DON’T PANIC: HILLARY GREENE WILL BE BACK –
6 more books on the way
Today it is my turn on the Blog Tour for Murder at Work by Faith Martin. This is Book 11 in the Hillary Greene series and in it Hillary is tackling her last case as DI. Many think this is the last we will read of Hillary Greene but I am please to tell you that is NOT the case. HILLARY GREENE WILL BE BACK. Joffe Books will be publishing 6 more books in the Hillary Greene series over the next few months so there are many more happy hours of reading about her challenges. I asked Faith Martin about her decision to retire Hillary and what her future plans are. Read on for a rivetting insight into how characters take on a life of their own in the author’s mind:
Why I made Hillary Greene retire! by Faith Martin
A lot of readers who followed the exploits of DI Hillary Greene asked me why I had her retire in book 11, and then come back for the last 6 books as a civilian consultant for cold cases. Most assume I got tired of her and then changed my mind, or perhaps I simply ran out of ideas, but neither is the case. It was just that I knew Hillary too well to believe that she’d be able to stay on in the police service after she had ‘crossed the line’ by helping out her sergeant, Janine Tyler as she did!
It was very interesting to hear the differing reactions from readers after the storyline about Janine killing her husband’s murderer came out. Some were total behind her – and were urging Hillary on. Whilst others were a little put out or disappointed in her, for letting her moral compass go so awry.
But I had always been determined to make Hillary Greene human – not superhuman. She makes mistakes, but she’s experienced and focused too. She has always kept straight and true in putting the victims of crime (and especially murder) first. But she’s no saint either. And she’s certainly not exempt from suffering the consequences when life deals a hard blow, nor is she immune for the effects of shocks or life-changing events. So the death of her old friend really throws her. And she loses, to some extent, her judgement and patience – hence her rather ruthless determination to finally get rid of Frank Ross. (I don’t think she would have done it if she’d been sleeping well, and wasn’t worn down with the worry of what happened with Janine. But like most people who’ve suffered emotional trauma, she had only enough resources deep inside her to cope with so much – so Frank had to go!)
And although she knew deep down that she couldn’t really have done anything else for Janine (certainly she couldn’t have thrown her old friend’s pregnant wife to the wolves) she isn’t in any way happy with what she did do either. It just doesn’t sit well with her – especially since it means she might bring disgrace to her colleagues and the police service in general. So – both Hillary and I were in complete agreement. She had to go! HOWEVER – I didn’t want to lose her. And I knew my readers didn’t either. So I had to bring her back. But how? She obviously couldn’t just change her mind and get re-instated – since all the old arguments still held true. (And besides, in real life, she wouldn’t have been allowed to!) But, thanks to Marcus Donleavy’s cunning plan, she could come back and solve cold cases as a civilian consultant.
And what a great chance this was, I thought, to take her out of her old comfort zone (where she had a DI’s power and all the backing that she needed) and give her fresh challenges. Challenges where she had to answer to ‘Mrs’ Greene for a start (she hates it!) It also gave me a chance to introduce fresh new characters in the form of her fresh new team and – last, but not least – ROMANCE! Poor old Hillary, I thought, after so long out in the cold, deserved a bit of love. And hence, books 12-17.
Of course, book 17 was the last DI Hillary Greene novel I wrote. But when Joffe Books have brought it out, my readers will see that I have left some wriggle room left for her to come back! It all depends…..
MURDER AT WORK by Faith Martin
Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.
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.
MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.
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. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”
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
THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.
Books 12-17 coming soon!