DI Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin

Are you looking for a Crime Book? Top of the chart in Australia this is one series you don’t want to miss.
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Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble.

DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton.

The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuous white wedding gown, the young, beautiful redhead had clearly been strangled.

But not everything is what it seems, and the victim turns out to be at the centre of a web of jealousy and intrigue in the close-knit village. Many of the villagers have a motive for murdering her but they’re not giving up their secrets easily.

Can Hillary discover the real reason for this brutal crime and cope with the spiralling revelations about her dead ex-husband? 

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

MURDER OF THE BRIDE is the third in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell. 

What readers are saying about MURDER OF THE BRIDE

“5 Stars – another good page turner from Faith Martin.” Barbara

“Another cracking tale by one of my fast-becoming favourite authors.” Carole Gourlay

“Love this series of books — think Hillary is a great character and look forward to reading more about her and her team.” Nerys

THE LOCATION
North-west Oxfordshire is farming country, and parts of it belong to the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty. Here the river Cherwell wanders through buttercup-strewn water meadows, where both sheep, horses and cattle graze. Spotted with woodlands, meandering narrow country lanes, and home to re-introduced soaring red kites, buzzards and other abundant wildlife, its thatched cottages and ancient farmhouses could be featured on any number of chocolate boxes. But don’t be totally fooled — it’s very much a working environment, and farmers are out in all seasons, tending their crops and livestock. And under the bucolic surface, dark secrets lurk.

THE DETECTIVES

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. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “NARROW IS THE WAY.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
MORE COMING SOON!

Discover your next favourite mystery series now, because once you start, you won’t want to stop.

BLOG TOUR: Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost

‘It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming.’  A ‘must read’ for lovers of Crime Books, Mystery Books, and Psychological Fiction

Available from:

Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Canada  Amazon Australia

Amazon France  Amazon Germany

Cover JPGBook Description:

THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS


My Review

5 out of 5 stars
This is Book 4 in the Neal & Merry series but the first one I have read (which is a situation I plan to rectify at the first opportunity). Although it is part of a series I can assure readers that it works perfectly as a stand-alone.

Some lads on their way home after an night out, a bit the worse for drink, notice a body in the canal. When another body turns up further down the same stretch of water Neil’s team pull out all the stops to find out what happened.

This book is planned out slightly differently to the norm so the murders are at the beginning and the reader is then brought deep into the investigation. It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming. There are many twists and turns as other crimes become tangled up and the team have to sort out the mess and work out what belongs where. It has enough personal and relationship content to make this a very realistic story.

The characters develop well as the book progresses. I love the team and look forward to reading the previous books to learn more about the events hinted at in this book. I especially like Jess, a strong character and a fighter who Ava Merry has a connection with which becomes relevant as the story unfolds.

Definitely worth the 5 stars. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy.


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Author Bio:

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

BLOG TOUR: Their Fatal Secrets by Janice Frost

‘It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming.’  A ‘must read’ for lovers of Crime Books, Mystery Books, and Psychological Fiction

Available from:

Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Canada  Amazon Australia

Amazon France  Amazon Germany

Cover JPGBook Description:

THE EAGERLY AWAITED NEW MYSTERY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JANICE FROST

Two students coming home from a drunken night out see something strange in the river. It is a young woman’s body.

Hours later, a second young woman’s body is discovered on another stretch of the same river.

DS Ava Merry and DI Jim Neal are assigned to both investigations. And they’re joined by a new detective, Tom Knight.

Soon a connection is found between the two dead women. A list of “victims” is discovered in one of their flats. Who will be next and what really happened to the women on this sinister list?

In a thrilling conclusion, Jim Neal fights for his life as the two detectives struggle to solve a complex case involving people with secrets that may prove fatal.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer.

THE DETECTIVES

DS Ava Merry is a young policewoman, recently promoted to detective sergeant. She is fitness fanatic with a taste for dangerous relationships. DI Jim Neal is single dad who juggles his devotion to his job with caring for his son.

