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DISCOVER A BRAND-NEW SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST. Meet Jane Bell. After her husband dies she leaves her job as a teacher to volunteer as a special constable with the police. On her very first shift Jane is called to the scene of a murder. A young man has dragged himself to the top of Greestone Stairs to die. Following her instincts, Jane finds herself becomin DISCOVER A BRAND-NEW SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST. Meet Jane Bell. After her husband dies she leaves her job as a teacher to volunteer as a special constable with the police. On her very first shift Jane is called to the scene of a murder. A young man has dragged himself to the top of Greestone Stairs to die. Following her instincts, Jane finds herself becoming very involved in the case . . . For Detective Steph Warwick, specials have no place in a murder investigation — and this upstart rookie is meddling where she doesn’t belong. The victim ran a group at the university teaching men how to pick up women. Jane and Steph must venture into a dark and dangerous world of online misogyny. Steph knows about abusive men. But can she work with Jane to put this killer behind bars? MURDER AMONG FRIENDS is the tantalizing first instalment in the new Warwick and Bell series.


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DISCOVER A BRAND-NEW SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST. Meet Jane Bell. After her husband dies she leaves her job as a teacher to volunteer as a special constable with the police. On her very first shift Jane is called to the scene of a murder. A young man has dragged himself to the top of Greestone Stairs to die. Following her instincts, Jane finds herself becomin DISCOVER A BRAND-NEW SERIES FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST. Meet Jane Bell. After her husband dies she leaves her job as a teacher to volunteer as a special constable with the police. On her very first shift Jane is called to the scene of a murder. A young man has dragged himself to the top of Greestone Stairs to die. Following her instincts, Jane finds herself becoming very involved in the case . . . For Detective Steph Warwick, specials have no place in a murder investigation — and this upstart rookie is meddling where she doesn’t belong. The victim ran a group at the university teaching men how to pick up women. Jane and Steph must venture into a dark and dangerous world of online misogyny. Steph knows about abusive men. But can she work with Jane to put this killer behind bars? MURDER AMONG FRIENDS is the tantalizing first instalment in the new Warwick and Bell series.

30 review for Murder Among Friends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Jane Bell is a former school teacher who now does in-home tutoring. She also is now Special Constable with the police. She wears the uniform with pride. It's not really working with police solving crime .. it's more like walking the streets, keeping the peace. On her very first shift, a friend calls her .... there's young man who is found dead. At first glance, it looks like he fell and struck his head .... but maybe it was much more than that. It's not a promising meeting with Detective Steph War Jane Bell is a former school teacher who now does in-home tutoring. She also is now Special Constable with the police. She wears the uniform with pride. It's not really working with police solving crime .. it's more like walking the streets, keeping the peace. On her very first shift, a friend calls her .... there's young man who is found dead. At first glance, it looks like he fell and struck his head .... but maybe it was much more than that. It's not a promising meeting with Detective Steph Warwick shows up. She has little to no use of a Special Constable anywhere near a murder investigation. As far as she is concerned, Jane Bell is sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. Warwick has no problem telling the rookie exactly that. And then another young man is murdered. The only connection to the first victim is that they were both university students ... and both were known to be less than gentlemen around women. And Jane Bell keeps on showing up at murder scenes ... even going so far as to questioning suspects, much to Warwick's displeasure. It's not that Bell does it intentionally .. she just kind of falls into it accidentally. It's the beginning of a new series, and Bell and Warwick are the stars. Their relationship is best described as contentious... and somehow, they're going to have to learn to work together. Warwick is not exactly a likeable character, but her backstory may have something to do with that. Bell is very likeable, and although a little on the quiet side, she comes through with flying colors when necessary. The plot is entangled with several suspects ... and lots of investigative work. Suspense starts at the very beginning and doesn't stop until the unexpected conclusion. I'm looking forward to seeing how the relationship between Bell and Warwick develops over time .. and I'm expecting some great crime solving on their parts. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books N All Book Promotions / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. I really enjoyed this new series from Janice Frost, however it was marred by the creation, I think, of one of the most unlikeable main characters I've seen in quite some time. DI Warwick frankly has no redeeming features that I can see and I spent most of the novel hoping somebody would stand up to her and give her a nice little jab in the throat! Having said that, I'm still intrigued about her past and how she managed to become a police officer, let alone an Inspector, w This is a 3.5 star read. I really enjoyed this new series from Janice Frost, however it was marred by the creation, I think, of one of the most unlikeable main characters I've seen in quite some time. DI Warwick frankly has no redeeming features that I can see and I spent most of the novel hoping somebody would stand up to her and give her a nice little jab in the throat! Having said that, I'm still intrigued about her past and how she managed to become a police officer, let alone an Inspector, with obvious psychiatric problems and a severe lack of people skills. Thank God for the saving grace of Jane Bell! A quickly paced plot with a very current topic under investigation made for an exciting, enticing read. Easily a 4 star read if not for the epic biatch that was Warwick.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lou (nonfiction fiend)

