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Faith Martin is a amazing mystery writer! And this series is my current favorite of this type. Only Colin Dexter and his Inspector Morse books top her....and not by much. Both authors take me back to Oxford in the first few pages and hold me there until each book ends. Now, I'll wait impatiently for the next book!
5 starsI read the Kindle edition.A sniper with a grudge versus the police is on the loose and slowly making his method towards the Thames Valley Constabulary near the Oxford area. The police officers there are on edge.DI Hillary Greene receives a note from her superior, Paul Danvers, about a murder. Responding to the call with DC Keith Barrington and the rest of her team, they search the murder occurred in the nicest house in the village. The victim is a Mrs. Mathilda “Mattie” Jones. She was stabbed multiple times. Upon interviewing the neighbors, they lean that Mattie was the type to create opponents and a lot of of the neighbors could be counted amongst them. Keith finds several poison pen letters in Mattie’s jewelry e letters are traced to Mattie’s sister, Fiona Cartwright. She is a hateful individual who is abusive to the police. Then a witness come into the police station and tells Hillary that she saw a vehicle parked in front of Mattie’s house at the time of the murder. There was a blond woman sitting in the car. It turns out to belong to Rachel, Mattie’s soon-to-be ex-husband’s secretary and bit on the side.DS Gemma Fordham is still sneaking around with her own agenda for being with Hillary’s team. But Hillary is on to her and Gemma begins to suspect that she might be. Is she being paranoid? DS Frank Ross is still being sloppy and relatively lazy and ter interviewing Mattie’s boyfriend, Hillary gets an idea. Now all she had to do was prove it. The identity of the assassin comes as small surprise, but the fun is in getting there.And the book ends on a very sad is book is very well written and plotted as are all of Faith Martin’s novels. I truly enjoyed it. The story starts out with a bang with Mattie’s murder, and the suspense continues throughout the book. The squad gets along well with Hillary at the helm. There are moments of irritability showing through when Frank acts up or with Gemma’s “undercover” activities. Ms. Martin keeps getting better and better. Very well done and hold writing!!I wish to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this amazing book to read and enjoy.
A lot of thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. I look forward for the next book in this crime fiction series. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my EASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “DOWN A NARROW PATH.”A fatal stabbing of a wealthy almost-divorcee leads DI Hilary Greene and her squad into investigating her somewhat convuted life. The woman, Mattie Jones, was almost divorced, had a boyfriend, was arrogant, and downright mean at times. Not surprising that when talking to neighbors, no one liked her very much.Heading up the list of suspects is her husband, who also has a much younger girlfriend, and a huge insurance policy on his wife's life. But he's not the only suspect, and Greene and her colleagues have their hands full seeking out the ere is also a sniper loose ... and he's targeting police officers ... mostly on their own turf. Who's next ... and will it be one of Greene's team?This series has become a favorite. Green is such a solid hero ... yes, she has her quirks, but she never seems to lose her humor, and she has such a method of reading people. She has a boyfriend, of sorts, but she really doesn't wish to share her zone with anyone. The rest of her squad lend an air of credibility to the though this is 8th in the series, I highly recommend starting at the beginning ... go for a reading marathon! Each book is well-written with twists and turns .... usually with an ending that you never see coming.4.5 Stars
Book DescriptionMeet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch ttie Jones is found brutally stabbed to death in her palatial home. Hillary Greene is called in to investigate the murder of this wealthy woman. Who wanted her dead and why?Hillary discovers that Mattie’s snobby attitude had created her a lot of enemies. Mattie was also going through a messy divorce and had a secret anwhile, in a terrifying turn of events, police officers are being gunned down outside their stations. A sniper is on the loose. Who will come under attack next?Can Hillary cope with the opponents within, a complex case, and the whole force under attack?My ThoughtsMurder in the Mansion was my introduction to DI Hillary Green and author Faith Martin. There are two main plots as well as several minor ones that unfold over the course of the book. Who killed Mattie Jones and why is a sniper killing seemingly random police officers?My favorite mysteries are well-crafted stories with a lot of layers and enough suspects to hold me guessing “ who done it” until the end. Faith Martin did not disappoint as the characters had enough backstory to ensure I understood why they acted the method they did individually and as a team( DI Green's team). There were quite a few twists and turns and while I did figure out certain aspects of the story, the ending took me by surprise. This was an enjoyable read and when I finished, I wanted to read more books in the series, which is always a amazing thing to ank you, Faith Martin, Joffe Books and NetGalley for the digital copy to read and review.
