Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in the blog tour for Death on the Lake, the fifth book in Jo Allen’s DCI Satterthwaithe series of police procedurals.
Death on the Lake
Three youngsters, out for a good time. Vodka and the wrong sort of Coke. What could possibly go wrong?
When a young woman, Summer Raine, is found drowned, apparently accidentally, after an afternoon spent drinking on a boat on Ullswater, DCI Jude Satterthwaite is deeply concerned — more so when his boss refuses to let him investigate the matter any further to avoid compromising a fraud case.
But a sinister shadow lingers over the dale and one accidental death is followed by another and then by a violent murder. Jude’s life is complicated enough but the latest series of murders are personal to him as they involve his former partner, Becca Reid, who has family connections in the area. His determination to uncover the killer brings him into direct conflict with his boss — and ultimately places both him and his colleague and girlfriend, Ashleigh O’Halloran, in danger…
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Death on the Lake is the fifth book in Jo Allen’s series of police procedurals set in Cumbria. I started from Book 4 Death at the Rainbow Cottage and quickly became a fan of this author’s engaging writing style, interesting characters and clever plots. The books can be read as standalones, although as with any good series of police procedurals, there is a balance of professional and private, the ongoing murder investigation and developments in the life of our recurring characters- the police team led by DCI Jude Satterthwaite.
A young woman called Summer Raine is reported missing by her boyfirend who has a history of violence towards his previous partner. DCI Satterthwaite who makes it his business toknoweverything about his area is already on alert. Then his boss asks him to pay extra attention to the case as the woman was seen near a rich man’s property. The man in question is in the centre of a large fraud and money laundering investigation, so Jude’s is sworn to extra secrecy. The reader already knows that the man’s twin sons are involved and their stepmother is also hiding a few secrets of her own, so we are hooked on the story from the first page. When Summer’s body is found, her death appears to have been a tragic accident, so why are Jude and his partner Ashleigh feeling something is off? More and more bodies keep piling up and it’s clear the case isn’t straightforward at all. Add more complications related to Jude’s and Ashleigh’s past relationships and you get a real rollercoaster of intense emotions, unexpected twists and some extremely dangerous people who won’t stop at anything in order to get what they want.
Death on the Lake is a real page-turner, it is well-written and easy to read. Jude is a flawed character, but his intelligence and his compassion make him a very likeable one. I would definitely like to continue with the series and find out how the current circumstances in which the members of the police team find themselves are going to play out in future.
Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources and the author for the gifted review copy. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.
Jo Allen is the author of the successful DCI Satterthwaite series of detective novels set in and around the English Lake District, where she lives. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.
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