Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Death on the Lake (DCI Satterthwaite #5), by Jo Allen

Jo Allen, April 2021

When a young woman, Summer Raine, is found drowned in a lake, having earlier been drinking and doing drugs with two young men on their boat, it doesn't look like something that should need the direct attention of DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Yet something is definitely off, when his boss, Detective Superintendent Faye Scanlon, tells him to keep an eye on the case--but not investigate too energetically, so as not to disrupt a fraud investigation going on in the area.

That fraud investigation apparently involves the father of the two young men the woman had been partying with.

The situation is further complicated by the fact that Jude's former lover has family ties in the are a and her aged Great-Uncle George lives in the only house that has a good view of the area where the dead woman seemingly went into the water and drowned. His current lover, and colleague, Ashleigh O'Halloran, was briefly the lover of his boss, DSI Faye Scanlon. Oh, and Ashleigh's ex-husband is now back in the area again, applying for Summer Raine's job as a water sports trainer.

When more murders happen, and Jude is still being prevented from conducting a full investigation, including searching the home of someone who seems very, very connected, tensions rise. And did I mention that Jude's former lover, Becca, is now involved with the man who got Jude's younger brother involved in drug use?

There's an excellent, twisty mystery here, and also a lovely, convoluted set of interpersonal relations further complicating everything. That could mix badly, but Jo Allen blends them together into a rich, interesting story.


I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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