Title: Murder By Fire by Faith Martin.
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 20th March 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural.
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.
David Merchant’s body is found in a bonfire in his back garden. David was a publisher and devout Christian. Who would want to kill this seemingly very decent man?
DI Hillary Greene faces one of her most puzzling cases as she struggles to find anyone with a strong motive to kill the pious publisher.
Them, as Hillary unearths greedy business partners and an estranged son, her focus is diverted when a new team member is targeted by a vicious gang.
Hillary’s under massive pressure and will she finally crack? And if she does, where will she go from here?
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.
MURDER BY FIRE is the tenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
Kidlington itself, the home of Thames Valley Police HQ. Almost regarded as a suburb of Oxford, there is some debate in Kidlington whether it is a town or a village! If it’s a village, it’s a very large one, with supermarkets, garages, plenty of pubs and a small shopping centre. It sits on a plain that was once devoted to farming, with several small satellite villages around it, such as Hampton Poyle and Yarnton. It also has a small airport, once known as Oxford Airport, but recently renamed to include London in the title!
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 POINT OF VIEW.”
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
Books 11-17 coming soon!
I want to thank Joffe Books for my advanced copy of this book and Jill Burkinshaw for organising this blog tour.
Wow, I can’t believe we’re already on book ten in the Hillary Greene series! I would recommend that you read at least a few of the other books in this series before reading this one, just to get a better understanding of the characters and setting.
The book opens with quite a grisly murder with a body being found on a bonfire in the victims own back garden. David Merchant is a publisher and devout Christian who seems to rub people up the wrong way but who would hate him enough to murder him?
Meanwhile, Hillary is still dealing with her boss Brian Vane who is still hell bent on making her life a misery. Added on top of that she has cope with a new team member, DC Mark Chang. Her other DC Keith Barrington seems to be having a crisis, does he want to stay in the police force or not?
Sometimes it’s nice to dip back into a series like this, like putting on a pair of comfy slippers. I know the characters, I know the setting and I know I’m going to enjoy it.
It is a fast paced, easy read that leaves you wanting more.
Yes there’s a few issues. I felt this was more of a novella than a full length novel and I didn’t think it had the usual amount of intrigue that I’ve come to expect from Faith’s novels but that of course is just my opinion. Also there was a good smattering of Americanisms, which is one of my top no-nos for British novels.
At the end of the book Hillary is also dealing with her own crisis which leads nicely into the next book which I’m looking forward to.
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 10 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.