A Bridge of Letters - A book by Duncan James
Author:Duncan James


    by Duncan James.

    Marjorie Northcot died quite suddenly. It turned out to be a heartattack, but it was a great shock because nobody was expecting it atall. There were no real signs, early on.

    There is never a good time to die, but, although she had no real sayin the matter, this was about the worst time she could have picked.

    Her husband, Maurice, was abroad. He was ‘something’ at theForeign Office, although no-one, not even Marjorie, was ever quitesure what. Neither was anyone quite sure where he was. One thingsoon became clear, though. He was not ‘abroad’ in the sense of‘gone to a conference’ or anything like that. He was travellingabroad. One official at his office thought he had flown toSingapore, while another thought it had been Hong Kong. One chap, aclerk of some sort, even suggested he had gone to Korea, but nobodytook much notice. Not that Maurice had a proper office either,really. Not the sort one commutes to every day, because that issomething Maurice never did. Commute.

    In the end, when they did eventually track him down, it turned outthat they were all wrong, as he had intended.

    He had gone to Helsinki, but only a couple of people knew.

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