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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Barnes put his hand in his pocket and switched on the device with the volume turned up high.

 

Lord Avon came into the room followed by his wife carrying a glass containing clear liquid and a young man approximately 18 years of age.

 

“Inspector Knowles and Sergeant Barnes – this is my wife Antonia and my son Claude, whom I believe you wish to question regarding a murder in the woods this morning.”

 

Claude looked nervous and sat forward with his elbows on his thighs – Antonia focused on the wall behind the officers as though thoroughly bored with the proceedings.

 

“Claude, I want to ask you what you were doing in Culpepper’s Woods this morning around 7:30 and whether you saw anyone acting suspiciously?”

 

Claude looked at the floor and bit his lip slightly before answering.

 

“Yah I was there – I was photographing the trees against the sky using the long lens and tripod – the only people I definitely saw were the Hills woman and her dog Bongo or whatever it’s called and also Greggs the stockbroker man doing his Tai Chi in a clearing in the woods.”

 

“Does this Tie Chee involve standing on one leg for a while?”

 

“It can do – it depends on what routines you choose.”

 

“So that explains the single footprints that we found in the leafy glade – there was more downward pressure on those footprints than the others.”