The double murder of a young man and woman, with a message in blood at both scenes reawakens the memory of an identical case fifteen years earlier.
Detective Superintendent Eddie Kilminster, a junior detective in the earlier case, now leads the present investigation. He enlists the help of Sean Moses, an ex colleague from the first case, and now an investigative profiler operating outside of the force. Eddie and Sean find themselves on a journey and a race against time before the killer strikes again. Will Eddie’s mind be opened to the forces of nature that lie beneath the killings, and will Sean discover a new path in his life before events push him beyond the edge of his sanity?
Targeted Age Group:: 16+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The idea to write had been kicking around for a few years. I read a detective mystery by a very successful author and although I liked the story, it was one that I felt I could have written myself. It got me thinking as to what interests me and the nucleus of my own story started.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters formed themselves. True they had their shape, (tall,short,fat slim etc) but their actual quirks and the way they conversed, interacted etc evolved as the story grew. I liken it to meeting a room of strangers, and one by one you gradually get to know them.
“He’s through there sir”, said the nervous looking PC guarding the door to what was now a second major crime scene. Detective Superintendant Eddie Kilminster, Eddie or Lemmy to his friends, but sir or guv to those who worked for him, eyed the pale looking constable and paused to speak to him.
“Are you ok son? I hear you were the one who discovered him”.
“Pretty shaky sir, but I’ll survive. You’ll want to watch your step as you go in sir. I threw up when I saw him…..sorry”, the constable answered hesitantly.
Eddie reassured him, “No problem, we all react in different ways to our first sight of death. I know of some seasoned veterans who still keel over”.
Before the young constable could answer, Eddie had already stepped into the room. Forensics had already left and had taken everything they needed from the body and surrounding areas. This left him free for a short while to inspect things at his own pace.
The sight was that of a young man lying on his back. His head was tipped back and there was some bruising around his neck, which suggested strangulation. He was fully clothed, and along with the bruising, his throat had been cut. According to the forensics team, the cutting of the throat had occurred after death. The blood had been used to write a message on the wall of the room, ‘Avenged, Samuel 1824’.
“Samuel…? And what is 1824?” DI James Ash, Eddie’s number two in the investigation bluntly asked.
Eddie stood and thought for a while. He began to walk about the room, talking as he did so.
“I’ve seen this before, about fifteen years ago. There was a double murder using different methods with an avenged name and what was thought to be a date written in blood at the scene. Events took a really strange turn and totally screwed things for us. We lost control of the case and eventually the trail petered out into nothing”.
“Lost control and petered out, what happened?” DI Ash asked.
“The investigation was taken away from the team and the killings just stopped. Not another crime matching this MO has ever been reported until this week”, Eddie answered.
He searched his memory for any details from all those years ago. He shook his head to clear his mind, and to focus on the present as it was difficult to remember anything specific from that far back. He would have to look at the old files.
He looked at his watch, “It’s late Jim; I think we’ll get a better angle on this in the morning. I’m going to make some calls to see what I can turn up. I know someone who briefly worked with me on this case from before. He’s no longer in the police but he’s made a big splash helping other forces with their higher profile investigations. His success rate is extraordinary so I’m going to try and get him on board with us”, he said.
Hi, my name is John and I was born in Portsmouth in 1968. I currently work in the security alarm industry and it was seeing a few clients with their own published works that got me wondering what it was like to have your own written book on the shelf at home. I’ve always had a hankering to write a book and it was reading a detective story by an author of who I am now a huge fan that finally inspired me. I began with a vague idea of a storyline and this grew over time and eventually took on its own form. When they say a book writes itself at times they are not wrong. Finally after nearly 18 months of burning the midnight oil, stealing hours on days off, lunch hours and evenings on standby waiting for the phone to ring, all hunched over my laptop typing away, I finally had my first draft of Renatus, my first novel. Another 6 months of rewriting and editing (huge thanks to my wife Beccy who was able to spot loads of stuff) it was finally uploaded in january of 2013. A paperback link has followed and I now have my written work on my own bookshelf at home. The book has been slowly selling and although I would love it to be a success I am equally happy that it has reached a number of people and have thoroughly enjoyed the writing process. Renatus 2 is now available and I am now at the blank page and no ideas for a third in the series. It will come.
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