A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria
A drowned man. A missing teenager. A deadly secret.
When Emmy Leach discovers the body of a drug addict, wrapped in a tent and submerged in the icy waters of a Cumbrian tarn, she causes more than one problem for investigating officer DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Not only does the discovery revive his first, unsolved, case, but the case reveals Emmy’s complicated past and opens old wounds on the personal front, regarding Jude’s relationship with his colleague and former partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran.
As Jude and his team unpick an old story, it becomes increasingly clear that Emmy is in danger. What secrets are she and her controlling, coercive husband hiding, from the police and from each other? What connection does the dead man have with a recently-busted network of drug dealers?
And, as the net closes in on the killer, can Jude and Ashleigh solve a murder — and prevent another?
Another Riveting Mystery!
Another tale of death bursting with intrigue!
When the body of a drug addict is discovered in the water, not only does it bring a new case to the desk of DCI Jude Satterthwaite but there is a connection to a previous case – his very first, in fact – which remains unsolved. As the investigation progresses, old wounds are reopened for more than just Jude, no longer in a romantic relationship with his colleague, Ashleigh O’Halloran, and it becomes clear that the life of the Emmy Leach, the person who discovered the body, is in danger. Coping with the available clues coming from all directions, can Jude and Ashleigh still work well together as an investigative force?
From the very start, I have loved this series; while we are party to the personal and private lives of the detectives, the current investigation always takes priority. With Jo Allen’s trademark sleight of hand, there are plenty of clues to follow but, somehow, I never seem to solve it before it’s all written down in front of me, but that doesn’t take anything away from absorbing the twisted narrative and enjoying the scenery, capably described. Another feather in the cap of this author, and a series which goes from strength to strength. I have no hesitation in giving this a full house of stars and my solid recommendation.
My thanks to the author for my copy and to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: crime mystery, police procedural
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 279 pages
- Publication Date: 09 December 2021
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Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She’s been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember. 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. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read — crime.
Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. 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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