BLOG TOUR – Murder for Money by Roy Lewis #detectivebook #bookreview @joffebooks

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Murder for Money. This is book 4 in the Inspector Crow series by Roy Lewis and I would like to share with you my thoughts on the book.

MURDER FOR MONEY (Inspector Crow #4)

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Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing. Full of twists and turns, this will have you gripped from start to finish.

Charlie Rutland, a womanising journalist, is found brutally murdered. He worked for a muck-raking gossip magazine and therefore had many enemies.

Detective Crow is assigned to Yorkshire where he must eliminate a long list of suspects.

And where does the German businessman Conrad Gunther fit in? Mysterious lights at Lockyer Tarn, a homeless man hiding out on the Yorkshire Dales, a stolen Volvo and a former Gestapo officer are all seemingly linked in some manner.

And then the British spy services get involved . . . Will Crow have his investigation shut down before he can catch the murderer.


My Review

Firstly, thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy of this book.  This is my unbiased review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you like a good old fashioned murder mystery this is definitely for you.  This is book 4 of a series that is being republished by Joffe Books and is not only set in the 1960’s but was written at that time so you need to bear that in mind while reading as things have changed a lot since that time.

A man pays for sex but treats the woman badly which has her partner seeking revenge.  He is found dead but what looks, at first like a simple case of assault turns out to be anything but and Inspector Crow has his work cut out finding clues and following leads.

This is a complex story with many tangled threads and surprising twists as Crow tries to work out what is being covered up.

It is a steadily moving book with enough to keep the reader’s interest.


Roy Lewis Author Bio

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

 

BLOG TOUR – The Enigma (the first DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor thriller) by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #detectivebook #policeprocedural #bookreview @stewartgiles

I am very excited that at last it is my turn on the Blog Tour for this fantastic new release by the brilliant Stewart Giles. THE ENIGMA is the first in a new series that brings together Jason Smith and Harriet Taylor in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that pushes both of them to confront their fears and join together to catch a nemesis from Smith’s past. You can purchase this page-turner for just 99p / 99c for a short period.

The Enigma (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #1) 

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From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective series featuring the detectives from both the series’ we know and love.

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.


My thoughts

This is the first in a new series featuring detectives from Stewart’s other series’; Harriet from the brilliant DC Harriet Taylor series set in Cornwall and DS Smith from the awesome Smith series set in York.

Now I am a BIG Stewart Giles fan I think the guy has real talent and each book is better than the last. I have had the pleasure of reading the whole Smith series back to back and I have also read the Harriet books so I was very excited to hear of this new series.

Although there are many murders this is not a particularly gory read the author has expertly managed to build in the revulsion and evilness of the murders while making it acceptable reading for the more feint hearted of crime fiction fans.

Smith and Whitton married at the end of book 8: Unworthy, and Laura, their daughter, is now 18 months old. Whitton is back at work full time and Smith is feeling very protective of his new family which is understandable given all the loved ones he has lost and the death and destruction he lives with every day. I think you need to take this into account when reading this book if you haven’t read the previous ones but otherwise it is a perfect stand alone story.

Harriet Taylor comes from Edinburgh and transferred to Cornwall when her husband was killed in an accident with his lover in the car and she found herself subject to a lot of gossiping and sniggering behind her back. She has no plans to return to Edinburgh anytime soon.

I wont rewrite the synopsis but boats wash up in York and Whitby with Harriet and Smith being on the respective investigations. It soon becomes clear that the link is Edinburgh. Will Harriet face her ex colleagues and travel back to her home town to investigate? Meanwhile Smith receives threatening messages as a nemesis from his past reappears.

This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet are at risk and so are the people they care about as a psychopathic killer with absolutely no conscience travels the UK leaving dead bodies in his wake.

I just kept turning page after page it is an adrenaline pumping read I simply could not put down and as the pages kept turning the endings were total curve balls I really was not expecting.

All I can say is WOW this is a must read for anyone who loves crime fiction and to the author: please hurry up with the next book.

