‘Death On The Crags’ by Jo Allen


Everybody loves Thomas Davies. Don’t they?

When policeman Thomas Davies falls from a crag on a visit to the Lake District in full view of his partner, Mia, it looks for all the world like a terrible but unfortunate accident — until a second witness comes forward with a different story.

Alerted to the incident, DCI Jude Satterthwaite is inclined to take it seriously — not least because of Mia’s reluctance to speak to the police about the incident. As Jude and his colleagues, including his on-off partner DS Ashleigh O’Halloran, tackle the case, they’re astonished by how many people seem to have a reason to want all-round good guy Thomas out of the way.

With the arrival of one of Thomas’s colleagues to assist the local force, the investigation intensifies. As the team unpick the complicated lives of those who claim to care for Thomas but have good reasons to want him dead, they find themselves digging deeper and deeper into a web of blackmail and cruelty … and investigating a second death.

My Review

I have been a fan of Jo’s work for a couple of years now. I am a huge fan of her series featuring DCI Jude Satterthwaite. I have read and loved every book in the series to date. When I heard that Jo was due to release another book in the series, I knew that I had to read it at the earliest opportunity. Well ladies and gents the wait is over because the ninth book in the series called ‘Death On The Crags’ and it was released on 8th September 2022. It’s another cracking addition to the series which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit.

It took me no time at all to get into ‘Death On The Crags’. In fact by the time I got to the bottom of the first page, I knew that I was going to become addicted to the story and that I would find it rather difficult to put the book down for any length of time. I was right on both counts. This book seemed to develop a hold over me and it was a hold that I wasn’t willing to break. I would pick the book up only intending to read a chapter or two but I would become so wrapped up in the story and in the lives of the characters that I would still be sat there reading several chapters and an hour or so later. ‘Death On The Crags’ was constantly on my mind whether I had the book in my hand or not- if I wasn’t reading the book then I was thinking about it. If I had to put the book down for any reason then I would immediately look forward to being able to pick the book up again. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘Death On The Crags’ and I had to say goodbye to Jude and his team. I found ‘Death On The Crags’ to be a gripping, gritty, intense and dramatic read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘Death On The Crags’ is superbly written but then I have come to expect nothing less from Jo Allen. Jo certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proves to be one hell of a read and then some. For me, the story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout. Reading ‘Death On The Crags’ felt like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. Just when you thought that you could take a minute to gather your thoughts and catch your breath then off the action would go again. I love the way in which Jo makes the reader feel a though they are part of the story and at the heart of the action. That’s how I felt anyway.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Death On The Crags’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Jo’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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