Book Review: Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt

Only the Brave (DS Allie Shenton Book Three)
By Mel Sherratt
Releases 5/26/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating:  4 bones(out of 5)

I’m usually not a fan of series, too many details for me to keep up with and with the volume I read, I honestly can’t remember!  But I stumbled upon Follow the Leader a few months back (one of my only 5-bone reads this year) and found out it was Book Two in this series!  I hadn’t read Book One – Taunting the Dead – but felt that for that one it didn’t matter.  However, for Book Three, I wish I had read the first one.

In this book, the family of a Terry Ryder is involved, who I’ve come to learn was the center of the case Allie worked in Book One.  It alluded to a very traumatic time for Allie, that I feel would have helped me/the reader, understand the animosity held by some of the current characters and Allie’s apprehension entering into this case.  But, that’s neither here nor there as I didn’t read it, so I’ll focus on the current story, but I would like to go back and read it now!  And if you are new to this series – I would suggest starting from the beginning.

The book begins with the murder of a local man as well as a bag of cash found.  Tangled in his own mess already, now Allie’s team is involved, as well as a whole host of characters that live in the adjacent apartment building, Harrison House.  Soon this man, Jordan Johnson, is tied to Terry Ryder’s (now in jail from a previous case Allie worked on) daughter, and the whodunit case begins.  From nosy neighbors, to local troublesome teenagers, to notorious thugs, to colleagues, even family, no one is safe from the suspicion of guilt in this case.  I really enjoy books that keep you guessing until the very end, really brings out the mystery spirit that has me hooked!  And as the description said, lots of double-crossing, you never know who you can trust!

And again, as I did in Follow the Leader, Detective Allie Shenton is just a very likeable, down to earth character and very easy to relate to.  I can’t help but route for her.  I feel tense when she is tense, scared when she is scared, you get the point, I want her to succeed and be safe.   I like her relationship with her husband Mark, and the details of her sister Karen, tied in with the main story line of each book.  Attacked many years ago, with her attacker still on the lose, in the background of all Allie’s cases, Allie is working on solving her sister, Karen’s.  Not without additional prompting of course, as she receives cryptic messages from him/her.  And with both books I’ve read, the tension continues to build as Karen gets worse and her killer gets closer.

I can’t help but compare this book to the first book I read in the series, Follow the Leader, in that I felt that was a better stand along book and it had me a bit more captivated than this story line.  Maybe because the action kept coming, in terms of murders (sounds awful typing it out), whereas this one, it was just (not said lightly) one murder being investigated!  I just wasn’t as invested in the actual case.  Not to say it still wasn’t good, just not AS good (the bar is set high!)

But what did hook me and earn this review an extra star was the last 10%.  Talk about action.  I think my heart was in my throat.  I was worried things wouldn’t be wrapped up and I’d have to wait for another book in this series, but an action packed ending was exactly what this book needed for me to walk away content.  And that I’m happy to say, I did!

I have definitely found an author to follow in Ms. Sherratt.  I was honored that she approached me to review this book and as always appreciate being able to preview through NetGalley and Amazon Publishing.  Don’t miss this one – actually don’t miss all 3 – I think this series would make for some great summer reads!

Book Description:

When one of the notorious Johnson brothers is murdered and a bag of money goes missing, a deadly game of cat and mouse is set in motion.

DS Allie Shenton and her team are called in to catch the killer, but the suspects are double-crossing each other and Allie has little time to untangle the web of lies.

As she delves deeper into the case, things take a personal turn when Allie realises she is being stalked by the very same person who attacked her sister seventeen years ago and left her for dead.

Set over forty-eight tension-filled hours, Only the Brave is the latest gut-churning police procedural from acclaimed author Mel Sherratt.


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One response to “Book Review: Only the Brave by Mel Sherratt

  1. I completely understand where you are coming from on this review, it was a great book but you really did need to have read Taunting the Dead to follow the story arc – great review and if pushed Follow my Leader has been my favourite of the series so far too.


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