Where am I and why don’t I know my own name?
My heart is thudding like I just ran a marathon, but considering that I’m wearing a skirt and heels, I’m pretty sure I haven’t been out jogging. Wait! I was at work and I went in to my boss’ office to discuss a new hire and found him dead. Does that mean I worked in the Human Resources department?
Heck! My memory is like a corrupted computer file. I can retrieve bits and pieces, but nothing makes much sense. All I know for sure is that I live in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois and where ever “this” is, it isn’t my hometown.
In fact, it looks as if I’m in a big white room without doors or windows. That’s pretty scary. Am I in prison? Did I kill my boss? Surely, that’s one little detail that I’d remember.
Hey! Is that something blinking in the corner? I should go see what it is, but I’m strangely afraid of it. Almost as if I get too close it will erase my very existence. Or change me into someone else.
As long as it isn’t another dead body. I never want to stumble over another corpse again. I didn’t like my boss, but seeing him dead with his face twisted in pain and his hands clutching his chest isn’t something I want to repeat.
But what happened after that? I’m pretty sure my boss died from a heart attack so why would the police take me into custody? No. I don’t think I’m in jail.
This better not be my mother’s attempt at some sort of intervention. Maybe, I’m an alcoholic or a druggie and this is a blackout, but that doesn’t seem right. It certainly can’t be a sex addiction; I haven’t even had a date in six months. Now, how in the world do I know that?
Well, shoot! That blinking light is gone and now it looks like there are words being typed on the wall. If I didn’t know better, I’d think I was a character in a book. But that’s just crazy talk. I bet my blood sugar is low. I need to get home and try out that new recipe for blood orange chocolate cake that I’ve been working on.
New York Times bestselling author, Denise Swanson’s fifth Devereaux’s Dime Store mystery, Between a Book and a Hard Place, debuted in March and her nineteenth Scumble River mystery, Murder of Cranky Catnapper, came out in September along with her romance, Sinfully Delicious.
Coming Soon! Stay tuned to find out more about the sleuth in her new Chef-to-Go series.