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Follow the Leader

(DS Allie Shenton #2)

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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,894 ratings  ·  153 reviews
A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a plastic magnet in the shape of an E.

Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.

As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.

The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
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Petra
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in the DS Allie Shenton series set in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK. Enjoyed this more than the first, Taunting the Dead. Better character development. Fast-paced, easy-to-follow plot. Although the killer was known right from the start, the plot remained suspenseful and interesting. Glad I gave this series another chance after being disappointed with the first book. I'm warming up to Allie Shenton.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Another great book from the pen of Mel Sheratt. The second in the DS Allie Shenton series (I have yet to read the first!), this book was very entertaining with some surprising and unique aspects to the plot.

I read crime more than any other genre, and those that don't read crime tend to think it's all the same, but it's not, one crime book from another can be as different as chalk and cheese, some can be as boring as popping your giant bowl of popcorn one kernel at a time, even if a serial kille
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Christine
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
I would like to thank Net Galley, Thomas & Mercer Publishing, and Ms. Mel Sherratt for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

British grit-lit author Mel Sherratt has scored a winner with Follow the Leader, followup to Taunting the Dead and 2nd book in the DS Allie Shenton series. Much as I enjoyed Taunting, I loved Follow the Leader even more. There was a lot to like about this novel.

The story involves a serial killer and his rampage through the British town of Stoke
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Elaine
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
A serial killer on the loose in Stoke on Trent? Doesn’t sound very likely does it, but what we have here is an extremely readable thrilling and sinister police procedural set in the Potteries. When a man is found stabbed to death on the canal towpath, with a second murder taking place a couple of days later and with each body being found with plastic magnetic letters placed on them, DS Allie Shenton and her team are baffled. The letters obviously connect the bodies, but what else connects them? ...more
Jean
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Follow the leader” is a comment that the killer makes in his mind to D.S. Allie Shenton: “…to catch a killer, you must follow the leader.” It also refers to the childhood game that the other children played in school. What is more haunting, however, is the way each chapter in which a murder occurs begins with a new verse from the children’s song, “This Old Man.” I Googled the meaning of these lyrics and besides the obvious counting of the victims, there are some other connections to the story a ...more
Elaine
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Nail Biting Stars


To catch the killer you must follow the leader

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This old man, he plays one
He plays knick knack on my thumb
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home


From the first few pages, this story was both exciting and had a sinister feel to it.
When DS Allie Shenton is called out to a murder of a local man, stabbed to death by a canal and then a few days later a women is also found murdered. Allie and her team have a race against time to find out first,
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sue
I just have to give this top marks, why?
Because:

1. I got into the story right away and wasn't distracted
2. It kept its pace throughout
3. Easy to follow
4. No matter that we learnt the culprit at first few chapters it held its magical powers of keeping from getting bored.


Let me explain my first reason [1] There is nothing better for me than picking up a book and reading the first couple of chapters and me 'getting it' and a feeling that "oh this is gonna be a good 'un" and not wanting to put it d
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Liz Barnsley
I adored the first Allie Shenton novel – Taunting the Dead- so I was very happy when Mel Sherratt decided to revisit the character in “Follow the Leader” and what we have is a fast paced, intuitive and realistic police drama featuring a terrific main protagonist.

Follow the Leader is not a whodunnit, it is a whydunnit which often is much more interesting and certainly was so here. Dealing with themes of bullying and peer pressure, Mel Sherratt explores the extremes to which such behaviour can aff
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Sue
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wish to thank the author ~ Mel Sherratt and her publishers, Thomas and Mercer at Net Galley for supplying me with the ARC copy of "Follow The Leader" in exchange for a honest review.

I have say that I read the first novel in the series," Taunting The Dead", which I enjoyed very much.I can now say that "Follow The Leader", the 2nd in the DS Allie Shenton series is another exceptional book from a very talented author. But it can be read as a standalone.

