Christopher completely ignores his father’s wishes. He is still bothered greatly about Wellington, the supposedly murdered dog. He walks over to Mrs. Shear’s house to pay her a visit. He apologize to her for all the trouble he caused, but still confesses that he did not kill her dog and the real murderer will be brought in. She did not take a liking to this and shut the door in his face. Christopher’s curiosity over takes him. He quietly trespasses into her backyard to search her tool shed. He finds the pitchfork, clean with no blood. He infers that a stranger to him did it because he knew no one who hated Mrs. Shears or Wellington. He questions everyone in the neighborhood, but finds no new evidence. Then he comes to a conclusion, Mr. Shears, Mrs. Shears’s ex-husband. He was the only one that would truly want to cause trouble with Mrs. Shears. That is when Mr. Shears became the prime suspect.
Marzipan is a confection made of almonds reduced to a paste with sugar and often molded into various forms, usually diminutive fruits and vegetables. Cutleries are utensils, as knives, forks, and spoons, used at the table for serving and eating food.
One thing that frustrates me about this book is that no one really cares about Christopher except certain people. If he is challenged by a disability then why doesn’t he have more help then he does now. Siobhan and his father are the only people who seem to help understand life and people. Another thing that is upsetting is that his father hindered Christopher’s relationship with his mother. He did not allow him to see her in the hospital when she was facing emanate death. He also did not let him go to her funeral to see her for one last time.