Today I am taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Death on a Monday Night by Jo Allen.
It’s an unusually challenging meeting at the Wasby Women’s Institute, with local resident and former drug-dealer Adam Fleetwood talking about his crimes and subsequent rehabilitation…but events take a gruesome turn when prospective member Grace Thoresby is discovered murdered in the kitchen.
The case is particularly unwelcome for investigating officer DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Adam was once his close friend and now holds a bitter grudge, blaming Jude for landing him in jail in the first place. To complicate things further, the only thing keeping Adam from arrest is the testimony of Jude’s former girlfriend, Becca Reid, for whom he still cares deeply.
As Jude and his colleague and current partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran, try to pick apart the complicated tapestry of Grace’s life, they uncover a web of fantasy, bitterness and deceit. Adam is deeply implicated, but is he guilty or is someone determined to frame him for Grace’s murder? And as they close in on the truth, Jude falls foul of Adam’s desire for revenge, with near-fatal consequences…
A traditional detective mystery set in Cumbria.
“An ex-convict. A dead body. A Women’s Institute meeting like no other…”
Another great mystery to solve, Death on a Monday Night once again showcases Allen’s skills in creating a very gripping police procedural where the pages just turn themselves.
DCI Jude Satterthwaite finds himself in a uncomfortable situation when this case brings him back together with his once close friend Adam, who becomes a suspect in this latest murder. If that isn’t bad enough Jude’s ex Becca also becomes involved. The tension and complexity between the three of them keeps things interesting throughout.
I always enjoy being transported back to The Lake District and reuniting with these characters. The crimes to solve are always engrossing, which is also the case with this one.
Flawlessly written, well structured with some great plot twists that had me on the edge of my seat, Death on a Monday Night is a thrilling and great addition to the series and I will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
Thank you to Jo Allen and Rachel’s Random Resources for my gifted copy of Death on a Monday Night, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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DEATH ON A MONDAY NIGHT BLOG TOUR
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LET’S GET TO KNOW JO ALLEN
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.
BLOG TOUR ORGANISER
Thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Death in the Mist blog tour and for the promotional materials.