Bad Company by Richard MacAndrew

Bad Company by Richard MacAndrew

The police officer Helen Shepherd woke up from a telephone call. A new sergeant was calling her with a message. They found a body of a young woman on the beach near the Grand Hotel. The officer arrived at the crime scene. She started teaching her new colleague how to collect all possible clues and question the witnesses. According to the expert’s words, the woman was killed from a blow to the head by a blunt object several hours ago. First 24 hours are the most important for the police when they solve crimes. After this time, it is very difficult to learn the truth and find the murderer. The boss of the victim makes some clarity. They had dinner yesterday in the evening at the hotel restaurant. The boss noticed a strange man who left the restaurant after seeing the girl. The boss was very concerned. He did not want their company to appear in the news about their colleague’s death.

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Bad Company by Richard MacAndrew

Noise. Headache. Dry mouth.

Half asleep, Helen Shepherd turned over in bed, but the noise didn’t stop. A moment later she woke up.

The noise. It was her phone. She took it off the table next to her bed.

‘Yes?’ she said. Her dry mouth made it difficult to talk. And her head hurt quite badly. Too much wine last night!

‘Is that Detective Inspector Shepherd?’ asked a voice.

‘Yes,’ said Shepherd.

Bad Company by Richard MacAndrew

‘I’m sorry to wake you,’ said the voice. The voice waited for Shepherd to say something, but she didn’t. She looked at the clock. It was six thirty.

‘Er, well, my name’s Webb,’ said the voice. ‘Brian Webb. I’m your new sergeant. I start working for you today. Well, this morning, actually. Erm… I’m sorry to wake you up, but…’

‘Sergeant,’ said Shepherd. ‘People call me at all times of the day and night. Forget the “sorry”. Just tell me what the problem is.’

‘There’s a body on the beach,’ said Webb. ‘In Hythe. About two hundred metres from the Grand Hotel. I’m there now.’

‘I’ll be twenty minutes,’ replied Shepherd and put her phone back down on the table.

Shepherd stood under the shower for five minutes. The hot water got the blood moving around her tired body.

She drank half a litre of water and took three aspirins. Five minutes later she was in her car.

The drive from her house in Folkestone to Hythe took Shepherd less than ten minutes. It was the start of autumn and small seaside towns like Hythe were becoming quiet again after the busy summer. The school holidays were over, the beaches were almost empty, and this early in the morning there were few cars on the roads.

As she came into Hythe, Shepherd passed the Sea view Cafe on her right. It was just opening for breakfast. Two hundred metres down the road, also on the right, she could see a large building – the Grand Hotel. On her left was the sea wall. And on the other side of the wall were the beach and the sea. There were a number of cars by the side of the road. Shepherd stopped behind them….

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