Title: Their Fatal Secret by Janice Frost
Publisher: Joffe Books
THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST
Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.
Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.
DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.
Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?
In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.
If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.
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
I want to thank Joffe books for an advanced copy of this book and Jill Burkinshaw for organising this blog tour.
This is the fourth book in the DS Merry and DI Neal series and the first one I have read by this author, but it can be read as a stand alone.
Why did Leanne Jackson have to die? Her body is found by drunken students in the river Strom. DS Merry, DI Neal and their team are tasked with investigating her death then another body shows up.
Leanne’s old school friend Jess stumbles across the police crime scene. She desperately wants to help solve Leanne’s murder but bad things start happening to her and her friends. She’s in danger but from who?
For me this book was more about the motive of the killer rather than the mystery of a Whodunnit? The murderer is revealed near the beginning of the book, which I’m not usually a fan of, but the killer is interesting and complex that I really enjoyed it.
The characters really make this book, each one well thought out and imagined. The pace of this book is really good, not too slow ore too fast and for once I didn’t spot a single typo!
There are also some fantastic analogies in the book, that really stuck in my mind, like this one:
‘…their bodies streaked with purple-pink patches of lividity, giving them the appearance of of an unevenly cooked sausage.’ Although I will probably never eat a sausage again, it really conjured a vivid imagine in my mind.
Again my only complaint would be the coincidences, I keep coming across them a lot lately in crime fiction. One example in this book, is the fact Jess happens to go swimming at the same pool as DS Merry. They have a passing acquaintance and they happen to both have a connect to the same case…you see what I mean. There were a few more but I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
Overall this a book that will really stick with you after you’ve read it.
Author Bio: Janice Frost
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.