This excerpt is from the book entitled The Frisby Waterless Murders, an English Murrder Mystery book set in the countryside, starring two policemen who have been working together for a few years and get along really well. There’s lots of dialogue and banter with some humour thrown in amongst the murders and suspects.

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“A Major Douglas Harkness, formerly of the Coldstream Guards, retired for three years, who was sitting in seat 22 although according to the seating plan he should have been in seat 26 but wanted to be moved because he needed more legroom.”

 

“An old war wound bothering him?” asked Knowles.

 

“I will find out from the train manager, sir” replied Barnes and headed on to the train.

 

Knowles shook Dr Crabtree’s hand as they exchanged pleasantries.

 

“So Dr Crabtree, last time it was a sword, what do we have this time?”

 

“Colin, I am not 100% sure. I think he has been poisoned because he died of asphyxiation, which might have been because of something he ate or more likely because something similar to a blow dart penetrated a vein in his neck although I have not found that dart.”

 

“Are we talking about Amazonian frog poisons?”

 

“We may be, Colin, don’t get too excited, not just yet anyway.”

 

“Could the dart have been made from ice?”

 

“No, I don’t think that would work.”

 

“So the murderer somehow inserts a dart into the major’s neck and then removes it before anyone notices it?”

 

“It would only need to be there for a few seconds for the poison to take effect.”

 

“If it was fired though, threw a blowpipe, the victim would surely feel something?”

 

“Normally, yes it would feel like a sting, but if you were being distracted by something or someone else then you might not notice.”

 

“But the someone else would notice a dart in your neck.”

 

“So the someone else idea wouldn’t really work, so we are looking for a distraction.”

 

“Yes, we are especially if someone was carrying around a blowpipe. That surely would have been noticed by someone?”