    Murder Among Friends is the first instalment in the DI Steph Warwick and Special Police Constable (SPC) Jane Bell series and gets off to a promising start. On her first night on duty, when out on patrol, Jane is called to a crime scene where a young man has died at the top of Greestone Stairs, a footpath leading to the Minster Yard in Lincoln city centre. When DI Warwick attends the crime scene she almost instantly dismisses Jane with a harshness that is unbefitting of a detective as she believe Murder Among Friends is the first instalment in the DI Steph Warwick and Special Police Constable (SPC) Jane Bell series and gets off to a promising start. On her first night on duty, when out on patrol, Jane is called to a crime scene where a young man has died at the top of Greestone Stairs, a footpath leading to the Minster Yard in Lincoln city centre. When DI Warwick attends the crime scene she almost instantly dismisses Jane with a harshness that is unbefitting of a detective as she believes Jane has ideas above her station and deems a possible murder to be outside the scope of an SPC’s responsibilities. The victim is a 23-year-old student named Mark Ripley who had been at the helm of a group teaching pick up artistry to men wanting tips on how to woo women. Having been warned off the case by Warwick, Jane continues to probe into the suspicious death on her own time and keeps stumbling on helpful information much to Warwick’s annoyance. When a young girl is later killed Jane can't resist partaking in some more amateur sleuthing but this time it ends in her being fired. This is a riveting and intriguing read from the very start, and although Frost takes the necessary time to introduce us to the characters and set the scene, the pace soon picks up. Widow Jane had recently decided a change of career was in order and retires from her job as a teacher to become a volunteer SPC aged 45 although it will take her two years to complete her training. DI Stephanie Warwick is 35 years old and still trying to deal with the trauma of her ex Cal’s attempt on her life and the successful murder of her best friend over a decade ago. I was quickly gripped and didn't realise quite how immersed I was in the well-plotted and exciting story until I tried to put it down; needless to say, I was back devouring it within 5 minutes of placing it down. The relationship between Jane and Steph is fraught throughout adding another dimension to the plot. Focusing on the timely issues of toxic masculinity, misogyny, entitlement and the incel (involuntary celibate) community, this is a gripping and utterly compelling procedural. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Joffe Books for an ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 After her husband dies, Jane Bell quits her job as a teacher to become a special constable. It's her first shift and she been called out to a murder. Detective Steph Warwick 4hinks that special constable's have no place in a murder investigation. The victim had run a group at the University, teaching men how to venture into a dark and dangerous world of online misogyny. Set in Lincoln where we meet rookie SPO Jane Bell. She discovers a dead body on her first shift. DI St 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 After her husband dies, Jane Bell quits her job as a teacher to become a special constable. It's her first shift and she been called out to a murder. Detective Steph Warwick 4hinks that special constable's have no place in a murder investigation. The victim had run a group at the University, teaching men how to venture into a dark and dangerous world of online misogyny. Set in Lincoln where we meet rookie SPO Jane Bell. She discovers a dead body on her first shift. DI Stephanie Warwick arrives on the scene and doesn't like that there's a rookie SPO on the case. Steph is not a nice character. She is haunted by her past. Jane likes to meddle a little bit too much. DS Elias Harper is also on the case. The pace is slow in this new police procedural series. I liked Jane but I wasn't keen on Steph. Hopefully she will grow on me the more the story progresses. The plotline was a bit predictable but I still enjoyed the book. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #JoffeBooks and the author #JaniceFrost for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Murder among Friends, the first novel to feature DI Steph Warwick and Special Police Constable Jane Bell. On Jane’s first night on duty she is called to a crime scene where a young man has died at the top of a flight of stairs. Keen to do more although it’s outside the limited scope of her responsibilities Jane is summarily dismissed from the scene by the investigating detective, DI Steph Warwick. Despite this, information kee I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Murder among Friends, the first novel to feature DI Steph Warwick and Special Police Constable Jane Bell. On Jane’s first night on duty she is called to a crime scene where a young man has died at the top of a flight of stairs. Keen to do more although it’s outside the limited scope of her responsibilities Jane is summarily dismissed from the scene by the investigating detective, DI Steph Warwick. Despite this, information keeps coming her way and she keeps asking questions, much to Steph’s annoyance. I enjoyed Murder among Friends which kept me interested throughout with its plot concentrated on what can only be described as toxic masculinity and the incel (involuntary celibacy) culture. Of course, as fiction and, by definition, entertainment the author doesn’t dive particularly deeply into that cesspit, just enough to give the reader a flavour of the thinking and a strong rebuttal. The novel is told mostly from Jane and Steph’s points of view. Steph’s is the detail orientated, fact based narrative while Jane’s is more amateur, based on information and hunches. This is reflected in their personalities with Steph being hard, closed in and haunted by her past, a past with few details but ripe for further exploration, while Jane is warm and empathetic. By the end of the novel I wasn’t overly impressed by the plot. It seems to fall into place rather easily and the antagonism between Steph and Jane seems manufactured. There are other points but I’m not issuing spoilers. On the other hand the journey to this conclusion, curiosity about Steph and Jane’s well intentioned meddling are eventful enough to hold the attention. Murder among Friends is a good start to a new series and a good read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Vickie

