BOOK REVIEW - Death at the Three Sisters by Jo Allen


Death at the Three Sisters

Three feuding sisters. A faded spa. And a woman, dead in the water… 

As they head towards retirement, Suzanne, Hazel and Tessa Walsh are locked in bitter disagreement about the future of the lakeside beauty spa they jointly own. Should they keep The Three Sisters going as their parents wished, or should they sell to a neighbouring hotelier who seems determined to acquire the failing business, even at a preposterously high cost?

When their employee, Sophie Hayes, is found drowned close to the spa one cold January morning it rapidly becomes clear that it’s no accident: Sophie has been murdered. But who could possibly want to kill her — or was she mistaken for someone else? As DCI Jude Satterthwaite seeks the answers he and his team dig ever deeper into the complicated and embittered relationships between the sisters and their neighbours.

As the investigation proceeds Jude becomes convinced that Sophie’s murder may only be the beginning. It’s not long before a shocking and tragic turn of events proves him correct and he and his team find themselves in a race to prevent a further, final tragedy overtaking the Three Sisters. Can he uncover what deadly secrets the sisters are prepared to die — or kill — for, or will he be too late?

I received an advance review book for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you Jo Allen and Rachel's Random Resources. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.

I have done it again and jumped into a series without having read anything from this author. The plot intrigued me, and I wanted to see how this would play out. The book read ok as a standalone, however, there were connections I would have made sooner had I read the series in order. Because of that I recommend reading the books in order.

The characters are well written with a fantastic cast of supporting characters that bring depth to the story while also creating tension. I enjoyed learning the characters’ backstories and the drama created. The atmospheric setting was perfect for this book. The sister’s relationship is full of tension and kept me engaged.

The suspect interviews were my favorite part because I felt like I was part of the investigation. The mix of police procedural and psychological suspense kept the book moving along. The pacing was perfect, and the author did an excellent job of building suspense while leaking key pieces that kept me guessing until the end. I look forward to reading more from this author and will be circling back to read the previous books.

Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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Author Bio –

Jo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open

University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She's been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember. 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. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read -- crime.

Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. 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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