We continue our Valentine mystery round robin with Part 5 of Her Fatal Valentine by Kathy Ivan.
"You're a real piece of work, Lauren." Sarcasm laced Carter's response to her question. "You murdered your boyfriend when you found out he was cheating with another woman. Why, couldn't stand the competition?"
"Caroline wasn't competition, Detective. She was vindictive, petty, narcissistic, and shallow, but I loved her. She was my sister but I wasn't blind to her faults. Anything I had, she had to have it, take it." Lauren paused before whispering, "Even you."
Lauren stood, her nerves slightly steadier now the shock of finding Kyle's body was sinking in. Kyle was really dead, lying in a pool of blood less than 20 feet away, while the man she'd always loved, the man her sister had stolen and married to keep them apart stood glaring down into her eyes, a strange light blazing in the depths of his dark gaze.
"Caroline's body was found in our home. I was drugged, bound and gagged. Mike's blood was everywhere, and you've always blamed me. Tonight, you show up here, before I even arrive, and there's been another murder. Why were you here first? How did you even now I'd been here?"
John ran his hand through his hair, fingers mussing up the dark brown curls that hadn't seen a razor in far too long. His face, his whole demeanor seemed… tired. Leaning against the post of the front steps, he slid his back along its length until he sat back, braced against the wood.
"I got an anonymous call. Blocked number. The caller said they had proof you'd killed Caroline. Gave this address." He blew out an exhausted breath, before reaching into his pocket, pulling his cellphone and punching in a programmed number.
"Yeah, it's Carter. We have another one. The Valentine's Day killer has struck again."
Who called Detective Carter? Is there a serial killer on the loose or is somebody targeting Lauren? And why Valentine's Day? Where is Mike's body? Check back for part 6 by Elise Warner on Friday, February 15.