    Part police procedural and part a character study, this book became a fun read once I plodded through the chapters in which the author was developing the characters. So the pacing at first was very slow and methodical, introducing the many characters and delving deeply into the lives of the main ones. The main characters are Jane Bell and Stephanie Warwick. Jane leaves her teaching job after she is widowed and seeks to work as a volunteer with the police as a special constable. Under the auspice Part police procedural and part a character study, this book became a fun read once I plodded through the chapters in which the author was developing the characters. So the pacing at first was very slow and methodical, introducing the many characters and delving deeply into the lives of the main ones. The main characters are Jane Bell and Stephanie Warwick. Jane leaves her teaching job after she is widowed and seeks to work as a volunteer with the police as a special constable. Under the auspices of Detective Steph Warwick, Jane seems to always be at the wrong place at the wrong time, one murder scene after another. Reluctantly, the very suspicious and hard-to-like Steph decides to join forces with Jane to solve the murders of the university students. The murders seem to be connected to an online presence that is insidious and determined to wreak mayhem in the small community. Once the actual murder plot got started, it took off like a rocket and was a good read. Jane is older and intuitive and thus was very likable. Steph, on the other hand, is reeling from a failed past relationship and the murder of a friend, so she comes across as prickly and standoffish. I enjoyed getting to know these new characters in this new series and look forward to more adventures with Jane and Steph. Fans of police procedural and mystery will enjoy this book and look forward to more. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Jane Bell has just earned her stripes as a Special constable. She lives and works in Lincoln normally as a teacher and tutor but after her husband died a few years ago she wanted to do something different. Her first beat and she finds a dead body- not the normal patrol of a SPC. DI Warwick appears on the scene and instantly takes a dislike to Jane and dismisses her. They cross paths again and Warwick finds that Jane has been doing some investigative work of her own- and reports her as this is wa Jane Bell has just earned her stripes as a Special constable. She lives and works in Lincoln normally as a teacher and tutor but after her husband died a few years ago she wanted to do something different. Her first beat and she finds a dead body- not the normal patrol of a SPC. DI Warwick appears on the scene and instantly takes a dislike to Jane and dismisses her. They cross paths again and Warwick finds that Jane has been doing some investigative work of her own- and reports her as this is way off limits. This is the first in a series (Warwick and Bell) and looks like it is going to be a wonderful series. A group of students have been meeting to learn how to approach women with the sole aim of having sex with them- it is one of the leaders that Jane found dead. When another young man is attacked and then another student, but this time a female is killed, Jane begins to put the pieces together. I really enjoyed this, it's a nice easy read and not being too far from Lincoln made it even more special. I liked Jane and her tenacity for justice and her” I really can't help myself being nosy” demeanour! A thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommended

