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Taunting the Dead Audiobook

Taunting the Dead

Most murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder is found dead, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigations close to home, starting with Steph’s family and friends. As each of the suspects scrambles to cover up their actions on that fateful night, Allie focuses on Steph’s husband, Terry. Soon, despite herself, she finds herself powerfully attracted to the ambitious and charming businessman, risking not only her marriage but her job and the investigation itself.
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Publisher's Summary

Most murders are committed by someone the victim knows. So when Steph Ryder is found dead, D.S. Allie Shenton begins her investigations close to home, starting with Steph’s family and friends.

As each of the suspects scrambles to cover up their actions on that fateful night, Allie focuses on Steph’s husband, Terry. Soon, despite herself, she finds herself powerfully attracted to the ambitious and charming businessman, risking not only her marriage but her job and the investigation itself. As the trail grows hotter, Allie finds that nothing is as it seems: Secrets and lies begin to escalate, and the body count begins to rise. Can Allie uncover the truth before she, too, becomes a victim?

Best-selling author Mel Sherratt has outdone herself with Taunting the Dead, a sexy, gritty, fast-paced police procedural that will set your pulse racing and leave you guessing right until the very end…

©2013 Mel Sherratt. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 09-18-14
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "I Am So Glad I Got This Through Kindle Unlimited"

    I gave up about 8 chapters into this book. By that time I was bored with all of her characters. They were all stereotypes from the villainous property owner/ crime boss, to his vapid clotheshorse of an adulterous wife, to the spoiled, foul mouthed daughter. Then there was DS Allie Shenton who started out pretty interesting until I realized that her initial stumble because she was wearing high heels meant that I was going to have to listen to descriptions of her trying on clothes rather than doing much policing. Oh, and she is having lustful thoughts about the villainous property owner/crime boss.

    By the time I gave up, about an hour and a half into the book, there had also been six or seven sexual encounters of a rather dull and distasteful nature between various characters. I could have accepted that maybe this was some sort of an erotic mystery if the sex scenes had been more artfully done (and if there had been more than a hint that there was going to be an actual mystery). Oh, yes, and if they had been erotic.

    I couldn't ding the narrator too, hard given that she didn't have much to work with. I am so thankful that this was part of the Kindle Unlimited program because I didn't have to feel bad about giving up on this book and going on to something more entertaining.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Port Richey, FL, United States 04-27-15
    Donna Port Richey, FL, United States 04-27-15 Member Since 2014

    music nut, history buff

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    "Murky"

    The plot is confusing for more than half the book. Then it gets a little better, but some of the problem could have been solved by better editing. Maybe the sequel will be better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marian Riverside, CA, United States 08-14-15
    Marian Riverside, CA, United States 08-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Ugh,"

    This is so hard to listen to. I'm having a hard time trying to get through this. It's taking way too long to get to the actual grit of the story. The characters are typical thug like and rude to each other. If this series is about DS Allie Shenton then I really think that this is a failure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • lee
    bedford, United Kingdom
    2/3/14
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    "Loved It!"
    What did you like most about Taunting the Dead?

    After losing my sight, i have to rely on others to recommend books and it is a bit hit and miss. Taunting the dead was definitely a hit! My sister recommended this author and im so glad she did. Within the first chapter i was hooked, i loved the characters so much i couldn't switch off. In fact i loved it so much i listened to it twice. Not only did Heather Wilds do a great job with the narrating, the story plot had me hooked all the way through with a totally mind melting twist at the end!! Please, Please, Please Mel hurry up with the sequel, cant wait for my next Mel Sherrat fix!!!!


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A.Warrick
    Mablethorpe, United Kingdom
    1/21/15
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    "Slow to start with but gained momentum"
    What did you like best about Taunting the Dead? What did you like least?

    I nearly gave up as it was so slow to start with, nothing interesting happened until quite a way into it. It was pretty predictable.
    Once it got going and Allie Shenton was in it more then it improved


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less irrelevant detailed sex


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather Wilds’s performances?

    I wouldnt choose to do so but if it was something I wanted to hear then I would do so


    Do you think Taunting the Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes definitely, Allie Shenton can be developed into an interesting character


    Any additional comments?

    I was so close to giving up on this but I am now pleased I persevered. Its not the best crime story I have listened too by a long chalk but it improved as it went along and I ended up ot being able to stop listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • pam
    4/21/14
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    "Too much unimportant detail"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    thought this would be an interesting detective story but it turned out to be a who is sleeping with who?
    The narration was spoiled with the prcise pronunciation of every vowel and consonant while
    in contrast the characterisations were spot on,

    I found this a very annoying listen with unlikeable, weak characters on both sides of the law


    Would you recommend Taunting the Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

    not to the ones who like a good detective story


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    the story was spoiled by the precise pronunciation and the lack of rhythm.


    Did Taunting the Dead inspire you to do anything?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Snitterby, Lincs, United Kingdom
    3/16/14
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    "Total Rubish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    absolutely nothing, No storey.


    What will your next listen be?

    Some thing better writen


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did not harm this book I would have thought that this book would harm the narrator


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    Newcastle, England
    11/6/14
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    "Good modern gangland stuff!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Taunting the Dead to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, haven't read it!


    Have you listened to any of Heather Wilds’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Better than her performance in Fat Chance, which was a bit wooden. This performance was very good, with only the occasional spot where the emphasis was wrong.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good tale that popped along well. I doubt it will remain with me as a very memorable read though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dibdob
    England
    3/20/14
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    "Awsome crime thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Taunting the Dead the most enjoyable?

    A really well written story with believable characters and a brilliant gangland plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hope there's a follow up to this book, Allie Shenton is a really good character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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