My dears, how lovely to see you again – it’s been a little longer than normal owing to the Bank Holiday weekend. However, that really doesn’t matter at all, and I’m just so pleased that you haven’t forgotten me. I mentioned a few chapters ago that I’d give you a list of characters before we all get more confused than we currently are.
I’ll try to do this logically – but I can’t promise that it will remain so!
I live in a wee flat on the second floor at Lavinia Court.
Also on this floor and directly opposite me is Georgie Red. Now Georgie is one of my oldest and dearest friends ever since we met at primary school many years ago.
If you walk down the corridor you reach the “posh” end of the building which is where Mrs. M lives. The residents who live on this newer side of the building refer to their flats as apartments. Why – I’ll never know!
Mrs. M’s close neighbours include Mr. S – the smartly dressed gentleman who knocked at my door a few weeks’ ago to check whether I was in. Although I haven’t spoken to him in any meaningful way, he appears to be a very charming person.
There are two other men who have recently taken up residence in apartments close to Mrs. M. The first is Gordon, a retired senior police officer who has made it known that he would like to be appointed as the new building manager. The other new addition is a gentleman who used to be a partner in a firm of solicitors.
Although there are several other apartments/flats on this floor I haven’t introduced you to any of their occupants just yet.
You haven’t met any of the residents who live on the first floor either. I must remedy that soon.
Going down to the ground floor, of course you know about poor Patricia who was murdered a few short weeks ago. She was a lovely lady and was always ready to help out when anyone else in the building was ill or incapacitated in some way.
The only other resident currently known to you is Fred – he lives in a flat with opening glass doors which gives him easy access to the garden. Fred is a lovely chap who likes to sit in a chair facing outside while reading his newspaper. I understand that Fred is known to have had conversations with Gordon (lives on second floor, retired police officer – wannabe new manager).
As there are fourteen flats/apartments on each floor and there are three floors, if my calculations are correct, that means there are forty-two flats in total.
I’m sure you now realise that I have barely scratched the surface when it comes down to it. As I have only lived here for a short time, at this point I only know of six other residents. This will be rectified over the coming weeks.
Of course, my dears there are other folk I have introduced you to – the first of these was Mr. Roach, an unpleasant gentleman, currently on the run from the police. He had been seen receiving brown envelopes containing large wads of cash. He had a nasty habit of coming up very quietly behind people so he could listen in on their conversations. I always made sure not to invite him into my flat. He wasn’t to be trusted at all and I didn’t feel safe in his company!
The other two people you currently know are Teddy and Giselle. Teddy is a senior CSI within the local police division and arrived at the crime-scene when Patricia was killed. Giselle is a lovely lady – a chatter-box who is a wonderful baker who can gossip for England – although there isn’t a malicious bone in her body. I have only recently introduced you to these two girls, although I’ve known them for many years and they are dear friends. G is also a masseuse and very popular with the gentlemen in the building. She has a wicked sense of humour and makes me laugh all the time. Teddy is another colourful character. All she ever wanted to be, since a small girl, was a CSI. Though hard work and a love of photography she achieved her goal and is now a senior CSI. Teddy is never alone – she is always accompanied by her faithful companion, Harry, a very friendly and clever bichon frise. He is devoted to Teddy and you never see one of them without the other being in close attendance.
Right my dears, I think I have recapped all the characters so far. The only other person I haven’t mentioned today is Mrs. M’s cleaner. Mrs. M refers to her as a housekeeper although having a person whizzing round with a vacuum cleaner and doing light dusting hardly qualifies her to have such a grand title.
I hope I have clarified where everyone lives and the current situation. I will return soon – the coffee shop opens today and I’m sure you will be interested in the clientele. Until next time – As Always With Love – Jan xx