  8. 5 out of 5

    Biff meechan

    Murder among friends ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Another good start to a new series & as the first book goes I really enjoyed it & getting to know the characters.Janice frost writes such believable characters & storylines .I look forward to getting the next book when it comes out ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cinta

    I requested this book on NetGalley, and this review is 100% my own opinion. I chose to read this book because the blurb sounded absolutely fantastic, right my cup of tea. A rookie constable and a seasoned detective working together? Yeah, tell me more. And their backgrounds sounded intriguing enough. But that’s about it. My expectations had been way higher than what I found in the book. The premise is really interesting and original, but the pace is quite slow and there is too much telling. The na I requested this book on NetGalley, and this review is 100% my own opinion. I chose to read this book because the blurb sounded absolutely fantastic, right my cup of tea. A rookie constable and a seasoned detective working together? Yeah, tell me more. And their backgrounds sounded intriguing enough. But that’s about it. My expectations had been way higher than what I found in the book. The premise is really interesting and original, but the pace is quite slow and there is too much telling. The narrator gives too many details in some scenes that don’t add much to the story. Some information gets repeated several times, because we see different characters telling the same events to different people. I also had a very hard time connecting with both the main characters. Jane behaves like a proper meddler, and Steph’s behavior is plainly irrational at best, and appallingly cruel other times. Their lack of chemistry did nothing to make me like them. I’m sure that most of their mutual and personal problems will be solved in future books in the series, but I don’t feel compelled to go on reading them. The ending seemed abrupt to me and not very satisfactory. It felt like the easy route to take. And I won’t say more because I don’t want to reveal anything. My rating is 2,5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carole Gourlay

    Review: Whilst I’ve read everyone of Janice’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I can’t say I particularly liked this one, and to be honest I found it a tad boring and not up to Janice’s usual standard. I thought the main characters extremely annoying, the DI Steph was an obnoxious woman in every shape and form, a rubbish police officer, full of anger and didn’t do her job properly, she was more concerned with her past and personal life. She shouldn’t have been on duty with all her personal issu Review: Whilst I’ve read everyone of Janice’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I can’t say I particularly liked this one, and to be honest I found it a tad boring and not up to Janice’s usual standard. I thought the main characters extremely annoying, the DI Steph was an obnoxious woman in every shape and form, a rubbish police officer, full of anger and didn’t do her job properly, she was more concerned with her past and personal life. She shouldn’t have been on duty with all her personal issues. I could have done a better job! There was lack of immediate seniority, just the two officers it seemed at the police station, and the plastic police woman Jane was equally annoying as an interfering busy body. I’m sure PSOs don’t go round sticking their noses into murder cases!!! She’s like a latter day Miss Marple without the finesse. I found the story dragged, it was predictable, and who would leave a child on their own for weeks at a time without social services sniffing round? I’m sorry but I shall only give this 3 stars on Goodreads. It’s not a patch on Janice’s other series. My thanks to the author and Joffe publishers for the arc.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Feduchin

    Quite an interesting angle on the whole murder thingy. The main character tries to do her job, but is somewhat obstructed by a superior. Several characters are suspected, lots of questioning and coincidences etc, quite good fun.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Brodie