DS MERRY & DI NEAL SERIES
Book 1: DEAD SECRET
Book 2: DARK SECRET
Book 3: HER HUSBAND’S SECRET
Book 4: THEIR FATAL SECRETS


My Review

5 out of 5 stars
This is Book 4 in the Neal & Merry series but the first one I have read (which is a situation I plan to rectify at the first opportunity). Although it is part of a series I can assure readers that it works perfectly as a stand-alone.

Some lads on their way home after an night out, a bit the worse for drink, notice a body in the canal. When another body turns up further down the same stretch of water Neil’s team pull out all the stops to find out what happened.

This book is planned out slightly differently to the norm so the murders are at the beginning and the reader is then brought deep into the investigation. It is a fast paced read with intrigue and suspense that make this a gripping, unputdownable read. We get to see life through the eyes of a damaged individual which make this a psychological thriller at its very best with an ‘edge of your seat’ ending you won’t see coming. There are many twists and turns as other crimes become tangled up and the team have to sort out the mess and work out what belongs where. It has enough personal and relationship content to make this a very realistic story.

The characters develop well as the book progresses. I love the team and look forward to reading the previous books to learn more about the events hinted at in this book. I especially like Jess, a strong character and a fighter who Ava Merry has a connection with which becomes relevant as the story unfolds.

Definitely worth the 5 stars. Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy.


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Author Bio:

Janice was born and grew up in West Lothian, Scotland. After completing an English degree at St Andrew’s University, she moved to London where she lived for ten years doing an assortment of jobs. Her passions are reading, writing and walking in Scotland and the Lake District. She lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two sons.

BLOG TOUR CATCH UP: Murder at the University

Book 3 in this series is due for release shortly. Now is your chance to read Book 2 and be ready for the next instalment in this brilliant series.

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

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Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

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. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!



What the Bloggers are saying:

Black Books Blog

This is book two in the brilliant DI Hilary Green series and I was really looking forward to reading it after I read and reviewed book 1 (My blog post of which can be found here.   Even thought this is the second book in the series it can easily be read on it’s own (although book 1 is brilliant so I would still suggest you read that one as well)

Needless to say that this book did not disappoint me in any way as it was a brilliant read.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

#Guestpost: Blog Tour Interview with Ben Thomas


Donna’s Book Blog

I am absolutely loving this series!! I love a good crime thriller series and this is definitely one I’m going to be following!! Read more here


Turn the Page


The Quiet Geordie

This is the second in the Hillary Greene series, but can be read as a standalone. I have not as yet read the first one, but felt there was enough time spent on bridging the gap between the novels.

I really enjoyed the plot and all the twists and turns.  Read more here


Orchard Book Club

Faith Martin is a new to me author. She has a cunning way of setting the scenes, creating believable characters and writing in a way that has you gripped from start to finish! Read more here


By The Letter Book Reviews

As for the case they are working on I certainly couldn’t have figured out who the murderer was. The author certainly seems to spread out the case, Hillary’s personal life as well as working life so you get an even feel of what her life is like.


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘The book is well written and with the blend of both professional and personal, the characters become quite credible. It’s a police procedural as the team interrogates multiple suspects. It’s a solidly paced story that moves much more quickly toward the ending. ‘


My blog post



Author photoAuthor Bio

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! And the first 2 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL and MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY  are  available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

BLOG BLITZ – Skeletal by Emma Pullar

SKELETAL by Emma Pullar

‘It is a fast paced read with plenty of action and twists and turns. The story is a very realistic one and portrayed a believable scenario of what the future could look like.’

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com

@bloodhoundbook   @EmmaStoryteller   #dystopian #skeletal #5stars

Emma Pullar - Skeletal_cover_1Book Description:

Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.

When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.

Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.

How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?

Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going have the fight to survive.

Skeletal is a disturbing vision of the future and a literary thriller unlike any other.


My Review

I don’t usually read Dystopian genre but I like to read outside my comfort zone occasionally so gave this book a chance.  I think it will appeal to all readers of Crime Fiction and Contemporary Fiction as well as Dystopian.

It is a fast paced read with plenty of action and twists and turns. The story is a very realistic one and portrayed a believable scenario of what the future could look like.

I love Sky she is an independent character who refuses to conform to what the authorities dictate and starts on a mission to find a new life. She is joined in her quest by Bunce who also wants a different future to the one he is destined for. He is a unique character that grows on you as the book progresses.

