Today I am reviewing Death on the Lake by Jo Allen. This was released on the 6th of April, independently published.
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…
Death on the Lake is the fifth instalment in the best selling DCI Jude Satterthwaite series and is another fantastic addition to it. It was great to be transported back to the picturesque Lake District and escape into the pages caught up in the mystery for a few hours whilst in another lockdown.
The storyline for this one had me invested right from the get go and the pages on my Kindle flicking at high speed. Jo Allen really knows how to weave a tale and keep the reader on the edge of their seat, which is the position I found myself in through most of this one!
I enjoyed this latest case which has been masterfully plotted and presented. It is fast paced, thrilling, twisty and has plenty of red herrings thrown in along the way to keep you off the scent. When it all does come together, it does so with a bang and I loved it!
As always Jude is on his game and is such an all round great character, who carries this series and makes it worth reading. I enjoyed seeing his more vulnerable side this time round as the case becomes personal to him. The recurring and new cast play their roles well and are all brought to life so well.
I absolutely love this series and its longevity is a testament to Jo Allen’s amazing talent of bringing to the table a fresh story every time as well as memorable characters. It definitely has not overstayed its welcome and is a gift that keeps on giving! Bring on the next one!
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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.