Keep It In The Family!Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.
My name is Carlie Hansen, and I am renowned throughout all of England for my detective skills. I have solved many murders, and I have just dealt with my most interesting and challenging case yet.
I was called down to the Mason estate to investigate the murder of Baron Emile Mason, a 54-year-old exceedingly rich man who had been discovered, shot in the back of the head, a month before I was asked to investigate.
All the members of the family were adamant that a man named Henri Lyman was the culprit. "He hated Emile; Henri was poor, whilst Emile just kept getting richer. He would've happily done away with Emile," were the words of Rose Mason, Emile's niece.
I visited the building where Emile had been found. It was such a picturesque building, with its cream walls, butter-yellow front door, honeysuckle and neatly pointed roof, it was very strange to think of it as a scene of a brutal murder.
Being a tall woman, I banged my head on the low, flat ceiling as soon as I walked in the door. The blue carpet was stained with blood. It sent a shiver down my spine.
I came home that night, feeling confused and suspicious. I had asked the relatives how Emile had amassed his fortune, but they all clammed up. I had decided not to push them further and left early.
Later that week, I asked my sister Lilie, who lives in the same town as the Masons, how Emile had become so rich. Her voice immediately died down to a whisper. "Officially, he's supposed to have been the owner of an insurance company. Unofficially, everyone knows he was actually a cocaine smuggler and a miser. I think Henri was after his stash. Anyway... I gotta go, Carlie. Bye."
Interesting! I searched every inch of the estate, but I couldn't find any traces of cocaine, and the relatives were constantly pleading that Emile was just a rich business owner. It was frustrating work, and I was wondering whether it was just a tall tale, until I heard on the news that Henri Lyman was in court, charged with possessing Class A drugs.
After another few months of digging (this was a very long case!) I became firmly convinced that Henri had killed Emile after Emile refused to reveal the whereabouts of his cocaine stash. I had witness statements, CCTV- enough to take to court, except for one thing. Proof of the cocaine stash. Without that, my case would fall apart.
Then it hit me, in a flash. I had searched every inch of the buildings. But there was one detail that seemed very fishy. There was one thing that didn't add up. And I was convinced that I had discovered the whereabouts of Emile Mason's cocaine stash.
Where was Emile's drug stash hidden?
HintRead it again, slowly.
AnswerThe little building where Emile was killed had a pointed roof, but the ceiling inside was flat. That must have meant there was a hidden attic! Sure enough, I found Emile's fortune in cocaine there. It appears that Emile had been going to his cocaine stash, when he was approached by Henri and shot when Emile didn't give Henri the whereabouts of his drugs.
(Carlie Hansen's next exciting case will appear soon!)
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