#Spotlight The Lyme Regis Murders by Andrew Segal

THE LYME REGIS MURDERS
By Andrew Segal
Crime Thriller

Can innocence ever be an incentive to murder?

A quiet seaside town is thrown into turmoil. Tammy Pierre, London
based private investigator, accompanied by her sometime lover, Israeli
art dealer and martial-arts coach, Dov Jordan, has just been brought
close to tears by police photographs shown to her by an hysterical
Eleanor Goldcrest, at the home of three innocent toddlers whose brutally
murdered bodies have been found on the beach at Lyme Regis.

Wealthy financier, Eric Goldcrest, alarmed that his partner of three
years, together with the local police has him nailed as guilty of
murdering the children, now retains Tammy to prove his innocence and
find the real culprit. But has his involvement in all this been
misinterpreted?
In this investigation, with no apparant motive or forensic evidence,
Tammy’s skills will be tested to the limit. In a twist that muddies the
waters, Eric Goldcrest, laments that he’s simply never made it clear to
Tammy about his position in the family and his relationship with the
children, all of which have been assumed by the investigation.

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Tammy was left in no doubt about what was happening when
the interior of the Porsche was lit up by a blaze of lights from a third
following vehicle reflected in her rear-view mirror.
Her pulse raced and a vein throbbed in her neck. The
flanking vehicles gently closed in on her, bumping the sides of the Porsche,
shunting it this way and that. Gila screamed. Caleb swore under his breath.
Tammy’s palms remained dry and she gripped the steering wheel firmly as the two
grey SUVs moved ahead of her so she could neither drive through them nor round
them.
Something like bits of iron junk was thrown from the
windows of both leading cars. The Porsche crunching over the gritty debris,
lurched unsteadily, quickly regaining its poise. Caltrops, she thought.
Four-pronged, palm-sized steel teeth for bursting tyres. Problem: she’d have
thirty miles at best before the run flat tyres gave up on her. Far less if she
pushed the car hard, which was just what she was aiming to do.
The vehicle following moved closer till it touched the tail
of the Porsche, which seemed to literally stagger under the impact. Tammy could
no longer be certain they’d get away. She’d thought the emailed warnings had
been directed at herself. But the situation was more confused than she’d
reckoned. Things were becoming unpredictable.
Junction 10 led to the A3, which they’d aimed for, but
would now be too slow for them to outrun the SUVs. There was no time to
consider options. Gila was screaming hysterically and banging on her side
window as though trying to escape the vehicle. Caleb had pulled what looked
like a plastic gun from the inside of his bomber jacket.
“Put that bloody thing away,” barked Tammy, in the next
moment reaching forward for the switch to the rear fog lamps.
“What the fuck’s she thinks she’s doing now?” scowled
Caleb.
The flash of the rear reds looked like she was braking and
the following motor immediately hauled back, giving her a window to stamp on
the brakes, adding to the eruption of light at the tail-end of the Porsche and
allowing her to fall back herself, out of the clutches of the two big greys.
Now, dragging the wheel left and forced unwillingly onto
the exit slip, with the two SUVs running on her offside wing, she immediately
swung the wheel to the right again, swerving in front of the two big motors and
back onto the main body of the motorway, then she floored the throttle. The car
responded like a SpaceX rocket, roaring ahead of the three following motors,
leaving them stuttering in her wake as she approached 180 mph. Now her palms
ran wet. The tyres could go at any second, and with that, all control of the
car.
Gila was still screaming, Caleb cursing, as Tammy said
softly, “We’re about six miles from Junction 9. There in two minutes. At say,
half our speed they’ll be there in four, that’s three miles behind us. I’m
guessing, or hoping, they’ll reckon we’ll use our greater speed to take us
further round the motorway. But we’ll come off at 9 anyway, then find the A244
to Oxshott.
“And this is us, now,” she said almost at once, and braked
hard. “Dov? Anything?”
“Nothing behind,” said Dov, with obvious relief, looking
over his shoulder. “You should maybe slow down a bit Tammy? The tyres are gone,
you know.”
“I know, Dov. Let’s try to get home first.”
“If you can,” he said quietly.
She was on the rims, sparks flying as the Porsche careered
along the last mile of the A244 to Oxshott village. If she stopped now they’d
not be able to move again, the car simply being carried forward at this stage
on its own momentum and a silent prayer. Tammy suddenly realised that the
wrought-iron gates to the cul-de-sac would need to be opened and that’s where
their journey would end. If they were still being chased, their pursuers would
be with them in no more than a couple of minutes.
As she swung the car left towards where the gates should
have been, her confidence now failing, she saw that the housekeeper had
thoughtfully left them open together with the up and over doors to the double
garage in the safe house, an eight-bedroom red brick mansion at the end of the
cul-de-sac. In the distance could be heard the growl of fast-moving motors.
Through the iron gates, the pair starting to close
automatically behind them, the sounds of the other cars came ever nearer.
They’d be just too late. Glaringly clear. Now, in the
double garage, the up and overs closing agonisingly slowly, the sound of the
other three SUVs screamed at them, then whispered past, just as the doors
clicked shut. Tammy breathed. “Home.”


 

 

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A contract killer changed my life

The encounter inspired me to become a Crime Thriller writer.

He was a contract killer, and he was in my car!

I’d been lost, looking for West Thurrock in Essex, and asked a little
old man in a shabby coat, on the opposite side of the road, the way. He
offered to show me if I gave him a lift, and whilst I make it a rule
never to give lifts to anyone I don’t know, I reasoned, he could hardly
be a contract killer, could he. Could he? Of course not.

As we drove he casually informed me that he’d, ‘Done it for the
Kray’s, mate.’ That would have been the notorious East London gangsters
he was referring to, known to kill, or have killed, without conscience.

Once I’d dropped him off and recovered my composure, I realised I was
looking at fodder for a short story. What then followed was a raft of
short stories, including, ‘I am a Gigolo,’ something I told my wife when
I first met her, and which almost ended our relationship before it had
begun. That title is now the heading for a book of short stories.

Jokingly, over lunch, I told a fellow professional I’d once been a
contract killer, and devised a story. He believed every word, and left
me at some pains to disabuse him. That title, I am a Contract Killer,
now heads a further collection of short stories.

Writer of scary short stories and full-length novels like The Lyme Regis Murders.

It’s been a fascinating journey… I hope you’ll want to share with me.

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