JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #10 #TEAMJOFFEBOOKS #BOOKREVIEW #DISamClayton #PoliceProcedural #bookstagram @JOFFEBOOKS @AnnePenketh

JOFFE BOOKS 1st in series. Today the spotlight is on the DI Sam Clayton series by Anne Penketh.  Currently only 2 books in this brilliant series have been published so not many to catch up on.  The first book is MURDER ON THE MARSH and is a brilliant introduction to the series.

 

Murder on the Marsh (DI Sam Clayton #1) by Anne Penketh

Available from Amazon

A BOY’S BODY IS FOUND IN A CHURCHYARD. HIS HEART HAS BEEN CUT OUT . . .

DI Sam Clayton has never dealt with such an extreme crime in the quiet Norfolk villages that are part of his patch. When a waitress, Emma Dawson, disappears, it looks like the police might have a serial killer on their hands. Emma seems to have been part of cultish group obsessed with contacting the dead via a medieval mystic. But a mysterious Frenchman and one of the local nature wardens are also suspects. The mystery is further complicated by the locals’ reluctance to share their secrets with the police. DI Clayton’s team also harbour some tragic secrets and it looks like only one of his detectives will be kept on, even if they do catch the vicious killer.

When another child disappears, DI Clayton faces a race against time to prevent any further crimes. Not only that, but he must confront local superstitions and keep his team under control as violence threatens to spiral out of control.

MURDER ON THE MARSH is the first in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk.

THE TEAM
Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary. He struggles with anger issues and finds solace in playing classical guitar. He lives in hope of a reconciliation with his ex-wife, Claire.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her, but is stressed out because of her work-life balance. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising a six-year-old child who moved with her to Norwich.

THE SETTING
The mists sweep across the Glaveny marsh and its muddy channels on the North Norfolk coast, where the reeds rustle and the waist-high grasses whisper in the wind. It is a place, frequented by dog walkers and birdwatchers, where myth and reality collide. Locals talk about a hell hound that roams the marsh in the mist, bringing death in its wake. A medieval mystic who wrote about sin, Mother Julian of Norwich, may have had a connection to the villages dotted with fishermen’s flint cottages. Standing beside the majestic white sails of the windmill in the neighbouring village of Pelham on a clear day you can look over the marsh towards the seal colony on Glaveny Point. As you approach them you can hear the seals and their pups moaning on the shingle. The sound is almost human, like a mermaid’s siren call. When the mist rolls in, it is blindingly thick in minutes. When it retreats, who knows what will be left behind?

THE DI SAM CLAYTON SERIES

Book 1 – Murder on the Marsh
Book 2 – The Bad Sister


What the readers are saying:

This was a really enjoyable read with great characters. Full of twists and plots. Sam and juliette were my favourite characters. It definitely was not who I thought it was.  Susan Angela Wallace ‘s Reviews

I enjoyed this book. It is set in North Norfolk and I have visited the area several times and the author did an excellent job of describing the local villages and community life. The overall story was good and I enjoyed the main characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.  Donna Maguire

I enjoyed this book, the first of a new crime series, with DI Sam Clayton in charge of a team of police which also includes DS Neil Pringle and DS Julie Everett, both of whom are struggling with difficult personal lives of their own.   Teresa’s Reviews

Murder on the Marsh by Anne Penketh is billed as the first book about DI Sam Clayton. I came across it by chance and I am really glad that I did. I found hard to put down with the setting of the Norfolk marshes adding to the atmosphere of the old stories legends of the area.  Mandie’s Reviews


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BLOG TOUR – Murder of a Lover

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for Murder of a Lover.  This is book 13 in the Hillary Greene series.  I am sharing with you today an extract from chapter 1 which I hope will wet your appetite and send you running to buy the book (you wont be disappointed)

MURDER OF A LOVER.jpgMURDER OF A LOVER by Faith Martin

Available from:  Amazon

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

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 “A NARROW MARGIN OF ERROR.”

Ten years ago, Rowan Thompson was found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in his student house. It turns out that Rowan was quite a lover, with many disgruntled partners left in his wake.
But did any of them have a strong enough motive to murder him?

Meanwhile. Hillary’s stalker is getting more aggressive with his messages and flowers. And it looks like he may be much, much worse than she thought.

