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Inspector Tweede

There was no finer detective than Inspector Thaddeus Tweede of Scotland yard! He was most astute in solving crimes and could easily detect a feeble canard! He joined the force as a 'bobby' working himself to the peak of his profession. You daren't pull the wool over his eyes when he was seeking a confession! Ah! He could have been cast in a movie since he was a detective's prototype, In his tweed suit, tweed cape, tweed deerstalker's cap and ever-present pipe! When investigating a crime scene he'd mull the facts with his chin in his hand, Puffing his pipe making copious notes should he be called to the witness stand! The highlight of his career was solving the case of Prime Minister Percival Hoar, Who was found by his maid one dark and stormy night sprawled upon the floor! There was no evidence of forceful entry nor anyone breaking through the door, Nor was there any sign of a struggle, bullet holes or oozing, bloody gore! Who could have done this dastardly deed that brought the minister to his doom? He took prints, photos and noticed a strange odor as he moved about the room. Thaddeus called on all his experience and training to solve this mysterious case, Muttering to himself and doing a lot of 'hmmming' as to and fro he did pace! Eureka! He noted a bulge in the prime minister's jacket he hadn't seen before! Gingerly lifting a bottle from the pocket, he deduced he needn't search anymore. 'Twasn't a gun, the butler, a political enemy, jilted lover or envious friend Who did the terrible deed - 'twas demon rum that brought the minister to his end! In November 2019, I was contacted by the Hodder Education Publishers in London, England, seeking my approval to include this poem in a proposed school work book for English students aged 11-12 and of course I approved. Today 6 July 20 I was provided with a courtesy copy of the book titled: KS3 ENGLISH ANTHOLOGY - DETECTIVES" and an impressive publication it is! The works of 24 writers are featured and among them are: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Edgar Allan Poe and Agatha Christie - pretty heady stuff for this Hoosier country boy to be included. Students are required to parse the writes to include working through in class both the theme and techniques evident, plus writing essays about what they learned from the writers intent. I was thrilled, yet humbled, that the publishers considered "Inspector Tweede", worthy of inclusion in the book to enhance the educational journey of English students.

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Date: 7/12/2020 1:47:00 PM
Awesome story--congrats Bob on this splendid achievement.
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Date: 7/10/2020 3:42:00 AM
Congratulations Bob, a great achievement. Especially as your poem will help young people in the UK learn English...
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/10/2020 10:43:00 AM
Thank you S.O. It makes me very happy that in some small way I can encourage the education of young people. Take good care - Bob H
Date: 7/9/2020 10:37:00 PM
Congratulations Robert your piece is an added contribution to all the fine works of other Poets.
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/10/2020 10:45:00 AM
Thanks Michael for this kind comment and I appreciate the encouragement and support that you expressed in other of my "concoctions". Best to you as you continue your poetical journey - Bob
Date: 7/7/2020 11:13:00 AM
Congratulations dear Robert, it it an absolute honour, Poetry Soup is proud of you. Blessings and hugs, Jennifer.
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/7/2020 11:16:00 AM
Thank you so much, Jenn. I am honored yet humbled that in some small way I may be able to enhance the educational journey of youngsters in the UK. Best on you - Bob
Date: 7/6/2020 10:04:00 PM
Ha, ha! Thaddeus puts the D in Detective! Wonderful, engaging write, and kudos to you for its inclusion in UK's educational system. Bravo, Gershon
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/7/2020 8:42:00 AM
Yep old Thad did a great job coming up with the evidence in the Hoar case and getting me included in the book! I did it for the honor of the thing since there were no "pounds" transferred to my bank account that I'm aware of! Press on! - Bob
Date: 7/6/2020 5:36:00 PM
Brilliant write Bob, loved it and big congratulations on it being used to teach students in the U. K. Tom
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/6/2020 7:10:00 PM
Thank you Tom and perhaps some your grandkids will be studying it there in the UK and that would give me great pleasure. Bob H
Date: 7/6/2020 5:10:00 PM
Hi Bob, this is quite an honor for you! I am so happy for you. Please be proud of this poem, it's Acceptance unto English Anthology, in the United Kingdom.)) I get giddy over comments from poets here. Can't imagine the bubbles of joy you feel. And a great poem, that it is, KUDOS. Panagiota xx
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/6/2020 5:13:00 PM
Thank you, Pannagiota. Your comments, encouragement and support mean so much to me - Bob
Date: 7/6/2020 2:58:00 PM
wow, what an honor, bob! congratulations! i always enjoy your story poems and this one is no exception...
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Robert L. Hinshaw
Date: 7/6/2020 3:21:00 PM
Thank you Ilene - still on cloud 9 but must remain humble - ha! Another of my poems Wagon Wheels is being published in a history of the west by a lady in Calif which should be out soon. Stay safe - Bob