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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“That’s strange because the rhododendron flower had been ripped out of Shapiro’s mouth too leaving the stalk, but that occurred after he was dead.”

 

“It seems like these bodies were both visited a number of times before that dog found them.”

 

“Someone made alterations to both crimes scenes both before and after that dog found the bodies. Someone was watching all the time and I think I know who it was.”

 

”But would the person watching have also made alterations to the crime scene?”

 

“I think they did, but after the dog had found the body – that dog drew the watcher’s attention to the body, which indicates the watcher wasn’t aware of the murder and didn’t see who did it. What I am interested in is the person, or persons, who altered the crime scene after the murder and before the dog arrived.”

 

“Well I am glad we sorted that out – did you want to see Davis’ internal organs by the way? They’re in a bowl over by the sink.”

 

“I don’t want to see them thank you, but I’ll let Barnesy know – he may be interested in them. You didn’t do that just for me did you? You’re not upset with me and my lack of enthusiasm to see my ex-colleague’s innards?”

 

“Not at all – it’s just a standard process.”

 

“What do you do with them afterwards by the way? Do you stuff them back inside again?”

 

“We incinerate them, Colin, and you can’t have them for Gemma either; that would be unethical.”