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About Mel Parish
Mel wrote her first book at the age of twelve when she took her English teacher's instructions to write a story with more than one chapter literally and ended up with a young adult mystery novel. The passion for writing was temporarily eclipsed by the needs of career, marriage, and family, but was reignited when her then eight-year-old daughter announced she was writing a book, prompting Mel to wonder why she'd ever stopped. She's been writing ever since and has published five novels: Silent Lies, Ulterior Motives, The Anniversary, Motive for Revenge and Trust No One. Her latest book, Old Habits Die Hard, will be published in June 2019.
Born in the north-east of England and now resident in New York, Mel Parish has also lived in London and Hong Kong for substantial periods and traveled extensively on all three continents. An avid traveler and walker, Mel spends her free time exploring places near and far and blogs about her trips on Food for the Author: Books and Travel.
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A missing woman. A businessman who knows more than he is prepared to admit. But keeping secrets can be as dangerous as telling a lie.
Relocation to small-town Leyton was supposed to help heal the wounds in Cal Miller's marriage but when detectives turn up at his home investigating the whereabouts of his young assistant Katy the fall-out threatens to tear them open again.
With not only his marriage but also his business reputation at stake, Cal has good reason to keep quiet, or so he thinks until he discovers the depth of Katy's deceptions and the police focus in on him as their prime suspect. With the whole town seemingly turning against him he has to find some way of proving his innocence, but how can he persuade them he's telling the truth when he's already been caught out in a lie?
A boss near death's door. A rash of serious cases. Can Detective Rigby rise to the challenge?
Never the most popular person in the Lewisville Police Department, he finds himself in charge after his mentor, Police Chief Jim Pearson, is involved in an accident.
All Rigby wants to do is track down the hit-and-run driver, but when Lewisville is rocked by two other major cases in one day, he discovers running the department is a lot more complicated than Pearson makes it look.
Now he has to put aside his go-it-alone attitude and trust his colleagues - many of whom he fears would be happy to see him fail - or risk letting down the one person who's always had his back.
But old habits die hard.
Detective Paul Rigby's role in his girlfriend's death has haunted him since that tragic event almost one year ago. With his dreams of marriage and a family destroyed, Rigby's guilt now threatens to sabotage the one thing left to him: his once-promising career.
That career would already be in ruins without the intervention of Chief of Police Jim Pearson, but as the anniversary approaches Rigby finds himself increasingly at odds with his mentor.
Demoted to desk duty following a violent confrontation with a colleague, Rigby must prove he is still worthy of Pearson's trust. A manpower crisis within the department offers him a chance of redemption but as repercussions from his punch-up spiral out of control, it seems not everyone wants him to succeed.
The Anniversary is a gripping emotional drama that will keep you turning the pages. If you like flawed characters who don't always get it right, then you'll love Detective Rigby.
A conversation that rips apart her comfortable, suburban life, leads her to betray the one person she has always depended on, and forces her from the security of her once happy home.
Fearful of retribution after telling police that her husband Daniel might be involved in human trafficking, Maggie must find the courage and resourcefulness necessary to stay one step ahead of her enemies without the help of either family or friends. But who are her enemies?
Maggie has no idea, only the knowledge that if she wants to stay alive she can’t afford to trust anyone.
Trust No One is a compelling story of a woman who discovers untapped strengths in the face of a shocking betrayal.
For over three years kidnap victim Jake Cornish has struggled to put the memories of his ordeal in the Philippines behind him. Not even his wife Beth knows the full truth and he wants to keep it that way.
However, on their first family vacation since returning to the US, a chance sighting of one of his kidnappers inflames his need for closure. But when attempts to learn more about his kidnappers' new lives coincide with a brutal attack on their family, Jake becomes entangled in the ensuing police investigation.
Now, not only have his actions jeopardized his marriage but if his secret is revealed, the police will believe they have the one piece of information they are missing – a motive for revenge.
Instead, Jake Cornish finds himself in a world far removed from his comfortable expatriate life and at the mercy of brutal kidnappers.
His only hope for survival lies with his wife somehow coming up with the ransom. But he'd stormed out on her only minutes before being kidnapped and he faces the possibility that the last argument was one too many and may have sealed his fate.
Then his captors come up with an outrageous new demand, one that would have devastating consequences if he agrees to it, but that will also cause cracks in their unity, lay bare ulterior motives and reveal the true nature of the kidnappers themselves.
A story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, Ulterior Motives tells of life stripped bare of daily comforts, where desperation drives motivation, and loyalty and love may lead to unimaginable consequences.