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“Small Town. Sinister Crime”
‘Death At Eden’s End’
by Jo Allen
First Lines/Book Beginnings

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For all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover Image of the book 'death At Eden's End' by author Jo Allen




“Life flashed before her eyes like a drunk’s story, a random sequence of unconnected events without form or theme.

She was a fighter, determined each breath wouldn’t be her last, but even as she clung with frail fingers to the strong wrists that held her down she was troubled by how swiftly her dreams and her dramas sped away. Image by image, she clawed them back and forced them to make sense …”


Chapter One

“Detective Sergeant Ashleigh O’Halloran took a moment to rearrange the papers on her desk and enjoy the Friday afternoon luxury of choosing what to do next. There was no shortage of options, all jostling for primacy within the shortest possible timescale, but it was refreshingly unusual not to have a meeting scheduled, a queue of messages or a long list of demands from her colleagues, from lawyers, from prosecutors, social workers or probation officers, all demanding to be done yesterday. Casting an eye over her to-do list, she scanned the options. A report on an assault case – suspect arrested, remorseful confession forthcoming and only the paperwork to complete – at least meant she’d have something ticked off the list by the end of Friday afternoon. That would do. She turned back to her laptop, just as Jude Satterthwaite opened the door to the open-plan office and paused on the threshold….”

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

DEATH AT EDEN’S END – (DCI Jude Satterthwaite – book#2) – The Premise

Cover Image of the book 'death At Eden's End' by author Jo AllenWhen one-hundred-year-old Violet Ross is found dead at Eden’s End, a luxury care home hidden in a secluded nook of the Lake District’s Eden Valley it’s tragic, of course, but not unexpected.

Except for the instantly recognisable look in her lifeless eyes… that of pure terror.

Becca Reid reports her suspicions to her old flame, DCI Jude Satterthwaite, and the resultant post mortem shows that Louisa Ross was smothered in her chair.

DCI Jude Satterthwaite heads up the investigation, but as the deaths start to mount up it’s clear that he, and DS Ashleigh O’Halloran need to uncover a long-buried secret before the killer strikes again…

Image of author Jo Allen


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