Saturday, 27 February 2021

#BlogTour Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen

 

It's a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen.

About the Author

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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About the book

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 Claud’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.

Review

It's fair to say that Natalie is shaken to the core when she finds a dying man on her daily run. She reacts impulsively, indeed instinct supersedes common sense and also the rule of law. It makes her obsessive and compulsive patterns a lot worse.

What appears to be a random incident is followed by another death, which implies there is something more nefarious going on and perhaps that Natalie doesn't know her husband as well as she thinks. Is the caring and protective façade just a ploy to keep the police at bay and his wife quiet?

Not sure if it was intentional or not, but the truth is fairly clear quite soon into the read. The emphasis is on the relationships between the investigating officers, both professional and private. How their interactions and connections with each other define the way they search for the truth. I found it quite fascinating how the author brought the predominant storyline between the main characters and then let that filter into the motive. It's hard to make the point without giving anything away. Needless to say it's an interesting twist.

Allen gives readers a set of characters worth following as they develop and grow in depth. A diverse set of characters. Simultaneously she also delivers the crime, the killer and motive and the two are melded together to create an intriguing read.

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