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Death at Rainbow Cottage with its December 2020 release, had been a six month long wait between drinks from when the third instalment came out. It was great to be transported back to Cumbria in this fourth instalment catching up with DCI Jude Satterthwaite again, as he becomes embroiled in this latest case.
We all dream of finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately for our first victim, all he found is his demise. But what did our killer get from this? We follow DCI Jude Satterthwaite as he works to solve the mystery, find the killer and at the same time deal with a hostile new boss and protect his colleagues and friends from a looming threat.
Jude is such a complex and flawed character and with each book, another layer is peeled back and the reader is given more insight into him. Jo Allen concentrates a lot more on his personal relationships this time around but, this did not detract from the mystery for me.
I love the ease of Jo Allen’s style which always makes reading her books such an enjoyable experience. She does such a fabulous job at pulling you into this world that she has created, which has you experiencing it as the characters do and Death at Rainbow Cottage is no exception.
Some reviewers say that this series can be read as standalone but, in this instance, I respectfully disagree and think by reading it in order does it best justice. There is a lot of character development etc that you benefit from by reading it from the start. Also if you don’t, you will be missing out on three great reads.
Death at Rainbow Cottage is another gripping tale and one that compliments the rest of the series well. Not as dark as some of my other reads, which sometimes I need a break from, it satisfied my craving for a good mystery and delivered in spades. Another great read from Jo Allen and I will be looking forward to the next one. It was a pleasure to read and review Death at Rainbow Cottage, which I highly recommend.
I loved this book - such well-drawn characters and a plot that pulled me in after just a few pages. I did not realise it was one of a series as it works beautifully as a standalone. I will definitely be reading the others now.