Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for DIRTY SECRETS by Janice Frost. This is book 5 in the ‘Secrets’ series and is an adrenaline pumping read. You can read about the book and Janice below but first lets hear about Janice’s favourite hobby – walking:
My walking hobby by Janice Frost
I spend a lot of time sitting down writing, and I also love reading, which is another occupation that doesn’t involve moving much, so it’s just as well, that, like my character, Jim Neal in the ‘Secrets’ series, I too, enjoy a good long walk.
Walking’s a great way of throwing off the stresses of everyday life and recharging the batteries. It’s also fun, healthy, and you can do it any time. Best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is get yourself out of the house and start putting one foot in front of the other. This year I’ve challenged myself to walk a thousand miles!
My first walking memories are bound up with family holidays, of walking along sandy beaches, and cliff paths near the seaside towns of St Andrews and Oban. Later, I walked more widely in Scotland, discovering ancient forests, shining lochs, fairy tale castles and, of course, the dreaded midge.
Walking’s a great way to connect with nature. Once, walking in woodland near Aviemore, I was stopped in my tracks by a herd of deer crossing the path in front of me. In Northumberland and the Lake District I’ve often been lucky enough to spot red squirrels, and on the island of Eigg, in the Inner Hebrides, I watched a ewe giving birth to a lamb in the wild, almost missing the ferry back to the mainland in the process.
Usually though, it’s sheep, sheep, and more sheep. I don’t mind. Sheep are okay.
I like having something to aim for when I set off for a walk. When the boys were young, my husband and I used to bribe them with the promise of a spectacular waterfall or secret caves to explore along the route. But it can be something as simple as a bridge, a particular favourite being High Sweden Bridge in the Scandale valley near Ambleside in the Lake District.
Or a trig point. I love trig points! Here’s a picture of me with the trig point at the summit of Loughrigg Fell in the Lake District. The other one’s at the top of Red Screes. It’s silly how many photos I’ve taken of these things!
I think my enthusiasm for walking spills over into my novels. In Her Husband’s Secret, the murder victim’s body is discovered in a lime wood. This was inspired by my own experience of walking in the
Lincolnshire Limewoods. But, honestly, I’m not always thinking of murder when I’m exploring the great outdoors.
Sometimes I don’t think about anything at all. That’s another thing I like about walking. I can use it to get away from everything and focus my mind on the plot of my latest book, or I can use it to block out any anxieties about my writing and just be mindful of my body and my surroundings.
I can see similarities between the writing process and walking. A book is written one word at a time, a walk completed one step at a time. In both cases it’s a matter of just keeping on going until you get to THE END
DIRTY SECRETS by Janice Frost
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Val Marsh gets home to find her husband Russell shot through the head. Russell’s ‘angel investment’ company had made him many enemies. His business was struggling and his family and friends weren’t all on his side. But did any of them really want him dead?
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS ARE EXPLOSIVE SECRETS WITH THE POTENTIAL TO TEAR FAMILIES APART.
Detectives Jim Neal and Ava Merry are called in to investigate a very complex murder.
Another body is found in the woods and the case gets much murkier.
There are some very dirty secrets hidden behind the seemingly happy lives of the families involved.
Then a drug dealer is shot and fatally wounded in London. It seems the murders are connected, but how?
THE TRAIL WILL LEAD THEM INTO A VERY DANGEROUS WORLD INDEED. AND DI JIM NEAL IS FACING A FAMILY CRISIS OF HIS OWN.
Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.
What readers are saying about DIRTY SECRETS
“A very good storyline with so much happening in the family to keep the reader engrossed.” Viv
“Really enjoyable read.” Nerys
“Good entertaining read, with heart in the mouth moments.” Carole
“A fast-paced mystery with plenty of suspects.” Barbara
“I just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next.” Dawn
DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.
DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS
Book 5: DIRTY SECRETS
Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.
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