A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.
Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.
The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next. The rules are simple but deadly—to catch the killer, they must follow the leader.
From the acclaimed author of Taunting the Dead comes a flesh-creeping tale of a child’s game with a terrifying, grown-up twist. This is the second book in the DS Allie Shenton series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.
Genre: crime, mystery, police procedural
My first Mel Sherratt book and it is a good one, although it is the second DS Allie Shenton novel it can be read as a standalone, and is a fantastic read, which is something coming from me as I don´t speak highly of police procedural books normally, this has all the well known factors, victims, police and a murderer, but in this case the reader knows who the murderer is and follows him through his eyes as he undertakes his craft. Also what connects the victims and the murderer is also know to the reader, but don´t let this put you off. This is a great read, different and intriguing. There are many characters but they aren´t all there at the same time, they are introduced bit by bit. It is written from various different time frames in the third person from the murderer’s point of view and the detectives. There is also a side story with one of the detectives which might have been introduced in the previous Allie Shenton book, but I don´t know for sure, what I do know is that it is a great addition to the novel and I can see another novel written with Allie in it. I finished it in two sittings, if only I didn´t need sleep or it would have been quicker. I am torn between the rating and as I don´t do half stars I am giving 4 stars. A delightful surprise for me.
I write crime, psychological thrillers and suspense – or grit-lit, as I call it. Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, 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.
About the book
- File Size: 2312 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477821856
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 10, 2015)
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MYBNYY2