Mélisende thrillers

Mélisende des Pittones (Mel) is the daughter of a French father and English mother. Her comfortably off family have been settled in Poitou in western France, even weathering the French Revolution. She was sent to a top Parisian private school and although she did sufficiently well in her exams, she did not turn out as a ‘young lady’.

She joined the French army at 18 and has successfully completed two 5-year contracts, becoming a senior NCO intelligence analyst in a special forces team. At the start of Double Identity, she’s about to marry her life’s love, Gérard Rohlbert, who’s been working in the City of London. She’s looking forward to a future life with her perfect partner and living a Parisian metropolitan lifestyle, possibly with children. Then her life is wrecked.

Jeff McCracken, heading the Met Police investigation in London, is sure Mel’s implicated but with no obvious cause of death, evidence or motive, his case is going nowhere. A former council estate boy, McCracken has worked tenaciously to achieve a solid reputation for success. Unfortunately, his mouth sometimes gets in the way, and he doesn’t rate posh birds.

Forced to work together within the European Investigation and Regulation Service (EIRS), Mel and McCracken are in constant conflict. She resents McCracken’s lack of respect for her different expertise and professional skills, which plays straight to her own secret fear of failure.

He’s an ex-council estate boy who’s shucked off the petty criminal environment of his youth and mistrusts her methods. He shows little sensitivity to her personal loss.

Both are intelligent, competent and persistent and by the end of the book reach a level of accommodation with each other, personal and professional. Stand by for some personal fireworks as well as a thrilling story!


It’s three days since dual national Mel des Pittones threw in her job as an intelligence analyst with the French special forces to marry financial trader Gérard Rohlbert. But her dream turns to nightmare when she wakes to find him dead in bed beside her.

Her horror deepens when she’s accused of his murder. Met Police detective Jeff McCracken wants to pin Gérard’s death on her. Mel must track down the real killer, even if that means being forced to work with the obnoxious McCracken.

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UPDATE: And then they plunged straight into Double Pursuit, the second Mélisende thriller.

She’s hunting arms smugglers. But who is hunting her?
One dead body, two badly injured operatives and five crates of hijacked rifles.

In Rome, former French special forces intelligence analyst Mélisende des Pittones is frustrated by obnoxious local cops and ruthless thugs. Despite the backing of the powerful European Investigation and Regulation Service, her case is going nowhere. Then an unknown woman tries to blow her head off…

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Alison Morton is the author of Roma Nova thrillers –  INCEPTIO, CARINA (novella), PERFIDITAS, SUCCESSIO,  AURELIA, NEXUS (novella), INSURRECTIO  and RETALIO,  and ROMA NOVA EXTRA, a collection of short stories.  Audiobooks are available for four of the series. Double Identity, a contemporary conspiracy, starts a new series of thrillers. JULIA PRIMA,  Roma Nova story set in the late 4th century, starts the Foundation stories. The sequel, EXSILIUM, is now out.

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