This week, I'm taking my teaser lines from The Nursing Home Murder, one of Ngaio Marsh's Inspector Alleyn mysteries. However, the Inspector isn't present in this scene. Instead, we have his faithful sidekick, Detective Sergeant Fox, meeting with the victim's wife:
"I asked you to come and see me," she began very quietly, "because I believe my husband to have been murdered."
Fox did not speak for a moment. He sat stockily, very still, looking gravely before him.
"I'm sorry to hear that, Lady O'Callaghan," he said at last. "It sounds rather serious."
Apparently she had met her match in understatement. (p.48)
Ah, but obviously no one can match her in the use of the passive voice!
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