I am in total awe of the writer of this book. How you think up the characters and plot for a book like this I have no idea but it has been done brilliantly.  There are a lot of ‘hidden’ issues that brought new dimensions to the story.

Many thanks to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.


DSC_3665_lowres (2)Author Bio:

Emma Pullar is a writer of dark fiction and children’s books. Her picture book, Curly from Shirley, went to number four on the national bestseller list and was named best opening lines by NZ Post. You can read her SJV Award shortlisted horror story, London’s Crawling, in the Dark Minds charity collection and her dystopian sci-fi story, Old Trees Don’t Bend, in The Anthropocene Chronicles. Emma has also written three shortlisted stories for Create50 which are awaiting the winner announcement. Her debut novel SKELETAL published by Bloodhound Books is due for release 27th October 2017.

Links:

Twitter: @EmmaStoryteller

FB Page: Emma Pullar Storyteller

Instagram: @emmapullar_storyteller

Website: http://www.emmapullar.com/

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Murder at the University

 

THANK YOU

Faith, myself and Joffe Books would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the #bloggers on the #blogtour for Murder at the University by Faith Martin.  This book has followed the Book 1 into the Amazon top 50 and you helped it achieve this so Thank you you are BRILLIANT.

 


Black Books Blog

This is book two in the brilliant DI Hilary Green series and I was really looking forward to reading it after I read and reviewed book 1 (My blog post of which can be found here.   Even thought this is the second book in the series it can easily be read on it’s own (although book 1 is brilliant so I would still suggest you read that one as well)

Needless to say that this book did not disappoint me in any way as it was a brilliant read.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

#Guestpost: Blog Tour Interview with Ben Thomas


Donna’s Book Blog

I am absolutely loving this series!! I love a good crime thriller series and this is definitely one I’m going to be following!! Read more here


Turn the Page


The Quiet Geordie

This is the second in the Hillary Greene series, but can be read as a standalone. I have not as yet read the first one, but felt there was enough time spent on bridging the gap between the novels.

I really enjoyed the plot and all the twists and turns.  Read more here


Orchard Book Club

Faith Martin is a new to me author. She has a cunning way of setting the scenes, creating believable characters and writing in a way that has you gripped from start to finish! Read more here


By The Letter Book Reviews

As for the case they are working on I certainly couldn’t have figured out who the murderer was. The author certainly seems to spread out the case, Hillary’s personal life as well as working life so you get an even feel of what her life is like.


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘The book is well written and with the blend of both professional and personal, the characters become quite credible. It’s a police procedural as the team interrogates multiple suspects. It’s a solidly paced story that moves much more quickly toward the ending. ‘


MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

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. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!


My Review


Author photoAuthor Bio

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! And the first 2 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL and MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY  are  available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Murder at the University

 

THANK YOU

Faith, myself and Joffe Books would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the #bloggers on the #blogtour for Murder at the University by Faith Martin.  This book has followed the Book 1 into the Amazon top 50 and you helped it achieve this so Thank you you are BRILLIANT.

 


Black Books Blog

This is book two in the brilliant DI Hilary Green series and I was really looking forward to reading it after I read and reviewed book 1 (My blog post of which can be found here.   Even thought this is the second book in the series it can easily be read on it’s own (although book 1 is brilliant so I would still suggest you read that one as well)

Needless to say that this book did not disappoint me in any way as it was a brilliant read.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

#Guestpost: Blog Tour Interview with Ben Thomas


Donna’s Book Blog

I am absolutely loving this series!! I love a good crime thriller series and this is definitely one I’m going to be following!! Read more here


Turn the Page


The Quiet Geordie

This is the second in the Hillary Greene series, but can be read as a standalone. I have not as yet read the first one, but felt there was enough time spent on bridging the gap between the novels.

I really enjoyed the plot and all the twists and turns.  Read more here


Orchard Book Club

Faith Martin is a new to me author. She has a cunning way of setting the scenes, creating believable characters and writing in a way that has you gripped from start to finish! Read more here


By The Letter Book Reviews

As for the case they are working on I certainly couldn’t have figured out who the murderer was. The author certainly seems to spread out the case, Hillary’s personal life as well as working life so you get an even feel of what her life is like.


