Welcome to the blog tour for Death in the Mist by Jo Allen. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour. Read on for more info and my review!
A drowned man. A missing teenager. A deadly secret.
When Emmy Leach discovers the body of a drug addict, wrapped in a tent and submerged in the icy waters of a Cumbrian tarn, she causes more than one problem for investigating officer DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Not only does the discovery revive his first, unsolved, case, but the case reveals Emmy’s complicated past and opens old wounds on the personal front, regarding Jude’s relationship with his colleague and former partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran.
As Jude and his team unpick an old story, it becomes increasingly clear that Emmy is in danger. What secrets are she and her controlling, coercive husband hiding, from the police and from each other? What connection does the dead man have with a recently-busted network of drug dealers?
And, as the net closes in on the killer, can Jude and Ashleigh solve a murder — and prevent another?
A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.
Death in the Mist by Jo Allen is the seventh in the DCI Satterthwaite mystery series. It absolutely can standalone. Though, I am someone who likes to start from the beginning, I’ve yet to read them all, and this was still a great read. I do plan to read them all, though.
The suspense is fantastic. It didn’t take long for me to be immersed into this story. It was gripping and easy to read through in one sitting. I didn’t want to miss anything, so putting it down wasn’t really an option once I started.
The story touches on drugs, parental relationships, and teens. These themes made for an intriguing plotline that definitely developed the excellent characters even more.
Author Jo Allen took me through a web of clues, twisting and turning throughout the plot, giving me a false sense of accomplishment when I thought I solved the case and then…bam! Just kidding. The final reveal hit me out of nowhere but made all the sense in the world.
And for that, I give this read a solid five stars. Excellent writing, crazy puzzle, and characters that felt real. All the things I love in a novel. I highly recommend this!
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the free review copy. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
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.
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