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Published by Joffe Books, 19 March 2019. (Originally published
1995) ISBN: 978-1-7891085-6 (PB)
Maltham has been plagued by nightmares for 20 years. She has come back to the
Norfolk coast with her husband, Fergus, and friends Simon and Anna to try and
lay ghosts to rest. As a child she stayed with relatives in the area but on a
visit in August 1975 her cousin Suzie disappeared. Cassie was ten at the time,
her cousin twelve. The two girls had been to the beach and were late going
home. Worried that they would be in trouble, Cassie persuaded Suzie that they
should cut through the fields and down The Greenaway, an ancient path lined
with high bushes next to Tans Hill. While in The Greenaway Cassie blacked out
and when she came to her cousin was gone. Detective Inspector John Tynan was in
charge of the case, but they never found out what happened to Suzie. Years
later, still blaming herself and struggling with mental illness, Cassie is
trying to deal with the guilt that still remains.
While Cassie is staying in the area another child goes
missing along the Greenaway. Detective Inspector Mike Croft is in charge of the
investigation this time but John Tynan (now retired) teams up with him and
together they lead a frantic search to find the missing girl. Are the cases
linked? The frustration of the police who have very little to go on and Cassie,
forced to delve into the darkest recesses of her memory for clues that will
help find the child, propel the story along with pacing that kept me turning
Supernatural folklore and tales of witchcraft create
menacing undertones to this novel. The author did a great job making me wonder
just where the plot was going as it wove back and forth following the
unreliable character of Cassie Maltham and the obsessive Norfolk police in a
sparse rural landscape capable of hiding so many secrets.
Originally published in 1995 this edition of The Greenway has been released by Joffe
Books as book #1 in the Mike Croft series. I thought the book stood the test of
time very well. The Greenway
was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award and for the Author's Club Best
First Novel Award.
------ Reviewer: Christine Hammacott
Jane Adams was
born in Leicestershire, where she still lives. She has a degree in Sociology
and has held a variety of jobs including lead vocalist in a folk-rock band. She
enjoys pen and ink drawing; martial arts and her ambition is to travel the length
of the Silk Road by motorbike. Her first book, The Greenway, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award in
1995 and for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award. Jane writes several
series.Her first series featured Mike
Croft. Several books featuring DS Ray Flowers. Seven titles featuring blind
Naoimi Blake, and six titles featuring Rina Martin. Her most ret series is set
between the two World Wars and featuring Detective Inspector Henry Johnstone
and his sergeant, Micky Hitchens. Jane has also written several standalone
novels. She is married with two children.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design
consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book designer
and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that
deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel The Taste of Ash was published in 2015.