Category Sloane Van Buren


Murder by Design – Author’s Notes

By Sloane Van Buren

Hello, everyone! I hope you enjoyed Murder by Design! It was a labor of love for me that was begun last winter, and not completed until after Memorial Day – so, while I will be writing another mystery, it will not be ready to publish until next summer, I’m afraid.

A big part of the reason for this is that I need to know where Bell is going with the actual show...


Murder by Design – Chapter Seven and Epilogue

Tonight, BBU will publish the final chapter to the summer’s very successful mini series – Murder by Design. We hope its readers have enjoyed the chapters and are excited to read the conclusion to the story.

However, there is a special treat for the fans of Murder by Design… BBU had a quick chat with the author and asked her the two most asked questions by the readers. Enjoy her responses to those questions:

What inspired you to write Murder by Design?
I was inspired to write it because I thoug...


Murder by Design – Chapter Six

Prologue to Chapter Six

Baker leaned over the computer monitor in a futile attempt to block the images from the view of the civilians in the room. One glance at our faces told him we’d seen the video; there was no mistaking the shocked expressions he was seeing.

The camera in Eric’s office had captured the crime: Pam had entered Eric’s office and headed straight for the small conference room...


Murder by Design – Chapter Five

Prologue to Chapter Five

When I pulled into the Forrester parking lot, the sun was just coming up over the horizon. I had woken with a start, the shreds of a bad dream clinging to my consciousness. An uneasy feeling, with me from the time I first startled awake, weighed heavily on my mind. In the dream, Stephanie Forrester had been berating me for neglecting something, but try as I might, I could not figure out what it was I was neglecting...


Murder by Design – Chapter Four

Prologue to Chapter Four

I got home feeling drained. I briefly considered dinner, then rejected the idea as too much trouble. Instead, I poured myself a drink, and slumped in a chair, not thinking, not planning – just zoned out, occasionally sipping my drink. It had been a long, emotionally exhausting day.

After a while, I sighed, stood, stretched, and headed to my home office to boot up my computer. There was work to do – in all likelihood, boring work – but it had to be done.

I opened the prog...


Murder by Design – Chapter Three

Prologue to Chapter Three

Waiting was agony.  I paced, sat, paced again – still, the minutes dragged by. A check of my watch told me that not much time had passed since Steffy had been wheeled away – yet it seemed to be an eternity in limbo.

I struggled to control my emotions – fear competed with rage, and both threatened to combine into despair. I remembered a long ago Sunday School lesson; despair, the teacher had said, was the greatest sin, because belief in God was, itself, hope...


Murder by Design – Chapter Two

Prologue to Chapter Two

I watched the commotion as the EMTs did their work – Steffy was lifted onto a gurney, an oxygen mask over her beautiful face, IV lines placed in her arms. Their shouted words -BP 170 over 90, pulse thready – were so much mumbo jumbo to me. Thomas was attempting to comfort his unconscious sister with meaningless words of encouragement; Eric was calling Taylor, her mother; Bill was calling Liam, his son – and me? My hands were balled into fists of rage hidden in my pockets...


Murder by Design – Prologue and Chapter One

Hello, BBU readers, and welcome to the release of Murder by Design. This was written by Sloane Van Buren.

BBU will publish the Prologue and Chapter One tonight. There are six chapters within the story and the subsequent dates for the release of the other chapters are:

  • July 8th, 2013: Chapter Two
  • July 12th, 2013: Chapter Three
  • July 17th, 2013: Chapter Four
  • July 24th, 2013: Chapter Five
  • July 31st, 2013: Chapter Six

Please feel free to leave comments for the writer at the conclusion of each chapt...