BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Brass in Pocket by Stephen Puleston

Stephen and myself would like to say a very big THANK YOU for helping with the re-release of Book 1 in the Inspector Drake series.  We were unsure of what to expect from a relaunch but the results are very good and we couldn’t have done it without you guys.  You really are awesome.

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Ginger Book Geek

Every so often I come across a series of books, where I read one and think ‘how the heck have I not read this series before?’  Well the Inspector Drake series is one such series.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic read. I’ve come to prefer the UK based books as they’re easier to relate to… This is no exception. This was a relaunch and I have been so honoured to be part of the tour.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

I enjoyed the storyline and was kept gripped by what was coming next. There were plenty of cliffhangers that meant “Just one more chapter”! I also particularly enjoyed the chapters with Drake’s family members.  Read more here


Ali the Dragon Slayer

Hooray, I’m in at the start of a series, book one in the Detective Ian Drake series. If you want a quick taster there is a prequel novella The Devils Kitchen which is currently free on Amazon (download).  Read more here


A Bookish Human

The novel kept me intrigued throughout and maintains a steady pace. It is also filled with cliffhangers at the end of chapters which keeps the reader wanting more.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

The book opens with the death of two dodgy policemen on an isolated road. The killer leaves a number four at the crime scene then sends a message to the baffled police in the form of song lyrics. A second murder occurs with the same M.O. and it’s up to Inspector Drake and his team to stop the killer before they strike again.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

I know good crime fiction when I see it and Brass in Pocket certainly is. Stephen Puleston’s writing has a certain realism that can only be explained by experience. After reading so many books you begin to recognize the author’s craft and things that make them unique.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Drake and his team have no clues, no motive. They suspect more murders in the near future.  Read more here


I am very excited to be involved in the relaunch of this brilliant book which is the first book in the Inspector Drake series.

“This is worse than I could imagine,” #mystery Brass in Pocket Over 340

5 & 4*reviews FREE until 20.11  http://hyperurl.co/at6ih7

Brass in Pocket coverBrass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

It is the middle of the night …The road is deserted …A killer is waiting …

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.

The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?

Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.

Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.

Inspector Drake

Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.

Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)

Book 1: Brass in Pocket

Book 2: Worse than Dead

Book 3: Against the Tide

Book 4: Dead on your Feet

Book 5: March 2018


My Review

 


Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

I write mysteries and thrillers.

I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.

I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set.

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

twitter @stephenpuleston
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Brass in Pocket by Stephen Puleston

Stephen and myself would like to say a very big THANK YOU for helping with the re-release of Book 1 in the Inspector Drake series.  We were unsure of what to expect from a relaunch but the results are very good and we couldn’t have done it without you guys.  You really are awesome.

Thank-you-Banner-Blog

Ginger Book Geek

Every so often I come across a series of books, where I read one and think ‘how the heck have I not read this series before?’  Well the Inspector Drake series is one such series.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic read. I’ve come to prefer the UK based books as they’re easier to relate to… This is no exception. This was a relaunch and I have been so honoured to be part of the tour.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

I enjoyed the storyline and was kept gripped by what was coming next. There were plenty of cliffhangers that meant “Just one more chapter”! I also particularly enjoyed the chapters with Drake’s family members.  Read more here


Ali the Dragon Slayer

Hooray, I’m in at the start of a series, book one in the Detective Ian Drake series. If you want a quick taster there is a prequel novella The Devils Kitchen which is currently free on Amazon (download).  Read more here


A Bookish Human

The novel kept me intrigued throughout and maintains a steady pace. It is also filled with cliffhangers at the end of chapters which keeps the reader wanting more.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

The book opens with the death of two dodgy policemen on an isolated road. The killer leaves a number four at the crime scene then sends a message to the baffled police in the form of song lyrics. A second murder occurs with the same M.O. and it’s up to Inspector Drake and his team to stop the killer before they strike again.  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

I know good crime fiction when I see it and Brass in Pocket certainly is. Stephen Puleston’s writing has a certain realism that can only be explained by experience. After reading so many books you begin to recognize the author’s craft and things that make them unique.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

Drake and his team have no clues, no motive. They suspect more murders in the near future.  Read more here


I am very excited to be involved in the relaunch of this brilliant book which is the first book in the Inspector Drake series.

