Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for this absolutely stunning new release by Janice Frost. Although it is book 6 in the series it will work perfectly as stand-alone. All I can say is WOW what a brilliant book this is.
MURDEROUS SECRETS (Merry & Neal #6)
Merry & Neal book 6
Available from AMAZON
CAN MERRY AND NEAL EXPOSE THE KILLER WHEN NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM?
TWO BRUTAL SLAYINGS AT A BARN DANCE
Detective Ava Merry goes to a forties-themed dance at Northfields Farm on Valentine’s Day.
A young couple, Nick and Samantha are found murdered.
Nick is found in a wartime ambulance with and Sam is found stabbed multiple times in the glamping tent they were staying in.
DS Ava Merry is confronted by a man fleeing the tent. Who is he and is he really innocent?
SECRETS THAT SOMEONE WILL KILL TO KEEP
Then another frenzied murder ups the stakes still further.
Can DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal expose the killer?
Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.
PRAISE FOR JANICE FROST
“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
Book 6: MURDEROUS SECRETS
Ava and PJ go to a Barn Dance at a remote retreat. Everyone is having a great time. Ava goes outside for some fresh air and spots some lads messing about she moves closer to investigate expecting nothing more that to have to reprimand the boys for drinking or smoking. What they discover in the barn will haunt all of them for some time to come. And that is not the worst crime scene.
As the investigation begins the team are wading through treacle tying to uncover the secrets that everyone seems to be hiding but do these secrets have anything to do with the murders? That is the question everyone would like answers to.
It is an intriguing story with a lot of twists and turns and events from the past impacting on the future the team has its work cut out unravelling the lies and secrets.
This is book 6 in the ‘Secrets’ series but it does work very well as stand alone. The author makes a first class job of filling in the blanks without it being repetitive for the readers who have read the back list.
Jim Neal is a single parent but has had help from his sister in caring for his young son but Maggie has got married and is now on honeymoon in Australia. Handling a complex double murder while juggling parental commitments and handling the day to day chores that Maggie used to do is putting him under a lot of pressure with nobody to lean on. He is a private person but an excellent detective and a caring boss to his dedicated team.
Ava Merry is looking after her younger brother so can relate to the problems Neal is facing. She is falling for her boss which is making things complicated and struggling with her emotions while trying to work her way through the case is putting her under a lot of pressure.
As the story progresses we find several likely suspects each with their own axe to grind and I can honestly say I didn’t have a clue who the murderer was until the very end.
I love Janice Frost’s book but she has really hit the ball out of the park with this one. Adrenaline pumping suspense, intrigue and red herrings are all interwoven with the nitty gritty of detective work. This is one of the best books I have read for a long time and well worth the 5 stars.
Janice Frost author bio
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.