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December 14, 2012

fiftyeight

Inspector Hartley enjoys a quiet meal in an historic moorlands pub.

John Waddington-Feather rounds off his murder mystery story.

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December 07, 2012

Fiftyseven

...“Hathor has denied you the satisfaction of taking us alive, Waheeb. You have hunted us a lifetime. It became your obsession. But mortal lives are very short, worthless and you’ve achieved nothing. We have everything, for our time is yet to come.”...

Inspector Hartley and his Egyptian colleague finally confront Whitcliff in the temple chamber.

John Waddington-Feather's novel moves towards a dramatic conclusion.

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November 30, 2012

Fiftysix

Inspector Hartley and his Egyptian colleague are watched when they visit the temple of Hathor.

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story.

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November 23, 2012

Fiftyfive

...“Anyone going in there without this would be picked off at once - even if they got past the booby traps. Police as well as grave-robbers,” remarked Waheeb. “I’ve never seen anything as devilishly clever as this.”

“Devilish indeed,” commented Hartley, looking on. He was looking into hell it seemed...

Inspector Hartley travels to Egypt to continue the murder hunt.

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November 16, 2012

Fiftyfour

...“Oh, no,” said Donaldson hurriedly, “I’m afraid not. You see there have been further developments.”

“Oh?” said the inspector innocently. “What?”

“I can’t go into details, Hartley, but put in a nutshell you’re vindicated.”...

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November 09, 2012

Fiftythree

...And barely had they got outside when there was series of explosions. The hall and its Mausoleum erupted suddenly in a mass of flames and in the firelight they saw two figures on the roof. One held a gun...

John Waddington-Feather's murder mystery tale reaches a dramatic climax.

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November 02, 2012

Fiftytwo

Inspector Blake Hartley sets out on a dangerous mission.

John Waddington-Feather's murder mystery story moves towards a dramatic conclusion.

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October 26, 2012

Fiftyone

... “Now I don’t want you to get this wrong, Hartley. I put in a good word for you and said it wasn’t your fault. But Sir William feels the case has taken on a new dimension. He’s handing over to Special Branch. He’s standing you down...

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder-mystery story.

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October 19, 2012

Fifty

...“We can bug the mummy again. Get our friend Dr Dunwell to insert a tag. With that in place we can trace its every movement…right to the Temple of Hathor. They’ll have dumped the switched coffin now Whitcliff knows we have the real one. Yes, we’ll nail him in Egypt'''...

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October 12, 2012

Fortynine

...The huge bodyguard came to the door said something in Arabic. The dog fell silent. Expressionless, he motioned them inside and they followed him in. The atmosphere was oppressive with not a hint of welcome as they went into the great Victorian entrance hall...

Inspector Hartley and his colleaues confront the evil Whitcliff.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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October 05, 2012

Fortyeight

...“I know they will, my friend,” said Waheeb. “They’re fanatics - crazy. They value their sacred dead far more than the living. What’s more, I’ve a feeling Whitcliff is expecting us. By now he’ll know they have the fake mummy and he’ll want to do a deal. That’s why they’ve snatched Miss Anwar. I’m sure of it.”...

John Waddington-Feather's murder mystery story moves towards a dramatic climax.

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September 28, 2012

Fortyseven

...She began to feel drowsy and the room began to swim. She got up and tried to reach the door for she desperately needed air. She never reached the door...

John Waddington-Feather continues his dramatic murder-mystery story.

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September 21, 2012

Fortysix

...They took the tops off their drinks and the pathologist asked, “I’m curious. Just how do natron, cassia and myrrh fit into your untidy scheme of things, Blake? I know you’re onto something. They’ve something to do with this Egyptian business, haven’t they?”

“Aye. Very much so,” said the inspector. “Natron was used by the Egyptian embalmers to dry out a body before they began the process of mummification. The corpse was laid on a bed of natron for at least forty days.”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his grippinjg murder mystery tale.

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September 14, 2012

Fortyfive

...He didn’t want to suffer the same fate as Driscoll, so he withdrew. He’d seen enough. This smaller tunnel ran direct to the Mausoleum. The old tramp had been going in there and must have blundered into something which had cost him his life. But what?...

