Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Stephen Edger’s Dead To Me! I’ll be sharing an extract from chapter one with you. On the last day of the tour, make sure to head on over to Chapter In My Life to read part two. Or if you can’t wait that long, you should just buy the book. 😉 Many thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for the opportunity to join the tour and for providing the extract!
Author : Stephen Edger
Title : Dead to Me
Series : Detective Kate Matthews #1
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : August 17, 2017
When a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse, Detective Kate Matthews is called to the scene. Recently transferred following the death of a colleague, Kate is yet to see a successful prosecution over the line. But this won’t be an easy win.
Someone is watching her: leaving her clues in her home, taunting her to throw the case and threatening the life of her little girl.
As more bodies begin to surface and Kate’s stalker closes in, her instincts tell her that there is a link hidden among the victims’ missing pieces. This is a killer with a message and Kate must race against the clock to solve his twisted riddle.
But at the end of this impossible puzzle lies an impossible choice.
CHAPTER ONE – PART ONE
DI Kate Matthews slammed her hand down on the rim of the steering wheel as the minutes on the dashboard clock ticked past. ‘No, no, no, no!’ An accident on the A33 had caused delays across Southampton, and the slow crawl to the station was now being impeded further by a set of temporary traffic lights at the top of Shirley High Street. She could see the police headquarters building from where she was sitting and was tempted to abandon her car, hightailing it on foot. The supe would be pacing in his office by now. She should have phoned in sick or embellished on her ailing mother’s condition, but then she’d have felt guilty all day. She couldn’t understand why her alarm hadn’t gone off at six, as usual. She’d definitely set it when she’d gone to bed.
Could she really have switched it off during the night?
The lights turned green and, rather than waiting for the old woman two cars in front to finally figure out where first gear was, Kate pulled out and shot past, narrowly missing the offside wing of a stationary car at the opposite set of lights. At the bottom of the road she swung across the roundabout into her parking space, then hurried into the station.
Racing up the stairs, she arrived, panting, at the third floor, and caught her reflection in the glass panel of the office door. She’d never been one for worrying about her appearance, but she stopped to quickly smooth her top, straighten her jacket, and fish in her handbag for a hair tie to pull her chocolate-brown hair back from her face. Brushing a few toast crumbs from the edge of her lips she forced a smile, revealing two slight dimples in each cheek. It would do.
Kate stepped into the open-plan office, nodding to DS Samir Patel, who didn’t hide his irritation as he checked his watch and shook his head. She could have pulled him up for that, but there wasn’t the time. She was sure he was still frustrated that her arrival in the department had robbed him of his shot of a promotion. She threw her bag onto the desk and unlocked her workstation. She didn’t envy the supe having a tiny office shut away from the world: she liked being around the team; she enjoyed the banter. Not that many of them had attempted to engage with her recently.
It was almost as if they saw her losing streak as a form of leprosy; they’d do anything to avoid becoming infected.
‘Morning, ma’am,’ DC Trotter offered cheerily, placing a mug of coffee on the desk in front of Kate, her blonde hair bobbing as she skipped back to her own desk.
‘Morning, Laura. Give me five minutes to get myself straight and then we can have a look at—’
‘The supe wants to see you first,’ Patel interrupted without looking up. He was cleaning out the coffee machine again; his daily ritual.
Locking her computer, Kate smiled at Laura across the room, as if it was nothing. ‘You’d better give me ten minutes instead.
I’ll grab you when I’m ready.’
She tried to act casual as she strolled back along the corridor to the supe’s office, a cold dread swirling inside her. Taking a deep breath, she knocked twice and entered.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on Sharon’s blog at Chapter In My Life for part two!
Dead To Me is out today!
Stephen is the author of 11 novels and 5 short stories. He has independently published Integration, Remorse, Redemption, Snatched, Shadow Line, Trespass, Double Cross, Fragments, and Downfall. Stephen’s novels Crosshairs and Complicit are published by Endeavour Press.
Stephen is a fully-fledged member of the International Thriller Writers’ (ITW) Association.