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Death On A Monday Night by Jo Allen – Review

Today I am reviewing Death On A Monday Night by the wonderfully talented Jo Allen. Big thanks to Jo for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and of course to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour!


An ex-convict. A dead body. A Women’s Institute meeting like no other…

It’s an unusually challenging meeting at the Wasby Women’s Institute, with local resident and former drug-dealer Adam Fleetwood talking about his crimes and subsequent rehabilitation…but events take a gruesome turn when prospective member Grace Thoresby is discovered murdered in the kitchen.

The case is particularly unwelcome for investigating officer DCI Jude Satterthwaite. Adam was once his close friend and now holds a bitter grudge, blaming Jude for landing him in jail in the first place. To complicate things further, the only thing keeping Adam from arrest is the testimony of Jude’s former girlfriend, Becca Reid, for whom he still cares deeply.

As Jude and his colleague and current partner, Ashleigh O’Halloran, try to pick apart the complicated tapestry of Grace’s life, they uncover a web of fantasy, bitterness and deceit. Adam is deeply implicated, but is he guilty or is someone determined to frame him for Grace’s murder? And as they close in on the truth, Jude falls foul of Adam’s desire for revenge, with near-fatal consequences…

A traditional detective mystery set in Cumbria.


I do love a good murder, and this book certainly contains a good one! As always, Jo Allen is able to magically transport me to the wonderful Cumbrian countryside with her writing. And what better scandal than a murder at a WI meeting in this picturesque setting?! Coming from a rural area myself, I couldn’t help but imagine my own local WI as I read along, and flurry of gossip and scandal that would follow if this had happened at their own meeting!

We get our cast of regular faces from this series; Jude, Ashleigh, Faye, Becca and many more, scattered with plenty of new faces to deepen the story. I must admit, I was rather pleased to see the notorious Adam playing a sizeable part in this story, as I do have a soft spot for him and love reading more about him (We all love a bad boy, right?!).

Much like it’s predecessors, this book kept me guessing to the end, my mind hopping from one potential guilty party to another as the chapters progressed. There’s plenty of mystery, intrigue and, of course, drama, to keep you hooked into this book from the very first page. There’s also the extra intensity with the case being so close to home for Jude – With both Adam and Becca being involved in it.

Definitely full of twists and turns, this book is 100% worth picking up. Such an intriguing read and I was glued to it the entire time!

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About The Author

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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