They really do knock of at 5 here. Unbelievable. Apparently after that there are officers on call from about 25 miles away, but even their station closes, so they have to be called in from home.
It's like stepping back in time.
Usual stuff about can't say much about the case - you all know how it goes now.
Middle aged couple, killed in their own home, no apparent motive. Only one officer here has ever worked a murder case before. But they don't want to bring an entire team in because they think local knowledge will be key. Which it might be.
Today was. Mainly about setting up a proper enquiry and me getting up to speed with everything they know - very little, given forensics isn't even back yet. And I've been told to expect a very contaminated scene, even when we get it.
Right now I'm in my B&B. It's...well, it's got wifi, so it can't be bad, right?
Clean enough, fairly boring. Everything you'd expect, right down to crap instant coffee in my room. Landlady seems friendly, even let me put the bike in her garage, which was nice of her. He husband works down in Norwich, so I'll meet him later I suppose.
I have no idea what to do with my evening. Need to find some food, possibly a drink, and have a think about the case.
Missing John and the boys like crazy. Normally I'd just be heading home now. Today I've been here for about an hour already, and all I can think about is what they're up to.
There's a civilian whatever they're called working the front desk who took a serious shine to me when I arrived.
By the time she got around to offering to 'show me the sights' (there aren't any, so I can guess which ones she means) I was clearly far too reticent for her liking. So she waspishly said "Wife mind you working away, does she? Leaving her looking after the kids?"
A few not-entirely-the-truth responses passed through my head. But I thought hey, why should I lie? So I said "the two boys can be a bit of a handful for my boyfriend, on his own. But he's tough enough to cope, thanks."
Silence stretched....then she pasted on a smile and mad herself busy.
From the looks I've been getting since I think the gossip is slowly spreading...
At least she's stopped trying so hard, though. Now she's being almost normal.