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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“So the shower curtain was removed after you left and before Barnes here arrived,” mused Knowles.

 

“Was there anyone else around in the woods, Mrs Hills?” asked Barnes.

 

“There was nobody around.”

 

“If that’s the case why didn’t you react when Bingo brought back the hat and go and investigate straightaway – given what happened yesterday?”

 

“I was being distracted by a partridge in the bushes.”

 

“You’ve had the best part of an hour and that’s the best you can do? Mrs Hills – with all due respect – that’s utter rubbish – we found the hat in the woods nearby and there were two sets of prints in the soil and leaves. Yours and someone else’s, now, who was it that you were talking to?”

 

“I don’t want to get him into trouble.”

 

“Who are you protecting?”

 

“Claude Avon – he owns an expensive camera and tripod and he was taking pictures of the trees, but I know he uses that camera to spy on people especially his near neighbour, Danica Baker-Clements.”

 

“Is there anyone who isn’t spying on someone else?” wondered Barnes.

 

“Would Claude have seen you leave Culpepper’s Woods, Mrs Hills?”