The force is under attack by an unknown sniper, officers have died. Hillary and her squad along with the rest of the force are nervous.A woman has been been brutally stabbed to death in the hallway of her home. Hilary starts the investigation e woman, Matilda Jones,is in the processs of divorcing her husband Barry and at first he becomes the prime ever when the investigations throw up evidence of sibling jealousy and secrets from Matilda`s past the pool of suspects is is a well plotted murder mystery and I think one of the best in the DI Hillary Greene ere are twists and turns aplenty and just when the officers think they are safe following the snipers capture another would be assassin has an officer in his sights.I can`t wait to read the next book in this series after the shocking end to this anks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.I would definitely recommend it, you won`t be disappointed.
This is book 4 in the Hillary Greene series. The books will work very well as stand alone but a better reading experience will be accomplished by reading them in sequence.Hillary is a dedicated DI and is still dealing with the fallout from a poor marriage to a bent copper who died leaving Hillary with his mess to clear up. She is living on a Narrow Boat on the Oxford Canal while working her method through the fall out from Ronnie's death. She survived investigation by the IPC and is fighting off a court action resulting from her Ex-husband's illegal e is well thought of within the department and leads her squad with compassion and guidance. Janine is not impressed with having Hillary as her 'boss' and her relationship with Mel causes issues for everyone. Despite this Hillary still has her is story is very intriguing and moves along beautiful quickly with a lot of twists and turns and unexpected happenings popping up to hold you turning the pages.I love how this series is progressing. The books have a small humour interwoven in the story and very special characters that create up Hillary's diverse team. Well written, gripping and a small light humour thrown in what more could a reader ask for? Well worth the 5 stars and looking forward to book 5.
The body of a man is found in his kitchen under suspicious circumstances. Meanwhile rumour has it that one of the local thieves has got his hands on more than his usual set of tools of the trade. Somehow there is a mole in the camp so things have to be kept underwraps. DI Greene is a very likeable hero that you take to easily. Her squad are a mixed bunch from Janine who is having a relationship with the Hillary superior to Frank who can’t really be relied on but has a amazing set of “nouses” to hold him informed. When a stakeout takes place, Hillary gets slightly more than she bargained for. This is one of a series by Faith Martin, each one being a very enjoyable read. They could stand alone but why miss out on other perfect reads? They have a solid plot line, believable characters and a small humour along with enough background to hold the reader interested without overdoing things. I love “puff the tragic wagon”- very clever! A very enjoyable simple read.I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
This is the fourth book in the DI Hillary Greene series, it could be read as a standalone though I`d definately recommend reading them in order as then you can hold up with the private stories of Hillary and her squad which run in the this offering we have the investigation into the murder of the local political candidate, which throws up plenty of suspects and the killing of a local drug dealer, Lee Fletcher, who in the past has always managed to evade prosecution.Lee was the topic of a police raid involving Hilary`s Superintendant Raleigh, a man she has had a poor feeling about since his arrival. As it turns out rightly seems whatever could go wrong on the raid did and in the process Hillary is shot. Whilst on sick leave she determines to explore the truth about Superintendant is is a well thought out plot and moves along at a quick pace, holding the readers interest and is a amazing addition to what is quick becoming one of my favourite series.
