They didn't know anybody here.
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These people might have knocked on the door with sinister intent. On the other hand, if that turned out to be the case he could rely on Amaryllis to stop them carrying it out. He had the hood of his sweatshirt up, and it was hard to see -.
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The girl who had helped Darren climbed the two steps and held out a hand to Christopher. Even in the twilight he could see that she was very pretty, with dark hair and big brown eyes. Christopher extended a hand down to Darren and urged him up the steps. He edged his way past Amaryllis, who was watching like a cat. They stood in the middle of the lounge area, dripping all over the cream-coloured carpet.
Christopher wondered if Mrs Stevenson had actually chosen cream or if it had been foisted on her by the caravan manufacturers.
The colour didn't seem as if it would appeal to her. Darren looked about the same as he had when they encountered him the previous year under difficult circumstances. Once they were all sitting down again - one thing the caravan had in ridiculous abundance was squashy seating - there was an awkward silence. Christopher knew from experience that Amaryllis believed in the power of the awkward silence to reveal secrets, but it just made him feel very uncomfortable.
He said to Darren, 'I can't believe this rain! Where's it all coming from? Darren looked at him as if he had gone mad, Christopher felt stupid and Victoria came to his rescue. Of course she said nothing.
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They just blamed me for it. Even though you appeared smelling of petrol just after the fire started and your prints were all over an empty fuel can found near the scene? She glanced round in surprise as if she had forgotten he was there. He got the message. He was to make toast and leave questions to people who knew how to do interrogations. The rain increased in intensity and a gust of wind made the caravan shake. Christopher turned away to put the kettle on and start the toast. He tried not to think about how precariously the caravan was perched, high on the cliffs above Kinghorn.
Was this the kind of night when King Alexander III had accidentally ridden over the same cliff to his death? Christopher forgot himself and turned back towards the little group. He frowned, irritated that it had taken such a short time for him to butt in with a stupid question.
Christopher poured tea into the cups and saucers that had come with the caravan. They were cream-coloured too, with a ring of small flowers around each saucer. He found a tray, waited a few moments for the toast, and when it was ready he carried the refreshments over to the table, moving the Scrabble board to one side while being careful not to disturb the words already in place.
He would have to remember to challenge that later. Up the hill a bit. He and his dad were working in there. Victoria glanced at Darren before replying. Christopher thought the boy shook his head slightly, but she pressed on anyway. He was still asleep when the police came. He was a mate. One of the guys.
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A pal. Did they arrest you? How did you get away from them? She uncurled from the settee in one lithe movement and started to walk round the caravan interior. The caravan was quite spacious but even one deer would have been a crowd. He knew it would take a little while for Amaryllis to work through all the implications and hidden potential in the situation.
Better if nobody interrupted her while she was doing that, even although it was tempting just to watch her movements as she prowled around. I distracted them, and Darren ran,' she said. I didn't even mean to do it - it just happened. Well, we went in there and spoke to your friends. The great big fat guy, and the wee old woman with the funny hat. Christopher recognised Big Dave and Mrs Stevenson from this rudimentary description, although he didn't think either of them would exactly be flattered.
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Return to Book Page. Can anyone ever really change? Christopher and Amaryllis ask themselves this question when a young man they already know as a troublemaker knocks at the door of their holiday caravan one wet day. Their attempt to answer it takes them and their friends on a dangerous journey from a Pitkirtly ice-cream shop to a knitting club and then to a cattery before it reaches a deadly c Can anyone ever really change? Their attempt to answer it takes them and their friends on a dangerous journey from a Pitkirtly ice-cream shop to a knitting club and then to a cattery before it reaches a deadly conclusion in an old railway yard.
This is the third novel in the Pitkirtly series of quirky mysteries, following 'Crime in the Community' and 'Reunited in Death' also available on Kindle. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Pitkirtly Mysteries 3. Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Reformed Character , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Oct 06, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: The third in the Pitkirtly mystery series. The stories are set in the fictitious small town in the Fife area and I like the scattered use of Scottish colloquial words in the dialogue, even though I have to look them up on my kindle which fortunately translates them for me.
A collection of quirky characters led by retired spy Amaryllis Peebles gets embroiled in helping a local lad who is accused of murder. There is never a dull moment when Amaryllis involves herself in anything. Reading these stor The third in the Pitkirtly mystery series.
Reading these stories is a bit like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes, or your favourite dressing gown. Cecilia is very good at highlighting observational quirks of human nature.