Hello, and welcome to my 2022 A to Z Challenge! For a detailed explanation of my theme this year, see my theme reveal. But basically, I am exploring classic mystery novel murder motives, by making up a victim (Sir Adam Bracegirdle Clutterbuck) and then coming up with 26 characters who wanted to kill him. It is part genre exploration and part world-building exercise.
Today’s suspect is the Hon. Quinton Feldspar. I mentioned him in this post; he is the man Sir Adam would like his daughter Ingrid to marry. Ingrid strongly disagrees. Still, Quinton has been given the run of the house; he must have had many opportunities to poison Sir Adam’s whiskey…
…and I cannot think of a single really good reason why Quinton would want to kill Sir Adam. Sir Adam is, after all, working pretty hard on Quinton’s behalf. Not only is Ingrid quite a pretty girl, she will be (if she makes what Sir Adam views as the correct marriage) quite a wealthy girl, after Sir Adam’s death. Anyway, we can assume that Quinton does want to marry Ingrid, possibly for her personal charms, or possibly for her money. Or possibly for both of these reasons.
Now, Quinton might quite reasonably think of killing Sir Adam after he marries Ingrid, but it seems a bit premature to do it beforehand. But maybe he is so terribly confident that Ingrid will eventually agree to marry him that it occurs to him that it would be clever to deflect suspicion from himself by killing Sir Adam before he appears to have a motive to do so.
Or maybe Quinton is really very keen on marrying Ingrid, but has noticed that Sir Adam’s advocacy is doing the opposite of helping his suit.
Or maybe Quinton and Sir Adam have a disgraceful secret in common (perhaps some co-operative blackmailing scheme), and Quinton, under the influence of Ingrid’s purer, better nature, has become sick to death of the whole business.
Or maybe Quinton doesn’t really wish to marry Ingrid at all. Maybe he is himself being blackmailed into courting Ingrid by the almost impossibly wicked Sir Adam.
I feel sort of underwhelmed by all of these ideas. So, probably, would the investigators. But let us make Quinton a little more suspicious here. Let’s say that he was seen coming out of Sir Adam’s study shortly before Sir Adam’s death, and that he doesn’t really have a good explanation about why he was in there. “I wanted to see what the jolly old study looked like, don’t you know” is the explanation he gives, with an appearance of almost supernatural innocence upon his not-very-intelligent-looking face.
And that’s it for Quinton! I present him to you as a challenge! Can you think of a motive for him? Let me know in the comments!
Or, as always, feel free to just say hi!