FIRST LINES / BOOK BEGINNINGS
‘WILL TO LIVE'(Detective Kay Hunter #2)
BY RACHEL AMPHLETT
Elsa Flanagan cursed under her breath and slapped the side of the torch against the palm of her hand.
The beam wavered before it flickered back to life and she exhaled, releasing some of the tension from her shoulders.
She’d told Dennis to change the batteries the previous evening when he’d returned from the pub, the dog carrying a faint scent of cigarette smoke from where his owner had passed the time with his friends in the small undercover shelter to the side of the fourteenth-century tavern.
He’d obviously forgotten all about the batteries after several pints of real ale, and now she was traipsing across the pitch black field with Smokey, praying the beam held out long enough for her to let the dog have a quick trot around before she headed home for the evening.
Early spring, and the air was laden with a freshness, the countryside beginning to waken from its winter slumber.
She’d spent the afternoon in the garden, pulling out all the old and rotten vegetation, the roses receiving a vicious pruning, and the flowerbeds prepped and ready for the first burst of daffodils.
When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.
As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.
With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.
When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…
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