5 starsDI Hillary Greene gets a case involving a minor politician who has been murdered. The man’s name is Malcolm Dale and he was battered to death with a blunt object. He lived in an affluent section of Oxfordshire. The body was discovered by his secretary. His wife is not at home at the time of the the same time, her fresh boss’ boss Superintendent Jerome Raleigh has his sights set on capturing one of Oxfordshire’s major crime bosses, Fletcher. He will go to almost any lengths to catch him. When his raid on Fletcher’s put goes sideways, he scrambles to create it look right.Hillary and her squad interview possible witnesses, friends, acquaintances and relatives of Malcolm Dale. They learn that Mrs. Dale’s alibi does not keep water. They also interview the victim’s political rival George McNamara. He seems a amazing suspect. The assiduously follow the clues and work the case very e identity of the murderer comes as a true surprise, but not near as surprising as the killer’s is remarkable novel is both well written and plotted. It has just the right amount of action. I like DI Hillary Greene very much and I appreciate the method she gets along with her team. Her relationship with her boss, DCI Mel Mellow is solid and professional. Hillary has both compassion and empathy, not only for the victims, but also for her squad members. She suffers DS Frank Ross with amazing humor and works well with squad member Janine, even though Janine’s relationship with Mel is ill-advised at best. I like the method Ms. Martin injects small bots of humor here and there: “Puff the Tragic Wagon” is her nickname for her older VW Golf. Faith Martin is a brilliant writer and I can hardly wait for the next novel in the series to come out.I wish to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this amazing book to read and enjoy.
DI Hillary Greene is called out to a murder of a local candidate for office. Hard to see who could be responsible. Her squad is working every angle but coming up with nothing. In the mean time Hillary is called out to a raid on a drug dealer. Those armed are to go in first and then when clear the unarmed go. The squad leader has decided to go before the coast is clear. Out comes an armed suspect and Hillary is shot in the hip. The more she thinks about it as she is recovering the more she wonders why they went so soon. With time on her hands she starts to investigate. Can Hillary solve this point that keeps bothering her and solve the murder as well? Interesting how she is able to do her elimination.
*Thanks to Jill Burkinshaw for the free copy in exchange for an honest review*In this book, Hillary's main case is a would-be politician, who is found battered to death on his kitchen floor. No-one has a straight forward alibi, but no-one seems to have a serious motive for murder. Just as she starts making headway, another case that she's involved with has a fatal development, and everything grinds to a n Hillary solve two cases at once?This is the fourth in the DI Hillary Greene series, but can still be read as a standalone, however this is the first one where I've felt I'd feel I'd missed something if it was my starting point. I would say that you'd possibly be better at least reading book 3 to obtain a better grip on the storyline.I felt a small allow down by the storyline on this one. I still enjoyed it, but it felt a bit rushed, and I didn't have fun the cases as much. It was amazing to see a bit more of the other characters but I was left wanting more Hillary ended on a amazing cliff hanger, and I'm intrigued where the next story will go!
I really enjoyed this book. The story weaves together two separate cases, during one of which DI Hillary Greene is shot. Although this can be read independently as a stand-alone, it is enhanced by the development of Hillary's hero in previous books--her honesty and perseverence and her ability to think clearly under stress. Some loose ends from previous books are also resolved in an unexpected way. Perhaps because of the method it builds on the previous books as well as the solid presentation of the current cases, I search this to be one of the best in the series thus far. The gentle progression throughout the series has added to the enjoyment of each book, and I look forward to what will happen next.I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Interesting and enjoyable story. Hillary Greene is a fascinating character. She is portrayed as very human, a fast mind, dogged and with a true sense of humor. She is honest to a fault although she is severely tempted by a cache of cash from her deceased ex that she knows about. In this book Hillary solves two murders, the one a political candidate beaten to death in his own kitchen and a drug dealer who had consistently managed to escape the clutches of the law until a fresh deal is raided and he is shot to death by someone unknown. Hillary takes on her own supervisor in this story and brings boh cases to a successful conclusion.
MURDER IN THE VILLAGE by Faith Martin. Joffee Publishers.DI Hillary at forty four , was she to scared of boredom, and loneliness to retire from being a cop. Another murder, 2 women with alibis full of holes. Raleigh could have figured out she was digging up information. He had something of hers she valued. Would the cash be there, at least she still had a job, for now. Readers will have fun this fourth book by her. Amazing mystery from the beginning. Given ARC. for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
I really enjoyed this book, this is certainly a series I am thoroughly enjoying and was delighted to search out that hot on the heels of this book, the next one is due out very soon!The plot was amazing in this book as normal and I loved the hero development in this book and Hillary is an perfect hero with a lot of baggage!The book has plenty of twists and turns, a amazing pace for the plot and it is a gripping story - 5stars from me for this one and looking forward to book 5!
