MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Faith Martin
Book 5 in the Hillary Greene series and another brilliant read with intrigue and mystery among the twists and turns that has the reader turning page after page.
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About the book
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.
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 brutal and baffling crime.
How had Billy come into contact with such a vicious killer? Who wanted him dead and why? It turns out that the teenager was not such an innocent young man.
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.
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.
MURDER IN THE FAMILY is the fifth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
The crime happens in an allotment shed in a small Oxfordshire hamlet. Allotments, or strips of land rented by individuals to grow fruit and vegetables (or flowers for flower shows), have always been popular. During the war years, they were a valuable source of food, and in modern times, their popularity hasn’t waned either, as the growing taste for organic fruit and veg, and ‘getting back to nature’ appeals to a wide range of people. Beekeepers find them very useful too. Waiting lists can be long, as they represent a perfect way to de-stress after a day in the city, and provide a peaceful haven for many people. But in the tiny hamlet of Aston Lea, set in fields of barley, and sheltered from the world and the roads by towering Hawthorne hedges, the allotments are a perfect, secret, quiet place to commit murder.
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 “THROUGH A NARROW DOOR.”
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
MORE COMING SOON!
I am absolutely loving this Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin. I think it is, possibly, even better because Joffe Books are republishing them so the next book is never far away.
Following events in the previous book Hillary is acting DCI and Mel has been promoted to the position he lost out on in book 4 due to his relationship with Janine. Tommy is on the verge of leaving for a Sergeant position at another station so the whole dynamics of the team is undergoing change. Hillary is unsure if she is suited to the DCI position when she is replaced by Paul Danvers and is back to what she is going best: investigating murder. The case is the murder of a teenage boy and there is a lack of suspects and motives until Hillary gets going and starts uncovering clues.
The book is very intriguing there seems to be nothing to go on all the way through the story so the big reveal in the last chapter is a shock I definitely wasn’t expecting.
Being a mother I am aware of the way teenage friends have each other’s backs in their quest to keep as much from the parents’ as possible and Faith has captured that excellently in this book. As the team interview person after person they keep hitting brick walls knowing that there is a lot more to the stories than the people are telling and it is up to the team to try to get to the bottom of it. There is a lot going on which adds to the mystery and keeps the pages turning.
I loved this book but I did feel there was too much reference to events in previous books this might be an advantage for people reading the book as stand alone but for the ones who have read the series it makes it a bit slow going in places. That said overall another brilliant read and well worth the 5 stars.
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! And the first 4 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL, MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY, MURDER OF THE BRIDE and MURDER IN THE VILLAGE are available now, with the others to very quickly follow.