BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Secrets by Jane Adams #TheSecrets #PoliceProcedural #TeamJoffeBooks #Detective @joffebooks

Thank you very much to all the #bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for THE SECRETS. Your help is very much appreciated by all of us, you are all brilliant. Jill, Jane & Joffe Books x

What the bloggers thought:

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Second in the series, it does read easily as a stand alone. There are some hints about what has happened recently, so I would highly recommend starting at the beginning.  It’s well written with memorable characters…. especially Mike Croft. There are some twists and turns and the ending is quite a surprise.  Read more here

Musings of a tired mummy

The Secrets starts with the kidnap and murder of a teenage boy but the police aspect of the book focuses on a solved crime that is being reviewed. I felt that the links between the two and with the characters being introduced was a little confusing.  Then I spotted that the man disposing of the boy’s body was the police chief! Suddenly the pieces started to fall into place and we as readers find out more about the cold case and how it relates to the present day events.  I was hooked.  There was a sense of anticipation as I waited for events to unfold and the corruption to be uncovered.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I am hoping that there are more in the series and that I will get to read them. Great book!  Read more here

Herding Cats

Guest Post by Jane Adams

Jessica Rachow

Jane Adams knows how to write fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat books. I love the mystery in this. All the twists and turns lead to a fantastic conclusion that I didn’t see coming.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog

Guest Post

The Word is Out

There is lots going on the book but it was never overcomplicated and the characters are so well described that I came to know them very quickly. The ending was very satisfying and I can recommend this book.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

The story follows DI Croft as he investigates the claims that there is a pedophile ring in the area. The person making these claims is being harassed by his nieghbours as our his family.  It’s a brilliant police procuderal book with loads of twists, which kept me guessing.  I really liked both streams in the story and it kept me hooked throughout.  Read more here

The Secrets (Detective Mike Croft #2) by Jane Adams

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Please note this book was first published as “Cast The First Stone.”

Threatening phone calls, smashed windows, physical intimidation. Eric Pearson and his family have only just moved into a new home in a sleepy cul-de-sac, but they already have dangerous enemies. How could a respectable family become the focus of such hatred?

Detective Inspector Mike Croft knows the Pearson family well. Eric Pearson claims to own a journal which gives evidence of a horrifying ring of abusers. If true, it would be a high stakes case for DI Croft, and expose awful secrets that the town has buried deep.

But no one wants to believe the dark conspiracies of this friendless and bitter man.

Then a body is found on the edge of Bright’s Wood, wrapped in a black bag.

DI Croft must confront evil which threatens to rip apart everyone in the community.


Praise for JANE ADAMS, author of the sensational best seller THE GREENWAY.

“Few debut novels achieve this level of suspense. The Greenway lingered in my mind for days. It takes the psychological suspense novel into new realms of mystery.” Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News

“A haunting debut.” Minette Walters

“Compellingly told and rich with psychological insight.” Independent

“Nail-biting stuff.” Ms London

“An assured first novel, with a strong cast and a plot which twists and turns without a glitch.” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Adams has a distinctive voice, which I predict will be heard by the majority of mystery fans.”

Book 1: The Greenway
Book 2: The Secrets

My Review

Jane Adams Author Bio

Why do I write?

Like most writers, it’s a kind of compulsion. The stories are there and I have to try and grab hold of them and pin them onto the page. Most of the time, I enjoy the process; sometimes, I’d rather be doing just about anything else, up to and including the ironing – and I hate ironing.

I started writing when my youngest child went to school. I was incredibly lucky and my first novel, The Greenway, was picked up by Macmillan in 1994 and published in 1995.

I currently write two series; Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina was a character I’d had in mind for years before committing her to paper. An elderly, ex thespian who had played the part of a popular TV detective, she had retired to the seaside and bought a boarding house for other ex performers. Rina’s feisty, no nonsense character is, I suppose, based on the rather powerful and opinionated ladies I grew up surrounded by – mother, teachers in the all girls school I attended, aunts and pseudo aunts, all of whom had opinions about everything and made sure these were unstintingly shared.

Naomi Blake, on the other hand, was the brainchild of my late agent, Bob Tanner at International Scripts. ‘You should write a blind detective,’ he said ‘ and she needs a big, black guidedog, called Napoleon’.

I thought it was a daft idea, and told him so. I just couldn’t see how to do it. But, like a lot of seemingly daft ideas, this one wormed its was into my brain and I realised he was right. It could work and so, the Naomi Blake series came into being.

I have always written in other genres too, short stories in the SF, Fantasy and Gothic Horror genre, and am working on longer projects when time allows. I also teach Creative Writing and have had the great priviligde of being a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

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