An awesome series with a powerful female character. An inspector in the Thames Valley Police, Hillary Greene has in impeccable record of solved cases. It hasn't been simple for her since she's had to defend herself in an investigation of her husband , a bent police officer in the department. This series sees Hillary and her squad members who all have private issues, as they work the cases and arrive at solutions. All the books are hard to place down and are highly satisfying reads.
Amazing series! Why all the name changes? I've purchased and read books 1-8. Book 9 was supposed to be Across the Narrow Blue Line. But wait, it's not. Book 10 is listed as A Narrow Point of View. I can't search it. Why? I'm just going to give up soon!
DI Hillary Greene is known for her ability to focus on info others miss, her skill in leading her squad and the mentoring she provides to her younger colleagues. Murder in the Garden does not start on a amazing day for Hillary. Two months have passed since her close mate Mel was murdered and while the police believe they know the identity of the killer, without evidence connecting him to the crime, a lot of fear this will become an unsolved cold case. Hillary is grief-stricken and her usual razor-sharp focus wavers as she attempts to solve her current assignment while trying to help Mel's pregnant widow, who is determined to unmask her husband's assassin even if the police cannot.Hillary and her squad are tasked with investigating the murder of an elderly gentleman in his garden. He seemingly has no true opponents and yet he was killed by a blow to his head with his own shovel. Figuring out the killer's identity is normally what DI Greene does best, however she has returned from leave full of self-doubt and is afraid that she has lost the ability to lead her squad and solve this crime. The story alternates between the movements of Clive Myers, the man believed to have killed Superintendent Philip “Mellow” Mallow(Mel) and the current murder of Edward Philpott. Hillary is constantly drawn away from her case as Janine, Mel's widow continues to disregard instructions to stay out of the Myers investigation. Will there be justice for Mel as well as for Edward?The answers to those questions are what propel the story along and I have to say I was rooting for both murderers to be exposed as well as for DI Greene to search some is is the second book in this series that I have read and DI Greene's hero continues to grow on me. Sometimes I am in the mood for a superman or woman type detective, and sometimes I am enamored by a flawed human being who is amazing with people and cares about those around her. That to me, is Hillary, a amazing detective, and a amazing person. I am looking forward to spending more quality time with her as there are more books in this ank you, Faith Martin, Joffe Books and NetGalley for the digital copy to read and review.
A lot of thanks to the author / Joffee Books / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my EASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “ACROSS THE NARROW BLUE LINE.”DI Hilary Greene is back .. but she's not the same feisty, strong, justie-driven, female detective that she's always been in the past. She's been on a 2-month compassionate leave because someone she's been close to for a lot of years was murdered. The assassin has never been e is determined that she will obtain whoever the assassin is, even though her supevisors have warned her versus getting involved. There's only one person who is more determined than Greene .... the very pregnant Greene tries to obtain her emotions under control and hold the widow out of trouble, she's called in on her first day back to investigate the murder of an elderly man. It looks like he was gardening when someone knocked him in the head with a owing through family and mates is like swimming in concrete. No clues, no apparent motive. Who would wish this senior citizen dead?As I have found with the first 8 books in this series, this is a well-written crime mystery. Hilary and her squad have matured over time, some are now gone but replaced by credible others. There always seems to be a touch of realism to her cases. I like that she's older, experienced, and willing to share those experiences with the younger ones coming up the ladder.