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September 07, 2012

Fortyfour

“He wasn’t drunk and he didn’t fall in,” grunted Dunwell not looking up. Then almost casually he said, “He was murdered.”

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery tale, set in his native West Yorkshire.

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August 31, 2012

Fortythree

“No need for carbon dating here,” he remarked. “This little lot is very much nearer 2,000 A.D. than B.C.”

Inspector Hartley and his associates make an important discovery as they continue their investigations into the museum murder.

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August 24, 2012

Fortytwp

...When he was angry, the Super swelled visibly. He was a small man. So small, Hartley often wondered how he’d got into the force. Wondered more how such a little twerp had come so far in so short a time. It had taken Blake Hartley a lifetime to make the rank of inspector...

Inspector Hartley has to contend with his inadequate Chief while trying to bring murderers to book.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing mystery story.

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August 17, 2012

Fortyone

Colonel Waheeb hides away to hear a conversation which reveals a great deal about the murder in the museum.

John Waddington-Feather continues his enthralling mystery tale.

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August 10, 2012

Forty

...You couldn’t have come across two more contrasting men.
Listerton was slim, fastidious, bespoke in dress and appearance. Hartley looked as if he’d been shovelled into his suit. It was off the peg and had seen at least twenty annual police dinner dances. Listerton’s hair was steely grey and immaculately cut at some upper crustian London salon. Hartley’s was short and trimmed by his wife, but it was still a rich brown despite some flecking round the sideburns...

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August 03, 2012

Thirtynine

“I want this load at our end,” said Hartley doggedly. “I want that coffin and the girl who’s in it. The weapons are yours. She’s mine…and whoever killed her.”

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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July 27, 2012

thirtyeight

“My guess is Whitcliff’s come into some money. If he’s helping ship arms to the El Tuban Group, he’ll be making a packet. They’ve got millions salted away in banks all over the Middle East and Europe. Drugs, arms, extortion - you name it. And all to promote their mad idea of restoring the religion of Ancient Egypt. I can tell you, they’ve supplied their gods with a steady supply of souls over the centuries!”

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July 20, 2012

Thirtyseven

...They followed the truck all the way up the valley, till it turned off at Crossgates, climbing to the moors in the direction of the Hall. But instead of turning into the Hall driveway, as Hartley had expected, it swung into the very quarry they themselves had intended to search...

John Waddington-Feather continues his dramatic murder mystery tale.

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July 13, 2012

Thirtysix

...It puzzled Hartley why his boss always had to go out of his way to try and impress him. He must have known it was hopeless...

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story.

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July 06, 2012

Thirtyfive

...But before they left, Riad had given Sally his card and asked her to call him. As well as his address in Bradford the card had a London address, on the back. If he hadn’t been so drunk he’d have realised he’d given her the wrong card...

Inspector Hartley makes further progress towards towards solving the museum murder in the latest chapter of John Waddington-Feather's novel.

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June 29, 2012

Thirtyfour

...All that pagan gobbledegook they put you through. It’s nothing. Rubbish! You didn’t compromise your faith when you went through with it.”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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June 22, 2012

Thirtythree

,,,Sally was panic-stricken. Before she could move, her hands were pinned by the men behind. So fast she couldn’t reach her phone. Then Madame Marie approached the altar and bowed low. Whitcliff drew the dagger from his belt and passed it to her. It gleamed brightly in the candlelight as she held it aloft. Sally’s eyes widened with horror...

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping murder mystery story.

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June 15, 2012

Thirtytwo

...Eventually, Sally was invited into the kitchen for tea after each seance. It was there she met Riad and Mukhtar, who were frequent visitors. They, too, were followers of Hathor and had come to Britain on a mission. They spent most of the time letting their eyes wander over her, but as long as Madame Marie was present she felt safe....

DWC Sally Anwar is putting herself in great danger.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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June 08, 2012

Thirtyone

Inspector Hartley receives shocking information from a pathologist.

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story set in moorland Yorkshire.

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June 01, 2012

Thirty

...“Well?” said the Super. “Just why were you and Colonel Waheeb poking around the Whitcliff Mausoleum yesterday?”...

