The Merry Misogynist (A Dr. Siri Paiboun Mystery)

By Colin Cotterill

The 6th Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery

When the corpse of a rural attractiveness turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, his interest is piqued. The sufferer was once tied to a tree and strangled, yet she had now not, because the general practitioner had anticipated, been raped. On a visit to the hinterlands, Siri learns that many ladies were killed this manner, and he quickly discovers that not just beautiful maidens are in danger. Seventy-three-year-old coroners may be sufferers, too.

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You actually shouldn’t sp – ” “All correct, and one of many customs is that you just take heed to the customs. There’ll be time to speak later. ” He smiled, embarrassed by way of his loss of regulate. “To drink champagne after taking a mouthful of caviar is an event like no different. You’ll imagine you’re in heaven. however the rule is it is advisable to shut your eyes in case you consume it. ” “So many principles. I’m stunned the Russians – ” “Here,” he stated, maintaining out a spoon piled excessive with small darkish pearls of sturgeon roe. “Close your eyes and picture we’re sitting on a balcony overlooking the Black Sea. ” She giggled back. He desired to slap her. “Go on. shut them. ” She closed her eyes. “Now open your mouth yet retain your eyes closed. you'll want to promise to maintain them closed till it’s all melted on your mouth. ” She opened her mouth. together with his correct hand he put the spoon on her tongue and she or he closed her lips round it. in the meantime, his left hand reached into his blouse pocket, took out a small envelope, and held it over her glass. “What’s that? ” she requested. He checked out her face. Her eyes have been large open. principles! principles needed to be obeyed. “I instructed you to close your eyes. ” He used to be livid. He poured the powder into her glass and swirled it round. He was once by some means in a position to carry his mood. “It’s one other surprise,” he acknowledged. “A love potion. ” Her snicker now used to be much less spontaneous, extra affected than prior to. She regarded into his indignant eyes. “Where’s yours? ” “What? ” “If it’s a love potion, shouldn’t we either – ? ” He grabbed the bottle and hurled it with all his may on the tree. It didn’t holiday, in basic terms bounced again of their path. The champagne spewed around the cover. She squirmed backwards. “Phan, what’s occurred? ” “Just drink the damned champagne, will you? ” “No, you’re scaring me. ” “For Christ’s sake! Why is that this so tricky? ” He used to be around the duvet and had his forearm round her neck earlier than she may well react. He held her as though she have been a calf prepared for branding. She attempted to drag his arm away yet he used to be fearfully powerful. His grip was once unbreakable. nonetheless confounded by way of what was once occurring, she reached for his hair together with her unfastened hand. She attempted to yank at it yet to her astonishment it simply got here clear of his scalp with a moderate tearing sound. She seemed up at him, on the candlelight taking part in off his bald head, on the glance of rage in his eyes. She had no proposal who this guy was once. She kicked and flailed her legs as he dragged her again around the cover to the place the champagne glasses nonetheless stood at the small tray. He took carry of her drink and squeezed her neck tightly. He held the glass in entrance of her mouth, looking ahead to her to gasp for breath so he may possibly hurl the liquid down her throat. “Drink it,” he knotted up. He used to be crying with frustration. “You’ve spoiled it. there have been principles and also you broke them. You’ve ruined the whole lot. ” Her fingernails clawed at his flesh yet he appeared to not discover. She clamped her lips close and he threw the champagne in her face. He saved carry of her glass and smashed it opposed to his. It left him with a stem and a jagged element in his fist.

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