In which you ask the estate manager a Mr Reu, a few questions
Mr Reu, can you describe the events of last evening?
Yes, there were guests.
Can you be more specific, who was here in the house, please and why were you here?
Yes, I manage the estate for Master Christopher, and once a year we have a little banquet in the grand hall. The Master along with his sister Jan was there plus the inventor from the old stable yards, Mr Solomon.
So including the maid and the master that made five in the house?
Yes, Mr Christopher the Master, Davina the maid, she's a genius with giblets you know. Jan was there the sister who he always doted on, was always gifting her a new pair of earrings or broach which she promptly lost I don't know how. Then there was the talented Mr Solomon from the incubation unit and myself.
Thank you Mr Rue, can you think why any of the guests would want to see Mr Christopher dead? You manage the estates and are privy to details which may be important.
Why, no Mr Christopher was a generous and gentle man. He was astute in seeing opportunity over the years, which is why he was able to stay and keep his sister in the family home. The incubation units are a good example, a stable income stream and new opportunities for Mr Christopher business wise.
He became quite involved at times and bank rolled some of the startups over the years although I'm not privy to the details. Some have grown, others floundered but never much animosity in the loss. As I say, he was a business man, kept his finger on the money and knew when to shut the funds down.
But a couple of the businesses have really grown, especially Mr Solomons. That one is quite an asset in his portfolio. They compress carbon you know and make gems, not sure I am keen on wearing the ashes of a beloved one on my finger, that feels a bit wrong to me.
Anything else I should be aware of?
No, not really, I suggested extending the units down in to the vale, I thought Mr Christopher would be totally behind the venture but he was dead against it. Said it would happen over his dead body, which isn't funny now at all.
How would you say the relationship between brother and sister is?
Oh pretty good, they are quite different people, she likes to entertain a little and loves to wear his stones when the others come over to play cards and have a flutter. He never joins in, says that cards are for cads and that she should know better considering. In fact it was the only time I sensed any animosity between them it was around her ridge night. But her and her brother got on well enough I suppose, all said and done. The next day he always made his apology for losing his patience with some trinket or other.
to open the green box postcards are your key.
find the key in the Everest silver summit teapot to open Alice. What is the satchel called?