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.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
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.
This story is very confusing and there's so many characters that are either drunk or hung-over. Steph, who is hung-over, is banging Phil Kennedy, while her husband, Terry, is out of town, and Kirstie, her 17 years old daughter, who has spent the night doing cocaine, is giving her boyfriend a BJ before she hurries home, because Lee demanded that of her. Then Allie, the cop, goes home and and starts feeling up her husband and wanting sex, and, apparently, some chick, who was also drunk in the prologue, was killed outside the bar she staggered out of. AND according to the blurb the cop Allie begins to fall for the suspect, Terry, in the murder case. WTH?
I can't finish this. I'm sorry!
There's a lot of sex, in the part I read, and the F-bomb was used 184 times.
As to the narrator: She was awful! Every man sounded just like a woman. How could she deserve anything more than 1 star?
I can't even get through the first few chapters. It's like Mills and Boon mixed with a clichéd police procedural and the writing is awful. Predictable, clichéd, derivative, embarrassing; it's like fan fiction written by a clever but inexperienced teenager. Certainly not the skill level I'm used to with British crime fiction. The narrator was fine though, I felt sorry that she had to read the first two sex scenes.
music nut, history buff
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.
The first book in the DS Allie Shenton series set in Stoke-on-Trent. Steph Ryder, a woman pretty much disliked by everybody, is murdered on a night out. There are plenty of suspects from her bratty teenage daughter, Kirstie, to her shady husband, Terry, to her 'best' friend Carole; everyone is lying for one reason or another. I didn't find any of the characters likable, and while that doesn't usually put me off, I need to feel something to make the characters interesting and become invested in the story. For some reason, I just didn't care about these characters. The sexual attraction between DS Allie Shenton and the victim's husband, Terry, didn't work for me. Just didn't feel it, sorry. I started to like Allie more towards the end of the book, and the indication that the next book may deal with the case of Allie's sister made it interesting enough that I will read it at some stage in the future.
Overall, this was an entertaining enough listen that didn't require a lot of concentration and was relatively fast-paced with a couple of nice twists but just nothing very memorable. The narration by Heather Wilds was well done.
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.
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!!!!
"Slow to start with but gained momentum"
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
Less irrelevant detailed sex
I wouldnt choose to do so but if it was something I wanted to hear then I would do so
Yes definitely, Allie Shenton can be developed into an interesting character
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
"Too much unimportant detail"
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
not to the ones who like a good detective story
the story was spoiled by the precise pronunciation and the lack of rhythm.
Enjoyed this book very much and it shows how you can become involved with the most dangerous people
"book very good"
Narration unfortunately all wrong. Narrator has obviously never heard a Stoke accent. Most of voices sound the same ruined my listening enjoyment. Ended up reading it instead.
Lots of interesting characters. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot. Liked the narrator.
"Good modern gangland stuff!"
Don't know, haven't read it!
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.
It was a good tale that popped along well. I doubt it will remain with me as a very memorable read though
"Awsome crime thriller"
A really well written story with believable characters and a brilliant gangland plot.
I really hope there's a follow up to this book, Allie Shenton is a really good character.
absolutely nothing, No storey.
Some thing better writen
The narrator did not harm this book I would have thought that this book would harm the narrator
"Taunting the dead"
Third audio book I have purchased to date and worthy of a listen. The narrator was professional and helped the otherwise predictable ending.
As a " newcomer " I wonder how many four letter profanities I take " as read " in my usual reading ?.
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