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.
After a couple of minutes Knowles walked over to Barnes and blew in his ear.
“A word in your ear, Barnesy. Follow me for a moment.”
They walked in to the sports room.
“Well, Sergeant, when I broke the news of Edward Pritchard’s passing, what did you see?”
“I am going to draw this out on a large piece of paper when we get back to the station, but I saw James Beauregard look at Gwendoline, Henrietta looked at Gwendoline, as did Ellis Hardaker. Wilkinson, the chauffeur, looked at the cook, Mrs. Swarbrick, who was looking at Bunny Johnson, who looked straight ahead and seemed upset or shocked. Miss Newton looked at Toby, who was looking at George Johnson, as was his wife Gertrude. The butler, Fairfax, looked at Sir Michael who seemed to look out of the window and then glanced at Jenkins who had been looking at him. Cedric looked at his friend Timmy and then looked at George Johnson.”
“Good observation, Sergeant, but some of those people could have been looking at someone else in their line of sight as everyone is close together in there.”
“Possibly, but I got the impression those people were looking for one individual – what did you see, sir?”
“Basil Fawcett didn’t look at anyone other than glancing at his sister and Gwendoline looked at her father, who didn’t make eye contact.”
“Who seemed the most upset?”
“To me, the lady of the house seemed the most shocked and didn’t look at anybody. Gwendoline was surprised more than anything.”
“Almost as though she’d seen Edward Pritchard recently, you mean?”
“Perhaps, yes, but I might be wrong of course.”
‘Did anyone appear pleased to you, sir?”
“Well, not joyous as such, but Ellis did manage a half-smile I thought.”
“I thought Timmy Beauregard looked relieved…”
“Yes, sir, relieved, as though something was over for him.”
“That’s something to ask him later, indirectly of course, when we interview him.”
“Overall I thought everyone took it very calmly indeed and there wasn’t much chatter between people as there sometimes is; that was the most surprising part, not much chatter at all, as though very few people were surprised. Anyway, perhaps we should be getting back?”
“Yes, the butler has been trying to catch my attention for a few seconds…Mr. Fairfax, is there something you require?”
“Fairfax, sir, is my name…”
“You have been in service too long. Mr. Fairfax, are people ready to hand over their statements?”