Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Review - Hush Hush

Title:   Hush Hush
Author:  Mel Sherratt
Series:  DS Grace Allendale #1
Genre:   Mystery/Thrillers
Publisher:   Harper Collins
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  401
Date of Publication:  October 18, 2018
My Rating:  4 Stars

A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

An unforgettable thriller that fans of MARTINA COLE and CARA HUNTER won’t be able to put down.


Who will DS Grace Allendale choose when it comes to her being responsible for solving brutal murders? Will it be her team, or her family? That is the very dilemma facing her. There is a killer on the loose, and as the investigation progresses, Grace sees the unfortunate connection to her own family. Sadly, it seems that she has no one on her side. But, as a dedicated officer, Grace will do all she can to bring an end to the murders taking place,

Due to difficult circumstances, Grace has returned to her childhood home. In the town of Stoke, she has gotten the opportunity for a promotion. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy to have her there. Right away, she must deal with contention. Having a very difficult murder case almost as soon as she arrives certainly does not make her transition easy. Grace hates to admit her relation to one of the victims, but the facts are there, and she must work around them in order to stop what is happening.

Where will Grace's loyalties lie? Her past is indeed a difficult one. Will the goings on that are occurring right now bring her closer to the family she never knew? And, what of her new job? Will she be able to gain the respect of her coworkers and those in supervision of her?

This read by Mel Sherratt may be my first by her, but I already read the second book in the series, Tick Tock. I was definitely drawn into the story due to the crimes, family connection and all its drama. I was quite impressed with the writing style as well as the pacing in this read. Hush Hush is an excellent start to this new series. It was utterly intense and had me very interested in the next book.

Many thanks to Harper Collins and to NetGalley for this ARC for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Home is where the hurt is…

Okay, I know I don’t look all dark and moody like most crime writers appear in their images but I do like to be different…

So what do I write? Actually, it’s what don’t I write. I have published fifteen novels so far: police procedurals, psychological thrillers and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. And then there is my pink side – writing as Marcie Steele. 

So, all my novels will take you to the heart of the story.

Since 2012, they have become bestsellers, each one climbing into the Kindle UK top 10, with several in the top 3, and many international best sellers too.

I live in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with my husband and terrier, Dexter (named after the TV serial killer) and makes liberal use of my hometown as a backdrop for some of my books.

I’m not sure which I am most proud of – being on the list of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 most influential people 2018 or after years of rejection going on to sell over one million books. 

Shortlisted for the prestigious CWA (Crime Writer’s Association) Dagger in Library Award 2014, my inspiration comes from authors such as Martina Cole, Lynda la Plante, Mandasue Heller and Elizabeth Haynes.

I regularly appear at festivals, conferences and events across the country – my favourites being London Book Fair and Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate.

So that’s me in a nutshell. 

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