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.
“Thanks, Linda,” said Knowles, “that was really informative, if slightly vague. So there was someone in the kitchen car with Carly Waferr as she was preparing the food and drinks. We shall have to ask her who that might have been. The windows were open when the train set off. Gerald went back to close the windows and so would have had the perfect opportunity to fire a dart at The Major.”
“We need that information to be corroborated by someone else, sir,” said Barnes, who was always slightly alarmed how quickly his boss jumped to conclusions,” we should check to see who else says the same things as Zoe.”
Barnes then started to scan his own interview notes and found out the answer quite quickly.
“True, Barnesy, very true, Linda did Zoe have anything else to say?”
“She said that when the smoke came in no one came past her seat; it seems like everyone behind her went the other way. She looked at the Major briefly through the smoke and she thought he was trying to stand up with the help of his wife, but then Zoe began to choke and she had to leave them to it.”
“So the Major was still struggling for life at that time, around 10:10 a.m., and yet was dead 10 minutes later. I wonder, Linda, if you could contact Zoe and ask her who was in the kitchen area when she arrived? It sounds like she would have spotted everyone although she may not have known them by name.”
“Will do, sir, although as you say she wouldn’t have known many, if any, of the people from the Round Table.”
“Seat 14 was Madge Williams, who is the sister of Doris Williams in Seat 16, and she was going to play the role of her sister in the Murder/Mystery too. I think PC Wang interviewed them both, Linda?” said Barnes.
“That’s right – Madge arrived on the train and didn’t move a muscle as she was sitting opposite the murder victim and she is considered the prime suspect for this reason. She had a good view of the Major who seemed to be popular as most people who walked by him stopped to say hello…”
“…damn,” said Knowles, “that makes life so much harder for us, sorry carry on Linda.”
“…Madge noticed the smoke coming in from the left-hand window – from her perspective i.e. facing towards the train. She nudged Doris and they headed to the kitchen area before the smoke became too bad. They waited around in the kitchen for a few minutes with around a dozen people. The train manager did go and shut the windows and the male steward went to