Today I am thrilled to be able to share with you an extract from K.T. Finlay’s book A Thoughtful Woman, which is the first book in the Sally Mellors series.
I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this as yet but check out these very favourable reviews which can be accessed here.
Before we get to the extract, lets see what A Thoughtful Woman is about.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but where’s the fun in that?
Artist Sally Mellors has planned the perfect revenge, but with two secret agents on her tail, and her best friends running the police investigation, getting away with murder is going to be tricky… Everybody loves Sally. She’s a funny, generous, warm-hearted friend, without a nasty bone in her body. Isn’t she?
Unknown to her friends, Sally’s discovered another side to herself, cool headed and relentless, as she hunts down the three men who killed her husband. But Sally’s not the only one with an interest in the trio. Unknown to her, two agents have arrived in town, urgently hunting a missing man and his diary, which could blow their organisation apart. Their best leads are the very men that Sally’s hunting, and she’s getting in the way…
Ok now let’s get into the exclusive extract
We join the story as Sally, dressed as her murderous alter-ego Selina, spots a fleeting opportunity to strike at one of the men she’s hunting. But unknown to her, intelligence agents Freddy and James are watching her every move.
Edgar Thomlinson stood in his back garden and assessed the weather. The wind had died and the rain reduced to a drizzle. Good enough for a bike ride. Selina was just putting the Mini away in the garage when she spotted him heading for the zigzag track.
Knowing he must be on one of his routine runs, she made an instant decision. Here she was, already dressed as Selina and the weather was just about perfect for an attack. It was too good a chance to miss. Despite the risk of being seen, she ran to the flagpole and raised the hunting flag to alert Emma. With no advance warning, there was a very good chance that Emma wouldn’t see the flag at all and the potential for things to go wrong was almost enough to make Selina abandon the hunt. She had no qualms about risking her own life, but it was altogether something else to risk Emma’s. In the end though, she metaphorically threw the dice, and tied off the halyard.
Back inside she rushed to the medicine cabinet and brought out Graham’s old Rohypnol tablets. She’d done her research and was glad she’d kept them after he died. The blue colouration in Roche’s new formulation wouldn’t have made them anywhere near as easy to use for what she had in mind. She danced around the kettle, swearing about the wickedness of watched pots, and then had to force herself to wait until the tea was strong enough to mask the taste of the Rohypnol. Finally she bunged in half a dozen sugar cubes and stirred it by vigorously jerking the thermos up and down on the way to the garage. She threw the thermos and a packet of biscuits onto the passenger seat of the Mini, grabbed a small bottle of engine oil from Graham’s tool shelf and set off down the field.
‘Here she comes again.’ said Freddy quietly. ‘I wonder what the down arrow on that flag means?’
James picked up the car in his binoculars and tracked it through the lanes. ‘I dare say we’ll find out.’ he said. ‘What interests me more is why is she still wearing that disguise in her own back yard?’
Selina drove past the walking track at the back of Ornamental Estate and on towards the Sky river. There was a long, steep slope leading down to a tight right hand corner that would do just perfectly. She stopped the Mini on the corner and walked a little way back up the slope, assessing the road surface carefully. With the greatest delicacy, she poured a line of oil across the downhill traffic side of the road, exactly where she thought Thomlinson would be hitting his brakes.
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Let’s Get to Know K.T. Finlay
I’m the author of the Sally Mellors adventures and the Prince Wulfstan books.
Ever since I first saw James Burke’s wonderful Connections series, I’ve been fascinated by the way a single new idea can change the course of history. The more I learned, the more intrigued I became about how some ideas stuck while others initially sank without trace, only to resurface perhaps hundreds of years later to change everything. The first Prince Wulfstan book, In Two Minds, explores this idea not just by introducing new ideas into a medieval society, but by showing just how difficult it would be to pull that off in practice.
I’m equally fascinated by the justice system. People expect it to be fair, which is why we allow it to resolve our disputes instead of simply taking revenge ourselves. But watch an individual case play out in court and it can seem more like a high stakes game between lawyers than the pursuit of absolute truth. And if you think it’s a game, do you still accept the result if you lose? Is that still justice? At what point will a perfectly normal, perfectly decent person snap, and what happens when they do? Is it possible to plunge into the darkness of revenge and remain the normal, decent, happy person you were before you started? Enter Sally Mellors, who’s going to give it a damned good try in A Thoughtful Woman.
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