Title: Inspector Mage: Blood on the Floor
Author: Aleese Hughes
Genre: YA Fantasy / Murder Mystery
About the Book:
Every Oseran is born with a Mage Gift but, for the talented Inspector Russell Gaines, even his abilities could not help him prevent the death of his sister at the hands of a serial killer known as the New Age God.
Years later, the once-promising inspector is a retired, washed-up drunkard who finds himself plagued by the demons of his past. But, when a member of the prominent Melton family is found dead, and one of their own is implicated, he reluctantly finds himself drawn back into the world of detecting.
Forced to work with this new suspect, the troubled Julie Melton, Russell must work to prove her innocence in the case. But, this murder isn’t the only mystery he’s facing when he quickly realizes the young woman is hiding a shocking secret of her own-one that could mean the downfall of her family.
As more evidence is revealed, the facts of the case send Russell into even more of a downward spiral leaving Julie to investigate on her own. Will she be able to bring the former inspector back from the brink and bring the true killer to justice? And can she keep her secret hidden to save herself and her family from ruin?
Excerpt from Chapter 6:
The little library was so crowded I could not tell whose body lay on the floor. Panic ensued as more guests and servants rushed into the little library. “Who is it?” a woman whispered. The room smelled of sweat, tears, and the metallic scent of blood—a scent I only knew from scraping my knees as a child, pricking my finger on a rose bush, and witnessing the manor chef accidentally slide a cooking knife across her bare skin. But I had never smelled blood as I did at that moment—it was strong, and there must have been a lot of it.
“A murder! Who could ever believe such a thing?” another murmured.
My lip trembled as I anxiously craned my head back and forth to get a better view of the body. All I could see was a bloodied hand with a pool of more blood beside it stretching across and staining Mother’s favorite rug. I concurred with the last voice: I could never believe a murder would happen in my own home.
Calvin stood next to me, his almond-shaped eyes growing wide. “God of Beginnings,” he prayed in a low voice, “Oh, Othos, bless his soul.”
My body warmed at the sound of his prayer. I reached over and took his hand in my own, shocking myself. I could feel Calvin’s limbs freeze in surprise, but they just as quickly softened as he flashed a grateful smile in my direction. He squeezed my hand, and my heart skipped a beat.
“What is the meaning of this?” Father pushed his way past Calvin and me and through the rest of the crowd, making a pathway directly to the body. I gasped once I finally saw who it was.
John Fletcher, my brother-in-law, lay in a puddle of blood and sweat. His face was smashed against the wood floor, and his lifeless, green eyes were still open.
About the Author:
Aleese Hughes is many things: a mother and wife, an avid reader, and an up-and-coming Young Adult Fantasy author. Aleese enjoys her time at home with her children and relishes the opportunities to pick up a good book or write one herself.
Having grown up around theater her entire life, Aleese has a natural ability when it comes to charming audiences while on stage. And the same goes for her knack to put words to paper and create stories that people of all ages can read and enjoy. The fantasy genre is not only her favorite to read, but it is also what she writes.
As an up-and-coming Young Adult Fantasy author, she’s excited to share her stories with the world. To find out more information about her book, please visit her websites at: aleesehughes.com and inspectormage.com
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