I'm delighted to announce that my next book will be published on February 25 and is now on preorder. 

Broken Promises is a book I thought I'd never write. Why? Because it's book four in the Allie Shenton Series, a series that up until now has been a trilogy.  

I got the publishing rights back to the first three last year and as I was re-editing them to re-publish, I found myself falling in love with Allie and the team again. The team have been present in the DS Grace Allendale Series, and Allie had a cameo in those books too. In the last two, Liar Liar and Good Girl, Allie was the new Detective Inspector. So this is where we rejoin her in book four.

Just like the previous three books, this one can be read as a standalone as there is a case solved, but with an added sub plot that will run through into book six. A little nugget of an idea I came up with a while ago that I thought deserved to be teased out.

Over the next four weeks, each Friday afternoon, I'll be sharing some excerpts from the book.

Isn't that cover a beauty? I think it depicts the story and my writing so much. What goes on behind closed doors always fascinates me and is a big part of my brand. 

Broken Promises Mel Sherratt

And here is the blurb:

A haunted man. A loyalty tested. A serial killer in town.

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 of the past, has she made the Abbott family the next target, especially fourteen-year-old Kelsey?

Set within the gritty streets of Stoke-on-Trent, this fast-paced British detective novel is a dark murder mystery with an emotional pull. 

Have you ever broken a promise?
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