This excerpt is from the book entitled The Manton Rempville Murders an English Murder 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.
An English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside.
“Death, you say, is that why there were all those sirens keeping us awake at some ungodly hour this morning?”
“Those sirens were the ambulance and police cars rushing to the scene of a murder. I am sorry, but I don’t know your name.”
“The impertinence – I am Lady Bunny Johnson, if you must know, and why do those people put on their sirens when the murdered person is already dead and there’s no reason to rush?” Lady Johnson smoothed her revealing blue blouse over her figure as she almost spat out these words.
“Thank you, Lady Johnson, I do need to know your name and there is always a reason to rush to a murder scene as vital evidence can easily be lost if the police aren’t on the scene as soon as possible.”
“Really – it doesn’t seem necessary to me; perhaps they could put them on just in the afternoons?” She brushed a couple of blonde hairs behind her left ear, taking care not to get them caught in her silver earring, shaped like a unicorn.
“We’ll see about that; anyway, how many people do you have in the Hall at the moment? I would like to interview them all, please.”
“I’ll ask the butler, Fairfax, to gather the staff together in the lower library for you.”
“I would like to interview everyone in the house, staff, family, and house guests, if there are any of course.”
“You surely can’t believe that any members of the family, my family, would be involved in anything as sordid as a murder?”
“The murder was committed on a property adjacent to this Hall, last night, so I would like to eliminate every person in this Hall from my enquiries as soon as possible. So, Lady Johnson, if you please can you gather everyone in the library…”
“Which one, we have two? Upper or lower?”
“…please gather everyone in the lower library in fifteen minutes from now, so Sergeant Barnes and I can find out where everyone was last night.”
“I’ll ask Fairfax to gather the family and then he can go and get Wilkinson and Jenkins. I will ask Miss Newton to rouse everyone in the coach house.”
With that Lady Johnson had gone, leaving behind a slight scent of neroli.
“I presume that’s the coach house over there,” said Barnes, pointing to a two-storey brick building behind some topiary bushes.
As if on cue, a youngish maid wearing an apron dashed out of the front door of the Hall and headed in the direction of the building. Her auburn hair was in a bob, which swayed slightly as she hurried on her way.
“That must be Miss Newton doing as she has been bid by her boss,” growled Knowles, “and I wonder who Wilkinson and Jenkins are?”