John Waddington-Feather cointinues his murder mystery story.

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May 25, 2012

Twentynine

...“I see what you mean all right,” said Hartley, indignantly “You’re dabbling in black magic and conning young lasses to join you. What you’re doing to them is your business. What you’re doing with them is mine.”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping murder mystery tale.

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May 18, 2012

Twentyeight

...He pocketed the book and thanked Mrs Adams for bringing it. She’d no idea she’d landed him a bomb. If exploded, it could have brought down the government!...

Inspector Hartley receives startling information from the mother of a missing girl.

John Waddington-Feather continues his gripping murder mystery story.

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May 11, 2012

Twentyseven

...“It means that for every killing they make in Hathor’s name, their own souls will be assured of eternal life in paradise. That’s how they justify their killing. In ancient Egypt, Hathor’s followers sacrificed slaves regularly to ensure their own immortality. It still goes on among Hathor’s followers,”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder-mystery tale set in a Yorkshire town.

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May 04, 2012

Twentysix

Inspector Hartley and Colonel Waheeb visit Pithon Hall.

John Wadington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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April 27, 2012

Twentyfive

...“Nothing!” gasped Donaldson when he looked again. “Absolutely nothing! We’ve been taken for a ride!”

“Not quite, “ said Dunwell quietly, pointing to the upturned cast. “Look there.”

The detectives leaned forward. Inside the hollow of the headpiece was the impression of a face. A woman’s face....

The police re present when the wrappings of a mummy are removed.

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story.

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April 20, 2012

Twentyfour

...They were from Egypt and were well dressed. They could have passed for Asian businessmen, but they were on the wrong side of town. Something wasn’t right...

John Waddington-Feather continues his engrossing murder mystery story.

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April 13, 2012

Twentythree

Detective Woman Constable Sally Anwar pays a visit to Madame Marie, a medium who tells fortunes and holds seances.

John Waddington-Feather continues his engrossing murder mystery story.

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April 06, 2012

Twentytwo

Inspector Hartley and Colonel Waheeb visit the museum and discover that someone has opened the mummy's case.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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March 30, 2012

Twentyone

...“The El Tuban Freedom Group has been active for many years in my country. Only recently have they moved over here where they have a support group”...

The Keighworth police receive information from a senior Egyptian police officer which throws a new light on their murder inquiries.

John Waddington-Feather continues his mystery story.

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March 23, 2012

Twenty

Inspector Hartley, continuing his inquiries into the museum murder, has a most satisfying encounter with his superintendant.

John Waddington-Feather continues his richly humorous tale.

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March 16, 2012

Nineteen

Superintendent Donaldson panics when confronted by a senior Egyptian policeman.

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story.

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March 09, 2012

Eighteen

Inspector Hartley receives information from an old contact as he continues his murder inquiries.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing mystery story.

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March 02, 2012

Seventeen

Inspector Hartley goes in search of a tramp, hoping for information to help him solve the mystery of the body in the museum.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing tale set in a Yorkshire mill town.

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February 24, 2012

Sixteen

..."Sir Joshua Whitcliff founded the first masonic lodge in Keighworth,” he said. “The Whitcliffs have played a leading part in freemasonry in Keighworth ever since. You may not realise it, but they have a lot of clout hereabouts.''...

Inspector Hartley is given a warning by his boss.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery tale set in a gritty Yorkshire town.

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February 17, 2012

Fifteen

...Hartley grunted and read the fax. “Usual stuff,” he said. “Straight off the train and on the game. So that’s how she paid her rent in Keighworth. A lady with no pence but much presence. ”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery tale.

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February 10, 2012

Fourteen

...Over the doors was the Whitcliff coat-of-arms. It re-appeared in various parts of the hall and was conspicuous on the Mausoleum. One of the emblazons was familiar. The shield had two bars. The higher charged with three raised cobras. The lower with three pyramids. Underneath were some hieroglyphics and a motto which had worn away...

Continuing his investigations Inspector Hartley pays a visit to Pithon Hall.

John Waddington-Feather unfolds further clues in his murder mystery.

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February 03, 2012

Thirteen

Inspector Hartley and Sergeant Khan go in search of a missing girl.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery story.

