I am always delighted to be invited to join a new and exciting series from its beginning, especially when it is a crime thriller, which means meeting a new detective and their team.
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DEATH BY DARK WATERS – (DCI Jude Satterthwaite series book #1)
It’s high summer, and the lakes are in the midst of an unrelenting heatwave.
Uncontrollable fell fires are breaking out across the moors faster than they can be extinguished. When firefighters uncover the body of a dead child at the heart of the latest blaze, Detective Chief Inspector Jude Satterthwaite’s arson investigation turns to one of murder.
Jude was born and bred in the Lake District. He knows everyone…and everyone knows him. Except his intriguing new Detective Sergeant, Ashleigh O’Halloran, who is running from a dangerous past and has secrets of her own to hide…
Temperatures – and tension – in the village are rising, and with the body count rising Jude and his team race against the clock to catch the killer before it’s too late….
After a year in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young, in the genres of short stories, romance, and romantic suspense. In 2017, Jo took the plunge and began writing in the genre she most likes to read – crime.
Now living in Edinburgh, she spends as much time as possible in the English Lake District. In common with all her favorite characters, she loves football and cats.
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“A SENSE OF PLACE”
When I began writing the DCI Satterthwaite series, my starting point wasn’t my protagonist, although he – along with troublesome conscience, his ex-girlfriend, his new love interest and his trouble-prone younger brother – came very quickly afterwards. Nor did I begin with the plot, though once I’d decided to write a crime novel the ideas came thick and fast.
So where did I begin? I began with the place, choosing to set my detective series in Cumbria, in the Lake District to the west of the county and the Eden Valley in the east.
Of course it comes with a reality check. Cumbria is huge but it’s not that well populated and there aren’t, as far as I can gather, that many murders in the average year. Those that there are, aren’t exactly the product of an arch-villain scheming for world domination, either. Whereas I, in my novels so far drafted out, have killed off in excess of a dozen innocents between Grasmere village and the Pennines.
Real life notwithstanding, Cumbria lends itself to crime fiction, not just because it’s so stunningly beautiful that the countryside can become a character in itself, but because there’s a range of different types of place in a relatively small area. There are wild hillsides where it would be oh-so-easy to have an “accident”. There are lakes where you can hide a body, crowds in which you can be lost, a coastline into which you can smuggle your contraband – and a motorway by which you can make a sharp exit.
There’s also terrific access and vast numbers of people coming in and out, which means that our villains can be absolutely anybody from the local landowner to the county lines drug runner, not to mention tensions between the new ways and the old, the traditional and the modern.
So far the series (three books commissioned, three more in planning) dips between the eastern and central Lakes and the Eden Valley. Some of the locations are real and you can find them on a map (although I was sad to see that the pub where DCI Jude Satterthwaite drinks with his mates, recently closed). Others are made up or else they’re deliberately blurred, because of a peculiar aversion I have to setting murders in real houses.
Real or imagined, I hope the sense of place shines through. I love the Lakes – and I hope you enjoy reading about them.