TSoA: Chapter 38, Part 1: Murphule Poirot
The A Team gets back to the inferior B Team and reports on Obi-Wan and his instructions on how to find the ark.
Everyone seemed to feel that the appearance of [Obi-Wan], so soon after they had made their decision to continue the quest, was a good omen. The ark actually seemed to be in their sights.
Given that Murphy appears to have had no plan whatsoever as to what to do or where to go to find the ark, I’m surprised that the predominant feeling isn’t one of relief. We’ve gone from “we’re gonna wander around the whole mountain…area” to “go to Specific Valley X.” Seems an improvement.
But Murphy spares some thought for non-ark issues, such as: WHO IS THE KILLER???
Or possibly killerS, as me loyal readers have been quick to point out.
Thus Murphy puts the little grey cells (both of them) to work, thinking about each (living*) member of the team, “with the exception of Isis.”
Normally, excluding someone from suspicion would be a striking clue. And it would be fucking incredible if Isis was the killer.
* Murphy clearly hasn’t read many mystery novels. (They are, no doubt, sinful and “of the world.”) If he had, he would know that being “presumed dead” does not necessarily exclude a person from being the killer or the killer’s accomplice.
Anyway, Murphy wonders if Token Turk had been in on the gunmen coming to the camp, then dismisses the thought because he rescued her.
He wonders if Fearless Gum-Popping Leader had cut Señor SEAL’s rope, then dismisses the thought because “despite their rivalry,” Fearless seems genuinely upset by Señor’s death. (So Murphy thinks that Army/Navy rivalry tends to end in murder? Wild.)
As for [the Nerd], he seemed to spend most of his time in near-death situations himself.
That’s all Murphy has to say about the Nerd. Not only does the phrasing make it sound like almost-dying is the Nerd’s hobby, but Murphy fails to consider the possibility that the Nerd could be putting on a “helpless act,” to lull the other team members into a false sense of security before he kills them all. Murphy also ignores the fact that it wasn’t just Fearless who had the opportunity to kill Señor SEAL—the Nerd did, too.
Murphy has nothing on Larry the Photo Guy except that he tends to stand apart from the group (yanno, because he’s taking pictures of them), though I am impressed that Murphy appears to have set aside his jealousy. (Either that, or Phillips completely forgot that Larry has a crush on Isis.)
Which leaves the Dick, or, as Murphy calls him, “the enigma,” (???) who has “the weakest motivation for volunteering in the first place.” Which confuses me a bit because back a few chapters ago, we learned that the Dick worked for the Turkish Ambassador. Which means that the Dick had exactly the same motivation as Token Turk—they’re two sides of the same coin.
And, of course, Murphy can’t decide on the most likely culprit.
He would just have to watch everybody like a hawk.
Or like a Talon!
OR ororororor…it could be the wonderful old murder mystery reveal:
THEY ALLL DID IT!!!