Absolutely awesome definitely 5 Golden Stars (maybe platinum) this is now top of my Picks of 2018 list.

This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet join forces to stop a psychopathic killer no conscience.


THE DETECTIVES

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

What readers are saying about The Enigma:

‘From the first vividly described opening scene in Trotterdown, Cornwall, I was hooked. Intrigue, suspense, danger, plot twists, a ruthless, unstoppable villain; this book has it all.’ – Heather Opperman

‘This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet are at risk and so are the people they care about as a psychopathic killer with absolutely no conscience travels the UK leaving dead bodies in his wake.’ – Books n All

This is an action-packed page-turner with more twists and turns than a pretzel. The explosive ending is explosive. What a riveting story to start a new series with! .- Linda Strong Book Reviews

The book is a brilliant amalgamation of two of the best police officers in the country and the chemistry between the two of them is brilliant once they learn to trust each other. – Black Books Blog

ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia – more info here
Book 1 – Smith – more info here
Book 2 – Boomerang -more info here
Book 3 – Ladybird – more info here
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor – more info here
Book 5 – Harlequin – more info here
Book 6 – Selene – more info here
Book 7 – Horsemen –  more info here
Book 8 – Unworthy – more info here

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper – more info here
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder – more info here
Book 3 – The Backpacker – more info here


Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.

After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series and DS Jason Smith was born.

I finished Smith, the first in the series within a few months. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, I was contacted by Joffe Books to ask if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper hit the shelves and also the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

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THE BEEKEEPER (DC Harriet Taylor #1) by Stewart Giles

The BeekeeperTHE BEEKEEPER (DC Harriet Taylor #1)

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A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

My Review

This is a brilliant book.  The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing, with an enormous amount of skill, and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read.  Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story.  I found it very intriguing.  I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers over the years is ingrained into you and you find yourself denying what is actually staring you in the face.  The characters are unique but develop well throughout the book and the story is also different I was very impressed.

I love Alice’s character, she is a lot of fun.  An eccentric old lady who has had a rough life with a philandering husband who had  a habit of disappearing for long periods with his latest fling.  He eventually left 10 years ago and hasn’t returned.  She makes a living from the honey produced by her beekeeping.  She has a Jackdaw that she rescued who is her main companion and a friend Millie.  Millie is widowed and a fragile person who is dominated by Alice.

Detective Harriet Taylor has also had a difficult life.  Her husband was killed in a car crash with his lover also in the car.  She became the laughing stock of the Police Force in Edinburgh so transferred to Polgarrow, a quiet town in Cornwall.  She is picking up the pieces of her life and has a good relationship with her boss, Killion, when half a body is caught up in the nets of a fishing boat.  Shortly afterwards Millie goes missing and her car is found at the bottom of the cliffs.  When  a house explodes the decision is made to bring in a crack team from Exeter.  When Harriet is chosen to be part of this team she finds herself, again, the talking stock of the station.  The similarity in their history forms a connection between Alice and Harriet.


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After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

Lyndsay, Junction Publishing and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to the brilliant bloggers who helped with this Blog Tour. At such a busy time of year we really appreciate you taking the time to read, blog and share the book love. xx

Black Books Blog

Overall this was a very well written book, which kept me hooked and made me realise how hard it was for the women left behind all the way on the other side of the world as they waited for news from their loved ones. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lyndsay Campbell writes a really good story and I will look out for more of her books in the future.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

In short, I loved reading this atmospheric tale set mostly during the First World War and I certainly feel as though I have learned something from it. I would definitely recommend it to other readers. Read more here

Beth in a Box

This book really tugged at my heart strings and the fact that we’ve just observed the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was really poignant for me. Read more here

Jen Meds Book Reviews

If you love historical fiction then you really should pick up this book and find out for yourself what life was like for families in times of war. Read more here

The Haphazardous Hippo

Lyndsay Campbell took me on an emotional roller coaster with this book and I’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for more books from her. Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week

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Life in Rose Tinted Glasses


The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

Available from AMAZON

Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to become a teacher is thrown into question by family needs.