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Seventeen

Inspector Hartley goes in search of a tramp, hoping for information to help him solve the mystery of the body in the museum.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing tale set in a Yorkshire mill town.

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January 27, 2012

Twelve

...Her legs were like tree-trunks, thick and mottled with being too close to the fire. She wore knee socks which had rolled down almost to her down-at-heel slippers. She took her hands from under her apron and crossed her arms over her well blessed bosom to make it quite clear they could not enter...

Inspector Hartley goes to the seedier part of town as he continues his investigations into the body-in-the-museum mystery. John Waddington-Feather continues his story.

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January 20, 2012

Eleven

As he continues his murder investigation Blake Hartley receives a surprise message from the Cairo police.

Master storyteller John Waddington-Feather continues his tale of the museum murder.

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January 13, 2012

Ten

...“Hardly curios, inspector,” said Whitcliff with his throaty chuckle.

“They were expensive unguent jars and a dagger. A gold dagger. which he claimed had belonged to the Princess Hathor. It was missing from her tomb when it was opened.''...

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery story.

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January 06, 2012

Nine

...The inspector looked at the greasy card and turned it over. The name on it rang a bell but he couldn’t think why. “Silas Blackwell. Taxidermist,” it said on the front, followed by an address. A farm up on the moors near Halifax. On the reverse side, written in pencil and barely legible was a telephone number. He made a note of it and promised Mrs Adams he’d look into the whole business...''

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder-mystery story.

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December 30, 2011

Eight

...There was a message waiting for them at the station. Dr Dunwell had found something on the body of Manasas and wanted them to go immediately to his lab....

John Waddington-Feather continues his murder mystery which is set in a Yorkshire industrial town.

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December 23, 2011

Seven

The murk in the murder-in-the-museum case gets even murkier.

Master story-teller John Waddington-Feather continues his mystery story which is set in a northern industrial town.

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December 16, 2011

Six

...“You’re not going to believe this, sir, “ he began, turning to his boss, “but Manasas was working undercover for the Egyptian police. He’s referred to as Major Manasas here. He seems to have been sent here on surveillance.” He put down the fax he was holding. “What are we going to do, sir?” he asked...

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December 09, 2011

Five

...He opened the door and stopped dead. Then gasped. The place was in chaos. Drawers had been pulled out and their contents strewn across the room. A steel cabinet near the window had been forced and leaned drunkenly against the wall. The room looked as if it had been hit by a hurricane....

There's a surprise in store for Inspector Hartley when he visits the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery.

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December 02, 2011

Four

...After the princess’s burial, young women were selected at intervals as incarnations of the princess in their lifetimes.and when they reached the age the princess had died, they were ritually sacrificed to join her retinue. Like her, they were given the name Hathor, the Egyptian goddess of love and dance, the mistress of the stars. That was the name on the mummy in Keighworth Museum. What surprised the inspector as he read was that the cult still had its followers!...

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November 25, 2011

Three

... “Any idea how he got here?” he asked next.

“He certainly didn’t walk,” said the pathologist. “He was dead when he arrived. And by the size of him, I’d say it’d need more than one pair of hands to lug him in.”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his intriguing murder mystery.

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November 18, 2011

Chapter Two

...“That’s your business, not mine,” the pathologist replied. “I can say how he was killed.” He held up one of the dead man’s wrists, indicating a weal across the top of it. Then he raised the other wrist and pointed to a similar one there. “He was trussed up tight before he was killed.” He pulled down the corpse’s socks to show similar marks around the ankles. “He wasn’t killed here. Trussed like a lamb for the slaughter…”...

John Waddington-Feather continues his tale featuring Revd Detective Inspector Blake Hartley.

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November 11, 2011

Chapter One

...But it was shortly after dawn one Monday morning when Ernie Hodgson, the janitor, discovered another body on the floor next to it; rather younger than the mummy it lay alongside. Younger by some millennia and freshly murdered...

Master storyteller John Waddington-Feather begins a crime novel which introduces us to
Revd Detective Inspector Blake Hartley.

Watch out for further episodes of this story on ensuing Fridays.

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