I would like to thank Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this blogtour.
At the end of the rainbow, a man lies dead.
The apparently motiveless murder of a man outside the home of controversial equalities activist Claud Blackwell and his neurotic wife, Natalie, is shocking enough for a peaceful local community. When it’s followed by another apparently random killing immediately outside Claus’s office, DCI Jude Satterthwaite has his work cut out. Is Claud the killer, or the intended victim?
To add to Jude’s problems, the arrival of a hostile new boss causes complications at work, and when a threatening note arrives at the police headquarters, he has real cause to fear for the safety of his friends and colleagues….
A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.
This is the 4th book in the DCI Jude Satterthwaite series, and although it can be read as a stand alone, I felt at a bit of a disadvantage not having read the previous 3 books as this story covered quite a bit of the relationships that Jude has with his family as well his ex girlfriend and new partner and girlfriend Ashleigh. It seems there is possible quite a bit of back story especially with Jude and his brother Mikey and their father.
A murder happens near a property called Rainbow Cottage, the body is that of a local gentleman Len who runs a cafe with his sister. He was found by Natalie Blackwell who lives with her husband Claud Blackwell at Rainbow cottage. Natalie seems to have many anxiety issues, with some OCD thrown in as well, so finding a body really seems to throw her. Especially as it is so close to their home. Her husband Claud is a controversial equalities activist, he is trying to get more people to accept people’s sexuality, it turns out that the dead man was gay although he had never really come out. But then another body is found Gracie, this time Claud is the one who finds the body, the MO is the same, does this possibly mean that Claud was the intended target? Or is Claud the Murderer. As the investigation progresses the team learn that Gracie was also gay.
To complicate matters even more for Jude he has a new boss, Faye, who seems fairly hostile. But why? She has come from the same area that Ashleigh had previously worked do they know each other? What is the story there?
I think if I had known the characters more I would have actually enjoyed this read better, as quite a large chunk of it is focused on several relationships, as I didn’t know what has gone before and why some individuals have split up, or what has caused the tension between them it was difficult to get into that side of things. I would have liked there to have been more of the police procedural side of things and a little less of the relationships. I found the story at times a little slow and I wanted to be gripped by a bit more tension, which I got around the last twenty or so pages of the book.
I’m thinking if you have read the previous books you will enjoy this more. I may have to go back and get the first 3 books to read, this may help the story to be more engaging. I would definitely like to know more about Jude’s family dynamics. As well as some of he other characters, as there seem to be some really complex relationships going on, Doddsy is seeing a younger officer Tyrone, which isn’t sitting well with Tyrone’s mum Tammy, it doesn’t seem to be the fact he is gay more the age difference I think.
Set in the beautiful Cumbria, I look forward to learning more on the team and to book five in the series.
Thank you for the ARC giving me the chance to read this book for the blog tour, all opinions expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Bio – Jo Allen is the author of the successful DCI Satterthwaite series of detective novels set in and around the English Lake District, where she lives. 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. 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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