A dead woman. A powerful Man. A fearless detective.
How far would you go to protect the ones you love? And how much further would you go to betray them?
Nine out of ten murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder is found dead, Detective Allie Shenton begins her investigation close to home, starting with Steph's family and friends.
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, each time seeing through his smooth charms.
As the trail grows hotter, the web of deceit pulls tighter and more bodies pile up. Allie must race against time to uncover the shocking truth of who killed Steph before the suspects get away with murder.
'A gritty, authentic, fast-paced read that you won't want to put down.’ Caroline Mitchell
This is the first book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.
To catch a killer, you must play the game. The rules are simple but deadly.
To be bullied or kill your bullies, that is the game.
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 murdered, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
When the letter E is located near to a third victim, DI Allie Shenton and her colleagues are sent into full alert. Is their killer spelling a word, a name or are the letters an anagram? One thing's for certain as the body count rises - the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that doesn't look like stopping.
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.
‘Slick debut from a writer to watch out for.’ Mandasue Heller.
This is the second book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.
Who lies and who dies?
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 case for DS Allie Shenton.
‘Now and again, a character comes along that stays in your head long after the book has finished. Allie Shenton is that character. Mel Sherratt combines taut storytelling with excellent characterisation, resulting in a book I could not put down.’ —Angela Marsons.
This is the third book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.
Family is everything. Loyalty should be...
The Limekiln Estate has witnessed many a dark crime over the years. When DI Allie Shenton is called out to a suspicious death, she isn’t surprised to see it’s a local she knows only too well. While the slaying of Billy Whitmore is on everyone’s lips, a woman is stabbed in her home. A day later and a third victim turns up.
Three known associates brutally murdered - the bodies are piling up quicker than the forensic evidence is coming back. Yet Allie senses there’s something more disturbing going on. She’s sure Fiona Abbott, Billy’s partner, is involved too.
With enemies from her past rearing their ugly heads, and the press and public up in arms, Allie has her work cut out to get to the shocking truth. Can she and her loyal team stop the killer who has a close-knit community living in fear? And by raking up secrets from the past, has she made the Abbott family the next target, especially fourteen-year-old Kelsey?
'Keeping true to the grit I adore in her novels, this book was emotive and a total sleep stealer!' Noelle Holten
This is the fourth book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.
One of them lied. One of them died. One of them is next.
Could you stay quiet about a murder?
Killed on his way home from a night out, Kit Harper had lots of secrets. At the opposite end of the city, another man is found smothered in his bed. Jack Carter had secrets too.
A photo of a young woman reveals a clue and with dual cases to run, Detective Allie Shenton and her team are pushed to their limits. As attacks on a close group of friends continue, a link to a cold case twenty years ago is unveiled.
Can Allie figure out who is telling the truth about what happened on that fateful night? And who is lying through their teeth, to get away with murder?
Set within the gritty streets of Stoke-on-Trent, this fast-paced British detective novel is a dark murder mystery with an emotional pull.
This is the fifth book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.
Honour among thieves. Keep your enemies close. Loyalty is everything.
When DI Allie Shenton is called out to a murder suicide, it quickly becomes clear that it’s a double slaying, and there is a killer on the loose. The bodies are found in a property owned by local entrepreneur/drug dealer Kenny Webb. Several young women are staying there, they are refusing to talk and one of them is missing.
While she waits on forensic evidence, Allie decides to do what she does best. She takes to the community to see who will talk. Right now, she’s the only one who can get answers. But then a third murder rattles everyone. Another known dealer is taken out.
With lives and lies being twisted, Allie needs to work out how everything is connected. It’s clear someone is out to finish things. Can she and her team rid the streets of Kenny Webb and his gang of merrymen, once and for all? And in doing so, stop the top man, Terry Ryder, from getting out of prison?
This is the sixth and final book in the Detective Allie Shenton Series.