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.
Copyright © Robert L. Hinshaw | Year Posted 2020
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