English Training:

Chapter One. Mrs. French is married to the Fashion photographer, Mr. French. She suspects her husband is having a love affair with a Television Showgirl. Hours later, someone kills Mrs. French. Her husband is arrested for homicide. Is Mr. French responsible? If he is not the killer, who is?

The Valley – My name is — “David Hunt.”

I am a Private Investigator for the Fox Hunt Detective Agency. I am en route to a cocktail and coffee bar – The Vice Versa.

“Morning Mr. Hunt,” says Mario. “Out of curiousity, who you and Linda Fox vote for?”

Mario is my friend. He is the owner of the cafè. He asks a lot of personal questions. I can tell you I like chewing gum but I do not like it on my shoes!

English Training: A Gumshoe is a derogatory term for private investigators.

Unfortunately, Mario knows I do not get along with my boss and Mario also knows I am touchy about two subjects: Linda Fox and politicians.

“Mario, would you mind? Back off,” I snapped back.

“Ok. Ok. Sorry. Do you want a coffee?”

“Yes, I do.”

English Training: Ms. October – the client

Ms. October Wants David Hunt to Find the Real Killer

Ms. October, with her high-heeled red shoes, walks into a smoky, dark-lit office.

“Welcome to the Fox Hunt Agency,” says David.

This is the first time Ms. October goes to a private investigator. She does not know what to expect. Ms. October is beautiful, American and sexy.

“Have a seat,” he says.

“Thank you,” she says.

“Where is Linda Fox?”

“I’m afraid she is away on business., he says.

“Are you a qualified private investigator?”

“Yes, I am.”

“Do you read the newspapers?”

“Yes, I do.”

“My brother, Mr. French is innocent. I want you to find the real killer.”

English Training: Looking for Clues

Ms. October has blonde hair, blue eyes and beautiful legs.

“Can your Agency help me find the real killer?”

“No, I cannot.”

“Why not?”

“Unfortunately, the police do not like our agency to investigate homicides.”

Ms. October takes a Virginia cigarette out of a black casing. She starts to smoke.

“Sorry. But for the police, the case is closed,” he says.

“Is Linda Fox in her office? I want to speak to her. she is the one who has the famous name.”

David sits back in his chair.

“She is my business partner. We do everything together.”


“Almost everything.”

“Where is she now?”

“She is on vacation in Bermuda.”

“Who with?”

“A ‘friend.'”

“Are you sure you do almost everything together?”

“No. But I know Linda does not like an investigation of this type.”

“Please. My brother is a good man. I insist that you find the real killer,” says Ms. October. “And I pay good money.”

“Really? How much?”

“Double the normal price.

“Okay. Why do you think your brother is innocent?”

“My brother has a dangerous job,” she says.

“What’s your brother’s job?”

“He’s a photographer.”

“Does he take photos of wild animals?”

“In a way. He is a fashion photographer and it is pretty wild out there. And many people, actually a lot of people are jealous of his success.”

“So your brother has a lot of enemies.”


“The newspapers says your brother and the Television Showgirl are lovers. Is that true?”

“Yes, it is.”

“The tabloids also say the murder weapon is a knife and that your brother has his fingerprints all over it. And that his wife’s blood and DNA are on the knife.”

“Yes. The police have a kitchen knife with my brother’s fingerprints, DNA and blood. Her blood.”

English Training: Questions
  1. Who is David Hunt?
  2. Where does he live?
  3. Who is Linda Fox?
  4. Where is Linda Fox?
  5. Who is she with?
  6. Who is Ms. October?
  7. Why does Ms. October think her brother is not the killer?
  8. Why does David Hunt accept the case?
  9. Do you think David Hunt is seduced to make his decision?
  10. Is Ms. October beautiful?
  11. What is the name of the agency?
  12. What is the name of Mario’s bar?
  13. Who is the accused?
English Training: The Fox Hunt


Written by

Vincent Towerpast

English Language Consultant for Business English courses and Journalist - Foreign Correspòndent