    I enjoyed it. I would buy from this author again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have been a fan of Janice’s work for a while now. I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written but I am getting there. I read the synopsis for ‘Murder Among Friends’, which is the start of a new series, and it certainly sounded like the kind of read I have come to expect from Janice Frost- an intriguing, fast paced, thrilling, page turner of a read. I couldn’t wait to start reading so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for a darn g I have been a fan of Janice’s work for a while now. I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written but I am getting there. I read the synopsis for ‘Murder Among Friends’, which is the start of a new series, and it certainly sounded like the kind of read I have come to expect from Janice Frost- an intriguing, fast paced, thrilling, page turner of a read. I couldn’t wait to start reading so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for a darn good read. I absolutely loved reading ‘Murder Among Friends’ but more about that in a bit. I loved the detective partnership that is Detective Steph Warwick and Special Constable Jane Bell. When they first meet they don’t exactly hit it off shall we say. Steph Warwick is a bit of a snob when we first meet her. She is an experienced detective who is sent to the scene of a sudden death. To say she is a tad rude to Jane Bell is an understatement. Steph seems to think that special constables are beneath her and they should know their place. Steph can be rather rude too. Special Constable Jane Bell is a woman, who is trying to do her best for the community in which she lives. She has a full time job but in her spare time she is a special constable. I get the impression that Jane would quite like to become a fully fledged police officer. Jane is far too eager for her own good at times and she tries to make herself indispensable. Jane is eager to please but at times she can come across as rather irritating. It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘Murder Among Friends’. In fact the synopsis was enough to draw me in and the story within the book’s covers sealed the deal as it were. I was drawn into the story from the start and it soon became clear that reading ‘Murder Among Friends’ would become a serious addiction. I was spot on too. I just couldn’t put the book down. My Kindle wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me. I couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story. I became so wrapped up in the story that I lost all track of time and just how quickly the pages were turning. The first time I checked my reading progress, I was staggered to realise that I had read over 40% of the story in one go. I soon got to the end of the book and I had to bid farewell to Warwick and Bel. ‘Murder Among Friends’ is superbly written but then that is true of all of Janice’s books. She grabs your attention from the start and draws you into the story. Once Janice has your attention she won’t let you have it back until the moment you read the last word on the last page. For me, ‘Murder Among Friends’ was perfectly paced. The story hit the ground running and maintained a fast pace throughout. This was one of those books that kept me guessing, kept me on my toes and kept my on the edge of my seat throughout. ‘Murder Among Friends’ is a tense, tightly plotted and gripping read, with several twists and turns to the story. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Murder Among Friends’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. I look forward to reading more of Janice’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Booklover BEV

    A brand new series from the author, Warwick and Bell series. P.C. Jane Bell her first night on the job on Greestone Stairs a pathway connected to the Lincoln Minster Yard finds a dead body, Jane a former teacher and now a volunteer as a special constable. D.I. Steph Warwick turns up to take over on the scene the victims named as Mark Ripley along with her colleague D.S. Elias Harper set out to solve the murder. I love a new series as you get to know all the new characters life and past. Jane found A brand new series from the author, Warwick and Bell series. P.C. Jane Bell her first night on the job on Greestone Stairs a pathway connected to the Lincoln Minster Yard finds a dead body, Jane a former teacher and now a volunteer as a special constable. D.I. Steph Warwick turns up to take over on the scene the victims named as Mark Ripley along with her colleague D.S. Elias Harper set out to solve the murder. I love a new series as you get to know all the new characters life and past. Jane found Steph a bit hard going and knew she didn't take to her only been a volunteer, but more lies ahead for them both as you read on. I found this book full of everything, twists, turns and dynamo there's never a dull moment in Lincoln it keep's you gripped and plenty of gripping moments are happening to get your teeth into. This book is tremendously written out, right till the last page that I highly recommend it to readers. Hopefully Jane and Steph will cross path's once again in book two. Brilliant ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Jane Bell, a former teacher, is hired as a volunteer special police officer and on her first shift gets involved in the murder of a young man. He led a group who was teaching members the art of picking up women Detective Steph Warwick is not impressed with Jane, the rookie - she has no time for her and treats her coldly, without respect. Jane, after the shock of seeing the dead man, feels a bit responsible for him and tries to delve deeper into the case, much to Steph's disgust. When a young gir Jane Bell, a former teacher, is hired as a volunteer special police officer and on her first shift gets involved in the murder of a young man. He led a group who was teaching members the art of picking up women Detective Steph Warwick is not impressed with Jane, the rookie - she has no time for her and treats her coldly, without respect. Jane, after the shock of seeing the dead man, feels a bit responsible for him and tries to delve deeper into the case, much to Steph's disgust. When a young girl is also killed, Jane again does a bit of sleuthing, until Steph has her fired. I really liked Jane, she has a kind heart, but Steph, haunted by her past, is not a likeable character. Her dislike of Jane is over the top. I also liked Thea, a pupil of Jane's who, at 16, has been left alone at the family home while her parents are on a world cruise. Jane becomes a surrogate mother, trying to make sure Thea is o.k. It's a good mystery that I was fully immersed in and definitely recommend. Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samadhee Ismail