Has Hillary finally bitten off more than she can chew?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a 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. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

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

MURDER OF A LOVER is the thirteenth a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
Number 8 Kebler Road is a three-story house in a typical leafy road in Oxford, near South Park. Victorian terraces face each other across the narrow street, whose pavements are interspersed with strategically placed lime trees. Keble College, an unmistakable building of red and white brick is the dominant feature. Quiet, pleasant, it’s in one of the city’s many attractive areas, and dedicated mainly to student digs and private residential properties.

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. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

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

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

Books 14-17 coming soon!


Guest Post – Extract from Chapter 1

Her phone buzzed and she frowned. It couldn’t be work-related —
the corpses that now had first call on her time had all been dead for
many years. And working in CRT meant that nothing could ever be
that pressing — her current caseload simply didn’t carry the same sort
of urgency that breaking cases carried with them as a matter of
course.

And the call couldn’t be related to her private life either: she didn’t
have one. So it couldn’t be a friend, calling to ask her to meet up for
lunch, or an over-eager lover keen to meet up and do a bit of
smooching. Besides, at this time of the morning, who the hell would
have the energy? Since hitting the big five-O just recently, Hillary
Greene did not consider herself to be a spring chicken anymore.
Which meant it could only be him: her friendly neighbourhood
stalker.

Just what she needed.

She sighed and reached for her mobile, flipping it open and
checking the highlighted box. Yep — number withheld. It was him all
right.

Since he only texted, she hit the appropriate button and watched
the words light up her screen.

GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU.
WEAR SOMETHING BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL JUST FOR ME,
THEN I KNOW YOU’LL BE THINKING OF ME. LOVE — YOUR
ONE AND ONLY.


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 DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 13 books in the series are available now.

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.

MURDER OF A LOVER.jpg

BLOG TOUR – Murder of a Lover

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for Murder of a Lover.  This is book 13 in the Hillary Greene series.  I am sharing with you today an extract from chapter 1 which I hope will wet your appetite and send you running to buy the book (you wont be disappointed)

MURDER OF A LOVER.jpgMURDER OF A LOVER by Faith Martin

Available from:  Amazon

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

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 “A NARROW MARGIN OF ERROR.”

Ten years ago, Rowan Thompson was found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in his student house. It turns out that Rowan was quite a lover, with many disgruntled partners left in his wake.
But did any of them have a strong enough motive to murder him?

Meanwhile. Hillary’s stalker is getting more aggressive with his messages and flowers. And it looks like he may be much, much worse than she thought.

Has Hillary finally bitten off more than she can chew?

Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a 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. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

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

MURDER OF A LOVER is the thirteenth a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
Number 8 Kebler Road is a three-story house in a typical leafy road in Oxford, near South Park. Victorian terraces face each other across the narrow street, whose pavements are interspersed with strategically placed lime trees. Keble College, an unmistakable building of red and white brick is the dominant feature. Quiet, pleasant, it’s in one of the city’s many attractive areas, and dedicated mainly to student digs and private residential properties.

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. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!

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

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

Books 14-17 coming soon!


Guest Post – Extract from Chapter 1

Her phone buzzed and she frowned. It couldn’t be work-related —
the corpses that now had first call on her time had all been dead for
many years. And working in CRT meant that nothing could ever be
that pressing — her current caseload simply didn’t carry the same sort
of urgency that breaking cases carried with them as a matter of
course.

And the call couldn’t be related to her private life either: she didn’t
have one. So it couldn’t be a friend, calling to ask her to meet up for
lunch, or an over-eager lover keen to meet up and do a bit of
smooching. Besides, at this time of the morning, who the hell would
have the energy? Since hitting the big five-O just recently, Hillary
Greene did not consider herself to be a spring chicken anymore.
Which meant it could only be him: her friendly neighbourhood
stalker.

Just what she needed.

She sighed and reached for her mobile, flipping it open and
checking the highlighted box. Yep — number withheld. It was him all
right.

Since he only texted, she hit the appropriate button and watched
the words light up her screen.

GOOD MORNING, BEAUTIFUL. CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU.
WEAR SOMETHING BRIGHT AND COLOURFUL JUST FOR ME,
THEN I KNOW YOU’LL BE THINKING OF ME. LOVE — YOUR
ONE AND ONLY.


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 DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 13 books in the series are available now.

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.

