By Simon Brett
After an extended interval of ‘resting’, lifestyles is calling up for Charles Paris, who has been solid because the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father and primary Gravedigger in a brand new construction of Hamlet. But rehearsals are fraught. Ophelia is performed by way of Katrina Selsey, who received the position via a tv expertise show. Hamlet himself is usually performed by way of a truth television contestant, Jared Root – and the 2 younger stars have particularly various perspectives of megastar and the theatre than the more matured contributors of the cast.
But whilst the corporate achieve the 1st staging submit in their journey, the Grand Theatre Marlborough, issues get extra critical, with one member of the corporate heavily injured in what seems to be an twist of fate, and one other dead. once more, Charles Paris is compelled to don the mantle of beginner detective to resolve the mystery.
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I knew that Holmes must be badly confused but he was no longer showing it. He was not a man to err twice. " the doctor countered surprisingly. "Come, I have read the accounts of your cases and just now have I seen a glimpse of your astonishing faculties. " Holmes eyed him coldly. "Beyond the fact that you are a brilliant Jewish physician who was born in Hungary and studied for a time in Paris, and that some radical theories of yours have alienated the respectable medical community so that you have severed your connections with various hospitals and branches of the medical fraternity—beyond the fact that you have ceased to practice medicine as a result, I can deduce little.
Let us go to a hotel where I will make other arrangements. Cheer up, old friend. I said there were several possibilities. " We stepped up to a new arrival, ready to get in, when suddenly Toby broke out with a bark of joy and began wagging his tail with emphasis. Holmes and I looked at each other in astonishment, then burst out laughing together. " he chuckled, and went to speak with the driver. Holmes's German was better than mine, though not by much. Aside from memorized quotations from Goethe and Schiller—no doubt also culled from schooldays and of little use to us now—his knowledge of most languages (except French, which he spoke fluently) was confined to the vocabulary of crime.
So far as I can determine, he never had a rival where his olfactory sense was involved. Readers may recall Toby's remarkable powers from my account of them in "The Sign of the Four," in which he was materially responsible for the discovery of the notorious Jonathan Small and his Horrible Companion. He traced them half-way across London with only a bit of creosote on the bare feet of the latter to guide him. True, he once brought us to an unexpected dead-end at a creosote barrel, but that was only because the fugitives' path had intersected that of the barrel.
A Decent Interval (Charles Paris) by Simon Brett