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.
“I came out of the woods opposite Sharrock Lane so yes he could have hidden himself away and then gone back after I’d gone home to phone the police.”
“Do you not have a mobile phone, Mrs Hills?”
“I do, but Bingo has hidden it along with some other items and I have no idea where – the naughty dog stole it when the battery was charging, so I can’t even call the number and then listen for the phone ringing.”
“How do you know it was Bingo that took the phone?”
“Because he takes items all the time, Sergeant – he buries things in the garden sometimes so I am expecting that my phone is under the azaleas or petunias. He places other items into containers; it’s very strange behaviour for a dog.”
“It’s a real shame you don’t have use of your phone because the crime scenes have been tampered with after you left both of them and before officers arrived. Someone is watching you leave the crime scene and then stealing something – a jacket, a shower curtain and I am not sure who or why? Whoever they are, I wish they’d make themselves known to us because they are probably holding on to some vital evidence.”
“Does it have to be someone living in Goat Parva that’s doing this?” queried Barnes.
“I don’t think it has to be but it’s more likely because of the time of day we’re talking about 6:30 – 7am.”
“You don’t think someone’s following Bingo and I do you, Inspector?” said Mrs Hills in a concerned manner.