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 can’t rule it out but it’s incredibly unlikely given that Bingo is such an inquisitive and alert dog – he’d notice straightaway. What I think happened today was that someone else was watching whatever Davis was watching and then came across Davis after the murder was committed.”
“And stole his shower curtain?”
“Yes, unlikely as it sounds – perhaps it’s better than whatever they have at the moment for their stalking activities in the woods.”
“Anyway, Barnesy we should be leaving and paying a few people a visit.”
“Where will you be going for your morning walk tomorrow, Mrs Hills? Culpepper’s Woods will be off limits to you as it’s a crime scene,” asked Barnes.
“I suppose we’ll go up the river and head into Hen’s Woods from that side rather than from Doggett’s Field.”
“Just one last question, Mrs Hills, do you know of anyone who goes into Culpepper’s Woods early in the morning to practice standing on one leg for longish periods of time?”
“I don’t, but I have seen Mr Greggs, the stockbroker, coming out of there once or twice around 7am – he was carrying a bag I seem to remember.”
“And he lives locally does he not?”
“Yes, I think it’s 3 Sharrock Lane – but he works in the City of London so he’s not around during the day.”