BLOG TOUR – The Riverboat Mystery #Mystery #CrimeFiction #TeamJoffeBooks @Faith.Martin.nov @Joffebooks

Today it is my turn on the Blog Tour for THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY. This is Book 3 in the bestselling JENNY STARLING series by Faith Martin. Today I would like to share with you Faith’s rationale for writing this book which is already near the top of the Amazon ratings.


Having lived near the Oxford canal all my life – and having already written a crime novel featuring it prominenty (see Murder on the Oxford Canal) I found myself missing a watery theme! But not wanting to repeat myself, I cast around for another subject, and obviously, with Oxford being my home city, the rivers Cherwell or the Thames were an obvious choice. But I didn’t want to set another murder on a barge – and so, after some thought, decided to ‘create’ my own dream craft – and came up with the Stillwater Swan, a made-to-spec smaller replica of a Mississippi riverboat! This, I thought, would provide an ideal backdrop for my amateur sleuth, travelling cook Jenny Starling. Add a parrot (as you do) a (hopefully) very crafty murder-method, the requisite number of suspects and – of course – good food, and there you have the mix for another Jenny Starling murder mystery. I can only hope my readers have as much fun reading it, as I did writing it!


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Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.

“A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women

Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.

Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.

Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour.

Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why?

Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery.

This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.

Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.

FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year.

More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.


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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