This book is set 2 months after the tragic end of the latest 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 is book is a brilliant one based around two completely various 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 search out what happened and turning into a e main plot is great, where we are taken into the dark underground of flower shows and trying to search the assassin through all of this was a amazing read, I really didn't work out who the assassin was throughout until the heavy reveal on the latest couple of pages. This was almost overshadowed by the shocking conclusion of the other investigation involving Mel, which was a very apt if unexpected ter 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
5 starsDC Tag Chang is a fresh member of DI Hillary Greene’s team. He replaced the disreputable and obnoxious DS Frank Ross who (I’m glad to say), was finally forced to retire.DCI Paul Danvers still has a crush on Hillary. Superintendent Brian Vane is still plotting to obtain even with Hillary after his latest idea e squad receives a call out to a death in a nearby street. A man is burned in a yard fire, with different books scattered around him, also burned. Interviewing neighbors and acquaintances, the squad learns that the man was very strictly religious, had no sense of humor and was not well liked. But who would have disliked him enough to slay him? The pathologist Steven Partridge reveals that he was dead before he was place into the fire. The man was beaten. Dr. Partridge later confirms that the dead man’s identity was David Marchant, the owner of the residence where the murder anwhile, DC Chang’s parents are being terrorized by a vicious Chinese gang. And PC Keith Barrington’s lover’s father has died in rington, Fordham, Chang and Hillary are interviewing witnesses, acquaintances and those who knew any potential suspects. They learn that Marchant had a son named Victor who they cannot locate. In Marchant’s rental house lives an artist named Francis Whyte. His landscapes sell well, but not for much money. He likes doing nudes the best. This enraged landlord Marchant and he ordered him to move out of the eir case moves on slowly. It contains interviewing the trustees of David Marchant’s trust that was set up for his son Victor by Victor’s grandparents. She tells Gemma to pull out all of the stops and place Victor’s picture in the paper and obtain an APB out for him. It is shortly thereafter that Hillary gets one of her popular e identity of the assassin is kind of a is book is as well written and plotted as Faith Martin’s previous novels. Hillary Greene is a remarkable woman who is a amazing boss; being tough when she needs to be but compassionate as well. Her interview skills are legendary and her solve rate is second to none. I really like this series. Hillary and her ever-shifting squad are delightful, with their small quirks, weaknesses and strengths. Please more, Ms. Martin!! And soon!I wish to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this amazing book to read and enjoy.
A lot of thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley for the advance digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my EASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW POINT OF VIEW.”In this, the 10th book of the series featuring DI Greene and her team, she's called out to investigate a murder. A not so nice guy has been bludgeoned to death and his body laid on top of a fire started with his huge library of e's struggling with this case. David Merchant was a publisher and devout Christian who judged the moral of most people around him. Although the neighbors, co-workers all admit to not liking the man, no one seems to have a true motive to slay him.With all this playing on her mind, her squad is falling apart. One of the squad is being targeted by a brutal gang. Another of her squad has to decide between being a detective or following his lover to a various country. Her supervisor who has a thing for her has admitted conquer and has asked for a transfer. Hillary isn't quite sure what she thinks of that.Hillary’s under heavy pressure and will she finally crack? And if she does, where will she go from here? She's going to have to create a life-altering decision is is a well-written novel, as I've come to expect from this author. It's exciting, full of small twists and turns that hold the reader guessing... and a surprise ending that you never see coming. This has become a favorite series for me. I highly recommend starting at the very beginning. Hillary Greene is an exceptional hero and it's been a fun adventure seeing her grown and mature.4.5 Stars
This is book 10 in the 'Murder' series. It would be helpful to read these in sequence as this book discusses the aftermath of Book 9 but it should work as stand alone.A bible pushing publisher is found burning on a bonfire of his own books in his own back garden and Hillary is on the case. Not a lot of clues and although the man was not liked by a lot of there are not a lot of suspects. The case becomes very tangled as the squad test to follow the few leads they d a fresh squad member being bullied into the mix along with the repercussions from book 9 and Hillary is struggling to cope with all the problems being piled upon her. Keith Barrington also has his issues and with Danvers keeping his distance it seems everything is falling ever, first job is to catch the murderer so onwards and upwards …..Very believable, flawed characters that develop very well over the course of the book with enough twists and turns to ensure the reader keeps turning page after page…Another brilliant addition to the series with an absolute shocker of an ending,
This is the 10th book in the DI HIllary Greene series and like those before I thoroughly enjoyed it.David Merchant a publisher and author is found burning in a bonfire in his garden. An autopsy shows cause of death as a massive blow to the head by a poker.Hillary and her squad explore that David`s pious and holier than thou attitude, although not endearing him to people, doesn`t seem to be an obvious motive for his murder.Hillary`s focus is divided during the investigation when her fresh DC becomes the target of a criminal gang and her old DS Janine Mallow`s involvement in the death of her husbands assassin looks like its about to be created public.Hillary is under preassure and there seems no shortage of issues with the other members of her team.Will she be able to solve the murder? Will she manage to sort everyone elses issues along with her own?The story kept me guessing and I certainly didn`t see the surprise at the end coming. Can`t wait for the next instalment.Another amazing addition to an perfect series, thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.
