This month I’m taking part in the A-Z Challenge! Which means I’ll be writing 26 posts (on set days through the month) each one corresponding to a letter of the alphabet. Today is day 26, which means letter Z – the end of the challenge!

My theme for the month is: Secret Diary Of A Serial Killer. Each post will be a new chapter in the story – I’m really excited to finally get this novel idea out of my head and into words. I hope you enjoy it! πŸ™‚

Previous Chapter: Yearning Start from A: Anna



The next morning I pulled into the Sunrise Diner parking lot, yawning. It had been a long night. I saw Johnny through the window, sitting at his usual corner booth. I turned off the ignition but stayed in my car for a while, watching him.

After everything he’d done the past few days I had no doubt he knew I was there. I was starting to doubt my double life was even a secret from him.

I chewed on my lip. It had been a long night with lots of questions from everyone, and I’d only managed to slip away on the pretense of needing to get food – which wasn’t a complete lie.

The captain had been preparing to give a press conference when I left the station. There was no way I wanted to be around for that.

I yawned again then made my way to the diner.

Johnny smiled when he saw me, and nodded to a cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie he’d ordered for me.

I grinned. β€œI might need a second slice after the night I’ve had,” I said, sitting across from him

He pushed his plate of pie towards me. β€œIt’s key lime.”

Not my favourite, but it would do. I started eating his slice first, saving the best apple pie for last.

I was half way through his pie, pausing to drink some coffee, when he said, β€œSo, are you going to keep me guessing? What happened?”

I finished the coffee and called to the waitress for some more. She gave me a pitiful smile before scowling at Johnny.

β€œIt went pretty much like we planned,” I said, eating another mouthful of pie.

β€œPretty much?” He said, raising an eyebrow.

β€œYeah. I had to improvise a little here and there,” I said between mouthfuls.

He frowned at me. β€œBut everything went ok? The police got statements from you both? The note arrived to the right place?”

β€œYeah, well, mostly,” I said. β€œThe note was great,” I added quickly. β€œThank your guy for me please. He did an amazing job.”

He smiled. β€œI’ll tell him.”

β€œAnd yeah, I gave my statement this morning,” I said, yawning. β€œIt was a long night.”

The TV near the kitchen caught my attention as I heard Captain Hood’s voice giving some details about the case.

Johnny looked up at the press conference.

β€œYou didn’t want to be there for that?” He said.

I shook my head. β€œNo way. I prefer to keep a low profile. It makes my job easier if my face isn’t plastered all over the news.”

Captain Hood started talking about a missing detective, asking people to call in if they have any information.

β€œSmart of him to call Capinski a ‘missing detective’ at this stage,” Johnny said.

I nodded, taking a bite of apple pie.

β€œA body was discovered this morning which we believe is from the same killer,” Captain Hood said.

Johnny stared at the screen.

β€œWe will release her identity after the family has been notified. But we have reason to believe he won’t be killing anyone else,” said Hood.

β€œDelaney,” Johnny said, his gaze moving slowly from the TV to me.

I chewed the last piece of apple pie.

β€œLike I said, it was a long night.” I grinned.


Thank you to everyone who has been reading along with me all month, and to everyone joining in later who has made it to the end of my crime/thriller! πŸ™‚ I hope you all had as much fun reading it as I did writing it!

I had originally planned for Secret Diary Of A Serial Killer to be a one-off, stand alone novel/novella, but I’ve fallen in love with the characters so much I may write more Delaney Myers books. What do you think? πŸ™‚

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the A to Z Challenge! And extra congratulations to everyone who made it through the whole alphabet with me – now we can sleep for a month lol!


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