BLOG TOUR: MURDER IN THE MANSION by Faith Martin

My stop on the #blogtour for this brilliant 8th book in the Murder series by Faith Martin.  Another grippingly unputdownable read.

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What readers are saying about MURDER IN THE MANSION
“Leads you down a number of different paths with potential suspects – lots of twists and turns. This rates up there with some of the best British village mysteries.” Angela Jett

“What an ending.” Viv

“This book was full of tension and danger and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was coming next.” Dawn Jones

“I truly enjoyed it.” Joyce Fox

“The storyline is superb, the finish is both unforeseen and shocking.” Ron

“The more I read, the more I love this series.” Carole

Murder in the Mansion cover jpgMURDER IN THE MANSION by Faith Martin

Available from :  Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Canada   Amazon Australia

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Mattie Jones is found brutally stabbed to death in her palatial home. Hillary Greene is called in to investigate the murder of this wealthy woman.

Hillary discovers that Mattie’s snobby attitude had made her many enemies. Mattie was also going through a messy divorce and had a secret lover.

Meanwhile, in a terrifying turn of events, police officers are being gunned down outside their stations. A sniper is on the loose.

Can Hillary cope with the enemies within, a complex case, and the whole force under attack?

MURDER IN THE  MANSION is the eighth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
Many villages on the borders of the Cotswolds have more than their fair share of large, impressive, Cotswold stone ‘mansions’ – homes in times past to the professional classes and farmers.  Large, mostly Georgian, with traditional kitchen gardens, orchards, and ornamental plantings, they are quintessentially English.

THE DETECTIVES
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “DOWN A NARROW PATH.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
Books 9-11 coming soon!


My Review

This is book 8 in the series but they work very well as stand alone.  However, as you would expect, there is background that you will have missed by not reading the earlier books.

A well to do lady is found brutally murdered in her mansion.  There is a long list of suspects and an even longer list of dead ends.  With a shortage of evidence the team are fumbling in the dark.

This is a fast paced story that will have you turning page after page.  This series is addictive but more so this one which ends on a cliffhanger.

Hillary: what can I say?  She is a brilliant character, an awesome detective and very perceptive woman.  Despite all the rubbish fate has thrown her way she just bats it away with a smile.

The obnoxious Frank takes a back seat in this book but I am sure he will be back making everybody cringe.  There is a story to be told about him I am sure.

Barrington, poor man, is struggling with life in general.  Being homosexual in this period is no walk in the park especially for a police officer.  In addition his partner expects much more than Keith is able to give.  I am sure Hillary will be guiding him in the right direction shortly.

Then there is Gemma, she transferred to work with a woman she should have with a hidden agenda.  She is shocked to find she is getting to like and admire her boss.  She is also beginning to realise Hillary knows exactly what she is up to and why.

Another excellent addition to a brilliant series that is a must read for readers who love Police Procedural.  This book was released straight to the top of Amazon charts as a bestseller.  Read it to find out why, you won’t be disappointed.


Author photoAuthor Bio

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the first eleven of the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 8 books in the series are available now. Books 9-11 coming soon!

Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

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