My standalone novel, Perfect Murder, was released last week. It’s a thriller about a female crime writer turned serial killer – just because she wondered if she could…
I thought today I’d share the first chapter with you.
Could you commit the perfect murder?
Alice Friend thinks you can, and she’s going to prove it. But perfection is elusive, and the body count rises as she pursues her aim, changing MO with each kill.
It should be easy. After all, Alice is perfectly suited for the task. As a crime writer she leads a solitary life and has little to get in her way.
Until it does.
Can she really kill and walk away, or will her actions have consequences closer to home than she could have imagined? Suddenly it looks like time may be running out for Alice…
If you are reading this then something has gone horribly wrong.
Let me start by telling you a little about myself. My name is Alice Friend and I live in the small market town of Beccles in Suffolk.
I’m a mid-list crime author, which means I keep writing books but you probably haven’t heard of me.
What you’re reading is a preface to the diary beyond, just in case you have picked it up and are wondering what it is.
As a woman of words, I thought I should keep a record of events. I mean, how else would I be able to prove that I had done it if I didn’t write it all down? But this record I’m keeping, I only intend it to be for my eyes.
I’m writing this preface not too long after I started the diary, and if you are reading this… then I may not have succeeded. I may be dead.
It’s fine if I’ve died of old age and you are reading this book because someone found it among my effects. Then, yes, all is still well and you’re finding out that I managed to do it.
Feel my joy from here.
The other options are that I died in the execution of my task or this is being read at my trial because I failed.
Because what I’ve tried to do is commit the perfect murder.
Don’t make that face. Who better to commit the perfect murder than a crime novelist? Look at the amount of research I have to do to write my novels. I know so much. Not just about the killing and disposing of bodies, but about police procedure as well. How the police investigate.
Did you know the police investigative murder manual can be downloaded online?
Not only do I know how to commit the perfect murder, but I know how to evade the law.
After all the books I’ve written and all the information I have absorbed, I wondered if I could actually get away with it. I don’t think I’d ever have acted on those thoughts had events not conspired against me in the way they did. But it all proved too much to bear and so the question became uppermost in my mind. Was it possible to commit the perfect murder?
If you’re a crime fiction fan, if you read a lot, it may have even crossed your mind. Come on, a little honesty. You can tell me. Who am I going to tell?
Look at the situation I’m in now.
I hope you enjoyed the sneak peek at Perfect Murder. If it whetted your appetite you can download the ebook HERE.
Jaye Marie says
Wow, what a premise!
and something that has crossed my own mind, to be honest. But then, I may have more reason than most…
Margot Kinberg says
Oh, this is fantastic, Rebecca! And the premise really is fascinating. I like the way you define ‘mid-list’ author, too… I hope you’ll have a lot of success with this.