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Only The Brave – Mel Sherratt

Crime Fiction 4*'s
Crime Fiction

This is the third book in the enthralling and frankly scary Allie Shenton series and in my opinion this is a series that needs to be read in order to get the full Allie Shenton experience.

Set in Stoke-on-Trent the plot of Only The Brave starts with the murder of a man in the early hours of the morning. A woman stumbling home in the early hours of the morning literally falls over the body of the dead man but leaves him lying there. When the body is found later by an elderly dog-walker (you have to wonder would the crime levels fall if dog-walkers didn’t exist) Allie and the team kick into action, the only problem is the estate where the body was found is famous for keeping information to itself. Finding out who did it isn’t likely to be an easy task.

The local criminals are also twitch as a substantial amount of money has gone missing causing all the local brutes to flex their muscles, and worse, to expedite its return. This only causes more suspects to be drawn to Allie’s attention.

Alongside all of this Allie is worried she is being watched and a gift delivered to the hospital where her older sister Karen is being treated only seems to confirm her view. Karen was brutally attacked seventeen years previously and one of Allie’s goals is to arrest the man who ruined her life. Having read the first two in this series I feel almost as invested in finding out who attacked Karen as Allie.

I enjoy this series because Allie is a real woman, and a decent one at that. She can have maverick tendencies but these are mainly kept under control and she gets on well with her fellow officers who are all watching her back. Her home life while containing the daily reminder of the devastation crime can cause is on the whole happy with her husband being supportive for the most part.

This book is told over a mere forty-eight hours with each chapter clearly marked with the time as the detectives follow leads and mis-leads. We also get to see behind the scenes at the estate with the residents playing their own games – as the reader we know who is telling which part of the truth and willing Allie to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The tension is maintained because although we have more details than the detective we don’t have the answer either although I had my suspicions!

Once again the denouement is simply terrifying, and my heart was in my mouth and my fingers crossed for a good outcome which made turning those pages very difficult. An exceptional finish which was satisfying and even better it looks like we haven’t heard the last of Allie Shenton!

I’d like to thank the author Mel Sherratt for giving me a copy of this book for review purposes. Only The Brave is due to be published on 26 May 2015 so if you haven’t already done so I suggest you pick up the first two in the series.

Previous books in the Allie Shenton Series
Taunting the Dead
Follow the Leader

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Stacking The Shelves (April 25)

Stacking the shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Oh dear, I feel that I ought to stand up and say ‘My name is Cleopatra and I am a bookaholic’ because for some reason I seem to have been on a NetGalley binge and all those lovely publishers out there enable me by approving my requests! Well here goes:

I have a copy of The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum, an author I first ‘met’ last year by reading The Murder of Harriet Krohn, a quietly brilliant book. This is the eleventh in the Inspector Sejer series so I hope that it works as a stand-alone and isn’t so good that I feel I have to purchase the previous ten!

The Drowned Boy

He’d just learnt to walk,’ she said. ‘He was sitting playing on his blanket, then all of a sudden he was gone.’
A 16-month-old boy is found drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother’s story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth. NetGalley

The Drowned Boy will be published on 4 June 2015

I also have a copy of In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, a book that is due to be published on 30 July 2015.

In a Dark Dark Wood


Someone’s getting married. Someone’s getting murdered.
In a dark, dark wood
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back.
There was a dark, dark house
Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
And in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room
But something goes wrong. Very wrong.
And in the dark, dark room….

… and I have a copy of If She Did It by Jessica Treadway which was published on 10 March 2015

If She Did It


What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime?
When Dawn introduces her family to her new boyfriend, Rud, they hide their unsettled feelings because they’re glad that Dawn, always an awkward child, seems to have finally blossomed.
Then Dawn’s parents are savagely beaten in their own bed, and though Hanna survives, Rud stands trial for Joe’s murder. Claiming her boyfriend’s innocence, Dawn initially estranges herself from everyone she knows, but when Rud wins an appeal, Dawn returns home saying she wants to support her mother.
Hanna knows that if she could only remember the details of that traumatic night, she could ensure her husband’s murderer remains in jail. But Hanna hadn’t realised that those memories may cause her to question everything she thought she knew about her daughter… NetGalley

I lay the blame for requesting this next book firmly at Lady Fancifull’s door as she wrote such a brilliant review of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald and mentioned two other favourite books of mine; 84 Charing Cross Road and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, that I simply couldn’t resist requesting a copy for myself!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


Warning: once you let books into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.
But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop. NetGalley

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is due to be published on 18 June 2015

Finally Mel Sherratt contacted me to see if I wanted a copy of Only The Brave, well there was only one answer to that question! This is the third in the Allie Shenton series and I certainly can’t stop now.

Only The Brave


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 police procedural from acclaimed author Mel Sherratt. NetGalley

Only The Brave is due to be published 26 May 2015

Any of these take your fancy? What have you found to read this week? Please do share in the comments below