Kathy and Freddie’s romance continues via touching letters to and from the Front, but her devotion is challenged when Pacifist Lay Pastor, Arthur Tremaine appears on the scene.

This charming tale is set against the harsh realities of life in a small British colony a century ago. Feminist ideals are woven throughout as the cast of strong women and engaging men meet the challenges and tragedies they are faced with.

The reader is taken across the globe to Europe and post-war Britain where the Spanish flu has taken hold. The disease follows returning New Zealand soldiers’ with devastating consequences.

Will Freddie survive the war to claim his love?

Will Kathy fulfil her dream to become a teacher, or has the war changed everything they once knew to be true?

The Aro Street Girls is awash with romance, mystery and excitement; a vivid portrayal of wartime life in New Zealand.


My Review

I have recently rediscovered my love of Historical Fiction and recently read a few books set in WWI Britain. So I was very interested in reading The Aro Street Girls as it is set in the same era but in New Zealand.

This is a steadily moving story that I love.  It follows a family from the start to the end of the War, and covers all the issues encountered during that difficult time.

Love, laughter and tears all combine together to make a brilliant read with well rounded, realistic characters.  The family members are all completely different but the family dynamics work perfectly.

I won’t spoil the enjoyment by going into any details, but I will say I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more from this author.


Author Bio

Writing has always been an integral part of my life. From factual articles for newspapers and news stories for a local radio station, interviewing offenders as a probation officer and writing their pre-sentence court reports for New Zealand’s District Courts, as well as amassing a small collection of poetry.

My historical fiction is inspired by the stories of my Scottish and Irish ancestors who crossed the seas in sailing ships in the mid 1800s to find a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. This, combined with years spent working in the field of counselling and social work after my family had grown, has given me an interest in the lives of our ancestors more than a century ago and in writing about what makes people act the way they do. I love to create believable characters who find themselves in challenging situations.

I am a natural gypsy and while I love to travel internationally, more recently my husband and I have enjoyed motor homing around New Zealand. Walking the beaches and bush tracks and meeting people who also enjoy the mobile life is lots of fun. The wonderful thing about writing is its portability. I am happy with my laptop on my knee in our mobile home, or at a proper desk. Living on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua where steaming mud and thermally heated pools are the norm is quite a blessing and I am sometimes to be found writing in one of Rotorua’s lovely cafes.

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BARGAIN BOOKS by Stewart Giles – 99p / 99c each for a short period

As you may have seen around Social Media Stewart Giles has released THE ENIGMA this is the first in a new series featuring DS Smith from the York series and DC Harriet Taylor from the Cornwall series.  The 2 detectives join together in a stunning, adrenaline pumping thriller that sees the 2 detectives travelling to Scotland and facing their pasts’ in a roller coaster ride that will keep the reader turning page after page.

For a short period you can buy THE ENIGMA  and also the latter book from the other series’: UNWORTHY and THE BACKPACKER for 99p / 99c.  This offer can’t last so grab it quickly.

Unworthy (DS Jason Smith #8)

Available  from Amazon UK   US   AU   CA

Read more here: Link to Unworthy blog post

 

The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3)

Available from Amazon UK  US   AU   CA

Read more here: Link to The Backpacker blog post

 

The Enigma (DS Smith & DC Taylor #1)

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In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.

THE DETECTIVES
DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon – he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

What readers are saying about The Enigma:

‘From the first vividly described opening scene in Trotterdown, Cornwall, I was hooked. Intrigue, suspense, danger, plot twists, a ruthless, unstoppable villain; this book has it all.’ – Heather Opperman
‘This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet are at risk and so are the people they care about as a psychopathic killer with absolutely no conscience travels the UK leaving dead bodies in his wake.’ – Books n All
This is an action-packed page-turner with more twists and turns than a pretzel. The explosive ending is explosive. What a riveting story to start a new series with!.-Linda Strong Book Reviews
The book is a brilliant amalgamation of two of the best police officers in the country and the chemistry between the two of them is brilliant once they learn to trust each other. – Black Books Blog

ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia
Book 1-Smith
Book 2-Boomerang
Book 3-Ladybird
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 5-Harlequin
Book 6-Selene
Book 7-Horsemen
Book 8-Unworthy

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Hillary’s Final Case (Hillary Greene #17) by Faith Martin

Many thanks to the awesome bloggers who helped with the last Blog Tour for the Hillary Greene series.  Many of you have helped with every book and we very much appreciate your support along this 17 book journey.  It is with sadness that we have now reached THE END!

