BLOG TOUR: Murder at the University by Faith Martin

Very pleased that it is my stop on the #blogtour for this #newrelease by @faithmartin. This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series that is being republished by @joffebooks.

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

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

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

This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series which is being republished by Joffe Books.

The story begins with the death of a beautiful French student. DI Hillary Greene is given the lead on this case which becomes more complex as they delve deeper into the girl’s history. It is a very intriguing story and the reader keeps turning the pages as we join Hillary and her team in their struggle to find the clues hidden among the false leads.

We learn more about Hillary as life throws more and more bad news at her to add to the mess left behind by her estranged husband. But she won’t be broken and she ‘mans’ up and gets on with the only thing she has left her job.

The relationship between Mel and Janine that we thought was a non-starter in book 1 is very much back on in this book but it isn’t the fun and games they thought it was going to be.

A lot going on and plenty of red herrings and twists and turns this is turning into a series a crime fiction lover won’t want to miss.

Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy


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: Murder at the University by Faith Martin

Very pleased that it is my stop on the #blogtour for this #newrelease by @faithmartin. This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series that is being republished by @joffebooks.

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

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY by Faith Martin

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

This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series which is being republished by Joffe Books.

The story begins with the death of a beautiful French student. DI Hillary Greene is given the lead on this case which becomes more complex as they delve deeper into the girl’s history. It is a very intriguing story and the reader keeps turning the pages as we join Hillary and her team in their struggle to find the clues hidden among the false leads.

We learn more about Hillary as life throws more and more bad news at her to add to the mess left behind by her estranged husband. But she won’t be broken and she ‘mans’ up and gets on with the only thing she has left her job.

The relationship between Mel and Janine that we thought was a non-starter in book 1 is very much back on in this book but it isn’t the fun and games they thought it was going to be.

A lot going on and plenty of red herrings and twists and turns this is turning into a series a crime fiction lover won’t want to miss.

Thank you to Joffe Books for the advance copy


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: Closer to Home by Helen Hammersley

Thank you to Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the #blogblitz for this brilliant book set on my home turf of South Yorkshire. A gripping read with twists and turns and a curve ball ending – well worth the 5 stars.

CLOSER note final.jpgBook Description

Family. Secrets. Murder.

Newly promoted DI Kate Fletcher has reluctantly returned to her home town after a twenty-year absence and a recent divorce.  The discovery of a child’s body near the estate where Kate grew up has her rushing back to Thorpe – a place of bad memories and closed mouths.

As her team investigate the murder, they keep hitting dead ends. The community is reluctant to reopen old wounds and retell old stories.  But Kate’s history refuses to stay buried.

Then another child disappears…

Can Kate solve the case and right the wrongs from her past?




My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book.  I am South Yorkshire born and bred and it was lovely to read about the area I am so familiar with.  The book is really well written and I loved the characters.  It is very much Police Procedural and again I loved reading about the processes and hierarchy in the Police Force.

Kate was a teenager during the troubles of the miner’s strike  which caused her, and her sister, to be bullied at school.  When the family moved away from Thorpe she thought her troubles were over.  However, fate decided differently and she is promoted to DI in Doncaster and is thrown straight in to murders in the village of her childhood.

The team struggle to find a way forward with the case as they hit dead end after dead end.  Little do they know that they are looking in the wrong direction.  Team members have their own ideas of who they like for the crime and they are all wrong,  Raymond, DCI tries to persuade Kate away from her gut instincts and tempt her down what he thinks is the right path but Kate is not convinced.

As the dots are slowly joined up the pace of the book increases as the team rush to get to the killer before it is too late.

A very good read.  It lacked some of the gore and adrenaline pumping suspense that I love which lost it a few marks but it was still an extremely gripping read,

Thank you to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.


71hGlqTwy1L._UX250_Author Bio:

Heleyne Hammersley was born in South Yorkshire but has lived in Cumbria for the last twenty years where she sometimes teaches English and often walks on the fells.

She has been writing since junior school – her first work was a collection of poems called Give Them the Works when she was ten years old. The poems were carefully handwritten on plain paper and tied together with knitting wool. Since then she’s gone on to complete a number of creative writing courses with the Open University and she is a regular NaNoWriMo participant.

The idea for her first novel, Forgotten, came about while on an extended holiday in China and South-East Asia in 2001.

Heleyne’s second novel, Fracture, again features travel. Set against the backdrop of the Great Ocean Road this tense psychological thriller centres around a fatal road trip.

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