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By Rachel Abbott

Every second of Sir Hugo Fletcher’s existence has been chronicled within the British press: his privileged upbringing, his high-profile charity paintings to finish human trafficking—even his marriages. but if the billionaire philanthropist is chanced on murdered in his London domestic, tied bare to a mattress, the scandal is barely a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera.

Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian holiday to discover her husband useless and her domestic less than siege by way of paparazzi. Is she stunned? convinced. yet is she distraught? now not precisely. specifically while leader Inspector Tom Douglas finds his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is woman. Laura consistently knew she wasn’t the single lady in Hugo’s existence. and he or she is aware she wasn’t the one one with a reason to kill.

The deeper Douglas digs, the extra sordid information about Hugo Fletcher he uncovers. And but not anything compares to the key Laura guards, a mystery that can convey the to blame to justice—or ruin an blameless lifestyles forever.

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And he understood that Brian Smedley, Hugo’s CFO for the valuables corporation and one of many executors of the need, was once due at Ashbury Park. Tom desired to be round to evaluate Laura’s response to Hugo’s final needs. * It used to be round 2. 30 whilst he ultimately pulled up open air front door. Becky used to be awaiting him as he had phoned from the pub, and he or she opened the door ahead of he had time to ring the bell. ‘Did you convey me these passenger lists? I’m becoming bored out of my brains the following. ’ ‘Hi Tom, great to determine you too,’ he mocked. ‘Yes, i've got the lists, and given the variety of passengers in the proper interval, you'll soon be much more bored. Has something occurred around the following? ’ ‘Nothing considering that this morning. We did have lunch jointly, yet Stella did lots of the conversing. Imogen regarded as though she’d been crying, truly. no one will consult me. They’re both locked of their rooms, or they’re looking in pairs, in case you comprehend what I suggest. plenty of significant glances - yet not anything i will get a deal with on. What approximately you? ’ Tom crammed her in with what have been occurring again at headquarters. ‘Do you're thinking that Danika had something to do with it? ’ ‘I’m convinced she didn’t, yet one of many others could. all of them swear to like Hugo, yet they’ve had a coarse time, and it’s simply attainable that one in all them could have been tempted via a massive payout. certainly one of Danika’s neighbors - Mirela - remains to be lacking, yet Pete and Alice are onto it. ’ ‘Would previous Hugo sleep with one among his prostitutes, do you think that? ’ ‘Well, plenty of males do - even supposing in my view I’ve by no means visible it as certainly one of my pursuits in existence. might be Hugo considered it as a perk of the task. ’ Becky confirmed Tom into the eating room that she had organize as a brief workplace, with permission from Laura. ‘Why did you opt such a massive room? And to sit down on the a long way finish of the desk? It’s a mile hike to the door! ’ ‘Precisely. It implies that whatever’s on my reveal, i've got plentiful chance to hide it up earlier than they achieve me. I don’t belief them, Tom. i admire them - yet no matter if they’re blameless of Hugo’s homicide, they’re hiding whatever. ’ ‘I understand. and that i can’t make any experience of it. i have to get less than their dermis a few extra. What in regards to the Rohypnol. What have you ever came upon that you simply didn’t understand already? ’ ‘Well, being the child that i'm, i presumed it were round without end, however the first hint of it that i will be able to locate on the net is in 1999. It were round for lots longer as a prescription drug, however it used to be as past due as 1999 while it was once first pointed out as a date rape drug. The serial rapist, Richard Baker, used to be the 1st recorded consumer during this kingdom. He used to be stuck following against the law Watch attraction. besides, it’s the emblem identify of flunitrazepam and it’s ten instances stronger than Valium. generally called a roofie, after all. based on the net - and I’d higher learn this bit - it’s a “highly-potent hypnotic drug with strong sedative, anxiolytic - no matter what that's - amnestic, and skeletal muscle relaxant properties”. Laura acknowledged that she concept he’d used it on her in addition, yet no longer for rape reasons.

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