BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
In a prestigious Edinburgh apartment building, gym receptionist Evie whiles away long hours doodling the deaths of residents who’ve annoyed her.
On her birthday of all days, a man slumps off the exercise bike — dead. She tries to get help, but someone has locked the doors and the phones are out of reach.
When another resident collapses inexplicably, Evie realises the deaths resemble those she drew … and her sketchbook is missing.
Was she framed…
… or is she next?
Publisher: Pollok Glen Publishing
Format: Ebook (20 July 2023)
The glazed doors to the gym were propped open. From here, on the twelfth-floor landing, you could not yet see the bodies.
Evie counted her breaths and stood motionless, forcing the flow of people to go round, like a boulder in a river.
A woman in a dark blue trouser suit strode towards her, emanating the kind of authority that underscored they knew what they were doing. She frowned and scanned the full length of Evie, oozing the unsettling suspicion of airport security with a glove on.
‘I’m Detective Inspector Ansforth.’ A terse smile. A click of her pen. A flip to a new page in her spiral-bound jotter. Rapid, efficient movements. ‘What’s your name?’
‘I’m Evie Stirling. I’m the receptionist here in the residents’ gym.’
Evie caught a glimpse of dark green trousers. How many ambulances would they have sent?
‘Do you need a paramedic to look you over?’ Ansforth asked. ‘What? No. I’m fine. I’m just…’
‘Miss Stirling, I appreciate you will be in shock after today’s events. I’m quite happy to let you go home to recover. You can give your statement at the station tomorrow. But can I ask you one thing?’
‘Do you have any idea who killed all these people?’ ‘No,’ Evie lied.
And if pressed, she would lie again.
My thanks to Anne of Random Things Tours for the invite and extract.
Photo Credit: Scott Cadenhead
Heleen Kist is a Dutch, formerly globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. ‘Killer Bodies’ is her fourth novel, inspired by her hatred of exercise.
She was chosen as an up-and-coming new author at Bloody Scotland 2018. Her novels have been finalists in a variety of awards, both in the UK and USA, and she years to some day ‘be the bride’.
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