Friday 31 May 2019

Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt @writermels BLOG TOUR @AvonBooksUK #TickTock

In the city of Stoke, a teenage girl is murdered in the middle of the day, her lifeless body abandoned in a field behind her school.


Two days later, a young mother is abducted. She's discovered strangled and dumped in a local park.

Time's Up...

DS Grace Allendale and her team are brought in to investigate, but with a bold killer, no leads and nothing to connect the victims, the case seems hopeless. It's only when a third woman is targeted that a sinister pattern emerges. A dangerous mind is behind these attacks, and Grace realises that the clock is ticking....

Can they catch the killer before another young woman dies?

The number-one best seller returns with a breathtaking thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

Tick Tock by Mel Sherratt is the second in the DS Grace Allendele series, and was published in paperback by Avon on 2 May 2019.  My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review and invited me to take part on this Blog Tour.

I read, reviewed and really enjoyed the first in this series; Hush, Hush last November. That was my first taste of this author's writing and I've been looking forward to this next instalment for a long time.

After a fairly tumultuous introduction to her new post, outlined in the first in this series; Tick Tock finds Grace at the beginning of a murder case.
A teenage girl is murdered, in broad daylight, just yards away from her class mates. There appears to be no motive.  The community are frightened and shocked and Grace and her team need to find this murderer quickly. Then, another body is discovered, and then another .... Grace has a serial killer on her patch.

There's a real humanity to Mel Sheratt's writing. Grace Allendale has become one of my favourite characters. She's sassy and smart, yet emotionally connected to her cases, and the insights into her private life are particularly well done and add more depth to her personality.

This is a complex and cleverly woven story with a couple of red herrings dotted along the way. The author paces her story so very well, it's atmospheric and realistic with a real sense of urgency running throughout.

Tick Tock is a very worthy follow up to Hush Hush. The slow but sure development of Grace's character, and links to her estranged family add something a little bit different to this series and I'll look forward to finding out where she and her family go next.

Gripping, very well written and hugely entertaining. Recommended by me

Mel Sherratt has been a self-described "meddler of words" ever since she can remember. 

She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and her terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer, with some help from her Twitter fans), and makes liberal use of her hometown as a backdrop for some of her writing.

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