Goat 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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Knowles parked his Land Rover in the car park of the Badger & Ferret Inn and looked at his watch.

 

“Right, Sergeant Barnes, I think you should go and see Carol Herald and find out what she knows and work out what she’s not telling you, if you know what I mean. Above all see if she’s the proud owner of a dirty shower curtain or a golf seat that might have been used by her fellow stalkers.”

 

“And you’ll be visiting Mr Greggs that Tai Chi artist then?”

 

“I will – he should be back by now from his job in the big city. I will see you in the tap room when you’re finished.”

 

Barnes headed to the left to No 1 Sharrock Lane, while Knowles headed straight over to No 3. A shiny white Mercedes with a warm bonnet was parked in the drive.

 

Knowles rang the doorbell, stood back slightly and waited. Mr Greggs was perhaps busy after returning from London. After a minute, the door was opened by a slim, brown-haired man wearing tracksuit bottoms who was drying his hair with a blue towel.

 

“OK, where’s the other one, you people usually come in pairs.”

 

“Not a Jehovah’s Witness, not happy and smiley enough,” said Knowles, brandishing his ID, “the name’s Detective Inspector Knowles from Scoresby CID, can I come in and ask you a few questions about the murder this morning?”

 

“The murder? What murder? Where? – I didn’t see a thing.”