Today I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “Dirty Secrets”, by Janice Frost. It’s been a little while since I reviewed anything, so please bear with me if I seem a little rusty! As it is, I was convinced I was on the tour yesterday – oops!
About the book:
Looking for a gripping crime thriller which you won’t want to put down?
DISCOVER THE NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST
Businessman Russell Marsh is found shot dead in his home. Russell’s ‘angel investment’ company had made him many enemies. His business was struggling and his family and friends were not all on his side. But did any of them really want him dead?
DI Jim Neal and DS Ava Merry are called in to investigate a very complex murder.
Then 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.
And the trail will lead them into a dangerous world of crime.
Great for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham.
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
The book opens with businessman Russell Marsh being discovered by his wife Valerie. He’s slumped over his desk shot in the head. DS Merry and DI Neal are called to investigate. Within the first chapter it’s ruled as murder.
Marsh runs an ‘angel investment’ company with a partner, Paul Cornish. Neal calls in a financial specialist as Valerie mentions the business is in trouble. But when another body turns up, things get far more complicated.
Although this is the fifth book in the Merry and Neal series, it was my first time reading the series. It works very well as a standalone, however I will be reading the previous books as I enjoyed it so much!
The story itself is a very interesting premise. Is the company covering something up, or is it linked to something else? As a family, the Marshes have had more than their fair share of problems and tragedy.
In terms of characters, both Merry and Neal are very likeable. We see something of their personal lives, but there is enough covered by the author that you don’t feel like you have missed out on previous cases. The only part I could have manages without was the “will they, won’t they” budding romance that is ongoing between the two – but that’s my personal taste.
I would give this 4*.
About the author:
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.