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The race was in full swing.
The crowd was cheering hopefully as heavy hooves thundered against the soft ground. They surged forward towards the barrier, craning their necks to watch as the field of heaving beasts rounded the final straight. Most of them gripped tight hold of their betting slips, cheering frantically as the tight herd sped past, inching ever closer to the finishing line.
But one man remained perfectly still – his eyes glued intently to his binoculars as he watched the stable progress down the field.
Tommy Haines had placed a lot of money on Anonymous Jury. Two thousand pounds was the price he was willing to stake on the new arrival to the racing scene. He didn’t bet each way – it was a straight up stake.
Win or lose.
That was how he operated.
He barely noticed the young man slip into the seat next to him – even when he did, he kept his eyes firmly glued on the racecourse down below. The race was in the closing stages – Anonymous Jury looked like she might just clinch it…
‘What is it, Harvey?’ he asked as he stared intently through the glass of his binoculars.
Harvey shuffled awkwardly next to him.
‘It’s Donnovan, sir,’ he said eventually. ‘The police finally got him. It’s all over.’
The race had ended.
A slight quiver of frustration shimmered through Haines’ hands as he lowered the binoculars in the disgust. He listened for a moment, waiting for confirmation of the result.
It was just as he thought…
’… Court of Obsessions in second and Anonymous Jury in third in what was a very, very tight race…’
He placed the binoculars in his pocket and turned back towards Harvey, who sat anxiously watching him.
‘So, the Bluebell Killer is caught?’
‘It would seem so, sir…’
Haines nodded slowly, the cogs of his mind slowly turning back and forth as an idea slowly began to formulate in the darkest recesses.
He slowly got to his feet and stared down at the paddock as the first three horses were led through to the jubilant cheers of their owners. At the back of the trio, Anonymous Jury’s coat glimmered in the midday sun, his breath visible in the air despite the humidity of the day…
That horse lost him a lot of money.
Haines buttoned up his jacket and placed a firm hand on Harvey’s shoulder, gripping the bone tightly as he stepped past him.
‘Never mind, Harvey,’ he said calmly. ‘These things happen.’
pikagirl311: Katie Masters has definite skill when it comes to plot work and characters. The story is well-paced and pulls you along with the tide, keeping you hooked until the very end. The only reason I did not give it five stars across the board is due to a few minor quibbles with misspellings and such lik...
Alex Reltin: This is a great story! I love how well you go into detail and emotions of Capri, and Mel. You have amazing dialogue and overall it's just a thrill to read!The only critique I could find is that some of the paragraphs should be separated. For example:-"If Nia would have just let me take the car an...
Dinzy: To begin with,If you have not read this story yet; well what are you waiting for... Go and read it. The best part of this story is how each character is describing the story in their own words. For example, my favorite parts are chapter 38 and 39 when we start reading what Ava says then it jumps ...
Deleted User: (A review in progress). I like this. It's sparse, gritty and atmospheric - reminiscent of the classic Golden Age of American detective fiction of the Thirties. I've only read the beginning, but I'll definitely be back. This writer knows their stuff and has done their homework on detective work. T...
Alex Rushmer: I read the first chapter, and I'm not sure I can handle anymore, but I certainly liked what I read. The idea of the drug, Fortis, was very interesting, and I enjoyed how you conveyed its effects. The beginning is very intriguing. I think I'd like to see you do a little more with the main characte...
FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"
Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."