It is very clear from the first few pages of
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Book Addict Shaun
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, kindle
Mel Sherratt is now a must read author for me, and Follow the Leader is my favourite book of hers so far (that I have read). The premise for the book actually sounds quite simple, but in the hands of Mel Sherratt it is anything but simple. Mel knows how to tell a story, and how to tell it in a way that has me gripped. As always I'm wary of how much to reveal, but it is hard to review a book without giving away some of the plot so don't say I didn't warn you.

A man's body is found on a canal towpa
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Janet
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for the advanced reader copy.

Follow The Leader is the second novel in the DS Allie Shenton series, the first being Taunting The Dead. For me, this book was a better read.

Here the story is not so much a whodunnit, we know who does it, it's more the perpertrator's story and why he's turned into a cold blooded killer. Set in the city of Stoke it starts off with a murder of a man by a canal towpath, the only clue being left behind is a magnetic lett
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Sean Peters
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Great sequel to Taunting The Dead.

A complete different story, but great to get to Know Allie Shenton and her team.

A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a magnetic letter in the shape of an E.

Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.

As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.

The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determi
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Rebecca Bradley
Follow The Leader is released on 10th February and my copy is from NetGalley. I also have to disclose that I’m acknowledged at the end of the book as being one of Mel’s early reader’s so being a friend, I am a little biased. So what I’ll do is tell you my thoughts and let you decide if it’s your kind of book. Really, what I usually do!

Firstly, I will say I love the cover of this book and Mel is doing one of my Cover Questions for the blog, so you will find out a little bit more behind the book i
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Jules
I really enjoyed this crime novel. Kept me interested throughout, and worked well as an audiobook too.

I borrowed this through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Kerry
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was very excited to have an advance kindle copy of this book (via Netgalley) and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast paced crime fiction.
I first discovered Mel Sherratt's books last year when I heard about the Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival. I had tickets for the Crime Fiction Discussion Panel and Mel was one of the writer's on that panel. I wanted to have read at least one book before I attended the event so I downloaded Taunting The Dead. This made me an instant Mel Sherratt fa
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Tracey Walsh
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A welcome return for DS Allie Shenton from Taunting The Dead.
"A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a plastic magnet in the shape of an E.
Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.
As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.
The race is on. Allie and the team must work quickly to determine where the killer will strike next.
The rules are simp
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Sophie Bristow Harris
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Follow The Leader ~ Mel Sherratt

I would like to begin by thanking the author ~ Mel Sherratt and her publishers, Thomas and Mercer at Net Galley for granting me a copy of "Follow The Leader" in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is a wonderful thriller which kept me glued to my kindle for a lovely few days.

Mel lets the reader know who the villain is very early on into the novel ~ then leaves the rest to us to work out for ourselves!

The chapters are brief, yet full of suspense and gave me
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Pat
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This book got great reviews so I was expecting great things. It didn't live up to this expectation - or am I just getting more picky?

The story was good but not great. A man is seeking revenge years later for the bullying inflicted on him as a child at school (really?) Nothing earth shattering here, you know who the murderer is. Its an OK police procedural but thrilling it is not.
Bill Kupersmith
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you can, I’d recommend you listen to Follow the Leader on the Audible recording. That might seem an expensive way to enjoy a book, but really, wouldn’t you be happy to pay about $2 / hour for someone to travel with you & tell you a great story whilst you’re rounding? I certainly am. (In this case Amazon was pricing it @ $1.99 for the whole book so I felt like I was being paid to sit there & listen!) Anne Flosnik doesn’t exactly narrate the story in Potteries dialect (which I reckon wa ...more
Cleo Bannister
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When a man is stabbed to death by a canal DS Allie Shenton’s earliest thoughts go along the lines of that this is something more exciting than a domestic, this is something she can get her teeth into, she soon is eating her words as the ruthless killer stacks up the bodies in Stoke-On-Trent at an unseemly rate.

