JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin #TeamJoffeBooks

Today Faith Martin has the spotlight on my Joffe Books Rolling Blog. Faith is the author of the bestselling Hillary Greene series that is being republished by Joffe Books. 11 books have already been published and the other 7 will be along very soon. Faith also has some exciting news for her fans so read all about her experience with Joffe Books and what the news is. Information about the series is below (and if you have missed any of the blogs you can catch up via the links at the bottom).

Working with Joffe Books – by Faith Martin

When I was first approached by Joffe books last summer, and Jasper asked me if I would be interested in him reproducing my DI Hillary Greene series as brand new, up-to-date ebooks, I said “yes please” very fast! Although my books had done very well in libraries for many years (I was almost exclusively published in hardback) I knew very little about digital publishing (and still don’t, if I’m honest). And I think we all thought (myself, my agent and probably Jasper himself) that they might do quite well, and at least earn us some extra coppers to help fill my poor (and very thin!) little piggy bank.

But I think I’m right in saying that we had no idea that they would do quite as well as they have! Since last October, when the first of the series came out, they have now sold over half-a-million around the world! They regularly hit the No.1 spot on the Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists in Australia, and the latest, Murder at Work, hit the No1 spot here in the UK just last week. They also regularly appear in the Canada top 20, and even make it into the USA top 100. Needless to say, I was flabberghasted. (I have no idea what a flabber is, but mine was definitely ghasted!)

And working with Joffe books is just great – and very easy. I’m not the best on a computer (as my long-suffering friends and agent can testify) and it was made very easy for me to proof-read and update the books. Not only that, but Jasper sent me lovely flowers – first when we hit the 500,000 sales mark, and again when my novel made the UK No1 spot. (I even received chocolates on my birthday! OK – I’ll admit that the chocolates were more appreciated than the flowers, but that’s just me….!)

And now Joffe Books are going to bring out my Travelling Cook series later this year! How great is that?


THE HILLARY GREENE SERIES

THE LOCATION

The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVE

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.

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
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOKS 12-17 COMING SOON

MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL –  Amazon

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN FIGHTING TO SAVE HER CAREER.

Not only has she lost her husband, but his actions have put her under investigation for corruption.

Then a bashed and broken body is found floating in the Oxford Canal. It looks like the victim fell off a boat, but Hillary is not so sure. Her investigation exposes a dark background to the death.

Can Hillary clear her name and get to the bottom of a fiendish conspiracy on the water?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from beginning to end.

MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is the first in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY – Amazon

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student was involved in some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER OF THE BRIDE a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE – Amazon

DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton.

The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuous white wedding gown, the young, beautiful redhead had clearly been strangled.

But not everything is what it seems, and the victim turns out to be at the centre of a web of jealousy and intrigue in the close-knit village. Many of the villagers have a motive for murdering her but they’re not giving up their secrets easily.

Can Hillary discover the real reason for this brutal crime and cope with the spiralling revelations about her dead ex-husband? 

MURDER IN THE VILLAGE a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE – Amazon

A would-be politician is found battered to death in the kitchen of his expensive home in a lovely Oxfordshire village. His wife’s alibi is full of holes and there’s another woman in the background. And what about his seemingly mild-mannered political rival?

DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this perplexing murder. She certainly doesn’t think the prime suspect is as guilty as everyone thinks.

Just as she’s about to make a breakthrough, everything is turned upside down by a fatal developmentin another case she is working on . . .

Can Hillary find the murderer and will she survive a brush with one of Oxford’s most dangerous criminals? 

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

MURDER IN THE FAMILY a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY – Amazon

15–year-old Billy Davies is found dead in his father’s shed. A pair of gardening shears thrust brutally into his chest.

DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this baffling crime.

How had Billy come into contact with such a vicious killer? Who wanted him dead and why? The investigation reveals that the teenager was not such an innocent young man.

Meanwhile, Hillary’s having a tough time at work. She’s been passed over for promotion, and her reliable constable Tommy Lynch is to be transferred out. But Hillary won’t let distractions get in the way of solving crimes.

To catch this killer, Hillary will need to dig deep into the dark secrets of a small community.

MURDER AT HOME a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME – Amazon

Flo Jenkins is found murdered in her armchair, a paperknife sticking out of her chest. The old woman was well liked and nothing seems to have been stolen from her home. And it was common knowledge that she only had weeks to live.

Why kill a dying woman? This is going to be one of the toughest cases yet for Hillary to solve.

Hillary also has to deal with a new colleague who has a terrible temper and a rocky past.

With no forensics, no leads, and only a drug-addict nephew as a suspect, will this be Hillary’s first failure to solve a murder case?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.

MURDER IN THE MEADOW a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW – Amazon

Wayne Sutton is found dead by a stream in a beautiful meadow. His head has been bashed in and a red paper heart left on his body. The handsome young artist had a reputation as a ladies’ man.

DI Hillary Greene discovers that many wealthy married women were buying his paintings and taking ‘private’ art lesson from him. It appears that several of them might have wanted him dead.

Hillary also has a new detective sergeant, Gemma Fordham. Seemingly efficient and pleasant, she harbours a secret agenda.

Can Hillary get to the bottom of a complex case involving jealousy, love, and cold-blooded murder?

MURDER IN THE MANSION a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION – Amazon

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. Who wanted her dead and why?

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. Who will come under attack next?

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

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely stunning finish.

MURDER IN THE GARDEN a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN – Amazon

Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned to death with his own spade in his beautiful garden. He lived with his daughter Rachel and his two grandchildren.

Hillary’s only lead is a rival from the village flower show who used to argue with the victim about the size of their vegetables. But what dark secrets from the past and present does this village hold?

Hillary has returned to work after the slaying of her boss and is desperate to track down his murderer.His pregnant widow is even more determined to get revenge, but will she go too far?

Can Hillary cope with two complex investigations full of extreme emotions, one of which is very close to home?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from the start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.

MURDER BY FIRE a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE – Amazon

David Merchant’s body is found in a bonfire in his back garden. David was a publisher and devout Christian. Who would want to kill this seemingly very decent man?

DI Hillary Greene faces one of her most puzzling cases as she struggles to find anyone with a strong motive to kill the pious publisher.

Then, as Hillary unearths greedy business partners and an estranged son, her focus is diverted when a new team member is targeted by a vicious gang.

Hillary’s under massive pressure and will she finally crack? And if she does, where will she go from here?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER AT WORK a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK – Amazon

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.


Faith Martin.gifFAITH MARTIN

Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

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JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

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