Today I am very pleased to have been asked to open the blog tour for Faith Martin’s new book Murder in the Garden, which is book 9 in the DI Green series of books.
The book was published by Joffe Books on the 22nd February 2018.
About the Book
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.
Edward Philpott is found bludgeoned with his own spade in the garden of the home he shared with his daughter Rachel and his two grandchildren. Hillary’s only lead is a rival at the village flower show who used to argue with the victim about the size of his vegetables. But what dark secrets from the past and present does this village hold?
Hillary has returned to work after the slaying of her boss and is determined to track down his murderer. His pregnant widow is even more determined to get revenge, but will she go too far?
Can Hillary cope with two complex investigations full of extreme emotions, one of which is very close to home?
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely heart-stopping conclusion.
MURDER IN THE GARDEN is the ninth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.
The traditional and world-famous English country cottage garden. A beautiful and ornamental front garden, with a back garden given over to growing fruit and vegetables. Surrounded by hedges and an ancient wall, in summer it would be full of bees, birdsong, wildlife, and colourful flowers, complete with greenhouse, shed, compost bins and lawns.
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. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ACROSS THE NARROW BLUE LINE.”
DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES – I have reviewed all of the books in the series and they can all be found if you click on each title.
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
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
Books 10-11 coming soon!
I have to start this review with a massive warning, if you haven’t yet read the previous book ‘Murder in the Mansion’ and are planning to then do not read this book or review until afterwards (although the main spoiler is mentioned on the ‘about the book’ bit)
This book is set 2 months after the tragic end of the last book, with DI Green returning to work after slowly getting over the death of her boss, the much loved Mel. Hilary is then thrown straight into the deep end of a murder investigation when a man is found dead in his back garden.
This book is a brilliant one based around two completely different investigations, on the one hand you have a murder story based around a flower show, with all the drama and vicious back stabbing that goes with it, and the other story is the investigation into who killed Mel, whilst stopping his heavily pregnant widow also trying to find out what happened and turning into a vigilante.
The main plot is great, where we are taken into the dark underground of flower shows and trying to find the killer through all of this was a great read, I really didn’t work out who the killer was throughout until the massive reveal on the last couple of pages. This was almost overshadowed by the shocking conclusion of the other investigation involving Mel, which was a very apt if unexpected ending.
After reading this book I can’t wait for the next one, which if Joffe and Faith continue as previous then it should be a couple of weeks
To purchase the book click on the link below
About the Author
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! The first 9 books in the series are available now. Books 10-11 coming soon!
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.