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A MAZE OF SUSPECTS
Sherman Holmes was out for a drive on a lonely country road. He saw a police car and the sign for the labyrinth maze at almost the same moment. "A labyrinth puzzle plus a crime, " he chuckled, stepping on the brakes. "How lovely". He switched on his turn signal and pulled off into the parking lot.
The roadside attraction, "Queen Victoria's Maze," consisted of a ticket booth, a small, shabby office, and the corn maze itself, a seven-foot-high square of ill-kept hedges. Curious motorists were lured into paying three dollars apiece to get lost in the confusing pathways inside the hedges.
Sherman bypassed the empty ticket booth and wandered up a gravel path and into the maze itself. Two right turns brought him to a dead end--a dead end complete with a corpse. A highway patrolman was standing over the corpse of a casually dressed man, a knife stuck between his ribs. Three men and a woman faced the officer.
"My husband Kyle and I came into the maze and split up just for fun<" the woman said between sobs. "After several minutes of wandering, I wound up outside another entrance. I was going to try again. I called Kyle, to see how he was doing. That's when I heard it--some scuffling--like a fight. Then Kyle screamed."
"I heard the scream, too," said the tallest man. "I was on a bench in the center of the maze. I didn't hear scuffling, probably because the fountain there drowned it out. I'm Bill McQuire. I hurried out of the maze and found Mrs. Turner. The two of us went back in and discovered the body together."
"I'm the owner," said a short, disheveled man. "Paul Moran. These people were the only three customers in there. After taking the Turners' money at the ticket booth, I went into the office. Abe, my electrician, was rewiring the system. I switched off the main fuse box for him. Then I walked around picking up trash. Abe was still working when I heard a man's scream."
Abe the electrician, was the last to speak. "What Paul said is true. I was in a crawl space under the office the whole time, doing the wiring. I didn't see anything or hear anyone until the scream."
The officer bent down to examine the body. "No wallet. Maybe it was a botched robbery. But we'll have to wait for the experts."
"I'm an expert," came a voice from behind. They turned around to find a short, owlish man with a briar pipe between his teeth. "Sherman Holmes, at your service. The solution is elementary, if you'd care to listen."
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