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Under the microscope

James McCreet explores the opening passage of a reader’s cosy mystery manuscript

Murder in Morocco

I was not looking forward to Christmas.1 Not that I ever did, even as a small child,2 but this year, things might turn out to be more difficult than ever.3 If it were not for my mother, I would seriously consider never going back home again.4

It was gone seven when I eventually managed5 to trundle into the village.6 I turned into Mile End Lane and pulled up outside the last but one house.7 Making sure that I closed the ironwork garden gate properly8 – best not to provoke Aunt Maud’s wrath before I was allowed inside9 – I barely had time to ring the bell before the door was thrown open10 and my mother stood, eyes shining.11

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