BLOG TOUR – Murder in Mind (Hillary Greene #16) by Faith Martin

This is the penultimate Hillary Greene book (just one more to come) and I know we will all be very sad to see the end of this long running series. For my stop on the Blog Tour I am having a look back at Faith’s thoughts when she first decided to write the Hillary Greene series:

INTRODUCING DI HILLARY GREENE:

I was lucky enough to discover Agatha Christie in my early teens, and through her, many of the other wonderful authors of the ‘golden age’ of crime writing. And I still love reading (and writing) the ‘classic’ whodunit, and all the elements that comprise them. The requisite 4-6 suspects, the locked-room puzzle, the charming country setting and the very satisfactory grand reveal at the end, when the amateur sleuth reveals his or her cleverly thought-out solution to the crime. So when I began to write crime, as JOYCE CATO, I naturally began with this genre.

However, the likes of DI Rebus, Jane Tennyson, and Inspector Banks were also being published, and were also proving to be very popular with the reading public. So when my – now sadly late – agent advised me to try my hand at writing police procedural novels as well, I was certainly willing to give it a go. But not without a certain amount of trepidation, mind you. And the main cause of my concern was a certain character called Chief Inspector Morse!

Having been born in the city of Oxford, and having lived in the surrounding area all my life, when it came to choosing the setting for my proposed new series of novels, there was only one obvious choice. I simply didn’t know anywhere else! But with the wonderful Colin Dexter’s creation already being held in such high regard and affection, how, I wondered, could my own fictional creation ever hope compete? How could I, as a novelist, take on such a master?

The answer, of course, was – don’t even try! So when I sat down and put my thinking cap on, I decided to create someone as far removed from Morse as possible. So, a woman detective then – and as a female myself, this wasn’t a hard decision! And since Morse and the city of Oxford are so synonymous, it seemed wise to leave Oxford (mostly) to the great man, and content myself with the other areas that comprise the Thames Valley. After all, the district offered market towns and villages galore where my new DI could find murder victims. And since Morse worked more or less alone with only Lewis to help him, I would put DI Greene in charge of a small (and rather dysfunctional!) team. Lastly, since Morse worked out of Oxford itself, I would have my own DI report to Kidlington HQ.

And from this starting point, I then gradually began to get to know my new DI. I wanted to make her interesting, but not unbelievable. So I gave her a recently deceased husband, who had been something of a bad ‘un (to say the least) and who had left her in somewhat tricky circumstances. So when the reader meets her, she has been reduced to living on a relative’s canal boat, and is being pestered by the officers who are investigating her husband’s past criminal activities. I wanted Hillary to be intelligent (so gave her a good education) but not closely connected to the university (Morse territory.) I also wanted her to have gained experience by coming up through the ranks. This would make her both savvy and also popular with the rank-and file, who would regard her as ‘their kind of copper’. She had to be tough, but not hard-bitten, and have no illusions about her workplace and job, whilst being fiercely loyal to her team. Most of all, I wanted her to the kind of copper you would want investigating the case if ever you were unjustly accused of murder!

And when I finally created my first file, and typed in the magical (and terrifying) words CHAPTER ONE, I knew that I wanted her to have a sense of humour that would see her through the darkest of times.

MURDER IN MIND by Faith Martin

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DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.”

Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010, the murder weapon is suspected to be a fire poker.

Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of the crime.

WHO KILLED THIS HARMLESS OLD WOMAN AND WHY? AND WHAT SECRETS WAS SHE HIDING?

Hillary has a new boss and a baffling cold case to contend with, not to mention a marriage proposal to consider.

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene.

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

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.”

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
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES
BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER
BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES
BOOK 15: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT
BOOK 16: MURDER IN MIND

Book 17 coming soon!


Author Bio

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 are publishing revised editions of the DI Hillary Greene series.

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