"She has no idea," answered the detective. "She couldn't see her watch and they haven't got a striking clock in the house."
"Well, she says she thinks it was several hours before Mrs. Chugg arrived in the morning... as much as three hours, she thinks!"
A"nd what time did Mrs. Chugg arrive!"
"About Mackwayte... how long was he dead when they found him? What does the doctor say?"
"About three hours approximately, but you know, they can't always tell to an hour or so!"
"Well," said the Chief slowly, "it looks as if one might figure the murder as having been committed some time between 3 and 3.30 a.m."
"My idea exactly," said Mr. Marigold. "Shall we go upstairs?"
He conducted the Chief and Desmond up the short flight of stairs to the first story. He pushed open the first door he came to.