A lonely religious man is found dead in his garden in the middle of what looks like a bonfire. Although a lot of disagreed with his lifestyle and harsh words, there is no-one who disliked him so much as to go as far as murder. What is going on? DI Hillary Greene and her squad are back in another unbelievable tale. I feel that I almost know these people and really wouldn’t be that surprised if I bumped into them in the street. They come across so well with rounded characters and backgrounds that they live on the pages. Faith makes every story page turnable with interesting plots and characters that you always know that you are in for a comfortable read. Oh the end! I won’t spoil anything but I very much look forward to the next in the series.
There are a lot of things going on in this story that are almost sub-stories within the main story. First,DI Hillary Greene has a fresh squad member now that DS Frank Ross was forced to retire. Then there is DCI Paul Danvers, who has a secret crush on Hillary and of course her boss, Superintendent Brian Vane is still trying to obtain her fired. All that and she has to work cases of murder. A man is found in a fire with books scattered all around him. The pathologist Dr. Partridge says the man was dead before being place in the fire. There is no shortage of suspects as the man was not well liked. Can Hillary's squad search the killer? Things are not working as well as they should with the team. A lot of things going on in this story. How it ends is anybody's guess. I received a copy of this book from Joffe Books, the review is my own opinion.
A thoroughly enjoyable novel, not that Faith Martin writes any other kind. I picked out the assassin early but the info took me a while. As I have said before, I love the method the author takes her protagonists down rabbit trails like true cops before she reveals the real villain. I love the method she interweaves long plot threads in amongst the ones that will be exposed in the current book.Hillary has a fresh squad member and a boss that doesn't have her best interests in mind. Add in a difficult case and she has her hands full.
This is not my favourite of the Hillary Greene series but is still head and shoulders above the rest. I think the reason it did not appeal to me especially was because there are so a lot of "dirty tricks" being played by characters on all levels – even a hero who supposedly "loves" the hero whom he's manipulating. Ugh! In any case (hoping this isn't a spoiler alert), this is an interesting resolution to one aspect of our intrepid heroine's life ... and a lead-in to further adventures.
David Merchant is not a very liked publisher and now his body has been found in his backyard burned with a dozens of his books and framed things from the house. His son, Victor has not gotten along with his father and now cannot be found. Then there is the tenant of his rental who he has told to move because of his painting e murder is not the only issue DI Greene's unit is dealing with at the time. She has a fresh detective Michael Chang who is having some issues with gangs. Then DS Fordham is getting married. Things seem to be changing and lots of pressure for Hillary. Solving the murder should be the simple part.
MURDER BY FIRE by Faith Martin. The opening is like a Sherlock book giving us amazing details,and we are now wondering who this woman was. We have her description, and could feel the despair, when not given the curtisty of her being present. A neighbor noticed an odd smell later that morning, and called it in. Hilary noticed all things pretaing to this man’s private items, books have been burned. She has a record of solving all her cases. This was another case with the info of how, and why it was done. Readers will once again, enjoy, and wish the answers. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest answer.
