*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to the author and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources blog tours. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: 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…
Another cracking police procedural from Jo Allen!
Death on the Lake is the fifth in the DCI Jude Satterthwaite series, but I can confirm that these stories stand alone perfectly well. Personally, though, I think it is worth reading them in series order as there is a lot of character development and the relationships between the main characters form an important secondary plot thread.
In fact, in this story those relationships come to the fore more than ever before, as the issues between DCI Jude Satterthwaite and his ex, Becca, and Ashleigh O’Halloran and her ex, Scott, perfectly mirror and highlight the plot theme of being haunted by past mistakes and erroneous decisions. That said, the balance between personal and professional feels just right to keep the plot moving and the characters growing.
There are bodies aplenty in what starts as a missing person case, but the distinctions between natural causes, accident and murder are blurred and Ashleigh and Jude have to rely on their instincts and gut feelings that something just isn’t right at the lake. I was kept guessing right to the reveal as to what was going on and who was behind it – I do so love being led astray by a well-written mystery!
I have read two books in this series now and both were well-written and tightly plotted. I would definitely recommend this series to any fans of British detectives and police procedural mysteries and will be looking out for the next one to find out what is going to happen next for Jude and Ashleigh, Doddsy, Becca… the whole team. Oh, and to try to solve the murder before them if I can!
Jude flicked through the rest of the sheet. Summer had been wearing jeans and a light top, carrying a small leather backpack and wearing sandals — definitely not the right clothing for anything more challenging than the road, or possibly the marked route along the lake. ‘There’s no previous history of going missing? No vulnerabilities?’– Jo Allen, Death on the Lake
‘And nothing special about Summer herself? No reason why anyone might want to abduct her?’
‘Not that I’m aware of.’
‘Then what’s so special about the case?’
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