Follow The Leader by Mel Sherratt. Read January 2015.

To be published 10 February 2015 – A welcome return for DS Allie Shenton from Taunting The Dead.
“A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a plastic magnet 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.”
I have mixed feelings about knowing whodunnit right from the start, but in this case the author has dealt with the “I know something you don’t know” method so skilfully that the tension racked up relentlessly throughout the book. I enjoyed the way each character, even minor ones, was described in a way that gave them depth and believability. On finishing the book my first thought was that I hope this will be a series that runs and runs – Allie has already become one of my favourite fictional crime fighters.
I recommend Follower The Leader to fans of gritty and gripping crime fiction and would suggest reading Taunting The Dead first but this isn’t essential.
Thank you to the publisher, via Netgalley, for the advance copy e-book.



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