Jane Adams Books In Order

Publication Order of Mike Croft Books

The Greenway (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cast the First Stone (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fade to Grey (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Final Frame (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ray Flowers Books

The Angel Gateway (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like Angels Falling (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angel Eyes (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Naomi Blake Books

Mourning The Little Dead (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Touching the Dark (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heatwave (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Killing a Stranger (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legacy of Lies (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Ties (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Vision (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Secrets (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gregory's Game (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Paying the Ferryman (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Murderous Mind (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rina Martin Books

A Reason to Kill (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fragile Lives (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Power of One (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resolutions (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead of Winter (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cause of Death (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forgotten Voices (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Bird (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous to Know (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Kiss Goodbye (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jane Adams is a British writer of psychological thrillers born in 1960 in Leicester. The first novel she wrote, The Greenway, received much success and was nominated for a John Creasey Award in 1995. Adams was once lead vocalist in a folk rock band and has a degree in sociology. She is also happily married with two children. Adams still lives in Leicester, the city where she was born. Her novels are comparable to authors like P.D. James, Lisa Appignanesi and Frances Fyfield.

Adams describes herself as a person with vivid imagination. She tells that her writing feels like a kind of compulsion. Her mind is full with ideas and stories that she want to grab hold of and pin down onto the page. Adams claim that she enjoys the process of writing most of the time but sometimes she rather do something else. She started her writing career when her youngest child went to school. Suddenly, she felt that she had a lot of spare time when his son was in school and her mind was full with ideas that she wanted to write about. This made her decide to start writing novels. The first novel she wrote, named The Greenway, was very successful. The book was picked up by Macmillan Publishers in 1994 and published in 1995 and was also nominated for a price the same year it was published.

Adams is currently working on two series, Naomi Blake and Rina Martin. Rina is a character that Adams had in her mind a long time before she started to write about her. The character is an elderly woman that once played the part of a popular TV detective. Now she has retired and moved to the seaside where she bought a boarding house. The character Rina is a very courageous and lively woman that is based on the powerful and opinionated ladies that Adams grew up surrounded by, for example her mother, aunt, pseudo aunts, teachers and all the girls at the school she attended. Naomi Blake, on the contrary, was the idea of Adams agent Bob Tanner at International Scripts. He told Adams that she should write a story about a blind detective with a guide-dog named Napoleon. At first, Adams where uncertain about the idea even though she liked it a lot. She just did not have an idea about how to compose a story that i based on a blind detective. However, the more she thought about the idea, the more inspiration she got. Suddenly, she found herself writing the Naomi Blake series. Apart from all this, Adams claim that she has experience with writing in different genres. For instance, she have written short stories in the horror, science fiction and gothic horror genre. She also teach in Creative Writing and is very proud to be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at three different universities.

Mourning the Little Dead is the first novel in the Naomi Blake series. The book was published in November 2002 and tells us a story about Helen Jones, a twelve year old girl that disappeared on her way to school twenty-three years ago. No trace of her or how she died was ever found. Suddenly, in the possession of a dead man, a confession is found in a sealed envelope. Something strange and mysterious about this is that the discovery came to light now that another young girls is missing. Naomi Blake, who was Helen’s best friend as they were inseparable, was the last person who saw Helen alive before she disappeared. Naomi has never forgiven herself after Helens disappearance because they had a major argument the same morning Helen went missing. Now, blinded from and accident and feeling guilty about the argument she had with Helen, Naomi feel the urge to uncover the long-hidden truth about Helen’s disappearance. With the police focusing on the new missing girl and being completely silent about any information they have on Helen’s case, Naomi struggles to find out what happened to her beloved friend after all those years.

The second novel in the Naomi Blake series, named Touching the Dark was published in 2003, a year after Adams first book was published. This novel also features the blind former policewoman Naomi Blake who Adam introduced in her first novel, Mourning the Little Dead. The story tells us about Tally Palmer, a celebrity and a very successful international photographer. After, unexpectedly, ends a relationship with her boyfriend Simon Emmet, no one is surprised except from Simon himself. After the breakup, Simon become depressed and devastated which all of the sudden leads to an obsession with Tally. Simon, becoming more and more deranged, blames a mysterious individual from Tally’s past, named Jack. After a while, Simon’s parents become concerned about their son’s mental state which lead them to ask for help from their friends, Naomi and Alec. As Simon’s mental state becomes worse for every day Naomi and Alec find themselves in a far more complicated and dangerous situation than they could ever imagine.

Mourning the Little Dead and Touching the Dark are both very powerful novels that raises many emotions among the reader. The novels are packed with a lot of mystery and the storyline is so interesting and tense that it is hard to put the book away after reading some pages. Adams novels are often focused on murders or sudden disappearances which builds up the excitement among the readers. The characters in the novels also feel very alive, warm and real which bring a lot of excitement to the novels. Every novel in the Naomi Blake series provide the reader with more and more information which makes the storyline even better. For example, we find out more about the relationship between Naomi and her “fiancé” in Touching the Dark. Once again, Naomi proves that her blindness is not the handicap that many would describe it as. Even though she i blinded, she is still a strong and powerful woman that can do whatever she wants no matter what.

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