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Jo Allen's fourth book in the DCI Satterthwaite series of crime novels set in the Lakes, was a gripping read. Natalie finds a body in a spot favoured by gay couples and, as the team sets off on its investigation, the glaringly obvious serves to obscure the truth. Allen intensifies the personal problems faced by her team and weaves them through the investigation to impact on their decisions, their choices and their lives. While it may seem that the victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time, nothing is random in this story. Even your good works, Allen might be suggesting, can contain the seeds of your downfall. Happiness is a state not easily earned and perhaps very hard to hold onto. Anne Stenhouse
Another page-turning (or Kindle equivalent) outing for DCE Jude Satterthwaite and his colleagues. Cumbria is a beautiful place but ugly things happen there too. A series of random killings begin with one on a lonely road and then come ever closer ... into town and into the heart of the investigation. Jude's personal life is light and shade too and the arrival of a new boss unsettles his relationship with his colleague Ashleigh O'Halloran. More please.