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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Antonia Avon came tottering back into the room and sat down in a high-backed chair.

Lord Avon glared at her and her full glass.

“What’s the matter darling – just having a drink to help me through the day. Now what’s Claude been telling you, inspector?”

“He was telling me about seeing Carol Herald yesterday morning in the woods near here.”

“Oh yes her – is that her name – Herald? She’s always hanging around the woods watching people going about their business. I have felt her watching me when I go through the woods. She’s not the worst though – I am sure that Janus man takes pictures of people which is a huge invasion of privacy.”

“Why didn’t you mention this to me, Antonia?”

“Why would I mention it, Henry, it’s of no interest to you darling because you never go into the woods and do anything that people would want to watch do you?”

Lord Avon flushed red and Knowles wasn’t sure whether he was angry or embarrassed. What was Lady Avon hinting at?

Lord Avon had had enough of proceedings and said so.

“I think we’ve seen and heard enough for now, thank you everyone,” said Knowles and stood up, a move that prompted Barnes to stand up too.

“What time is it sergeant?” said Knowles.