    Thank You Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book! This review is based on my complete honest opinion Jane after her husband's death leaves behind her teaching job and joins the police force. And while working on a shift, she discovers a body of a man name Mark Ripley who was being attacked and is dead. Detectives Warwick and her partner Elias are investigating this case and finds that Mark along with Adam and Phil are involved in some sort of a group where they train men on how to l Thank You Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book! This review is based on my complete honest opinion Jane after her husband's death leaves behind her teaching job and joins the police force. And while working on a shift, she discovers a body of a man name Mark Ripley who was being attacked and is dead. Detectives Warwick and her partner Elias are investigating this case and finds that Mark along with Adam and Phil are involved in some sort of a group where they train men on how to lure women. And while working on the case, Stephanie Warwick and Jane doesn't seem to get along well... The story was engaging and a bit fast paced though it was slow at first. I really like the character of Jane as she seems to be nice and friendly, getting along with everyone. However, to me, there was not much twists and turns you would expect in a thriller but otherwise, the story was OK and the ending was also OK. Not a bad thriller but a good one. Overall, I would rate this book as four stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Patrick

    NETGALLEY BOOK REVIEW A huge thank you to @netgalley and @joffebooks for allowing me to read my first ARC, Murder Among Friends, in exchange for an honest review. Jane Bell has recently taken a career change and on her first shift as a special constable she stumbles upon the body of a man. On the scene not long after her, is DI Steph Warwick who intensely continues working the case in order to discover how and by who, this man was murdered. But Jane Bell isn’t about to give up what she feels is re NETGALLEY BOOK REVIEW A huge thank you to @netgalley and @joffebooks for allowing me to read my first ARC, Murder Among Friends, in exchange for an honest review. Jane Bell has recently taken a career change and on her first shift as a special constable she stumbles upon the body of a man. On the scene not long after her, is DI Steph Warwick who intensely continues working the case in order to discover how and by who, this man was murdered. But Jane Bell isn’t about to give up what she feels is responsibility for the man; she sets out to solve the case, unintentionally gaining the help of her student Thea. Jane, Steph and Thea then become entangled in a web of misogyny and entitlement from predators lurking in plain sight on the streets. I really enjoyed the concept of this book; I felt it was well written for the most part, with likeable and unlikeable characters and that Janice Frost understood and wrote about misogyny and entitlement in an accurate way. The relationship between Jane and Steph had me frustrated at times; the book seemed to touch on female empowerment however both characters showed little support and encouragement to each other. I loved Thea’s character and the way Jane showed her motherly side through her, and I did like that Frost delved slightly into Steph’s background which enabled us to know why she is quite hard-hearted albeit with a vulnerable side that was just starting to show. I found the book to start off a little slow for me, but it soon picked up and I was eager to find out how every character fitted in and just what the ending would turn out to be! For the first book in a new series, I’m excited to see where Frost takes it and would recommend to other readers who enjoy a detective, ‘who dunnit’ book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Murder Among Friends is the first installment of the new Warwick and Bell series and it does not disappoint. Jane Bell has left her position as a teacher after her husband dies. She becomes a special constable with the local police dept. Not long after starting her first shift, she gets a call to a murder scene. Not everyone is happy to have her aboard. Steph Warwick for one thinks Jane is meddling somewhere she doesn’t belong. However, there is a death and they need to determine what happened. Murder Among Friends is the first installment of the new Warwick and Bell series and it does not disappoint. Jane Bell has left her position as a teacher after her husband dies. She becomes a special constable with the local police dept. Not long after starting her first shift, she gets a call to a murder scene. Not everyone is happy to have her aboard. Steph Warwick for one thinks Jane is meddling somewhere she doesn’t belong. However, there is a death and they need to determine what happened. As far as police procedures go, I found it to be very believable and spot on. Janice Frost is a great writer with the ability to entice the reader with several twists in her stories. The characters were very likeable say for the exception of Steph Warwick, although at some point she does become more empathetic. Thank you to netgalley as well as the author/publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

