My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Earlier this year, I read the first book in the Agnes Lockwood mystery series by Eileen Thornton. I really enjoyed it and got a copy of the second book, Death on Tyneside, last month. I added it to my reading queue for November and finished it earlier today. Kudos to the author for delivering a robust sequel full of heart, mystery, and connections.
Agnes has returned from a trip to visit her sons in Australia. Upon arrival and a walk through the park, she stumbles on a dead body. It has no identification, no clues, and no history from what the cops can tell. Agnes’ former friend and potential renewed love interest, a Detective Chief Inspector–Alan Johnson, begins to investigate the case. Agnes pushes her way into the mystery, as she often does, but this time, it’s personal. A man she thinks has been following her tells her a story that could change her life. Will she believe him? And how are the two stories connected?
Thornton has created a fun and special character in Agnes. She’s smart and reminiscent of Miss Marple, but probably a good 25 years younger, too. She sees things the cops don’t see and gets herself stuck in very difficult situations. Hopefully she doesn’t do it too often or she might exhaust all nine lives! (No, she’s not a cat, I’m just being funny). I enjoy the hotel scenery and the back and forth point of views to see what’s happening in the whole story from different character perspectives. Agnes also makes a new friend on the police, Morris, who I would like to see become a supporting and recurring character.
I’m hopeful we get to meet the two sons in the next caper. I would love to see Agnes rounded out even more. I also love the relationship between Agnes and Alan — it’s charming and complex in terms of never quite listening to one another but also challenging each other to be more open. It would be fun to see some scenes from their past, too
If you like lovely, light mysteries with a clever amateur sleuth who can be too nosy but always kind and helpful, you will love this one.
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