“This is worse than I could imagine,” #mystery Brass in Pocket Over 340

5 & 4*reviews FREE until 20.11  http://hyperurl.co/at6ih7

Brass in Pocket coverBrass in Pocket (Inspector Drake #1) by Stephen Puleston

It is the middle of the night …The road is deserted …A killer is waiting …

Two traffic officers are killed on an isolated mountain pass in North Wales. Inspector Drake is called to the scene and quickly discovers a message left by the killer – traffic cones in the shape of a No 4.

The killer starts sending the Wales Police Service lyrics from famous rock songs. Are they messages or is there some hidden meaning in them?

Does it all mean more killings are likely? When a politician is killed Drake has his answer. And then the killer sends more song lyrics. Now Drake has to face the possibility of more deaths but with numbers dominating the case Drake has to face his own rituals and obsessions.

Finally, when the killer threatens Drake and his family he faces his greatest challenge in finding the killer before he strikes again.

Inspector Drake

Detective Ian Drake is an inspector in the Wales Police Service and is based in the northern division headquarters near Colwyn Bay on the coast. North Wales is a large area that stretches from the coast to the border with England. It is an area rich in history and great scenery.

Book 0.5: The Devils Kitchen (a prequel novella)

Book 1: Brass in Pocket

Book 2: Worse than Dead

Book 3: Against the Tide

Book 4: Dead on your Feet

Book 5: March 2018


My Review

 


Author photoAUTHOR BIO:

I write mysteries and thrillers.

I have published the first novel in a series featuring Inspector Drake based in North Wales and also the first in a series with Inspector John Marco based in Cardiff. The first Drake mystery is called BRASS IN POCKET and the second WORSE THAN DEAD. The third, AGAINST THE TIDE and the fourth, DEAD ON YOUR FEET.

Before turning to crime fiction I had written three other unpublished novels and you can read about my writing and about Wales, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, on my website http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

I was brought up on the Isle of Anglesey, off the North Wales coast and went to school in Holyhead. After a degree in Theology from London University I decided to train as a lawyer and returned to work in the practice run by my father on Anglesey. For many years I worked as a lawyer in a small practice representing clients in the criminal courts and doing divorce work all of which has given me valuable raw material for my novels.

I still live and work in North Wales where the Inspector Drake novels are set.

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk/

twitter @stephenpuleston
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17G6iIA

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: The Perfect Murder by Stewart Giles

#BLOGGERS – AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH you guys really are the very best x

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Black Books Blog

The start of the book is one of the best introductions I have read this year, with a man committing the perfect murder by drowning a lady in a bath tub, but all is not as it seems.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a cleverly written crime thriller … with just a hint of humor. Taylor is a great character… she really gets involved in this case and picks up clues that no one else seems to get. Her ‘gut feeling’ is her guiding light. Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

When another murder is committed, they start to look for connections, but there seem to be none. Has Trotterdown town got a serial killer? And is he committing perfect murders?  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

What I liked about this book was it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was fast paced and easy to read.  Read more here


Sean’s Book Reviews

#guestpost: Extract from Chapter 1


Nicki’s Life of Crime

The story is fast paced,has a number of unexpected twists,a gorgeous setting and some heart pounding danger.There is also a touch of romance but not enough to put off readers like me who read thrillers because they like twists,mystery and hopefully plenty of action.Although this is the second book in the Harriet Taylor series it can be read and enjoyed as stand alone.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

Well now I have read  the book I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all and I LOVED this book!!  For me it is a gritty, fast paced story that held my attention until the very end.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Another fantastic offering from Stewart Giles! If you she read The Beekeeper, read this, if you haven’t, make sure you do. These are (fairly short) easy reading books, with a unsuspecting twist. Read more here


THE PERFECT MURDER
From #1 best-selling author Stewart Giles comes the new mystery set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

COULD YOU COMMIT THE PERFECT MURDER?

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.

Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.

Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.
#netgalley #theperfectmurder @stewartgilesauthor @joffebooks

Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.


BLOG TOUR: The Liar’s Promise by Mark Tilbury

Very pleased to be invited to help kick off the  #blogtour for this brilliant #newrelease by the talented Mark Tilbury.