Although this is the last Hillary Greene tour watch this space as Joffe Books republish more brilliant books by Faith Martin.  Read more in my interview with Faith:

Goodbye Hillary What Next? – an interview with Faith Martin

What the bloggers thought

Black Books Blog 

Overall this was a brilliant conclusion to the series and the way it ended was pretty apt and tidied everything up nicely.  Read more here

Nicki’s Book Blog

I have loved Hillary and her cases. She is one of those characters that you
“get to know” and wouldn’t bat an eyelid if she walked past you down the street.
A reliable, tenacious detective with a sense of humour in the right places with an
interesting team around her.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is a crime mystery, action-packed, a real page turner. The characters are unforgettable. The story line is gripping, leading to an unexpected ending.  Read more here

The Quiet Geordie 

This is a very short (195 pages) novel, and whilst I enjoyed it, I did see some of the twists coming before they happened. This is very unusual for me – but then again I’m not a big series reader.   Read more here

Ginger Book Geek 

OMG this was certainly a read and a half.  From the moment I picked the book up I was hooked on the story, the characters and the investigation.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Of course, Hillary’s intuition and common sense give them the lead they need but we are led down many alleys before we reach the end. All loose ends are tied up and we are left with an idea of how Hillary’s life will pan out. A riveting read and one I would recommend.  Read more here

Akamatra 

All I am going to say is that I am truly sad that this was the last book of this amazing series. It wraps it up nicely and leaves you with a sense of contentment! All good things have to end and all that!  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week 
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HILLARY’S FINAL CASE a gripping crime mystery full of twists

Available from AMAZON

 

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 TRAJECTORY.”

Can Hillary finally close the case of the missing young women? 

Can she take down one of Oxfordshire’s most wanted criminals?

Can she handle her new boss?

Can she help one of her team get answers on his long lost sister?

And will she really get married and leave her beloved boat?

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS IN THE FINAL HILLARY GREENE BOOK

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.

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

My thoughts

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.

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: HILLARY’S FINAL CASE


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.

BOOK REVIEW – The Perfect Lie by Adam Croft #bookreview #crimefiction #policeprocedural

Today I would like to share with you my review of THE PERFECT LIE by Adam Croft.

The Perfect Lie by [Croft, Adam]The Perfect Lie by Adam Croft

Available from Amazon UK   US  AU   CA

What if you were framed for a murder you didn’t commit?

Amy Walker lives the perfect family life with her husband and two young sons. Until a knock at the door turns their lives upside down.

It’s the police. Her father-in-law is dead and they’re arresting her for his murder.

The evidence against her is overwhelming. Forensics and witnesses place her at the scene. But there’s only one problem:

She didn’t do it.

With her family destroyed and a murder sentence looming, Amy must discover who murdered her father-in-law — and why they’re so hell-bent on framing her as the killer.


My thoughts

Firstly, thank you to the Author: Adam Croft for the advance digital copy of The Perfect Lie.  This is my unbiased review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The story begins with Amy being arrested for the murder of her father in law.  While she was having some me time alone at home Roger is being killed and all the evidence points to her being guilty.  Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to set her up or have they?

This is an intriguing story that really delves into the nitty gritty of the investigation.   The characters develop well so that I felt I knew them by the end of the story.  What I did find difficult was the story ping-ponging about between different times and people it made it a little of a complicated read.

However, it is still a fairly fast paced story that held my interest enough to keep the pages turning.  It would appeal particularly to readers who like to read detective stories that don’t have the blood and gore I love so much.

