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Taunting the Dead (A DS Allie Shenton Novel Book 1) by [Sherratt, Mel]
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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

About the Author

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. Since successfully publishing Taunting the Dead and seeing it soar to the rank of #1 bestselling police procedural in the Amazon Kindle store in 2012, Mel has gone on to write three more books in the critically acclaimed The Estate Series.

Mel has written feature articles for The Guardian, the Writers and Artists website, and Writers’ Forum magazine, to name just a few, and regularly speaks at conferences, events, and talks.

She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, 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 you can find her on Twitter at @writermels.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4614 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EQD78HA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 783 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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When Allie Shenton is tasked with investigating the murder of Steph Ryder she follows the maxim that 90% of murders are committed to someone close to the victim which leads her to Terry Ryder someone already on the force’s radar for a scam that has afforded him a mansion for him, his wife and his stroppy teenage daughter Kirstie. Allie soon runs into problems though finding Terry unbearably charming and attractive despite all that she knows, or at the very least, suspects him of. His wife, the now departed with a bashed in head, was less attractive and seemed to have few real friends left due in part to her reliance on alcohol to get her through the day.

The structure of the story is good, giving us an insight into Steph’s days in the run up to the murder, we know what she was up to and with whom and we also are privy to who else knows these details all of which is going to be important to knowing who did the dastardly deed but at the time with the numerous criminals being added to the mix felt a little confusing and long-winded at the time, but then we get to Steph’s death. This isn’t a spoiler we know it is going to happen from the start and from here on in the book became a race against time to find the right killer and hope for the safety of numerous other characters.

Allie Shenton is a likeable character, in a relationship with a banker which is slightly shaky at times and more than a tad immature but she comes across as realistic. As all good cops in this genre are, she goes off-piste when she feels necessary and takes extraordinary risks to catch the culprit. As a gritty crime the language is fruity and many of the characters seem to be shady in the extreme.
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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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This is a book I was reluctant to buy due to it's many poor reviews, especially the references to the Jeremy Kyle show but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

Having read the book now, I can see why some readers were so irked but this is a book about low lives, nasty people, whether they be rich or poor, motivated by greed with no consideration for other people's feelings. But let's face it, these people do exist. I guess that's what many negative reviews referred to when they called the characters one dimensional.

What I truly loved about Taunting The Dead is the setup of the murder. We meet quite a few characters who have every motivation to commit the deed, and although, it becomes clear early on who orders the 'hit' on the victim, there are so many different angles that it kept me guessing who had actually done it. As the story moves on, we see the lives of those characters spiraling out of control with each decision they make which is why it never became boring. Allie Shenton, flawed but still a strong character, and her team solve the murder by asking the right questions, observing the people who are tied to the victim and it never felt forced or artificial. The relationship between Allie and the main suspect, although at times a bit over the top, also felt real. Isn't it a basic human characteristic to be drawn to the darker aspects of life, knowing it can't be right but, yet, drawn to them nonetheless.

I'm already reading book 2 of the series

Very fast paced and well written.
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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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