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Mel Sherratt , Heather Wilds
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Book Description

3 Dec 2013
Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder has her head bashed in within earshot of her family and friends, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home.

Soon the lies, backtracking, and secrets multiply as each of the suspects tries to cover up their actions on that fateful night. Before long, Allie homes in on Steph’s ambitious and powerful husband, Terry. Convinced he’s hiding something, she interviews him again and again—only to find that she is falling, despite herself, for his smooth charms.

As the trail grows hotter, along with Allie’s feelings, the web of deceit pulls tighter and more bodies begin to pile up. Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth before she becomes the killer’s next victim.

Taunting the Dead is a dark, gritty, sexually charged thriller that will leave you gasping for breath.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (3 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480577642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480577640
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,480,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I write crime, psychological thrillers and suspense - or grit-lit, as I call it. Some of my work is dark and violent and my background when I worked as a housing officer makes for a unique point of view at times. My inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

TAUNTING THE DEAD is part police procedural/part psychological thriller. It has been a standalone for two years but I am now writing two more books with Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton as a main character and creating a new series. FOLLOW THE LEADER will be out in February 2015 and ONLY THE BRAVE in Summer 2015.

THE ESTATE SERIES are a mix of women's fiction, psychological suspense and crime thriller. They are too dark for women's fiction alone - although the subject matters and issues are often referred to in this genre - too light in places for crime thrillers, and often not enough for the psychological suspense readers out there. They are drama meets crime.

WATCHING OVER YOU is a standalone psychological thriller. It's dark in places, light in places, disturbing in places too - where obsession and friendship turns to murder.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books. You can find out more at my website www.melsherratt.co.uk or I'm on Twitter at @writermels

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‘Uncompromising, powerful and very real–an important new voice.’ —David Mark, author of The Dark Winter

‘A wonderfully observed tale of brutality, sex and raw emotion, with an ending that will leave you gasping to know more.’ —David Jackson, author of Marked

‘The plot races along smartly, with the victims piling up, before culminating in a series of twists that hit you like body blows.’ —Emlyn Rees, author of Hunted

‘A great début. Gritty. Sexy. And brilliantly capturing the brutality that follows betrayal and desperation.’ —Will Carver, author of Dead Set

‘Sherratt is a unique voice in detective fiction.’ —Mail on Sunday

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Mel Sherratt has been a self-described “meddler of words” ever since she can remember. After winning her first writing competition at the age of eleven, she has rarely been without a pen in her hand or her nose in a book.

She has written feature articles for The Guardian, the Writers and Artists website, and Writers Forum Magazine, to name just a few, and regularly participates in Q&As for blogs and websites.

She lives with her husband and her terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer, with some help from her Twitter fans), and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for her writing.

Her website is www.melsherratt.co.uk and her blog can be found at http://writerofmurderandmayhem.wordpress.com/blog/.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A knicker gripping thriller! 29 Dec 2011
By Kim The Book Worm TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was riveting, gripping right from the first page, and I really couldn't get enough of it. I could feel my heart thumping at times, anticipating what was going to happen next. You were left guessing until the very last chapter, who actually killed Steph Ryder and whether they were going to get away with it.

The last paragraph, was totally unexpected and I wanted to immediately pick up the next book in the series. The only problem is that it hasn't been finished yet but I can honestly say that I'll be counting down to the day when it's published. Come on Mel, please hurry up!

There was lots of blood and gore in the book, but not so much that it made a vulgar read, it was kind of necessary to the plot. The characters were created well and believable although I'm very glad that I don't come into contact with any of them. And to think that I thought Stoke On Trent was a quiet little town in the Potteries where Robbie Williams came from!
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Debut... 30 Dec 2011
By MrsRave
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! This novel epitomizes the word thriller. Murder,Secrets, Sex & Lies. A gritty, page-turning plot that will twist and turn you in every direction to uncover 'whodunnit'. A fabulously drawn cast of characters, all of whom I could vividly imagine parading across my TV screen, they were so well portrayed, and several of whom I definitely wouldn't want to encounter on a dark night. Gripping from the outset. A brilliant debut novel from an author I shall certainly be keeping an eye out for in future. Loved it!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime Writers - watch your backs! A great debut. 22 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
From its great cover to the tale within, this is a greatly packaged debut which delivers on all fronts.
With characters you'll love and love to hate too, this great debut has a feel of Martina Cole taking a trip to Stoke and taking the bad stuff with her.
The central character of DS Allie Shenton is a great creation and one I'd really like to read more of in future books. The investigation of the murder of Steph Ryder brings Allie closer to a family she already knows and closer still to the dark secrets that cluster to fog her search for the killer - of which there are several very likely suspects, it seems.
Skillfully juggling the cast of characters, we are led through the darkening streets of Stoke and the devious members of its society as each tries to cover their tracks for events that led up to the killing.
Like many great crime novels, the character is important, but so is the location and with 'Taunting the Dead' Mel Sherratt has placed Stoke firmly on the map and, with a strong mix of human drama, sex and crime, has hammered it home there.

What are you waiting for, hit that BUY button and check out the first investigation by Allie Shenton now.

Keith B Walters
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I expected, due to all the 4 and 5 star reviews, for 'Taunting The Dead' to be a whole lot better than it actually is.

The plot is written to formula and the characters are too many and too shallow. I found lead character, murder victim Steph Ryder, impossible to like as she trotted along in the wake of her sleazy husband in a haze of false vanity and alcohol. To be honest I was hoping she would be murdered off well before she was. She's created to be completely unlikeable. Empthay for her as a victim doesn't kick in until the murder investigation begins and Detective Sergeant Allie Shenton delves into Steph's history and uncovers some painful truths.

The police procedural elements are the best part of the novel. I also enjoyed the dark, gritty scenery which helps grab the attention and sits well within the context of the story..it is gory and violent!. The author doesn't hold back when it comes to creating believable crime and this story features more blood and rage than you might anticipate.

There's just something missing. 'Taunting The Dead' should grab you by the throat and give you a shake...it doesn't but; what the novel does have is pace and some half decent scene setting. Had Steph been in any way 'huggable' I might have been able to believe in her as a victim and got much involved in her story.

Not bad but not great.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Stoke-on-Trent Lad 20 Jan 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a Stoke-on-Trent lad born and bred.

I downloaded this book and I tell you this, it's the best 99p I've spent in a very long time.

Until the invention of Kindle the books we read were decided by a select few at the various publishing houses. Kindle has given a whole new breed of authors a chance of publication that was not open for them in the past.

Mel has managed to capture the heartbeat of our city. Whilst its commentary describes the deprivation and lack of regeneration, it also captures our humour and good nature.

The novel isn't for the faint hearted, it packs a real punch. Sex, violence and drugs are all featured. Its to try and suss out certain places that have been renamed for the book.

Mel Sherratt packs a punch as good as some of the heavyweights in crime fiction. I've read the Rankin's, Robinson, Booth, Bateman, Peter James and to me this book is as good if not better.

If you've got a Kindle, the price of 99p, a book set in Stoke, written by a city girl - It's a no-brainer, whats not to like?

Go download it now!
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