DCI Jude Satterthwaite doesn’t get off to a great start with resentful Cody Wilder, who’s visiting Grasmere to present her latest research on Wordsworth.
With some of the villagers unhappy about her visit, it’s up to DCI Satterthwaite to protect her – especially when her assistant is found hanging in the kitchen of their shared cottage.
With a constant flock of tourists and the local hippies welcoming in all who cross their paths, Jude’s home in the Lake District isn’t short of strangers.
But with the ability to make enemies wherever she goes, the violence that follows in Cody’s wake leads DCI Satterthwaite’s investigation down the hidden paths of those he knows, and those he never knew even existed.
DCI Satterthwaite Mystery series
Book 1 – Death by Dark Waters
Book 2 – Death at Eden’s End
Book 3 – Death on Coffin Lane
A Stunning, Spellbinding Read!
Wow! Another cracking book in this crime series which really keeps me on my toes!
As we begin the third novel, Jude Satterthwaite unwittingly gets on the wrong side of an American visitor to Grasmere; isn’t it just his luck that the first person he needs to speak to in his latest investigation turns out to be one and the same woman, Cody Wilder? It turns out that Jude isn’t alone in finding this academic spiky in the extreme, and as the bodies pile up and feeling rise, he has to stick to the facts – when he can find out what they are and meanwhile make sure Cody is offered the protection of the police, whether she wants it or not!
Jo Allen really knows how to spin an alluring tale of murder, secrets and doubt. I suspected everyone to be the culprit except, of course, the guilty! I really enjoyed pitting my wits in this one and feel as if I’ve climbed up the track to the cottage on Coffin Lane many times myself as I’m so worn out! With plenty happening on the investigation front as well as a glimpse into the lives of the team of officers this is a stunning, spellbinding read and one which has kept me riveted all the way through. With everything neatly tied up by the final page – as I like it – I finished with a nod of satisfaction and the feeling of a few wrongs put to rights. I adore good home-grown crime mysteries and, without a doubt, this is worth all five sparkling stars.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime mystery, police procedural
- Format: ebook
- Size: 230 pages
- Publisher: Aria
- Publication Date: 11 June 2020
- Links: Goodreads
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Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. 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. Now living in Edinburgh, she spends as much time as possible in the English Lakes. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.