It’s a January morning and the body of a young woman, shoeless and unsuitably attired for winter, is found dead in the freezing waters of a seaside town’s harbour. She has no identification and no one has reported her missing.
Did she jump, or was she pushed? Who is she?
Three days later another young woman’s body, similarly dressed, is discovered in a different location. But are the two deaths linked?
Detective Chief Inspector Max Cornell thinks they are and have died for the same reason. But how does he begin the investigation when faced with interference from his superior, no witnesses, clues or evidence.
A gripping crime mystery, set in Newcastle and Northumberland
‘So, you have a body,’ stated Cornell.
‘Along the pier here, sir. About fifty metres,’ answered PC Green.
Cornell spotted the pathologist’s tent on the pier and followed the two officers from Alnwick towards it.
It was low tide and Cornell could smell the exposed seaweed on the outer side of the harbour wall.
Above the sound of the wind, there was the cry of seagulls, a noise synonymous with all UK coastal towns. Some gulls were squabbling in the calm water of the harbour over something thrown overboard by a boatman.
Police tape was stretched across the pier, the area guarded by a uniformed police constable who lifted the tape to allow the trio access. Inevitably and despite the weather, several people, ghoulish or just plain curious, had congregated at the tape.