Today I am taking part in and reviewing Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen. This was released on the 8th of December 2020, independently published.
At the end of the rainbow, a man lies dead.
The apparently motiveless murder of a man outside the home of controversial equalities activist Claud Blackwell and his neurotic wife, Natalie, is shocking enough for a peaceful local community. When it’s followed by another apparently random killing immediately outside Claud’s office, DCI Jude Satterthwaite has his work cut out. Is Claud the killer, or the intended victim?
To add to Jude’s problems, the arrival of a hostile new boss causes complications at work, and when a threatening note arrives at the police headquarters, he has real cause to fear for the safety of his friends and colleagues…
A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.
Death at Rainbow Cottage with its December 2020 release, had been a six month long wait between drinks from when the third instalment came out. It was great to be transported back to Cumbria in this fourth instalment catching up with DCI Jude Satterthwaite again, as he becomes embroiled in this latest case.
We all dream of finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately for our first victim, all he found is his demise. But what did our killer get from this? We follow DCI Jude Satterthwaite as he works to solve the mystery, find the killer and at the same time deal with a hostile new boss and protect his colleagues and friends from a looming threat.
Jude is such a complex and flawed character and with each book, another layer is peeled back and the reader is given more insight into him. Jo Allen concentrates a lot more on his personal relationships this time around but, this did not detract from the mystery for me.
I love the ease of Jo Allen’s style which always makes reading her books such an enjoyable experience. She does such a fabulous job at pulling you into this world that she has created, which has you experiencing it as the characters do and Death at Rainbow Cottage is no exception.
Some reviewers say that this series can be read as standalone but, in this instance, I respectfully disagree and think by reading it in order does it best justice. There is a lot of character development etc that you benefit from by reading it from the start. Also if you don’t, you will be missing out on three great reads.
Death at Rainbow Cottage is another gripping tale and one that compliments the rest of the series well. Not as dark as some of my other reads, which sometimes I need a break from, it satisfied my craving for a good mystery and delivered in spades. Another great read from Jo Allen and I will be looking forward to the next one. It was a pleasure to read and review Death at Rainbow Cottage, which I highly recommend.
Thank you to Jo Allen for my gifted copy of Death at Rainbow Cottage, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Death at Rainbow Cottage Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Jo Allen
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.
Blog Tour Organiser
Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Coldharbour blog tour and for the promotional materials.