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Published by Avon, 2 May 2019. ISBN: 978-0-00-827107-7 (PB)
This is the second book in the DS
Grace Allendale, police procedural series set in Stoke.
sixteen -year -old schoolgirl is found murdered on a school field outing. The
killer did the deed in a matter of minutes.
the whole school goes into mourning DS Grace Allendale arrives to try to find
the murderer. Emotions are high, parents are angry, and pupils are in shock, as
the killing of this teenager was in her own school grounds. Many questions need
days another woman, with no connection to the schoolgirl or the school, is
found murdered. The signs are the same with both victims. Now the town around
Stoke goes into terror, as they fear a serial killer is on the loose. Grace
Allendale must work swiftly to find this killer. Trying to keep details from
the press is proving difficult as Allendale’s lover is the crime journalist on
the local paper. Personal problems now add to her already somersaulting
facts and clues turn up, Grace realises there is a real race against time to
avoid more killings. But this killer is clever and uses their knowledge to strike
out at the most vulnerable, aiming and succeeding at throwing the murder team
off their trail.
a nail-biting finish, this book is unputdownable. Not every story ends happily.
So, will this be any different?
is strong plotter, a good writer, and brilliant at bringing characters off the
page. Although this isn’t her first
Allendale police procedural, you don’t have to read the first one to know the back
story. She slips in enough history of why Allendale is back in Stoke and her
family ties, and personal life as the reader needs to follow this journey.
I would recommend you read any books by Sherratt, I have, and have found them
all page-turning. No doubting this author writes strong, powerful and gritty
crime, and knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat as you keep turning
those pages. Be prepared to stay up all night if that is the time you read.
has been a self-described "meddler of words" ever since she can
remember. After winning her first writing competition at the age of 11, she has
rarely been without a pen in her hand or her nose in a book. Since successfully
self-publishing Taunting the Dead and seeing it soar to the rank of
number one best-selling police procedural in the Amazon Kindle store in 2012,
Mel has gone on to publish 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, event and talks. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent,
Staffordshire, with her husband and her terrier, Dexter, and makes liberal use
of her hometown as a backdrop for her writing.
Linda Reganis the
author of six police procedural crime novels. She is also an actress. She holds
a Masters degree in critical writing and journalism, and writes a regular
column, including book reviews, for three magazines. She also presents the
book-club spot on BBC Radio Kent. She is an avid reader, and welcomes
the chance to read new writers.