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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“I am sure Sergeant Barnes does, but,” Simon Ricketts reached into his inner jacket pocket, “here’s my card for you Inspector with my phone number and email on it.”

 

Inspector Knowles took the card and placed it carefully in his notebook. He stood up, shook the actor by the hand, and headed towards PC Smythe who had just finished interviewing a middle-aged couple, who he guessed were the Casimirs.

 

“Hello, Linda, is that you finished taking statements?”

 

“It is, Inspector, I have just finished with Josef and Zoe, who were going to play the role of the murder victim’s aunt and uncle.”

 

“Were they estranged from her too?”

 

“No, they weren’t, but they did have some concerns, because they thought they were going to be written out of her will, due to the return of her estranged son and daughter.”

 

“I see, back in the real world, where did Zoe and Josef go when the smoke came in?”

 

“Into the kitchen along with most other people.”

 

“Thanks Linda – when the other PC is finished – what is his name by the way?”

 

“That is PC James Wang – he’s only been with the force six weeks, sir.”

 

“Right, when he’s finished please can you collate your statements and his and let me have them? We will have to try and figure out who moved where and when.”

 

“Well, good luck with that, sir, because from the statements I have taken everyone seems to be in agreement about what happened.”

 

“You don’t think they’ve co-ordinated their stories do you?”

 

PC Smythe thought for a moment before saying, “Well, some of the details are precisely the same and some differ slightly, so perhaps some people have been singing from the same hymn sheet as it were.”

 

“OK, Linda, well thank you for the warning. These details have been provided by the actors?”

 

“No, Inspector, that’s what was strange, it was the Round Table people whose stories appeared to have been agreed upon beforehand.”