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    This is first in a new series by Janice Frost. Jane is very excited to begin work as a Special Police Officer but she certainly doesn't expect to come accross a dead body on her first shift. The detective that arrives is Steph and she obviously doesn't approve of SPOs and the pair are at loggerheads before they start. Jane is a dedicated person who puts 100% into everything and a very caring personality and she is eager to do some investigation and does so, an action that puts her in trouble with This is first in a new series by Janice Frost. Jane is very excited to begin work as a Special Police Officer but she certainly doesn't expect to come accross a dead body on her first shift. The detective that arrives is Steph and she obviously doesn't approve of SPOs and the pair are at loggerheads before they start. Jane is a dedicated person who puts 100% into everything and a very caring personality and she is eager to do some investigation and does so, an action that puts her in trouble with Steph. Steph has baggage a traumatic past that has made her erect very tough walls around her, however, these walls are not big enough or strong enough to stop her being haunted by Cal. Following the discovery of Mark's body it isn't too long before another body turns up and that turns out to be someone Jane has been talking to bringing the wrath of Steph down on her head closely followed by suspension. As the police try to untangle the clues Jane does her own amateur investigating. This is an intriguing mystery that keeps the pages turning with the clashes between the two women bringing a different aspect to the story making it all the more unique. A very good read. Thank you to netgalley and Joffe Books for the advance digital copy. This is my unbiased review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    An interesting start to a new series featuring two female law enforcement officers- one a rookie and one experienced. The twist here is that Jane Bell, the SPC, is 45 and a widow while DI Steph Warwick, is 30 and the lead. Things don't start well between the two fo them when Jane discovers a body while she's out on patrol and seems, to Steph. to be overstepping her brief. They get worse when Jane does some poking around into the unlikable victim on her own and then when others are attacked. Srep An interesting start to a new series featuring two female law enforcement officers- one a rookie and one experienced. The twist here is that Jane Bell, the SPC, is 45 and a widow while DI Steph Warwick, is 30 and the lead. Things don't start well between the two fo them when Jane discovers a body while she's out on patrol and seems, to Steph. to be overstepping her brief. They get worse when Jane does some poking around into the unlikable victim on her own and then when others are attacked. Sreph is an angry woman who seems to resent Jane so much that she can't figure out how to leverage the free labor. You know, though, that they will come to an accommodation. It's got some twists but the interesting thing is not the mystery but the relationship between these two. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Jane Bell finds a body of a young man the first night she is on duty as a volunteer constable. for the police. Detective Steph Warwick gets the case with her partner. Jane is interested in what happened but Steph keeps trying to send her away. Can they each find out enough to help the other? But will they help each other? The story takes some twists and turns before we find out who the murderer is. This is the first book in a series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna Bradley

    Well written, fast and with a relevant plotline and interesting characters. Has the potential to be the start of a decent new crime series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    EILEEN

    MURDER AMONG FRIENDS Presents beginners bad luck? What could be worse than finding a body on your first shift...while you're alone. In addition, being rebuffed and excluded from the investigation by the Detective in charge. Common sense would dictate that you quit while you're behind. I guess no common sense enters into it as this inexplicable mystery expands into a harrowing dominoe effect that slowly becomes visible only to you because you hold your cards close to your vest rather than encount MURDER AMONG FRIENDS Presents beginners bad luck? What could be worse than finding a body on your first shift...while you're alone. In addition, being rebuffed and excluded from the investigation by the Detective in charge. Common sense would dictate that you quit while you're behind. I guess no common sense enters into it as this inexplicable mystery expands into a harrowing dominoe effect that slowly becomes visible only to you because you hold your cards close to your vest rather than encounter the hostile DI. Engrossing, nerve-racking suspense abound. The exploration of the trail to the confounding conclusion is full of a myriad of twists and turns.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Wilks

    Murder Among Friends is the first instalment of a new series, which will be following Special Police Constable Jane Bell and DI Stephanie Warwick who are a rather formidable team!. When called out to a crime scene in which a young man has been found dead at the top of a set of stairs, Bell realises rather quickly that she is limited as to what she can do as an SPCO. DI Warwick instructs Bell to leave the scene right away, not wanting any interference from a SPO. When Jane Bell finds herself unabl Murder Among Friends is the first instalment of a new series, which will be following Special Police Constable Jane Bell and DI Stephanie Warwick who are a rather formidable team!. When called out to a crime scene in which a young man has been found dead at the top of a set of stairs, Bell realises rather quickly that she is limited as to what she can do as an SPCO. DI Warwick instructs Bell to leave the scene right away, not wanting any interference from a SPO. When Jane Bell finds herself unable to step away from the murder, she continues the investigations herself, and this instantly ruffles the feathers of DI Warwick. This book is fascinating from the start. I found the story well and truly captivating and found myself staying up late into the evening reading this book. I really enjoyed the development of the characters, and as we learn more about these women as individuals, away from their life at work. Well paced, and with a storyline that really captures your attention from the start. I really enjoyed this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Debnam

