story so far.
John Maxwell has been found dead in his apartment, his head bashed in by a blunt instrument. The doors were locked and no one seemed to notice that he was even missing…
We take up the third day from DS Giles herself…
11.00 – Forensics called. Two of the unidentified fingerprints belong to Jake and Molly Batchelor.
11.01 – Two are still unidentified. But one certainly belongs to Maxwell. No match possible due to decomposition.
11.02 – Curiously, the set we think belong to Maxwell have matched those recovered from a drug’s bust a year ago.
11.03 – Looks like the sister was right. He was in to his drugs…
11.22 – I pay a visit to Maxwell’s landlady, Jasmine Kinkade.
11.23 – I ask if there were ever any problems between Maxwell and the neighbours, Jake and Molly.
11.24 – ‘Not that John reported. But then again he kept himself to himself a lot of the time.’
11.25 – What does she mean, ‘That John reported’?
11.26 – ‘Well, they never bothered John. But other people complained about them.’
11.27 – ‘A few months ago, I had to give an official warning letter.’
11.28 – ‘Jake kept playing loud music at all hours of the night.’
11.29 – ‘The neighbour on the other side thought it was so loud that it felt like they were drilling through the wall.’
11.30 – Did this stop after the letter?
11.31 – ‘As far as I know. I didn’t received any more complaints after that.’
11.32 – What’s the name of the other neighbour.
11.33 – ‘Marjory Becker. She’s a sweet, old lady. But a bit too nosy for her own good.’
11.34 – I decide to pay her a call.
12.08 – Marjory Becker makes me a nice pot of tea. I hate tea. But I drink it anyway.
12.09 – ‘Mr Maxwell was such a nice, young man. I saw him occasional but only talked to him once. He was nice to me.’
12.10 – When was this?
12.11 – ‘About three weeks ago. He was leaving his flat and walking into town.’
12.12 – Must have been not long before he was killed…
12.13 – How did he seem?
12.14 – ‘He was alright. He looked a bit flustered but other than that…’
12.15 – Did you ever know of Maxwell having problems with Jake Batchelor?
12.16 – ‘I thought I heard them arguing once – quite a while ago now…’
12.17 – ‘It sounded like John was accusing Jake of spying on him.’
12.18 – ‘I don’t put it past Jake – his eyes are too shifty…’
12.32 – I get a call from Scutter. The judge has granted the warrant to retrieve the deposit box at the bank.
13.15 – Ms Lindsay takes me down to the vault and retrieves the deposit box.
13.16 – ‘It’s funny. I don’t remember seeing Mr Maxwell for a long time.’
13.17 – How long?
13.18 – ‘It must’ve been at least three or four months now.’
13.19 – We open the box…
13.20 – It’s empty.
End of Day Three
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