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Thornhill is a professor of digital photography in Washington D.C. and also
acts as a consultant with local law enforcement agencies. Her skills have
helped solve violent contemporary crimes and, in the process, she has shed
light on some historical crimes.
It is New Year’s Eve and Maggie is
celebrating in company with several friends, including her ex-boyfriend, T.J.
Wade, a man for whom she still has feelings although she despises his
promiscuity and dislikes his position as CEO of his family’s company dealing in
weapons. One friend fails to turn up for the New Year celebration. Kate
Brinkman, a woman younger than Maggie, who rents part of Maggie’s house, is
discovered murdered. This is the latest in a succession of such murders.
Several young women have been brutally slaughtered and butchered in Georgetown
during the last few weeks, but there is one major difference, all the other
victims were prostitutes and Kate worked in the accounts department of T.J.
Wade’s firm. As the case progresses it becomes clear that T.J. Wade had been
more closely involved with Kate than he cares to admit and several pieces of
evidence incriminate him in the murders. Maggie does not want to believe T.J.
is guilty but she cannot escape the knowledge that he had been missing from the
New Year’s celebrations for longer than it should take to make a phone call,
which was the reason he gave for his absence.
When Maggie examines photographs of
the crime scenes she identifies several things in common with the crimes of
Jack the Ripper in 19th Century London. Soon she finds herself
investigating both the contemporary crimes in Georgetown, USA, and the
Victorian murders in London, England.
A separate strand of the book is set
in 1888 and follows Samuel Lindsey and his grandson Everett as they travel to
London to meet Everett’s father, John Wilkerson, an actor. This meeting is at
Everett’s insistence, determined to know the father who left before he was born.
Lindsey hates Wilkerson and had never wanted his grandson to know of his
existence. Another part of the Victorian story features Arthur Conan Doyle,
who, coincidentally, also comes into contact with Wilkerson. Conan Doyle is
interested in the Jack the Ripper murders and becomes involved with the
Scotland Yard investigation of the crimes.
Time Lapse is one of a series of
books featuring Maggie Thornhill and her law enforcement colleagues, which also
involve investigations into historic crimes. Samuel Lindsey had been introduced
in a previous book, Time Exposure, and I think it would be a good idea to read
this before Time Lapse in order to understand the full back-story. The
introduction of Conan Doyle, a well-known historical figure, whose life is well-documented,
is not totally convincing, because of historical and language discrepancies.
The contemporary detective story was
intriguing and contained some likeable characters. Above all I admired the
solution to the Georgetown murders, which was both haunting and unexpected.
Time Lapse is an interesting detective story set in two time-frames.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Lynne Kennedywas born in Brooklyn, New York. She obtained a Masters
Degree in Science from Hofstra University, New York, and moved to San Diego,
California in the early 80’s. In San Diego, Lynne worked as a museum director
at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California for many years.
In this capacity, she developed education programs, exhibitions and film
projects on a number of timely science subject areas. She also worked with the
San Diego Sheriff’s Department Crime Lab and the San Diego Police Department to
develop forensic programs for teachers and students and conduct mystery nights
for families. She has worked with experts at various historical museums, such
as the Tenement Museum in New York, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.,
and the Coronado Historical Museum, in Coronado, to create innovative ways of
bringing history to life. She began writing mysteries in 1995. History, digital
photography and forensic science are personal interests and play significant
roles in her novels. Her position in the museum community has also enabled her
to network the community of experts needed to assist in her research and add
authenticity to her books.Lynne is
married to John Kennedy!
Carol Westronis a successful short
story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical crime panel, The Deadly
Dames.Her crime novels are set both in
contemporary and Victorian times.The
Terminal Velocity of Cats is the first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was
published July 2013. Her latest book The Fragility
of Poppies was published 10 June 2016.