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Ina was the receptionist at the Strathmore –

Ina was working at the hotel when a gentleman came and stayed for the three days before 30th of November. He brought no suitcase with him. He didn’t drink. He carried himself well. All he had was a flute case.

Ina sent the housekeeper into his room when he was absent one day, and asked her to look into his small black case, if it was there.

To see what was what.



flute case

Inside was a needle.

flute needle

flute needle.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Clive #

    A “hollowed out” needle?

    May 17, 2016
    • Harvey didn’t see it, the housekeeper took a peek into the case and reported back .. a highly suspect request in the first place coming from a mere receptionist, and we don’t know if she picked it up and examined it.
      I’ll go with the doubt.

      May 17, 2016
  2. Clive #

    If Ina was so interested in the occupier of Room 21 or 23, why didn’t she simply have a chat over a drink? Or, did Ina know more about the stranger than she let on, after all, it was a bit risky if the stranger returned to his room to find an employee looking into his case. Then again, perhaps it was all planned as a false trail. In other words, whoever the stranger was went out of his way to generate an air of mystery, no suitcase, leaves unlocked case in the room, doesn’t socialise with hotel staff or the other guests, leaves the hotel every day etc.

    May 17, 2016
  3. Ina took a few years to remember him. Maybe she read something in the papers that reminded her.

    May 17, 2016

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