Sunday, 15 January 2017

Book Review - Dead Secret by Janice Frost - Police Procedural

TITLE - Dead Secret

AUTHOR - Janice Frost

PAGES - 302

BUY LINKS - Amazon UK Amazon US

SYNOPSIS - Who killed Amy Hill?Amy Hill, a nineteen-year-old student, is strangled and her body dumped on open ground in the city. New police partners, D.I. Jim Neal and D.S. Ava Merry are called in to investigate this brutal crime. The last person to see Amy alive was Simon, the son of a family friend, but before he can be properly questioned he disappears.

Detectives Neal and Merry are led on a trail of shocking family secrets and crimes. Can this duo track down the murderer before anyone else dies? Stopping this tragic cycle of violence will put D.S. Merry’s life at risk in a thrilling and heart-stopping finale.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD SECRET is the first in a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ava Merry and D.I. Jim Neal. Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is a fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. Jim Neal is a single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

Set in the fictional Northern city of Stromford, this detective mystery will have you gripped from start to shocking conclusion.


This Author was recommended on a Facebook page I follow. When I read that it was a crime series featuring the same detectives, I thought I'd invest in the series as I'm always look for new authors/crime series to try. I wasn't disappointed.

The main two characters are DCI Jim Neal and DS Ava Merry. Their new case is to investigate the murder of a student, Amy Hill.

As with all crime novels there are several suspects; all of them have secrets. Different families become intertwined with lies and deceipt.

I liked how the author developed the new working relationship of the DI and the DS, and I can see them being a formidable duo in the following books.

It was well put together and an imaginative plot, with lots of twists and turns. It left you guessing and just when you thought you knew who the murderer was, you were thrown in the opposite direction. Just how a good crime novel should be. I'm certainly looking forward to the next book in the series.

Also in the Series are Dark Secret and Husbands Secret.


"I am the author of three crime/mystery books featuring Detectives Jim Neal and Ava Merry. All three, Dead Secret, Dark Secret and Her Husband's Secret are set in the imaginary East Midlands city of Stromford
Jim and Ava pairing up to investigate the murder of a teenage girl. It is their first major case together and the two soon discover that they have very different personalities. Neal is
intellectual and considered, Ava clever and occasionally reckless. Both are passionate about the job they do but have to work hard at being an effective team.

Dead Secret reached #13 in the Amazon Kindle Store and Dark Secret reached #10. Both books spent several weeks in the Top 100. Her Husband's Secret was published in November 2016.

I was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. I spent several years living and working in London before moving to Lincolnshire where I currently live with my husband and two grown-up sons. When not reading or writing, I enjoy walking in the hills absorbing the scenery.

I am delighted to be published by the wonderful Joffe Books."

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