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Scripted Mystery

Diamonds and Pebbles

by Rosamund Clifford
Difficulty: Really hard
City: Delhi


Who would be foolish enough to steal one of the world's largest diamonds, the Pink Chrysanthemum, from of all people the Prince of Shangri La? After all, the Prince's reach is long. So long in fact that it stretches across the seas and right into your hip pocket. Take the case? Do you even have a choice!?


Following the allegedly unfaithful wife of a jealous client through the magnificent lobby of the Maharaja Hotel, I heard a voice exclaim behind me. "[DetectiveName]! Just the person I wanted to see!"

Whilst I am usually imperturbable when on a case, to be honest, I was rather glad for the interruption, so I stopped dead in my tracks. As I watched my mark leave the building and disappear into the throng of passers-by I silently wished her adieu and bonne chance. Her husband really was a bore and a bully.

The owner of the voice was a tall man in his mid-forties. Dressed in a raincoat, with the brim of his hat pulled down to his eyes, he looked the prototype of a movie police inspector. Briefly flashing his badge at me, he said:

"I'm Inspector Umang Pate...