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Deadly Pattern: A Suspense Thriller (The Dana Mulder Suspense Book 1)

Deadly Pattern: A Suspense Thriller (The Dana Mulder Suspense Book 1)

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When a standard medical procedure ends with a girl missing and another dead, the case lands on Dana's desk to solve before time runs out.

Kidnappings, deceit, and murder—this is Dana Mulder’s life as a private investigator since she started working her latest case.

Her search for a missing woman leads to a prominent doctor who abducts his patients after their surgeries, but all the evidence is circumstantial. Teaming up with her detective brother and his partner, Dana discovers more bodies and links cold cases with similar MOs. All the while being hunted by the man who left her for dead, who’s back and wanting more.

Can she solve the mystery before stumbling over another dead body—or before a savage maniac turns her into one?

A fast-paced thriller with unforgettable characters and spine-chilling suspense. DEADLY PATTERN is part of a gripping complete series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

 

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Chapter 1Bianca stretched her legs. That familiar click in her right knee sent a jolt of pain up her leg; the movement caused her to move her upper body, and pain from her shoulder made her wince. She relaxed one muscle at a time, and, after a few seconds, the pain dissipated. Having another scar once she’d healed wasn’t comforting, but it was just another scar to add to the one that went down her right leg.

When Bianca had first arrived at the hospital, she had shared a room with another patient before being wheeled into surgery. Now she had a private room and wondered whether her insurance had approved it in full, because she didn’t have money to pay the difference should there be an outstanding balance.

Her room was clean with the standard eggshell-colored walls, starched bedding, and repulsive hospital smell—disinfectant mixed with body odor and the lingering stench of a corpse or two.

Her shoulder throbbed, and the joint felt tight. She tried to move it, but it was strapped tightly in a sling against her body. It was an old sports injury that had worsened when she had fallen. She couldn’t remember how she had fallen on the sidewalk; she was walking one second, the next thing she had woken in the back of someone’s truck. The kind man had offered to take her to the hospital. The next day, she was scheduled for a rotator cuff repair.

Gently massaging against the bandage on her shoulder, she felt something, and wondered whether the orthopedic surgeon had done an arthroscopy as he had promised or if he had gone full on butcher on her arm. She shuddered at the thought.

Footsteps sounded; a light knock on the door was followed by a nurse beaming at Bianca as she entered. “Morning, my name is Mary, and I’ll tend to you today. How ya feeling?” The nurse wore a tight white bun on top of her head, had clear crystal-blue eyes, and a warm smile to match her happy demeanor. She carried a blood pressure monitor and reached for Bianca’s arm. Her powdery perfume wafted in behind her, causing Bianca to stifle a sneeze.

“Okay, I guess. When will I see the doctor?” Bianca sat up, using her uninjured arm. Her right arm throbbed in the sling as she moved even though she kept it still. She leaned against the pillow, breathless. She could stay where she was. She didn’t have the strength to sit all the way upright; that position was as good as it would get.

“He’s busy with other patients, but you’ll see him soon,” Mary said while leaning Bianca forward, fluffed her pillows then helped her lay back again. “You comfy now?”

Bianca nodded. “And my dad, is he here yet?”

“No, but I’ll send him in the moment he gets here.” Mary squeezed her knee through the starched bedding. “Don’t fret. I’m sure he’ll visit you soon.” She cocked her head with a sympathetic smile. “You hungry?”

“Not really. Maybe thirsty.” Bianca felt blood drain from her face. The sudden movements didn’t agree with her, and bile rose, which she swallowed, tasting the bitter aftereffects of the anesthesia.

Mary smiled knowingly. “It’s just the morphine. It makes patients a little nauseated soon after the procedure. Don’t panic with what I’m about to do.” Mary lifted the bleached covers. “I’m just going to remove the catheter.”

Bianca felt a gentle tug on her lower body but didn’t notice the little tube leaving her. She did have an overwhelming need to urinate though.

Mary unhooked the bag from the side of her bed and placed it on the trolley that stood against the far wall.

Bianca relaxed, hoping the feeling would disappear, but it didn’t, and she needed to go. “Okay, I need the bathroom now.” Bianca slowly sat upright.

Mary smiled, pulled the covers all the way back and helped her off the bed.

Bianca wobbled slightly, but Mary steadied and guided her to the small bathroom in the corner.

Once Bianca was done and back in bed, Mary left the room but returned after a few seconds, wheeling a trolley full of food and a glass of juice to Bianca’s bedside. She set the plate of food onto the over-bed table with cutlery and a plastic cup with three capsules. “Eat.” She sat in the chair beside the bed and watched intently.

“Are you going to watch me eat the whole time?” Bianca lifted the lid to see scrambled eggs and toast.

“They say eggs and dry toast go down easier on the first day. Don’t mind me. I’m here to ensure you’re okay and can eat something before you take your pain meds.” She jerked her chin at the plastic cup holding the capsules.

Bianca ate slowly and sipped even slower on the orange juice then paused until the nausea passed before she continued eating.

Mary watched Bianca the entire time. Frosted-colored eyes gleamed at her once she finished. “Now for your medicine, it’ll help with the pain. I promise.” Mary pushed the plastic cup closer along with the half-full glass of orange juice.

Bianca swallowed one capsule at a time, finishing the orange juice.

Mary removed the plate and glass and handed her the remote for the television against the wall opposite her bed.

She flicked through the channels—all six of them—eventually stopping on a cartoon about a mouse. Bianca’s eyelids felt heavy. Her skin tingled, and her body relaxed one muscle at a time. The medication took its hold on her.

When Mary closed the door behind her, Bianca’s eyes fluttered open, alarmed when she heard the door shut with a distinct sound of a lock turning.

Bianca’s heart hammered against her chest. Why was she locked in?


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