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review 2018-05-06 07:12
Follow The Leader
Follow The Leader (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt

A string of seemingly random murders shocks a little English town. Fridge Letters connect the victims. They also went to the same school, but that was over 25 years ago. Sure, that can not be the solution?

Follow the Leader is the second DS Allie Shenton book, but was my introduction to the series. I felt I could easily join in on this point, and had no problem following the different police officers around. The killer is known from the start but this doesn't mean there is no interesting chase. The pace was rather quick right from the start with a high body count. It was an easy and entertaining read but I missed something that made it stand out among all small-English-town-detectives. I mean, looking at all the books, it is terribly unsafe to go anywhere near small English towns since the murder rates are astonishing.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-07-13 17:37
Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt
Only The Brave (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt

I received a free kindle copy of Only the Brave (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) by Mel Sherratt, published by Thomas & Mercer/Amazon from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

 

I gave this suspenseful mystery four stars. The characters are well written & it kept me reading.

 

When Allie met with one of the workers at Flynn's she described him as: "At forty-seven, Steve Burgess could pass for late thirties with his whitened teeth, tall physique & full head of dark brown hair, although it was greying at roots. Allie would say one thing about the criminal fraternity--the men were mostly lean, exuding power & magnetism by keeping themselves in good shape.  To her, it showed hard work, commitment & healthy ego."

 

Jordan had been seeing Sophie secretly.  She decided to trust Stella, which might have been a mistake. "Sophie nodded. 'He comes to see me when Flynn's closes--always late at night. No one knows we're seeing each other.' She glanced at Stella. 'You can't tell anyone. Anyone. Do you hear?' 'Oh, I won't tell a soul.' Stella mentally crossed her fingers behind her back. This information was too valuable to keep to herself."

 

After Jordan was killed, his grieving family got together. "Nicole was sitting on the settee next to Betty, all teary-eyes & streaked makeup.  Her nails had been manicured, her long blonde hair freshly washed & straightened. Her clothes were black but stylish, high heels finishing the outfit.  Kristy had to admit she always tried to keep herself smart & trendy but all she could see was mutton trying to dress as a lamb." That's a unique way of calling someone old.

 

Allie's spouse Mark described his feeling toward Allie: "Worst was the feeling that he couldn't protect her all the time.  But he couldn't let her see that. Allie would see her independence being threatened if he worried too much.  He couldn't bear it if it broke them, if his feelings made her despise him enough to call it quits.  He would never tell her that either."

 

This DS Shenton book was entertaining.

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1477830626

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text 2015-07-02 17:21
Best Reads of 2015 so far....
Hellbounce (The ARC Chronicles) (Volume 1) - Matthew W Harrill
The Bone Treaty (Seal of Solomon Series Book 1) - Grace T. McKee
TheLie - C.L. Taylor
Half the World Away - Cath Staincliffe
Under My Skin - Zoë Markham
Only The Brave (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt
Hunted (Nirvana Series Book 2) - Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie
The Tesla Legacy - Rebecca Cantrell

As the first half of 2015 is behind us, I thought I would look at possible contenders for my Best Reads of this year.

 

I have been pleasantly surprised by lots of books this year, and I'm pleased to see that some have been written by independent authors.

The first 8 contenders are (in no particular order):-

 

Hellbounce by Matthew W Harrill

The Bone Treaty by T. C. McKee

The Lie by C. L. Taylor

Half the World Away by Cath Staincliffe

Hunted  by Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie

Under My Skin by Zoë Markham

Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt

The Tesla Legacy by Rebecca Cantrell

 

The next 8 are coming right up!

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2015-05-30 09:16
Review: Only the Brave (DS Allie Shenton #3) by Mel Sherratt
Only The Brave (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt

Publication Date: 26th May 2015

 

Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer

 

ISBN: 978-1477830628

 

Source:  NetGalley

 

Rating: 5*

 

Synopsis: 

When one of the notorious Johnson brothers is murdered and a bag of money goes missing, a deadly game of cat and mouse is set in motion.

DS Allie Shenton and her team are called in to catch the killer, but the suspects are double-crossing each other and Allie has little time to untangle the web of lies.

As she delves deeper into the case, things take a personal turn when Allie realises she is being stalked by the very same person who attacked her sister seventeen years ago and left her for dead.

Set over forty-eight tension-filled hours, Only the Brave is the latest gut-churning book from acclaimed author Mel Sherratt.

 

My Review:

I'm beginning to fall in love with DS Allie Shenton. She's such a complex and intelligently written character, it's impossible not to adore her. Gutsy, with such innate skills of detection, Allie attacks her latest case with gusto. 

 

The cleverly interwoven plot with Allie's stalker is chilling. I could hardly turn the pages fast enough as I devoured this brilliantly compelling novel. I found it utterly enthralling, unputdownable.

 

If you're looking for a police procedural with a difference, you need to discover Allie Shenton!

 

*I received a free copy ,via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion, for which I'd like to thank the publishing team*

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text 2015-05-29 15:53
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
Only The Brave (A DS Allie Shenton Novel) - Mel Sherratt
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