@bloodhoundbook @mtilburyauthor #crimebook #psychologicalthriller

Available from Amazon UK Amazon US Amazon Australia Amazon Canada

Mark Tilbury - The Liar’s Promise_coverBook Description:

How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man – Of death.

At her wits end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.


My Review

This is a new stand alone thriller by Mark Tilbury.

Mel is a mother struggling with a traumatic past when her daughter suddenly starts to act strangely. 

This is a very clever story with many intricate plots interwoven in its structure.  There are gruesome parts and parts that definitely fit into the psychological thriller category but this is a thriller with a difference but I wont spoil it you will have to read it.

Mel hmmm I didn’t really like her character she came across as a bit neurotic and wishy washy I would have expected somebody a bit stronger for the role.  We didn’t learn a lot about her husband, Tony, he was very much in the background.  Chloe I loved what an inspirational little girl she certainly fitted the ‘gifted child’ role perfectly her character had depth and I could visualise and angelic looking child with so much hidden.  The tall man was evil personified a character you love to hate very expertly portrayed.

All in all a very good read that will appeal to readers of several genres

Thank you to Mark, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.


22782320_512657569088843_1672611666_nAuthor Bio:

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

After serving in the Royal Navy and raising his two daughters after being widowed, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have his fourth novel, The Liar’s Promise, along with The Abattoir of Dreams, published, and The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused re-launched, by Bloodhound Books.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found trying and failing to master blues guitar,
and taking walks around the beautiful county of Cumbria.

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Something Wicked this way Comes by Joanna Larum

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Joanna Larum
#newrelease #historicalfiction @jolarum

Available from: Amazon UK Amazon USA

CoverEdith Coleman gave birth to her illegitimate son just before Queen Victoria died. Her parents think she should count herself lucky to be allowed to remain in the family home but Edith doesn’t think that being treated as a slave counts as good luck, especially as she is regularly beaten and starved while being forced to work in the family laundry. But times change and her parents come to realise that their slave labour won’t be free for ever.


author photoAuthor Bio

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP: Murder in the Village by Faith Martin

Once again these amazing #bloggers pulled out all the stops to help out on this short notice #blogtour you are absolutely awesome and we cant thank you enough. Your help pushed this book to the top of the Amazon rankings (#1 in all its categories) so THANK YOU from Faith, myself and Joffe Books.

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Ginger Book Geek

In short, I absolutely LOVED this book and I absolutely love this series.  I can’t wait to read more about cases involving DI Hillary Greene and her team.  Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait.  I would recommend this series to anyone.  I award this book an easy 5* out of 5*.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

The book itself is a very clever story, with all the usual twists and turns you would expect from one of Faith’s books.  There are also some red herrings along the way to send you down the garden path a couple of times before you get to the end of the book and the stunning conclusion.  Read more here


By The Letter Book Reviews

#guestpost: Introducing DI Hillary Green.

Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Faith introduces other characters, all with the motive to murder, before leading the reader to the final solution. Fast-paced but it allows the reader to make decisions on the probable murderer before the actual perpetrator is brought to justice.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

MURDER IN THE VILLAGE is the fourth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The book has plenty of twists and turns, a great pace for the plot and it is a gripping story – 5stars from me for this one and looking forward to book 5!  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a well written crime thriller. I always recommend starting at the beginning of a series, but this one does well as a stand alone. Each books seems to be better than the last. Read more  here


The Quiet Geordie

It ended on a good cliff hanger, and I’m intrigued where the next story will go!  Read more here


Mystery Thriller Week

I’m not sure how to put this, but Faith Martin writes page turners. Every book in the series is delightful to say the least.  Read more here


MURDER IN THE VILLAGE by Faith Martin

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

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00066]MURDER IN THE VILLAGE is the fourth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
The picturesque village of Lower Heyford, set in North Oxfordshire’s Cherwell Valley, nestles close to the Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Farming country, the village has been in existence in one form or another for over a thousand years, providing a natural ‘ford’ for oxen over the river since medieval times. A mix of thatched and old stone and slate cottages, it is home to local families and rich ‘incomers’ alike. It’s proximity by train to both London and Birmingham make it a very desirable place to live indeed, and both the Oxford canal and the river Cherwell run close to it, making it haven for walkers, boaters and wildlife.

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 “BY A NARROW MAJORITY.”

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
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 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

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.

