Death in Tyneside: Eileen Thornton
Tyneside seems to attract Agnes Lockwood but so does death seem to follow her path each time she is there. The first time she even assisted law enforcement solving a murder and actually using her critical thinking and reasoning skills to help solve the murder and bring the person to justice. But, what happens when she arrives again and comes face to face with a mutilated body? You got it! She becomes a witness, questioned and of course will once again use her sleuthing skills and curiosity to mix into the investigation much to the chagrin of her newfound boyfriend Alan Johnson.
Richard Harrison seems to be paying too much attention to Agnes and shows her a picture of a person that is supposedly her father and claims to be his. With someone named Joanne by his side Agnes thinks twice before letting him know that she does not believe a word she says. But, things escalate out of control as Detective Morris, once he is done being a wise guy, goes undercover to follow Harrison and his cohort and you won’t believe what is uncovered.
Agnes and Alan Johnson get closer but she becomes too involved in the case and manages to be in the wrong place at the wrong time too many times. Finding her at the scene of the crime puts her in danger. Seeing someone following makes her even more vulnerable and Morris is on her as a tail, but Sergeant Andrews helps with the final takedowns.
Encounters at breakfast, at times when she is shopping and at other times when going for a drink or walk, Harrison seems to be on her tail. Learning that he might be a scam artist with an accomplice who tries to wield unsuspecting people out of their money and businesses, Agnes realizes that he wants her to sign over Harrisons and anyone that knows her knows that will never happen.
A simple photo started it all off but first the body that Agnes found and then there are more mutilated bodies found and things get more dangerous as Agnes interferes in her own way. Smart, perceptive but at times impetuous she gets too involved in the cases and Alan begins to wonder if she should return home or check into another hotel. Richard Harrison seems too interested in her and although Morris is watching him and has become a decent detective, he can’t watch her 24/7. Evidence is found at the crime scene that takes the DCI and his sergeant to an exclusive jewelry show but its Morris who identifies the markings and where these pieces might have originated.
Scams happen all the time and this elusive woman named Joanne tries to convince Agnes that Richard might be her brother. But, something about her triggers a remembrance in her mind but where has she seen her before?
Author Eileen Thornton keeps the reader glued to the printed page and wondering just when the clues will be pieced together and if Agnes of the DCI or someone else will figure it out.
Things escalate even further as Agnes goes shopping but seems to be stalked by either Richard or his partner. Added in she spies him with another man and why does he look familiar?
The story that Joanne creates and wields for Agnes sounds convincing but will she believe what they have both created and the fictional biography of her father and family? As Alan and Andrews talk about the first body and if Agnes had been there when the killer dumped it would she have been next? Things get even more complicated as Agnes goes to have a glass of wine and Morris makes sure the glass falls in the floor and angers her. Why did he do that and why would she realize that something would have happened to her if he did not intervene? The jewelry storeowner implies that Alan is not smart enough to ask the right question or questions about the person who commissioned the pieces to be made. Paying cash was the first red flag. Second no address to deliver the items and only a phone number as a contact. What didn’t Alan ask? Why does the storeowner think he outsmarted him?
The Superintendent gets angry, nasty and accuses his detectives of not doing their job and even though they are quite skilled he feels they are novices. Alan defends them and know that he Chief Superintendent might ring him out but he’s not really concerned. Catching a deadly killer is his goal and using whatever limited resources he hopes will help him. But, within the story we get to know more about Alan and his feelings for Agnes but we have yet to learn if she will remain in Tyneside.
Taking the photo to someone that could tell if the picture was doctored since it is a police case and an ongoing one, I will not divulge what was found. Is Harrison a fraudster? Is he linked to the murders and if so how?
What did the lab technician find and is it enough to make an arrest? But, who is behind the murders and why is Agnes a prime target?
When the reason for the deaths are revealed and the tie in to Agnes is revealed and a past incident you won’t believe why someone wants her out of the way. Would she have had the same outcome if she never came to Tyneside? Did she arrive there too early? Did someone follow her travel arrangements? What happens when Agnes faces the killer and reveals a plot so heinous, do deadly that only author Eileen Thornton an award winning Just reviews/MJ magazine Women of the year, can deliver.
Will she face off with the killer? Will Alan save her in time? Will he realize who is behind the murders and why? What happens every time she comes to town? You guessed it none other than DEATH IN TYNESIDE! Watch out I’m sure there will be more!