Blog Tour- Dirty Secrets by Janice Frost


3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Joffe Books and Books n All for involving me with this tour!


Looking for a gripping crime thriller which you won’t want to put down?


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.


My Thoughts

We all want to know how the other half lives.. Well, unless you are the other half, in which case, lucky you. 😉

This is a story of two upper class families who both have their “dirty secrets”. After the patriarch of one of the families is found shot (is it murder? Or is it suicide?) the investigation begins, and no one is safe. Murder, drugs, abuse, money laundering… It’s all fair game!

The story is definitely slower paced and the conclusion was fairly obvious, but it was the writing kept me interested, and not every story needs a shocking twist! Everything is tied up nicely and the progression is quick enough to keep you interested.

Beyond the actual murder mystery, I found myself more invested in the lives and relationships of the investigators involved. I was worried going into this one, as it is not the first of the series, but I could easily discern the personalities and relationships of the characters without backtracking and boring recaps. Janice goes full steam ahead hinting at possible relationships blooming while other’s fall apart. I’d really love to continue the series to find out what happens next with Neal, Ava, PJ, and Tom!

The Author

dirty secrets 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.

Dirty Secrets is Best Served with

a Dirty Little Secret Cocktail

I found this one over at The Nest! What a perfect pairing!


• 5 z Olive Brine
• 1 oz Dry Vermouth
• 2 oz Vodka
• 2 dashes Celery Bitters
• Less than the back of a bar spoon of A.1. Steak Sauce


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a tin shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives.
  3. CHEERS!!

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    1. It fit so well! I will say… I’m not much of a big fan of the steak sauce in my Martini. I like mine dry as the desert, and I like it stirred, not shaken (I find shaking bruises the alcohol). But, I don’t mind it a little dirty sometimes! 😉

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      1. Oh I love a dirty martini! Yum!

        There’s a bar in Melbourne that sells their martinis in order of dirtiness.

        “The Britney” only has a dash of olive brine. I think “The Miley” has a tablespoon 😂

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  1. Interesting read and drink! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. It sounds pretty good even with the slow pacing. I enjoy reads like this occasionally. Hope you have a great week! ❤

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  2. Hahaha… Didn’t you make the cocktail? How will I know if they go together looks wise? I am the one who is heartbroken… Hmm sorta kinda. I need to look at alcohol if not drink.
    Great review… I am so glad you enjoyed the book

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      1. Ha ha ha!!! Oh… The stories… And they definitely involve baring…. No bearing, thankfully… I’m not like Lou.. I’m not going to be smothering honey on my labia for a bear. 🐻 (for those of you who DIDN’T read my review of Bear… Please ignore this comment! 😂😂)

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    1. Well, there’s an actually pic up now! I forgot to add it as I wrote up the post on my computer and took the pic on my phone telling myself “I’ll add the picture later through my phone!” did I?? Not a chance… Enjoying too many dirty little secrets. 😜… Although, not really. I prefer my martinis as dry as the desert and stirred. (don’t want to bruise the alcohol)

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  3. The title alone is enough to give this one a go (and I have to say the comments above here were priceless 😂😂), but this does sound like an interesting read. With too many books on my list at the moment, I won’t be reading this anytime soon…but who knows when I have a need for a dirty secret 🤔

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      1. Ya. And I’M the one starting those?? ….. Hmmm. Let’s roll back that tape, shall we Shalini babe?? I’m pretty sure that half the time comments get out of hand, I’m at work and not even around to partake! 😉

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      2. Hahaha oh those were the comments that happened on Nina’s blog.
        You are at work and hardly partaking, and yet the comments are daring and baring hahaha wonder how that happens and whose influence they are
        (Hint : it is you DEVILESS) 😂😂😈👿😈👿

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      3. Hahaha we are different in all ways.. Hahaha we said ‘I do’ on WordPress hahaha how much more different can we get and how not so crazy are we??


      4. Hahaha no chance… Nicole sees everything and knows everything… She has a cat which is her familiar. She has wicked ways… Michel you can’t escape… Hahaha😂😂😂😂

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      5. Gawd all of you are magical… How are we, mere humans, supposed to deal with all this… Well, I can say I have great connection to the DEVILESS Nicole👿😈

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      6. Awww…. Wish I could post a pic of my cat in the comments, as he’s sleeping with me right now! Grrr…. Stupid WordPress…. Check my Instagram! I’ll post one there! 😹😻


      7. No no he also added he believes me when I said the bookworm drinketh is crazy… I am innocent… Not putting words into his mouth… (Psst I hardly know him to show my crazy side)

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    1. hm… I haven’t done scotch yet, funny enough. I’ve done rye or “Canadian whiskey”

      And Southern Comfort an “American whiskey”

      But, I have yet to do Scotch (with a book, I did have my Robbie Burns celebration)

      Sorry, with the link overload, ha ha!!! I’m waiting to pair scotch with something that suits the content of a book, or some gritty scottish thriller …probably pair it with a cigar as well!

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  4. Hmmmm, interesting – there seems to be a lot of rich-families-with-dirty-secrets stories coming out lately, wonder why that’s trending?? So many of them seem to be going for the “shock plot twist” angle as well, so it’s nice to hear that Frost hasn’t pushed that too hard 🙂 And hats off for working in some celery bitters, a criminally underused cocktail ingredient IMHO!

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    1. Isn’t it?? Probably because it’s so annoying to find! I had to order them online! 😕 And I agree.. There does seem to be an inordinate amount of rich people with secrets books coming out! I’m actually on a blog tour for another one later this week!


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