Mickey Taylor has been found with a magnetic letter E in his pocket the significance of which eludes Allie and the team. When a second man is killed a couple of days later a link is made,
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Lynsey Farmer
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Im a big fan of Mel's work i love what she calls her grit lit books and have read the estate books, taunting the dead and the standalone novel watching over you. As you can tell I'm a very big fan of Mel and i was very excited once i signed up for netgalley to see that follow the leader was read now.

I like the cover of this book its just something about the swing makes me think back to my childhood and another part makes me think of the swing being a bit eerie. If saw this book in the shop or on
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Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
OMG I loved, loved, LOVED this book!!! Mel Sherratt, my dear, this book is sheer brilliance!!! I'm ashamed not to have read it before.

Returning to work after the Christmas holidays, DS Allie Shenton is immediately thrown in a murder investigation. A businessman has been stabbed in a canal towpath. A magnetic plastic letter E is found in the victim's pocket. Was this letter the victim's or the killer's signature?

When another murder victim is found soon after displaying a plastic letter V, Allie a
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Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Allie Shenton is back in the follow up from ‘Taunting the Dead’. I have to say I was rather pleased that I could get stuck in as the last book ended on a bit of a cliff-hanger. A man’s body is found on a canal path and in his pocket is a magnetic letter. Allie Shenton and her colleagues start the investigation and before long the body count rises. The killer is front and centre and immediately gave me the creeps.

Allie and her team quickly spot a pattern and it seems to be a bit of a race agains
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Caroline Mitchell
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
As a crime reader, buying the latest Mel Sherratt book is a no-brainer. It's not difficult to see why this lady is a leading crime author. DS Allie Shenton is a fantastic leading lady, and the depth of her emotions are portrayed very well in this fast paced thriller.
This is a very original story, with lots of twists and turns. You start out knowing the identity of the killer because only then can you discover his own brutal background and the motivation behind his twisted deeds. This psychologi
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Jo Reason
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Mel Sherratt book and it is a good one, although it is the second DS Allie Shenton novel it can be read as a standalone, and is a fantastic read, which is something coming from me as I dont speak highly of police procedural books normally, this has all the well known factors, victims, police and a murderer, but in this case the reader knows who the murderer is and follows him through his eyes as he undertakes his craft. Also what connects the victims and the murderer is also know to the ...more
Stephanie
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having loved the first Allie Shenton novel, Taunting The Dead I was pleased that there is a follow up.
Very different from the first, straight away we know who the killer was. Some don't like this but I found that it worked very well. The story jumps back and forward in time. From the constant torment in the killers home life, along with the years of bullying at school. Again this worked well and was easy to follow.
Through out the novel there is a nursery rhyme/ children's song repeated that I f
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Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I was given a copy of this book via Netgalley. Well I haven't read Taunting The Dead yet, so I will definitely be reading that.

The book starts off with an old child's nursery rhyme that most of us will know. Each chapter is short to draw the reader in. The characters are likeable and dislikable. The story goes back in time and forward to modern day time with a twist. Yes, Ms Sherratt gives out who the culprit is, but she draws you in to find out why and a more in depth view into the characters
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Marjolein
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A string of seemingly random murders shocks a little English town. Fridge Letters connect the victims. They also went to the same school, but that was over 25 years ago. Sure, that can not be the solution?

Follow the Leader is the second DS Allie Shenton book, but was my introduction to the series. I felt I could easily join in on this point, and had no problem following the different police officers around. The killer is known from the
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Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Another serial killer is on the loose in The Potteries and Allie Shenton and her team are tested to their limits to find the culprit. Leaving each body with a childs magnetic letter as his marker, it soon becomes clear that the killer is sending them a message.

While you know "who" this killer is, you don't actually know their true identity until the end. The thing I found amazing was that Mel Sherratt actually has you sympathising with the murderer despite their reign of terror. Years and years
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