#Blogtour Murder at Home by Faith Martin

Today I am on the Blog Tour for Faith Martin’s new book, Murder at Home.

The book was published by Joffe Books on the 18th December 2017

About 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.

Flo Jenkins is found murdered in her armchair, a paperknife sticking out of her chest. The old woman was well liked and nothing seems to have been stolen from her home. And it was common knowledge that she only had weeks to live.

Why kill a dying woman? This is going to be one of the toughest cases yet for Hillary to solve.

Hillary also has to deal with a new colleague who has a terrible temper and a rocky past.

With no forensics, no leads, and only a drug-addict nephew as a suspect, will this be Hillary’s first failure to solve a murder?

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

MURDER AT HOME is the sixth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
Set in the town of Bicester. England is famous for its picturesque and unique market towns, many of which date back to the Middle Ages, or even further. Traditionally, they were places where farmers met to trade livestock, buy supplies and sell their arable goods. Nowadays, modern markets are often still held in the streets, and in Bicester, where this novel is set, a ‘street market’ happens every Friday. The main street is in fact called Sheep Street, and a modern sculpture of a cluster of sheep pays tribute to the town’s history. Often these old market towns are lined with architecture that spans the centuries — from timber-framed Elizabeth houses, through to the classical lines beloved of the Georgians, to the more ornate houses favoured by the Victorians. Quiet, attractive and often full of character, these old market towns are very desirable places to live.

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 “WITH A NARROW BLADE.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL – My review can be found here
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY – My review can be found here
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE – My review can be found here
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE – My review can be found here
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY – My review can be found here
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME

My Review

This is the 6th book in the series, which I have read and reviewed all of as part of the blog tours.  To read my thoughts on the other books please click on the links above.

Even though it is the sixth book in the series it can be read as a standalone if you want to, although to get the full back story I would read all of the in order.

This book starts like the previous ones with the murder happening straight away.  This time there is a dead woman who has been stabbed in the chest at home, with no obvious break-in.

Hilary is on the case and determined to find the killer, even if it means going against her seniors who are convinced it is someone and try to make all evidence point to him.

Throughout the books Hilary’s character has developed nicely, and her team have come to be loyal to her, as she shows them respect.  As in real life we have people leaving their jobs and new ones starting, which adds to the reality of the book.  The new character and member of her team looks like they are going to gel well in the team.

The book is so full of twists and turns that I found it near impossible to work out the killer and rule out lots of the suspects.

I am really enjoying this series, and can’t wait for book 7 to come out in the New Year.

I would give this book a well deserved 5 stars.

To purchase the book click on the links below

amazon UK

Amazon USA

About the Author

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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.

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.

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