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Death By Dark Waters
DCI Jude Satterthwaite Mysteries – Book I
BY Jo Allen

9 May 2019/ ASIN: B07PRYLCTZ

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde 


It’s the end of another hot day during a heatwave in the Lake District when a fire breaks out on the moor. Fire fighters soon put the blaze out, but one makes a grim discovery in an old derelict hut – the charred bones of a child. Detective Chief Inspector Jude Satterthwaite thinks it is merely a case of arson and accidental death, but when the child is found to have been killed, it becomes a murder enquiry. Oddly, though, nobody seems to be keen to come forward to claim the child…

Anybody who enjoys a good police procedural in a beautiful location will want to read this series debut. Jude is a local man living too near his former wife, and new to the force is the attractive Detective Sergeant Ashleigh O'Halloran, who has her own history of not being lucky in love. The pair and their team race to discover the child’s identity and find out whodunit, but not before more bodies appear. This is a tautly plotted, exciting story that is not difficult to guess, but is the sort of enjoyable tale that would translate very well to television. It is a fairly straightforward, linear case, but this gives readers the chance to get to know the characters, their histories, and enjoy some good descriptions of the Lake District. I can imagine that future books will be more complex, but it is never a bad idea to get back to basics. Reading this book reminded me of how much I like this type of thing. I’ll be looking out for the sequel.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019