    First of what looks to be another promising series by Janice Frost ... Set among the streets of Lincoln this has all you expect from an author who knows how to capture her readers from the opening chapter Cannot recommend Murder Among Friends enough to give it the kudos it deserves

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mr Kenneth L Mullen

    Very good story Avery good story featuring Warwick and Bell two female police officers who are different in every way ,a fact that makes this book so easy to read. I hope that it is only the first in a series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Jane Bell is on her first night patrol as a SPC when she discovers a body. DI Stephanie Warwick is in charge of the investigation, but she has already been irritated with Bell. This attitude get worse as Warwick becomes increasingly annoyed at what she perceives as Bell's interference in the case. But will this be the first and last death. What could be the motive. An interesting and well-written crime story. A good start to the series, though I am not too sure about the main two female character Jane Bell is on her first night patrol as a SPC when she discovers a body. DI Stephanie Warwick is in charge of the investigation, but she has already been irritated with Bell. This attitude get worse as Warwick becomes increasingly annoyed at what she perceives as Bell's interference in the case. But will this be the first and last death. What could be the motive. An interesting and well-written crime story. A good start to the series, though I am not too sure about the main two female characters and their likeability. Received an ARC from the publisher

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peter Snell

    I am always worried when starting a book by an author I do not know. Will it live up to expectations? Will I be let down? No such worries here. The characters and locations in this intriguing crime novel are beautifully and engagingly drawn. The unusual placement of a suspended Special Constable as the main protagonist Jane works extremely well as she calls on her previous career as a teacher to lend her authority and an understanding of others. I revelled in the true life locations of Lincoln w I am always worried when starting a book by an author I do not know. Will it live up to expectations? Will I be let down? No such worries here. The characters and locations in this intriguing crime novel are beautifully and engagingly drawn. The unusual placement of a suspended Special Constable as the main protagonist Jane works extremely well as she calls on her previous career as a teacher to lend her authority and an understanding of others. I revelled in the true life locations of Lincoln which lent the book a greater air of reality than one often finds. I will certainly read more books by Janice Frost And so should you.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Thanks to NetGalley to let me have a chance to enjoy this book. Janice is a great writer with the ability to entice the reader with several twists in her stories. It's quite an interesting angle on the whole murder case. The main character tries to do her job, but is somewhat obstructed by a superior. Several characters are suspected, lots of questioning and coincidences. Well written, fast and with a relevant plotline and interesting characters. Has the potential to be the start of a decent new Thanks to NetGalley to let me have a chance to enjoy this book. Janice is a great writer with the ability to entice the reader with several twists in her stories. It's quite an interesting angle on the whole murder case. The main character tries to do her job, but is somewhat obstructed by a superior. Several characters are suspected, lots of questioning and coincidences. Well written, fast and with a relevant plotline and interesting characters. Has the potential to be the start of a decent new crime series. A fast paced and gripping story that kept me hooked and guessing till the end. Good plot and character development, a solid mystery full of twists and turns. This book is tremendously written out, right till the last page that I highly recommend it to readers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pat Simpson

    This is the first book in a new series featuring Detective Steph Warwick and Special Constable Jane Bell and is set in Lincoln. We learn that that Steph is stills struggling to cope with her past as her ex boyfriend, Cal, murdered her best friend and tried to murder her twelve years ago. Jane is still coming to terms with the death of her husband Sam, three years ago. She has two grown up children who are working in London. Jane is on her way home after her first shift when she discovers the bod This is the first book in a new series featuring Detective Steph Warwick and Special Constable Jane Bell and is set in Lincoln. We learn that that Steph is stills struggling to cope with her past as her ex boyfriend, Cal, murdered her best friend and tried to murder her twelve years ago. Jane is still coming to terms with the death of her husband Sam, three years ago. She has two grown up children who are working in London. Jane is on her way home after her first shift when she discovers the body of a young man, Mark Ripley, on Greenstone Stairs. Steph and her partner DS Elias Harper are called out to the case and she dismisses Jane with her being a Special Constable as she doesn’t think that they should get involved in detective work. Jane decides to do some investigating herself on the case much to Steph’s annoyance especially when she appears to be one step ahead of Jane. But when their lives are at risk Jane is the only one who can help. I really enjoyed this book as the two main characters are so totally different and I look forward to the next book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley and Joffe Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

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