A brand new DCI Jude Satterthwaite crime mystery from the bestselling Jo Allen.
When one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden's End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District's Eden Valley it's tragic, of course, but not unexpected. Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes... that of pure terror.
DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it's clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O'Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again...
The second in the unmissable, Lake District-set, DCI Jude Satterthwaite series.
police procedural, great characters
I hadn’t read the first book in this series, so was a little worried that there would be bits I had missed, but with this book I felt it could totally be read as a stand-alone novel. With lots of great characters, a good team of officers led mainly by Senior Detective Jude Satterthwaite, the only person overseeing him is the not so nice Detective superintendent Groves, although he didn’t appear in the story much, except for a couple of remarks about him. He was the only character I didn’t really like within the police team. There is a lot of tension between Satterthwaite and recently newly arrived DS Ashleigh O’Haloran, throughout the book it was a will they won’t they. I will be interested to see how this is going to work in the next book.
Who would want to kill a 100-year-old lady? Surely time was running out for her, but murdered she is, a resident in Eden’s End nursing home, a very expensive home for residents, being run on a shortage of staff, and paying them very low wages. Initially there was to be no autopsy as Violet was 100 it would normally be the local GP come out and do a death certificate and the body whisked away to the undertakers. But on this occasion Becca a local nurse and ex girlfriend of Satterthwaite had been at Eden’s End when violet had been found dead in her chair, Becca didn’t like the look on the old ladies face, it wasn’t the look of someone who had just died peacefully. She had contacted Satterthwaite and asked to meet him to ask for advice. He told her to call the number to report it if she felt it was suspicious. Becca had ended their long term relationship, and he had struggled to get over it.
Post autopsy it was found the Violet Ross had been murdered it was now up to Satterthwaite and his team to catch the killer, who had motive, Monica the niece who had been visiting a short time before she had passed, Karen the manager of the nursing home, Klemmie Markowics a Polish carer, who really liked Violet mainly because she spoke Polish, she also did have Violets Brooch in her possession, claiming she had given it to her as a gift. Ellie the head nurse.
Set in the beautiful Lake District, it was nice to read the mentions of the area, the story flowed, not a fast pace but not too slow either, there were always questions being looked at and answered. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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