#Review Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov

Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Book Description:

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.

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

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

MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION:
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.

THE DETECTIVE:
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 EXIT.”

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

THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.

Books 12-17 coming soon!

Review:

Hillary has decided it’s time to retire and nothing is going to change her mind but Commander Marcus Donleavy is giving it one last try to get her to stay, a murder case. Michael Ivers works for newspaper distribution warehouse and is widely known to be a Lothario, an awful boss and a gambler that was until he is found dead with his head caved in. There is an unpleasant surprise when Hillary and her team arrive at the warehouses in the form of her old DS and general pain in her backside Frank Ross. Will she solve the case before she retires?

So I’m reading this ahead of the blog tour for the next book Murder Never Retires which starts on Thursday.

Another entertaining and enjoyable read from Faith Martin! Last year, when I read the first novel in the series, Murder On The Oxford Canal, I honestly didn’t think I’d enjoy these books as much as I have done so far. I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for introducing me to the fantastic series.

Poor Hillary! In her heart she doesn’t want to retire, the thought terrifies her but after the majority of her team has left and feeling that she is compromised as an officer she feels this is the only way.

I loved the re-introduction of Frank Ross, a character, even though he’s a nasty piece of work, I kind of missed from the last book. The obvious antagonism between him and the rest of the team makes it even more entertaining to read.

The case is a tough one, with no obvious suspects. Then we have Brian Vane in the background, her former boss who’s being transferred up to Hull but still wants to take revenge on Hillary (see previous two books, I don’t want to spoil it for you). Altogether it makes a gripping and enthralling read.

I think this has to be one of my favourites in the Hillary Greene series and while I know there are more books, which I’m happy about, even if there wasn’t this still would have been a good ending.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different penAuthor photo (1) 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 11 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.

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