 

Something Wicked this way Comes by Joanna Larum

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Joanna Larum
#newrelease #historicalfiction @jolarum

Available from: Amazon UK Amazon USA

CoverEdith Coleman gave birth to her illegitimate son just before Queen Victoria died. Her parents think she should count herself lucky to be allowed to remain in the family home but Edith doesn’t think that being treated as a slave counts as good luck, especially as she is regularly beaten and starved while being forced to work in the family laundry. But times change and her parents come to realise that their slave labour won’t be free for ever.


author photoAuthor Bio

I only went to school to learn to read. At age 6, I decided I COULD read and promptly left, by the school gate, the same gate which my mother marched me back through 10 minutes later. So I had to spend the next 12 years at school, learning lots of different things, none of which lived up to the excitement of reading. Wanting to be a writer was a natural progression, because there is nothing as exciting as inventing the story yourself. But it’s taken over 50 years before I dared to present my stories for other people to read. So, here they are! I’ll just creep behind the sofa.

BLOG TOUR: Murder in the Family by Faith Martin

MURDER IN THE FAMILY by Faith Martin

Book 5 in the Hillary Greene series and another brilliant read with intrigue and mystery among the twists and turns that has the reader turning page after page.

Available from Amazon US Amazon UK Amazon Australia Amazon Canada

@joffebooks #netgalley #hillarygreene #policeprocedural #crimebook

Cover FinalAbout the book

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

15–year-old Billy Davies is found dead in his father’s shed. A pair of gardening shears thrust brutally into his chest.

DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this brutal and baffling crime.

How had Billy come into contact with such a vicious killer? Who wanted him dead and why? It turns out that the teenager was not such an innocent young man.

Hillary’s having a tough time at work. She’s been passed over for promotion, and her reliable constable Tommy Lynch is to be transferred out. But Hillary won’t let distractions get in the way of solving crimes.

To catch this killer, Hillary will need to dig deep into the dark secrets of a small community.

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

MURDER IN THE FAMILY is the fifth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
The crime happens in an allotment shed in a small Oxfordshire hamlet. Allotments, or strips of land rented by individuals to grow fruit and vegetables (or flowers for flower shows), have always been popular. During the war years, they were a valuable source of food, and in modern times, their popularity hasn’t waned either, as the growing taste for organic fruit and veg, and ‘getting back to nature’ appeals to a wide range of people. Beekeepers find them very useful too. Waiting lists can be long, as they represent a perfect way to de-stress after a day in the city, and provide a peaceful haven for many people. But in the tiny hamlet of Aston Lea, set in fields of barley, and sheltered from the world and the roads by towering Hawthorne hedges, the allotments are a perfect, secret, quiet place to commit murder.

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 “THROUGH A NARROW DOOR.”

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
MORE COMING SOON!


My Review

I am absolutely loving this Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin.  I think it is, possibly, even better because Joffe Books are republishing them so the next book is never far away.

Following events in the previous book Hillary is acting DCI and Mel has been promoted to the position he lost out on in book 4 due to his relationship with Janine. Tommy is on the verge of leaving for a Sergeant position at another station so the whole dynamics of the team is undergoing change.  Hillary is unsure if she is suited to the DCI position when she is replaced by Paul Danvers and is back to what she is going best: investigating murder.  The case is the murder of a teenage boy and there is a lack of suspects and motives until Hillary gets going and starts uncovering clues.

The book is very intriguing there seems to be nothing to go on all the way through the story so the big reveal in the last chapter is a shock I definitely wasn’t expecting.

Being a mother I am aware of the way teenage friends have each other’s backs in their quest to keep as much from the parents’ as possible and Faith has captured that excellently in this book.  As the team interview person after person they keep hitting brick walls knowing that there is a lot more to the stories than the people are telling and it is up to the team to try to get to the bottom of it.  There is a lot going on which adds to the mystery and keeps the pages turning.

I loved this book but I did feel there was too much reference to events in previous books this might be an advantage for people reading the book as stand alone but for the ones who have read the series it makes it a bit slow going in places.  That said overall another brilliant read and well worth the 5 stars.


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 4 of these, MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL, MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY, MURDER OF THE BRIDE and MURDER IN THE VILLAGE are available now, with the others to very quickly follow.

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