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.
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.”