Jigsaw Man(127)By: Elena Forbes
‘Yes. I’d like to. The thing is, I’ve got a favour to ask. And please feel free to say no, if it’s not convenient. As you know, my house is a crime scene now and I’ve been kicked out again. I could go to a hotel, but . . .’
Relief flooded him and he smiled. ‘Of course you can stay. As long as you like. But let’s go inside, it’s freezing out here.’ He put his arm around her.
‘Mark, are you coming?’ Melinda called out in the background. ‘What’s going on out there?’
Donovan hesitated. ‘Sorry. Didn’t know you had company. I’ll come back later.’
He shook his head. ‘It’s fine. Melinda’s an old friend. I only got home ten minutes ago and I’m happy to welcome all sorts of waifs and strays at this hour. It’s great to have you back and I really mean that. Although this time, you can take the sofa.’
She laughed as he ushered her inside and the sound warmed his heart. ‘No problem,’ she said. ‘That’s the least I can do.’
A number of people have helped me in the writing of this book. Particular thanks are due to my editor, Jane Wood, and to Katie Gordon at Quercus; to my agent, Sarah Lutyens, and the team at Lutyens and Rubinstein; to Dave Niccol and Tracy Alexander, both so generous with their time and tireless in answering my many questions; to Ollie Moore of the Black Rat in Winchester, for giving me an insight into the world of a successful chef; to Henry Worsley once again, this time for his input on the firing of semi-automatic pistols; and to Lisanne Radice – as always, the voice of reason. Lastly, I couldn’t have written this book without the support of my friends and family, in particular my husband George and children Clio and Louis.