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By Norman Russell

When popular archaeologist Professor Roderick Ainsworth reveals an historical Roman temple of Mithras in London's Clerkenwell, his profession is determined to be topped with a knighthood. Then a tender analytical chemist is murdered within the temple, and situations recommend a ritual homicide. at the similar day, a filthy rich producer is located slaughtered at Carshalton. back, facts issues to ritual sacrifice. Has the invention of the Mithraeum revived a dormant cult of Mithras?Set in past due Victorian instances, "Depths of Deceit" is the 6th novel that includes Detective Inspector field of Scotland backyard and Sergeant Knollys, who jointly probe into the pro lives of Roderick Ainsworth and his lethal rival, Sir Charles Wayneflete, to discover the dreadful fact concerning the Mithras murders.

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As to why I got here immediately to you, Sir Charles, it used to be simply because i believe you have been mightily abused by way of Ainsworth, who publicly belittled your status as a student for you to gloss over his personal failings. i feel he resented your honesty, and his consistent sniping at your recognition may perhaps after all have undermined your personal self-confidence. additionally, after all, he could have tried to do you an damage. So I got here right here immediately to inform you for you to now breathe freely. ’ Sir Charles glanced in short on the chessboard, made as if to maneuver a bit, after which idea best of it. ‘That used to be very civil of you, Mr field, and that i thanks. do you know that I’m promoting the rent of this position, and relocating out to a brand new apartment in Chiswick? outdated Josh there – significant Baverstock – has persuaded me to make a clean commence. I’m minded to put in writing a scholarly monograph at the Clerkenwell Treasure in collaboration with Father Brooks, with the assumption of restoring its educational integrity. Oh, I’ll supply Ainsworth his due, yet I’ll set the list immediately approximately these chalices. ’ ‘I did some research myself, sir,’ stated field. ‘At least, I requested a scholarly buddy of mine, leave out Louise Whittaker, to adopt it for me. Professor Ainsworth stated that he’d figured out concerning the lifestyles of the Mithraeum in a outdated manuscript referred to as – i've got it recorded the following, in my computer – Cotton Augustus additional B vii. He acknowledged that the unique have been destroyed in a fireplace, and that he’d received a transcript of it at Sotheby’s. He topped his story by way of pointing out that this transcript used to be in flip destroyed by way of a hearth in his personal condo. ’ ‘And what did your pal discover? ’ ‘She figured out that Sotheby’s had by no means offered the sort of manuscript, and that, in reality, no manuscript of that identify had ever existed. The so-called “Mithraeum”, sir, used to be established upon an complex and impudent lie. ’ ‘Well, well,’ stated Sir Charles Wayneflete, ‘it’s a depraved international, Inspector. Ainsworth was once a better rogue than i assumed. might be Josh is true, and it’s focused on the simplest. ’ His hand hovered over the chessboard for a couple of seconds, after which performed a chain of swift strikes. ‘Yes,’ he repeated, ‘perhaps it’s serious about the simplest. money! and in addition mate! ’ Superintendent Mackharness accomplished interpreting a file that he had picked up from his table, after which checked out his viewers. field and Knollys waited to determine what he must say concerning the past Saturday’s dramatic end to the company of the Clerkenwell Mithraeum. It used to be the morning of Monday, three September. ‘It would seem from this short file from Superintendent Hunt, of “G”,’ he stated, ‘which used to be kindly delivered to me right here on the Rents this morning, that Professor Roderick Ainsworth entered the Mithraeum from Priory Gate road on the very second that you just and your colleagues had selected to push open that subterranean door. we will by no means be aware of why he went to that position on Saturday, or what specific motion it was once that triggered the unexpected and overall cave in of the positioning. in spite of the fact that, whilst the physique was once ultimately unearthed, its correct hand was once discovered to be clutching a size of skinny rope that used to be hooked up to the bottom of a splintered baulk of trees, one of many that were used to aid the ceiling of the chamber.

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