On Water xii

dirty old canal

lone Wellington boot floats

questions unanswered

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CLP 21/04/2021

The Big Sleet

Just when I thought things were cooling off in the city things started hotting up again.

These remains were found in Chapelfield Garden at first light. I was shocked. Usually a place for grannies and kids and we get another icing in plain sight – but no witnesses!

The Forensics team will have to work fast given the conditions.

Meanwhile I have sent Junior out looking for a pink and cream van that was seen in the area. The sound system was heard to be playing “Pop! Goes The Weasel.”

Maybe it’s a clue, maybe not. If so, it’s all we’ve got. I admit, I am clutching at straws.

Once had a guy wanting to base a film around my detective work. He said ideally John Thaw would have played the lead. He would have had more luck asking Jon Snow.

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CLP 16/02/2021

Mr Tee: Snow Evidence

With facts thin on the ground, we had to let Mr Tee go. It will be impossible to get a grip on him unless he really slips up. He’s a master of disguise. It’s likely he’s completely evaporated by now.

The Chief has got a hot temper, which hasn’t helped in questioning such a cool customer. The enquiry has been brushed aside, filed with the cold cases.

It leaves me cold to think the Norwich Carrotter might be out there still. I think he’ll be back, it’s just a matter of time. I’ll just grit my teeth, be patient and throw some salt over my shoulder for luck. Nothing to get hot under the collar about.

It pays to keep a cool head in this game.

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CLP 14/02/2021

Norwich Carrotting Case

We had a hot tip from a nark in south-east London about Cedric’s icing. The lead went cold on us pretty fast. The person we wanted to speak to had slipped out of the country.

I asked The Chief for more resources for this enquiry before things snowball out of control. He said there’s a freeze on spending. It’s crystal clear more people are needed to work this case, or it will continue at a glacial pace.

The likely source of the weapon has been identified. We’re pretty sure it was from the organic frozen vegetable range in the Iceland on St. Stephen’s Street.

I wasn’t expecting an avalanche of witnesses, after the call to the public for help, but I realise the local football team play in yellow for good reason – the locals are scared. If we lean on the right person I’m sure they’ll sing like a canary.

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Follow the Snow Falling On Cedric Mystery so far:

Episode 1: https://voyageswriting.com/2021/02/10/snow-falling-on-cedric/

Episode 2: https://voyageswriting.com/2021/02/11/suspects-held-for-questioning/

Episode 3: https://voyageswriting.com/2021/02/12/call-for-witnesses/

Episode 4: https://voyageswriting.com/2021/02/12/norwich-carrotting-breaking-news/

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CLP 12/02/2021

Drift

I stood on the beach watching

It moved east, parallel to the shore

Bobbling on the sparkle of cat’s paws

Behind the forming swell of gentle breakers

A tern interrupted her flight to peer closer

Hanging just above in squealing hover

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What it was I could not tell either

But curious, I walked to the foamy edge

My linen trousers rolled up to my knees

Advanced bare-foot, shin deep into the chill

It floated out beyond my reach

Elusive flotsam, mystery from the deep

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n.b. Cat’s paws are a form of waves. They are capillary waves of a small scale that are pulled up from the surface of the sea by the wind and pulled back toward the surface by the meniscus, (surface tension of the water).

CLP 19/02/2020