Today I am posting a catch up of the reviews that have already been posted for this #newrelease by @faithmartin. This is book 2 in the Hillary Greene series that is being republished by @joffebooks.
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.
‘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. ‘
I’m a big fan of British police procedurals, and this one did not disappoint. I read it in two sittings. I’ll be picking up book 1 in the series, and looking for more from this author.
Hillary is a good protagonist. She has a wealth of experience, a nose for lies and a subconscious understanding of the direction she should take. She is very human with a tangled personal life and worries about of her late husband’s dealings which have real repercussions for her. I like the way she gets despondent about lack of progress in the case but pulls herself together and gets stuck in as it’s something we can all relate to.
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 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.
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!
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.