Genre: Crime Detective Mystery
Author: Julius Falconer
After secondary school, which he had enjoyed, Gibson Buckenham attended the London School of Business and Finance for a three-year ACCA qualification. Armed with this, he had returned to his home county to start work as an accounting technician with the county council. After five years he had graduated to the post of finance officer, with responsibilities that included the payroll, budgets and financial systems of the council. Now in his forties, he could congratulate himself on being one of the council’s finance managers, with oversight of personnel, efficiency and savings, financial processes, legal requirements and so forth. He was a person of considerable standing locally, although quite unknown to the public at large. During his first years of work at Worcester, he had made the acquaintance of Catherine Warbeck, three years his junior, who, after an extensive courtship, had agreed to be his wife. She worked as a hair-stylist and beautician for ‘Hairs Something New’ in The Cross, Worcester - facials, manicure, waxing, massage, make-up, eyelash extensions: a bit of everything to make the modern woman elegant, attractive and feeling good about herself. She argued that modern beauty treatments were the logical development of the (perhaps) less sophisticated techniques practised by that all-time siren Cleopatra, who, if ancient sources are to be believed, bathed in asses’ milk and honey, used sea salt as a cleansing agent, rubbed in a cream compounded of olive oil and lime to tone up her skin and, as a final touch, dabbed on myrrh oil or frankincense oil – or both - to create the ultimate and irresistible fragrance.