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.
A ‘Forties’ night dance night at a farm in the country is shattered by two horrific murders. Who wants a Valentine’s night away couple glamping there dead and who is the mysterious ‘Good Samaritan’ who keeps cropping up? A brilliant plot, terrific characters and the pace just takes your breath away! Thanks Joffe Books for my copy.
Received the ARC from Joffe books and thought it would be a book going through the motions. Turns out to be a great read. Interesting story with some good twists. The characters were well drawn and relatable. Now I have to go back and the earlier books in the series. Looking forward to reading them.
This is the sixth book in the DS Ava Merry & DI PJ Neal series. It's A ‘Forties’ night dance night at a farm in the country is shattered by two horrific murders. Another good plot, just loved the characters, this book is fast pace from start to finish.You will not be disappointed.