A little extra post this week with a Q&A from Faith Martin answering all those frequently asked questions. First a little bit about the book. I haven’t unfortunately had the time to read this book but it looks fantastic! I’ll be adding it to my mountainous tbr pile….
Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)
Publisher: Joffe Books
Date Published: 13th April 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.
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.
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.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions by Faith Martin:
Where do you get your ideas from?
It would be nice if ideas came to me in my dreams, then all I’d have to do in the morning is jot them down and hey presto! Alas, this has never yet happened. So, whenever I approach any murder mystery, I start with the basic facts – ie, ‘A’ murders ‘B’ because of ‘C’. I then invent other motives for other characters, chose my murder method, and then add in clues. When you pick up a book as reader, you begin with chapter one and are then, step-by-step, taken further and deeper in the story until you come to the denouement at the end. In other words, you start on the outside of the spider’s web, and work your way to the centre. But as a writer, I start from the central core and work outwards!
What made you decide to write your first book?
I trained as a secretary, but when I was only 19, my parents had a very bad car accident that left them partially disabled. After a few years, it became clear that they needed some long-term help, so I left my secretarial job, and stayed at home as a carer. But I needed something else to do – and since I had always been a creative sort, and had always loved reading books, I decided to try and write one for myself. (As you do!) I started writing romance first, and as MAXINE BARRY was lucky enough to have my first book published by Orion. I then later decided to turn to crime! And now the lovely Jasper Joffe has been kind enough to fight DI Hillary Greene’s corner.
Who do you like to read when you’re not writing a book yourself?
I love reading authors from around the world, and read anything crime-related, except horror (too chicken!) There are some great Scandinavian authors around at the moment (especially in the noir genre), but also some marvellous African and Australian authors. But my very favourites are still golden age authors. At the moment, for instance, I’m reading a Rex Stout novel. But I’ve also ordered from my local library as many copies of the British Library Classic Crime series as I can find. Everyone knows the famous authors, of course, but that era produced some writers who are totally unknown now, but who deserve a renaissance.
What do you like most about being a writer?
There are so many things, it’s hard to put them in any order. I love getting letters from readers, thanking me for a book that they’ve just enjoyed reading, for instance. That always makes my day. And when the postman comes with my complimentary copies from my publisher. There’s something about getting my hands on my newly released novel for the first time that’s absolutely wonderful. And the satisfaction of typing in THE END after months of hard work! What a relief!
What do you most dislike about being a writer?
Not much, to be honest. But being your own boss can sometimes be difficult (you can’t blame the boss when things go wrong, for instance!). And when the sun’s shining, and the dog is looking at you hopefully, it can be hard to knuckle down and finish off that bit in chapter four, when all you really want to do is head out for a ramble in the countryside instead. Also, although it sounds like an old cliché, writing can be a very lonely occupation sometimes. Not just physically – being alone in a room, without work colleagues – but mentally too. When it’s just you and a blank, unhelpful screen, you can sometimes feel as if you’re living on Mars!
About The Author:
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 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.