The Note by Andrew Barrett is a “CSI Eddie Collins” short story. The title refers to a note that Eddie received with the words “You are going to die tonight” Six short chapters combine to make this short story a fast read with an unexpected (by me) twist at the end. In the first chapter, “the scene,” Eddie is investigating the scene of a murder. Eddie believes he has met the victim before but can’t recall identifying details such as name. Other officers arrive on the scene, and a battle over crime scene jurisdiction begins. One of the officers trying to take over the stage is DS Trafford, a man Bill; has so little respect for that he addresses Trafford in public as Officer Dibble. In return, for a reason I do not understand, Eddie gives his name to Trafford as William Gristle.
When Bill returns to his office after a night of processing the latest body, he discovers a letter in his inbox with the threatening words, “you are going to die tonight.” The only identifying features accompanying the note were on the envelope. It said “Eddie Collins, CSI”. Someone had delivered the letter by hand; there was no postmark. By this time, Eddie has recalled the name of the victim, John Tyler. Eddie had met him when John was considering whether to file domestic abuse charges against his girlfriend, a lady, one who loved biting men. John had displayed lots of bite marks.
Eddie takes threats seriously, maybe more than he should as an experienced law enforcement officer. But Eddie had recalled the name of the victim while trying to remember when he had seen the victim before. As Eddie entered his house, he recalled the writing style of a former girlfriend. He hoped it wasn’t her making the death threats.
My review will leave Eddie receiving an unwelcome, threatening visitor in his home. What connection will she have with John Tyler? Why does she visit Eddie at home when it is more logical to meet him at Police HQ?
This story is a very British one as far as language. I can guess what some acronyms are, such as CSI. I have no idea what CID and PCSO mean. I suggest Andrew Barrett explain them at least once in the story or supply an appendix of unfamiliar terms. I give this story four Amazon stars and might have given more if I had more wholly understood what I read.