MURDER OF A LOVER.jpg

JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #10 #TEAMJOFFEBOOKS #BOOKREVIEW #DISamClayton #PoliceProcedural #bookstagram @JOFFEBOOKS @AnnePenketh

JOFFE BOOKS 1st in series. Today the spotlight is on the DI Sam Clayton series by Anne Penketh.  Currently only 2 books in this brilliant series have been published so not many to catch up on.  The first book is MURDER ON THE MARSH and is a brilliant introduction to the series.

 

Murder on the Marsh (DI Sam Clayton #1) by Anne Penketh

Available from Amazon

A BOY’S BODY IS FOUND IN A CHURCHYARD. HIS HEART HAS BEEN CUT OUT . . .

DI Sam Clayton has never dealt with such an extreme crime in the quiet Norfolk villages that are part of his patch. When a waitress, Emma Dawson, disappears, it looks like the police might have a serial killer on their hands. Emma seems to have been part of cultish group obsessed with contacting the dead via a medieval mystic. But a mysterious Frenchman and one of the local nature wardens are also suspects. The mystery is further complicated by the locals’ reluctance to share their secrets with the police. DI Clayton’s team also harbour some tragic secrets and it looks like only one of his detectives will be kept on, even if they do catch the vicious killer.

When another child disappears, DI Clayton faces a race against time to prevent any further crimes. Not only that, but he must confront local superstitions and keep his team under control as violence threatens to spiral out of control.

MURDER ON THE MARSH is the first in a new series of page-turning crime thrillers set in an atmospheric part of Norfolk.

THE TEAM
Detective Inspector Sam Clayton leads the investigation into the North Norfolk murders, joined the police straight from school as a beat bobby in Manchester before rising through the ranks of the CID. He was transferred to Norwich after being promoted to DI following a high-profile case investigated by Lancashire Constabulary. He struggles with anger issues and finds solace in playing classical guitar. He lives in hope of a reconciliation with his ex-wife, Claire.

Detective Sergeant Neil Pringle lives with his third wife in Norwich, where he was born. But taking care of his two sons with his wife Megan, and two other children with previous wives, has put his finances under strain. He never misses a chance to shine in hopes of securing promotion, and can’t help showing off his local knowledge to colleagues.

Detective Sergeant Julie Everett is an intuitive officer who was promoted to detective sergeant from her home town of Ipswich where she had a background in child protection. She is discreet about her personal life among colleagues, particularly about the tragedy which haunts her, but is stressed out because of her work-life balance. She has to deal with a high-pressure job while raising a six-year-old child who moved with her to Norwich.

THE SETTING
The mists sweep across the Glaveny marsh and its muddy channels on the North Norfolk coast, where the reeds rustle and the waist-high grasses whisper in the wind. It is a place, frequented by dog walkers and birdwatchers, where myth and reality collide. Locals talk about a hell hound that roams the marsh in the mist, bringing death in its wake. A medieval mystic who wrote about sin, Mother Julian of Norwich, may have had a connection to the villages dotted with fishermen’s flint cottages. Standing beside the majestic white sails of the windmill in the neighbouring village of Pelham on a clear day you can look over the marsh towards the seal colony on Glaveny Point. As you approach them you can hear the seals and their pups moaning on the shingle. The sound is almost human, like a mermaid’s siren call. When the mist rolls in, it is blindingly thick in minutes. When it retreats, who knows what will be left behind?

THE DI SAM CLAYTON SERIES

Book 1 – Murder on the Marsh
Book 2 – The Bad Sister


What the readers are saying:

This was a really enjoyable read with great characters. Full of twists and plots. Sam and juliette were my favourite characters. It definitely was not who I thought it was.  Susan Angela Wallace ‘s Reviews

I enjoyed this book. It is set in North Norfolk and I have visited the area several times and the author did an excellent job of describing the local villages and community life. The overall story was good and I enjoyed the main characters. Looking forward to the next book in the series.  Donna Maguire

I enjoyed this book, the first of a new crime series, with DI Sam Clayton in charge of a team of police which also includes DS Neil Pringle and DS Julie Everett, both of whom are struggling with difficult personal lives of their own.   Teresa’s Reviews

Murder on the Marsh by Anne Penketh is billed as the first book about DI Sam Clayton. I came across it by chance and I am really glad that I did. I found hard to put down with the setting of the Norfolk marshes adding to the atmosphere of the old stories legends of the area.  Mandie’s Reviews


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