'Why?' asked Bert.
'Because if you are all in danger, as you think, then the murderer must be trying to eliminate a witness, right? And if he is after all of you, then it must be something you all know or you have all seen.'
'Or that's what he thinks, the bastard,' said Johnnie Bedlow unexpectedly.
'Exactly. Do you want to stay here, Bert? We can put up the shutters and sit a siege.'
'Nah. We're on our guard now. Johnnie's staying with Cec and me. We'll pick up Billo and Thommo as soon as we can and all go back to our place. We'll be all right. But we need to know,' said Bert fiercely.
'Then we shall find out,' said Phryne.
Johnnie Bedlow stared at her for a long moment. Then he sighed.
'All right,' he said.
Phryne saw her visitors out. She shut the door. She sank into a chair.
'Dot,' she called, 'For pity's sake, come and help me take off these boots!'
Excerpted from Murder in Montparnasse by Kerry Greenwood, pages 1-12. Copyright© 2002 by Kerry Greenwood. Excerpted by permission of the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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