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Mel Sherratt is the author of thirteen crime novels, all of which have become bestsellers.
For the past four years, she has been named as one of her home town of Stoke-on-Trent’s top 100 influential people.
She also works alongside the National Literary Trust as an ambassador on The Literary Project, to support their ongoing work in the city, aiming to raise literacy levels.
She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with her husband and terrier, Dexter.