Title: Murder In The Garden by Faith Martin
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 22nd February 2018
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.
Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned with his own spade in the garden of the home he shared with his daughter Rachel and his two grandchildren. Hillary’s only lead is a rival at the village flower show who used to argue with the victim about the size of his vegetables. But what dark secrets from the past and present does this village hold?
Hillary has returned to work after the slaying of her boss and is determined to track down his murderer. His pregnant widow is even more determined to get revenge, but will she go too far?
Can Hillary cope with two complex investigations full of extreme emotions, one of which is very close to home?
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.
MURDER IN THE GARDEN is the ninth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
The traditional and world-famous English country cottage garden. A beautiful and ornamental front garden, with a back garden given over to growing fruit and vegetables. Surrounded by hedges and an ancient wall, in summer it would be full of bees, birdsong, wildlife, and colourful flowers, complete with greenhouse, shed, compost bins and lawns.
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 “ACROSS THE NARROW BLUE LINE.”
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
Books 10-11 coming soon!
Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned to death in his beautiful garden. The man seems to have no enemies, apart from a rival gardener. The case has Hillary and her team stumped. With the arrival of a former enemy, Hillary is under more pressure than ever to close this case but she is not working at her best. Will she solve the case?
This series I have to say keeps getting better and better! I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk these last couple of weeks, reading but not really enjoying things but this book knocked that right out of me. I was hooked from the first page. In an ideal world I would have just sat and read it from beginning to end in one sitting but unfortunately, eating, sleeping and generally taking care of my family got in the way.
I will say if you haven’t read the previous book, Murder In The Mansion before reading this one, you really should. I personally didn’t and OMG did I get such a shock at the beginning! I’m not going to tell you what happens but I think you should read the synopsis first.
I feel really sorry for Hillary. She’s not herself and with the hiring of new superintendent Brian Vane, an old enemy of hers, it doesn’t seem to be looking up for her. On a positive note, she may well be seeing the back of DS Frank Ross, a constant thorn in her side.
There is never a dull moment in this book, it was emotional, tense and gripping. I can’t wait to see what Faith does with this series next!
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! The first 9 books in the series are available now. Books 10-11 coming soon!
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.