This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva 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.

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Barry Janus was walking past the village shop when Tom Jargoy pulled up in his van.

 

“Hello Barry, you look worried – what’s the matter have you run out of film?”

 

Janus leaned on his tripod and smiled.

 

“Just shows how much you know – I don’t use film – I use the new digital technology.”

 

“So what’s up then?”

 

“That fat police inspector just spoke to me about interfering with Clem Shapiro’s body – asked me if I’d removed his jacket – why would I do that; he wasn’t even my size?” Janus laughed, “plus I don’t wear leather jackets do I?”

 

“How’d you know it was leather Barry?”

 

“It’s just a guess – he always had leather jackets did Clem – I suppose being a butcher he felt he had an affinity with the cow. Anyways, have they spoken to you – the police?”

 

“Why would they speak to me – I had nothing to do with it.”

 

“They’ll be speaking to you I would have thought – just to establish where you were last night.”

 

“I know they’ve been visiting Carly and bothering her – they took her shoes and belt. She was proper upset.”

 

“You’d know all about visiting Carly wouldn’t you Tom Jargoy?”

 

“You breathe a word of that to anyone and I will stick that tripod up your backside – you will know how the fairy feels on the top of the Christmas tree.”

 

“Why so angry, Tom – you’re wife wouldn’t mind – she’d just go over  to Langstroth House as usual – but she’d wait for Lady Avon to go up to London first of course – normal behaviour for them all.”

 

Tom Jargoy clenched his fists and felt the blood rising in his face – he glared at Janus, put the van into gear, and headed for the beer garden at the Badger & Ferret Inn. He’d get even with Barry Janus when he’d had a drink or two.