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By Pauline Rowson

Inspector Andy Horton's vacation peace is shattered whilst stepping out throughout an deserted golfing path at the Isle of Wight on a chilly, gray January morning, he unearths himself dealing with a distraught younger girl with a gun in her hand, leaning over a corpse in a single of the discarded bunkers. while she professes to be the useless man's sister and psychic, Horton's outdated adversary, DCI Birch, is confident she is a mentally disturbed killer, yet Horton isn't so certain. quickly he's uncovering an online of intrigue that ripples down the years, and which anyone is set should not be revealed...

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He stated as a lot to Cantelli. 156 Pauline Rowson ‘If Owen did have a hand in his mom and dad’ demise and Thea figured out then she––’ ‘Could have killed him, or prepared to have him killed, certain. ’ Horton’s middle sank. He knew it was once hugely possible given Bohman’s information regarding Thea’s disturbed historical past. And that was once another feather of doubt fluttering down at the scales opposed to her. He a lot most well liked Bella Westbury and Danesbrook as their killers. Quietly Cantelli acknowledged, ‘So shall we be again to pondering Thea acquired Anmore to kill Owen after which she killed Anmore. ’ Horton gazed up on the black-clouded sky in the course of the windscreen, no longer wishing to ascertain his emotions. This was once taking a look undesirable. If Thea had sought revenge on her brother, then the place used to be she now? How had she identified approximately Owen’s half in his mom and dad’ deaths, if he had killed them? Had he eventually informed her? Horton recalled what Strasser of the Luxembourg police had acknowledged approximately Thea being distracted on her go back to paintings within the New yr. And who had ransacked her residence? Had she performed that herself to make it glance as if an out of doors strength used to be at paintings? Did it suggest Arina Sutton’s loss of life was once an twist of fate? Why had Owen visited Dr Nelson? there has been a solution to that final query no less than. Nelson might have been Owen’s GP in Southampton, and all that stuff he’d spun Horton used to be a lie. They wanted additional info on Nelson’s historical past, they usually had to dig deeper into Owen’s earlier employment checklist, college profession and scientific history. melancholy settled on Horton and stayed there whereas he briefed Uckfield. He may possibly inform immediately that Uckfield warmed to the belief of Owen being concerned about his mom and dad’ demise and Thea’s next quest for revenge. Uckfield sat ahead yet a cry of discomfort stalled his additional reviews. ‘Back nonetheless supplying you with jip? ’ requested Horton. ‘Yes, and so are you,’ Uckfield gasped. ‘I’ve already requested to work out Thea Carlsson’s clinical files, which after what you’ve simply instructed me feels like a sensible circulate. I’ll request her brother’s. no matter if Owen Carlsson didn’t kill his mom and dad then Thea may possibly nonetheless blame him for neglecting her after their mom and dad’ demise. That architect guy in Sweden, Bohman, stated as a lot. ’ ‘She’s had decades to consider getting even,’ Horton growled. ‘Yeah, and perhaps listening to her brother making a song Arina Sutton’s praises over Christmas and New 12 months particularly received up her nostril. Then, seeing how disillusioned he was once following her loss of life, Thea feels rejected once more whilst he won’t permit her convenience him. specifically whilst she’s come domestic to maintain him. ’ Blood at the Sand 157 regardless of now not eager to think it, Horton knew that it sounded believable. Uckfield acknowledged, ‘DCI Birch is seeking a previous connection among Anmore and Thea Carlsson. ’ Uckfield held up his hand to staunch Horton’s answer and winced as he did so. ‘It’s attainable that Owen instructed Thea at Christmas that he was once making plans to marry or stay with Arina Sutton, which was once why he went to Luxembourg on his personal leaving his newly bereaved female friend in that enormous residence.

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