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Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of Death by Dark Waters by Jo Allen, which is the first book in the new DCI Jude Satterthwaite series. Happy publication day Jo!

About the Book:

The charred remains of a child are discovered – a child no one seems to have missed…

It’s high summer, and the lakes are in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave. Uncontrollable fell fires are breaking out across the moors faster than they can be extinguished. When firefighters uncover the body of a dead child at the heart of the latest blaze, Detective Chief Inspector Jude Satterthwaite’s arson investigation turns to one of murder. 

Jude was born and bred in the Lake District. He knows everyone… and everyone knows him. Except his intriguing new Detective Sergeant, Ashleigh O’Halloran, who is running from a dangerous past and has secrets of her own to hide… 

Temperatures – and tension – in the village are rising, and with the body count rising Jude and his team race against the clock to catch the killer before it’s too late…

My Review:

Imagine attending a crime scene where the victim has been that badly burned that on first glance it is not identifiable by their gender or age range only to then find out once examined that it is the body of a child! There could be nothing worse right? But in this case what is more difficult is that there has been no report made on a missing child so how are the police meant to find the child’s parents to give them the most devastating news that their child is dead!

But how did the child die? 

When it is determined that it was murder Detective Chief Inspector Jude Satterthwaite and the newly recruited Detective Sergeant Ashleigh O’Halloran and the rest of the team have their work cut out for them in catching the killer before they can strike again.

What follows is a story of revenge and the lengths that a person will go to when they have been made a fool of.

Do I recommend this book:

Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the first book I have read from Jo and is the first in a new seriesI which I really enjoyed. It was well written and kept me enthralled throughout. I liked the characters and the descriptions of the scenery and look forward to this series development with I hope many more books to come.

Thank-you to NetGalley, Aria Fiction and Jo Allen for allowing me to read an advance copy of Death by Dark Waters in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.

About the Author:

Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University. 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. Now living in Edinburgh, she spends as much time as possible in the English Lakes.

In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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  1. Lovely review. Seems like a great read