Linda Strong Book Reviews

‘The book is well written and with the blend of both professional and personal, the characters become quite credible. It’s a police procedural as the team interrogates multiple suspects. It’s a solidly paced story that moves much more quickly toward the ending. ‘


MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

Available from: www.amazon.co.uk  www.amazon.com  www.amazon.ca www.amazon.com.au  www.amazon.de

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN WITH A THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND A COMPLICATED CAREER

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at an exclusive Oxford college. Everyone thinks it is another tragic case of accidental drug overdose.

But Detective Hillary Greene has a nose for the truth. She quickly discovers that the student had been up to some very unusual activities.

With a shocking cause of death found, the case becomes a high-profile murder investigation.

Adding to the pressure, Hillary’s nemesis is transferred to work with her at the station.

Can Hillary keep her cool and get justice for the unfortunate student?

MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY is the second in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

THE LOCATION
The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world-famous university city of Oxford. Unlike many canals which are practically ruler-straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a more winding and natural-looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers. It has several romantically-named locks on its length (such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock) and boasts the ominously-sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first-time boating holiday-makers.

THE DETECTIVES

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. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, ‘Mellow’ Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband (Ronnie Greene). But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job.

DCI Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow
Mel appreciates Hillary’s first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn’t happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he’s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ON THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW.”
 
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES

BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
MORE COMING SOON!


My Review


Author photoAuthor Bio

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! And the first 2 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL and MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY  are  available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

BLOG TOUR: When a Killer Strikes by R C Bridgestock

Today it is my stop on the #blogtour for WHEN A KILLER STRIKES and I am bringing to you a #guestpost which is a letter from DI Jack Dylan himself to the reader.

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“Boss, we’ve got a body”.
Hardly what Detective Inspector Jack Dylan needs to hear on his day off, especially as he’s in the middle of house-hunting with his wife Jen.
Detective Sergeant Vicky Hardacre greets him at the scene, but what awaits them behind the blood red door of Colonial House is undoubtedly a murder. The approach identifies several prime suspects. But who is telling the truth; and who is lying?
Before the killer can be caught, another body is discovered, this time in a putrefying mixture of mud and slime, lain amongst the remnants of decaying food within a waste-bin shelter. Now it’s the task of the man in charge to make the call.
Are the two murders connected?
There’s only one way to find out, and that’s by working long hours, within strict budgets, and the usual pressure from above to obtain quick results.
However, Dylan is distracted by personal matters, with Jen being keen to seal the deal on a renovation project. He suggests they delay finalising the purchase; until he discovers the significance of the house, and that it’s about to be demolished.
In his absence, Jen’s pleas for help from his estranged siblings are answered, resulting in hidden secrets coming to light, as Dylan continues, through a twisting and turning plot, to ensure justice is done in respect of the murder victims, whose bright hopes for the future were cruelly snatched away.


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Letter from DI Jack Dylan himself to the reader

The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.

As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.

Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.

RC Bridgestock are story advisors for BBC’s hit crime drama, Happy Valley and ITV’s award winning Scott & Bailey. They will be featured on the CBS Reality series Written in Blood.


RC BridgestockAuthor Bio:

The D.I. Dylan series of books by RC Bridgestock (Husband and wife writing team, Bob and Carol Bridgestock) comes from a unique perspective of a collective real life experience of high level policing of 47 years. As a career detective Bob Bridgestock worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent of the West Yorkshire Police force.
As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty-three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone.
Bob brings this unique insight and experience from how real life cases are conducted into page turning gripping fiction, aided by his wife Carol, who has 17 years working within the force. Carol brings her understanding and the experience of a partner of a frontline detective to the D.I. Dylan series. This combination adds authenticity rarely seen in British crime fiction, coupled with warmth, humour and humanity.
RC Bridgestock are story advisors for BBC’s hit crime drama, Happy Valley and ITV’s award winning Scott & Bailey. They will be featured on the CBS Reality series Written in Blood.

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