Today is the first blog post of the year, and I am starting my blog up in 2018 the same way I ended it in 2017, with a brilliant new book by Faith Martin. This is the 7th in the DI Hilary Greene series Murder in the Meadow.
The book was published by Joffe Books on the 8th January 2018.
About the Book
MURDER IN THE MEADOW by Faith Martin
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.
Wayne Sutton is found dead by a stream in a beautiful meadow. His head has been bashed in and a red paper heart left on his body. The handsome young artist had a reputation as a ladies’ man.
DI Hillary Greene discovers that there were many wealthy married women buying his paintings and taking ‘private’ art lesson from him. It appears that several of them might have wanted him dead.
Hillary also has a new detective sergeant, Gemma Fordham. Seemingly efficient and pleasant, she harbours a secret agenda.
Can Hillary get to the bottom of a complex case involving jealousy, love, and cold-blooded murder?
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to finish.
MURDER IN THE MEADOW is the seventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
The pretty iron stone village of Deddington. Not far from the market town of Banbury (noted for its famous Banbury Cross of the nursery rhyme “Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross, to see a fine lady upon a white horse, with rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wherever she goes.”) It has an attractive and unusual church, antique shop and hotel, and several pubs known locally for their cuisine. Although not a tourist spot as such, it is a picturesque spot. Water meadows, such as the one where the body is found, are a feature of valleys in the area, and regularly flood in the winter time, adding nutrients to the soil, making them especially lovely in the spring and summer, when they can flower quite spectacularly.
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 “BESIDE A NARROW STREAM.”
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 can be found here
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
Books 8-11 coming soon!
This is the 7th book in the series, all being re-published by Joffe Books with the next 5 coming out over the next couple of months.
I have read all the previous 6 books and loved them all. Due to this being the 7th in the series it really does help if you read them in order as there is so much back story you would have missed.
This story follows DI Greene and her team as they investigate a murder at the edge of the Oxford Canal.
As with real life there are people who have left since the first book and also newcomers, the most recent one being Sergeant Gemma Fordham, who has secrets of her own and requested to work with DI Greene to further her own personal agenda.
The story follows both the murder investigation and also Gemma’s personal vendetta in equal measure, and brilliantly switches between characters so you know what both are doing and thinking throughout the story.
With the main plot being the murder investigation I thought it was really well written and kept me guessing all the way through to the end as there are so many potential suspects, and very little to go on. Through the story there are lots of little twists and red herrings to keep the reader on Hilary guessing and double guessing themselves with who the murderer is.
The sub-plot about who Gemma Fordham really is was well written and added that extra bit of realism to the story as we find out more about Hilary’s ex-husband and it also reminds us that the past is not forgotten and that Hilary has to be careful and alert even now.
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About the Author
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.