Hey, folks. How ya doing today? A few days ago, HOTYH expressed disbelief that the RN author could have wanted to blame an SFF while at the same time leaving hints that the killer was someone close by. Well, I've felt for a while now that they could have done both WITHOUT it being an inconsistency or a paradox, or some other damn thing. But I wasn't quite sure how to put my feelings into words. Then, like tablets delivered from the mountaintop, Chiquita71 came through for me, giving me the last piece I needed: Beautiful. Especially the bolded parts. And that's where we can reconcile the two: the whole point of the RN was to tell a story. And what better than a spy plot? The "representative of the foreign faction" turns out to be a secret spy, a mole right under the Rs' noses! A trusted friend/colleague/employee who secretly sold out their country and helped get a little girl killed out of greed and jealousy. It covers all the bases: someone points out how the language is feminine and motherly with phrases only an inner circle member would know? Say it was the lady housekeeper, someone who would know all of these things. WHY would she kill their little girl or set her up to be killed AND possibly betray her country? Greed and jealousy, the classic harbingers of betrayal from the beginning of time. Tom Clancy would be proud! Say, wasn't PR a fan of Tom Clancy books and JR a fan of James Bond movies? Mm, mm, mm.