A well-earned 4.5 stars from me

BLOG TOUR – An introduction to MURDER FOR MONEY #detective @joffebooks

Today I am kicking off the Blog Tour for MURDER FOR MONEY this is book 4 in the Inspector Crow series written by Roy Lewis.  This series is being republished by Joffe Books.  Today I am posting a catch up of the previous books but first let’s hear a little about this book which was originally published as Blood Money:

MURDER FOR MONEY (Inspector Crow #4)

Available from AMAZON

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing. Full of twists and turns, this will have you gripped from start to finish.

Charlie Rutland, a womanising journalist, is found brutally murdered. He worked for a muck-raking gossip magazine and therefore had many enemies.

Detective Crow is assigned to Yorkshire where he must eliminate a long list of suspects.

And where does the German businessman Conrad Gunther fit in? Mysterious lights at Lockyer Tarn, a homeless man hiding out on the Yorkshire Dales, a stolen Volvo and a former Gestapo officer are all seemingly linked in some manner.

And then the British spy services get involved . . . Will Crow have his investigation shut down before he can catch the murderer.


A Lover Too Many (Inspector Crow #1)

Available from AMAZON

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

Error of Judgment (Inspector Crow #2)

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A young woman is found dead in a college while students demonstrate. It turns out she was the principal’s secretary and there was more to her than meets the eye.

Who wanted her dead and why? And what does it have to do with the student revolt led by a charismatic firebrand from Iraq?

Inspector John Crow is called in and has little doubt who’s responsible but a series of surprises will make him reconsider everything.

 

The Woods Murder (Inspector Crow #3)

Available from AMAZON

Nine-year-old Jenny Carson is brutally murdered in Kenton Wood on her way from school.

Then Charles Lendon is found stabbed to death with a skewer through his heart. He was a ruthless lawyer and something of a womaniser. Jenny’s father blamed him for her murder.

As the local police struggle, Inspector Crow is called in. Can he connect the two killings?

He discovers that several of those closest to Charles Lendon had good reason to hate him: his housekeeper lover, her unstable brother, even the boyfriend of his attractive young colleague Cathy Tennant.

BLOG TOUR – Hillary’s Final Case – Goodbye Hillary, what next?

In October 2017 I had the pleasure of helping with the launch of MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL as Joffe Books began republishing the Hillary Greene series. Here we are 13 months and 17 books later. Sadly I am now closing the Blog Tour for the final book in the series. I am closing down the tour and the series with an interview with Faith and hopefully the answers to some of your questions:

Goodbye Hillary, what now?  An interview with Faith Martin

1. So here we are at the end of the Hillary Greene series. Are you surprised at how well the series has done given it is second time around?

I was amazed by how well the DI Hillary Greene series has been the second time around. I know that when they first came out, they were exclusively in hardback, and were aimed at mostly that sort of market – libraries, book clubs, etc. So I knew that when Joffe Books released them as ebooks that they would reach a much wider readership. But I still had no idea just how many people would read them and like them and certainly would never have predicted that they’d make DI Hillary Greene a bestseller! (Having said that, I’ve always rather liked Hillary and had a sneaking suspicion a lot of people might, if they ever discovered her! So it’s all down to Hillary’s personality really. People seem to really connect with her.)

2. What made you decide to end the series at book 17?

I didn’t decide to end it! When I wrote Hillary’s Final Case it was titled A Narrow Trajectory, and when I’d finished it I thought I’d go straight on to do another. However, I learned shortly afterwards that my then publishers, Robert Hale, were going to sell up, and so I had to put any more Hillary Greene’s on hold. In the meantime, my agent said that vintage and retro (1950’s and 1960’s) were now very much in and asked me if I’d thought of writing something in that era. And so I set about creating my Ryder & Loveday series.

3. Obviously, the door is open for further books. Do you think you will write any more?

I would love to write more Hillary Greene books – however, for the moment (the next two years at least) my writing schedule is fully booked with other projects. But never say never! I could always have Hillary Greene return one day – maybe as an OAP with an attitude!?

