“OK, then,” I said, turning away, heading towards the stairs.
The phone rang as I passed it. Hoping it might be Violet, I lifted the receiver, my heart pounding.
“Congratulations,” said a disembodied voice, “you have won a guaranteed major prize in the Lithuanian State Lottery.”
I slammed the phone down, muttering a curse under my breath as I walked upstairs. They’d got me once. Never again.
(from Inspector Hobbes and the Curse by Wilkie Martin)
7½*/10. The complete review is here.