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Trouble at High Tide

A
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery

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Trouble at High Tide

A
Murder, She Wrote
Mystery

A NOVEL BY
JESSICA FLETCHER & DONALD BAIN

Based on the Universal Television series created by
Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link

AN OBSIDIAN MYSTERY

OBSIDIAN

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Murder, She Wrote
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA:

Fletcher, Jessica.
Trouble at high tide: a Murder, she wrote mystery: a novel/by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain.
pages cm.—Murder she wrote; 37)
ISBN: 978-1-101-58002-8
1. Fletcher, Jessica (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Murder—Bermuda Islands—Fiction.
I. Bain, Donald, 1935– II. Title.
PS3552.A376T76 2012
813.54—dc23 2011045099

Set in Minion
Designed by Ginger Legato

Printed in the United States of America

Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, no part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of both the copyright owner and the above publisher of this book.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.

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In memory of Craig Thomas, whose untimely death took from us a dear friend, and deprives the book world of a skilled, insightful writer. Craig’s eighteen thrillers, including
Firefox,
whose film version was directed by and starred Clint Eastwood, set the stage for all techno-thrillers to follow.

And for Jill Thomas, Craig’s wife and astute editor, who shared his remarkable ride through life with a smile capable of creating global warming.

Their friendship will always be treasured.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Writers working today have the benefit of a full library at their fingertips in the myriad online resources available to consult and explore. While we are ardent fans of Bermuda and have spent many happy hours enjoying the island, its people, and all the wonderful amenities it has to offer, we admit to using the Internet to jog our memories on some of the details.

In doing research for
Trouble at High Tide
, we owe a debt of gratitude to numerous online resources, three in particular: Wikipedia (
wikipedia.org
); Casebook: Jack the Ripper (
www.casebook.org
), Stephen P. Ryder, editor; and Bermuda Online (
www.bermuda-online.org
), written and published by Keith Archibald Forbes.

We also thank Suzanne Wenz, regional director of public relations, and Lori Holland, executive director, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts; Alicia Hunt at Benchmade (knives); and former police investigator and current police consultant—and mystery writer’s best friend—Lee Lofland, author of
Police Procedure & Investigation
, and blogger on The Graveyard Shift (
www.leelofland.com/wordpress/
).

Thanks to them all. Any errors are, of course, ours.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen

Chapter Fourteen

Chapter Fifteen

Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Seventeen

Chapter Eighteen

Chapter Nineteen

Chapter Twenty

Chapter Twenty-one

Chapter Twenty-two

Chapter Twenty-three

Chapter Twenty-four

Chapter Twenty-five

Chapter Twenty-six

Chapter Twenty-seven

Chapter One

H
e was ahead of me in line. A stocky man with thin red hair parted on the side and muttonchop sideburns that reached up his cheek to connect to a bushy mustache. He wore a heavy brown tweed suit, carried a book under one arm, and toted an old leather valise held closed by straps across the top. He was the image of a late-nineteenth-century traveler—and a strange sight to see as we inched our way forward toward the twenty-first-century customs agent in Bermuda.

“Have your passport and other papers out and ready, please,” an officer called to the crowd. The man in front of me set down his suitcase and groped around in his jacket for his papers, dropping his book in the process. I scooped it up and, startled, looked into the bleary eyes of the book’s owner. Part of the title was spelled out in large red letters dripping with blood:
Jack the Ripper
. The man mumbled his thanks, and quickly turned his back to me.

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