4. Joffe Books readers have had 13 months with a continual flow of Hillary Greene books to read. I am sure many are bereft to have reached the end. I understand there is another series Joffe are republishing. Can you tell us something about that?

The one consolation that I can give to all the readers who contact me saying how much they’re going to miss Hillary, is that I do have a new series coming out in December, right on the heels of DI Hillary Greene. And I’m really just hoping that they’ll enjoy this series also. These were the books that I originally wrote under the name of Joyce Cato, and unlike the DI Greene series, they are NOT police procedural novels. These are much more of a homage to the golden age of crime. Like a lot of people, I grew up reading Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, and the ilk, and loved reading the Maud Silver books by Patricia Wentworth. So I really wanted to write books, (but set in modern times) that paid tribute to the ‘proper’ or ‘classic’ whodunit. So they have all the ingredients that Poirot or Miss Marple fans would want. That is: a puzzling, seemingly impossible murder to try and figure out; the requisite 4-6 suspects to chose from; a real character/amateur sleuth to guide you through the storyline and proper clues as well as red herrings galore! My only worry is that, since the genre is slightly different, some readers who prefer police procedural won’t appreciate Jenny. On the other hand, I think there are a lot of readers out there who will probably be glad to read some ‘proper’ whodunits!?

5. Is the lead character as unique as Hillary?

Jenny Starling is every inch as unique as Hillary Greene but in a vastly different way. She’s a travelling cook, who gets called out to cater events, and then ends up with a very inconvenient corpse in the cooking sherry – or whatever- which makes her very cross indeed! All she wants to do is cook and eat chocolate cake (can’t think who inspired her character….ahem!) So she has to set about finding a killer whilst still cooking up a storm, and does so with a fair bit of humour. The books are much lighter in tone than the Hillary Greene series, and the emphasis on these books is much more orientated towards solving the puzzle. In a way these were much harder to plot and write, because so much is riding on finding a way to murder someone in a way that seems impossible! And then littering the storyline with clues that readers hopefully won’t pick up on. (And I’m pretty sure my brains aren’t on a par with the likes of Christie, Ngaio Marsh, and all the other golden age greats!) So I’m always worried and biting my nails wondering how many people will have figured out ‘whodunit’ instead of still being in the dark when the great dénouement scene comes around.

6. How many books are we to be treated to in this series?

I’ve written seven Jenny Starling mysteries, and three Monica Noble novels. Monica Noble is a vicar’s wife (she used to be a business woman) who falls in love with a gorgeous vicar and moves to a small country village. In the first of the books, she holds a garden party to welcome the new residents of the old vicarage, which has been converted into flats – and someone is murdered. These are also traditional whodunits of the country house-type genre. I’m sure American readers would think of them as quintessentially ‘cosy’ English country village murder mysteries.

7. Are they set in the same area?

All the Jenny Starling and Monica Noble books are set in modern times, but I deliberately wrote them with more of old-world sort of feeling. A sort of golden-age whodunit – but set in today’s world

8. Finally, is there anything you would like to say to your readers who have supported you over the Hillary Greene Series?

I would really like to thank all my DI Hillary Greene readers for their wonderful support. So many took the time to write reviews and blog about her, and I have no doubt this helped the series to reach more and more readers. I really am amazed and truly humbled by all the kind things that have been said about the books and Hillary, the whole world over. It’s just gives me a lovely feeling to think that she’s given reading pleasure to so many people.


HILLARY’S FINAL CASE a gripping crime mystery full of twists

Available from AMAZON

 

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 TRAJECTORY.”

Can Hillary finally close the case of the missing young women? 

Can she take down one of Oxfordshire’s most wanted criminals?

Can she handle her new boss?

Can she help one of her team get answers on his long lost sister?

And will she really get married and leave her beloved boat?

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS IN THE FINAL HILLARY GREENE BOOK

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.

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

My thoughts

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.

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: HILLARY’S FINAL CASE


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.

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