The Atomic Circus and Counterclockwise are the first two parts in the Caecilius Rex detective novella series. It is a four part series set in a post-apocalyptic society in which the outside atmosphere is consumed by a deadly, toxic smog, a perfect breeding ground for crime and conspiracy.
A Caecilius Rex Novel #2
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 24th 2013
Published June 24th 2013
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
“Following the events of The Atomic Circus, Detective Caecilius Rex returns with a whole new mystery to solve.
A series of stranglings spark a new intrigue for the young detective that is fraught with danger, along with an unlikely alliance and a startling discovery that will turn Rex’s world upside down. Continue the mysterious journey with the second volume in the Caecilius Rex saga.”
You know who your friends are when you suddenly become homeless. Kendra had all too cheerfully informed Cae that her repairman would not be back to fix the filtration system in her house until Monday, which meant six more nights on the couch for the young detective. At the breakfast table on Wednesday morning Cae nurses his aching back while Kendra paws through the forensic reports from both crime scenes.
“Clear finger-marks, but no finger-prints on the necks of the deceased,” she reads. “So whoever did it was wearing gloves.”
At the last word she can’t help but glance at Cae’s hands, or more specifically the one hand that is currently un-gloved. His right hand still bears the faint marks where the stitches along his fingers have dissolved, but other than a rough line here and there, the skin is relatively smooth. It almost looks like a normal hand now. More natural lines have formed around his knuckles and fingers; it is only his cuticles that bear the tell-tale signs of the shiny, red acid marks that still reside across the rest of his top half.
Cae puts his hand under the table, starting to use his cereal spoon clumsily from his left instead. Kendra takes this as a sign to read on.
“There’s an inventory of what was destroyed at the lab… No traces of DNA found anywhere near either body. These kills were completely clean.” Kendra looks up from the papers. “Remind me why we’re not doing this at the station?” She asks.
Cae scowls. “Because the other DI’s are poking their noses into my case,” he replies. “Yours is the only nose I want involved.”
Kendra gives him a small smirk. She returns her gaze to the papers, scanning with her dark brown eyes, and a few minutes pass.
“Oh no,” she says quietly.
“What?” Asks Cae, his spoon slipping out of his grasp. It lands in his bowl with a clang.
Kendra holds up one piece of paper. “This inventory’s not just about destroyed items. Some things are missing.”
“Some things like what?” Cae questions, forgetting about his right hand as he uses it to take the paper.
“Third block down,” Kendra guides.
He finds the place, blue eyes widening. “Two blood samples unaccounted for,” he says as he reads the longwinded paragraph. “No evidence to suggest they were smashed in the attack.” Cae pauses to look up at Kendra. “Wonder whose they were?” He muses.
“Read on,” she says in a serious tone.
And after a moment, Cae echoes her “Oh no” with one of his own.
“They’re our blood samples,” Kendra says. “Just yours and mine are missing. That kid must’ve taken them.”
“Well I won’t get another word out of him,” Cae sighs. “He just keeps saying he can’t betray his family’s secrets.” Cae puts down the paper and rubs his face with the un-gloved hand, ruffling his black hair. “You know what this means, don’t you?” He questions.
Kendra raises a dark brow.
“Somebody’s trying to kill us again,” Cae completes.
About the Author
Born in South Wales to Raymond and Jennifer Finn, Kimberley Charlotte Elisabeth Finn (known to readers as K.C., otherwise it’d be too much of a mouthful) was one of those corny little kids who always wanted to be a writer. She was also incredibly stubborn, and so has finally achieved that dream in 2013 with the release of her first two novellas in the four-part Caecilius Rex saga. As a sufferer with the medical condition M.E./C.F.S., Kim works part time as a private tutor and a teacher of creative writing, devoting the remainder of her time to writing novels and studying for an MA in Education and Linguistics.
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