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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“Those would have been the Waferr woman’s paw prints, I suspect. Do you have any other good news?”

 

Dr Crabtree breathed in deeply and said “Well I can tell you that it’s the same murderer for both cases – the same amount of force, almost certainly the same weapon, delivered from above, so I can’t tell you anything about the height of the assailant I am afraid, but it does mean that Shapiro was sitting down when he was assaulted.”

 

“Which means that his seat was stolen afterwards by someone – damn they’re like vultures here – anyway, does the amount of force indicate a huge amount of strength or a normal amount or…”

 

“A strong woman or a moderately strong man hit them both.”

 

“Using a long iron bar or the back of an axehead, an axe with a two-foot long handle?”

 

“I would say a stone, Colin.”

 

“Not the back of an axe?”

 

“A stone – blunt and hard – it’s easier to wash or dispose of afterwards as well.”

 

“Right, less likely to draw attention to yourself unless people know you’re in the Viking society.”

 

“Good point, Colin – there’s something odd though about the acorns that were in his mouth; these acorns were deliberately picked from the tree and weren’t just loose acorns from the ground, they still were attached to their casings and they had been ripped from the tree, not delicately plucked. Quite a lot of anger involved. Premeditated.”