M for Murder


Copyright-Claire Fuller

I arrived on the scene; tape was already up, sectioning the library in half. 

‘It’s a bad one, Jim.’

Rick moved to the side, unblocking the view for me.

The victim – male, late forties – was spread-eagled in the middle of the aisle, naked.  Words and symbols covered his entire skin. Tape held his eyes wide open, staring up. 

I followed his gaze.

‘Rick, call central.  We have a serial killer on our hands.’

‘But we just have the one vic.’

‘The first vic.  Haven’t you read the cover?’

I pointed to the ceiling.

‘Vol.1.’ was still drying, painted in blood. 

For Friday Fictioneers.

34 comments on “M for Murder

  1. 🙂 Nicely done (although not for the vic.)


  2. Chilling, strangely reminds me of some books by Connely …

    • Sandra says:

      Assimilating my story to a crime author whose books have been translated into 35 languages; compliments cannot get any better than that! Thanks Bjorn.

  3. More grisly humour – great stuff!

  4. kz says:

    woah ^^ well done

  5. cool.

    The vic shouldn’t have been reading the book on the ceiling, the best volumes are on the shelves.

    Maybe he fell on his back trying to read the ceiling after taping his eyes open so that he wouldn’t blink and miss a word, and then he hit his head when he fell and died, and then some homeless person living in the library took his clothes. Yeah, I’m sure that’s it.

  6. EagleAye says:

    Ooh, very interesting. Any chance you will continue this idea?

  7. Sandra says:

    “Serial killer” 🙂 Nice one. He must have read to death.

  8. Shreyank says:

    i hope u continue this ! in a way sad yet interesting !

  9. elappleby says:

    Oh creepy – you managed to get a lot of tension into those few words. I like the fact that the victim was looking at something, making the reader wonder what he was looking at. Clever.

  10. Joe Owens says:

    Nice Sandra. I especially liked the Vol. 1 on the ceiling.

  11. Dear Sandra,
    What a way to go. What a way to write. Nice one.

  12. t says:

    Whoa – such a chilling ending. Nice!

  13. Chilling. Well done.

  14. Nice ending. Creepy and humorous at the same time.

  15. kdillmanjones says:

    Creative! Will we find out what Vol. 2 is?

  16. camgal says:

    Chilling end…still drying in blood..good job 🙂

  17. Mystikel says:

    That was very clever and fun to read. Can’t wait for the sequel.

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