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
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.
What is your writing routine?
I don’t really have one. I seem to write at all different times of the day depending what else is going on around me. I’m not an early riser so I rarely get started before mid-morning. If I’m writing in the morning I need to drink coffee and read before I start. The coffee gets my brain going and the reading is just because I love it. I like to aim for between one thousand and two thousand words in a single writing session and ideally this would happen every day and I’d be able to write a book every three months. What’s that saying about ‘Best laid plans?’
Where do I write?
I don’t have a specific room or place I go to write. Sometimes I sit at my little writing bureau in my living room. I bought it second hand for £15 but it’s not really big enough to accommodate my laptop and my elbows so when I start to feel uncomfortable I decamp to the coffee table and a cushion on the floor. Then there’s the kitchen table, my bed…anywhere really that I can balance my laptop and find some peace and quiet for a couple of hours. I wrote ‘Dead Secret’ lying on the floor whilst off work for several weeks with a herniated disc.
A study would be nice, but my husband is a shocking hoarder and our study is currently bursting at the seams with old newspapers! Got a match, anyone?!
Inspiration for my writing
My passion for writing stems from my love of books and reading. I remember being given a ‘Just Imagine’ jotter at primary school. We were encouraged to write stories after we’d finished all our other work for the day. I can remember rushing thorough the other stuff quickly so that I could get to the story writing. I still think of my writing time as a reward for dealing with all the humdrum chores of the day.
What do I enjoy reading?
I’m an eclectic reader, so not just crime fiction, though this is a favourite genre. I can remember reading Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express whilst doing the washing up, with the book propped up against the taps on the kitchen sink. That’s my definition of ‘hard to put down.’
Years ago I avoided historical fiction but now I love it, particularly if it’s also crime. Andrew Taylor and CJ Sansom are particular favourites. I’d like to have a go at writing historical crime one day, with the Victorian era being the most likely choice of period.