These books are so entertaining to read. I love getting lost in them and following Hillary's life. There is always some turn in them that I didn't expect. Now that she is retired, I hope the rest of the series is just as amazing
A lot of thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my IS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”Almost impossible to believe, but Hilary has place in her resignation and is scheduled to retire in just a few weeks. Most of her squad have either left or transferred out. And since her best mate was killed in front of her, she just doesn't have the motivation to stay. She spends a lot of time pondering what she will do when she no longer has to chase the poor guys.Her bosses definitely do not wish to see her leave. Her superior comes up with an idea .... place her on a murder investigation. She won't leave in the middle of the case and that will give him some additional time to come up with something else to convince her to e murder victim, Michael Ivers, was brutally killed with a few bashes to the head. Known as a gambler and a philanderer, he wasn't much liked by anyone. The question is ... which of those who didn't like him actually killed him?Complicating the case is the return of ex-Sergeant Frank Ross, now a security guard and ultimately a prime suspect. Since he was forced to retire from the department, he has only become more surly and ere are a lot of suspects to look at. Ross, who may have been blackmailed by Ivers, any number of ladies he has dated and dropped, husbands who may have taken offense of Ivers messing with wives ... partners at work for any number of reasons.Every time I read one of Faith Martin's books, I'm amazed at how well written they are.. and each seems to be better than the last. The mystery is always a puzzle and so a lot of twists and turns with a dozens of suspects keeps me riveted to the story.Hilary is a terrific character. She's an older woman, approaching 50, who is well known for her dedication to catching criminals and finding justice for those left 's going to be an awesome ride when she retires (if she does) and goes onto something else. It will be fun following her adventures.
I really have fun reading this series. Always assured of an interesting plot, perfect believable characters and at least one undercurrent to add a small spice along the way. DI Hillary Greene has handed her message in and is set to retire in a few short weeks. She is looking forward to taking the Mollern, her canal boat, along the unbelievable canal stretches of Amazing Britain. So why is she getting nervous about it all? When a person is found murdered and the nightwatchman is her ex colleague Frank, she hopes she can solve this one before she hangs up her boots for the final time. Superintendent Vane is still worming his method around trying to discredit both Hillary and Janine from the incident in the latest book. This novel does stand alone however some things won’t create sense unless you have read the others- why miss out on some cracking amazing reads?Another unbelievable read from Faith Martin and I look forward to the next ones.
Faith Martin consistently serves up solid mysteries based on logical deductions with fair clues for the reader, and this book is no exception. As Hillary approaches her retirement date, her boss Donleavy assigns one latest murder for her to solve in the hopes it will draw her back into crime solution and convince her to give up plans to retire. Alas, it is not to be, and Hillary solves her latest official crime before her end date and holds quick to her plan. The actual retirement plan is a bit vague--to travel the canals in her boat. Will she grow bored and return to solve cold cases as Donleavy expects or explore crimes on her travels? Thank goodness there are books ahead to respond that question for this is a series that never fails to satisfy, and I definitely look forward to reading more.
DI Hillary Greene has only a couple of weeks left to retirement and just cleaning up those cases still on her desk. Her bosses have another idea. Her group gets the next murder case up. Here we are at an industrial zone with Frank Ross, now retired with Hillarey's support as the night watchman who finds the body. Looks quite evident at first what happened to the victim but sometimes there is more to it than meets the eye. Hillary is as thorough as ever and will uncover the happenings to bring us to his death. She finishes in time to be off on her adventure seeing the canals. A few other things obtain cleaned up also before she leaves. What will being her back? We'll have to wait and see.
In this the second book featuring Ruby Baker and her friends, the story of their lives in 60`s Brighton ry and her baby Summer are still sharing the flat above Johnny`s hair salon with though life isn`t simple caring for Mary`s baby with the sleepless nights and busy days in the salon Ruby still finds time for an occassional night turning home after an evening out they explore a young girl alone at the edge of the waves crying out for someone to "Come back"They rescue her from the beach but after the authorities take over she is placed in the local childrens home as no one comes forward to claim her and the kid refuses to ortly after this a woman, Beverly, who served 10 years in prison following the disappearance of her daughter Ella is e courts and the community were and still are convinced she killed the child.Ella`s body was never found and Beverly has always claimed she was innocent of any verly asks Ruby to investigate and test to search Ella, and so another case begins for Rubys Investigation Bureau.With the support of her mates Ruby sets to work to explore what really happened to Ella, is she alive, was Beverley framed, who is the kid found on the beach?This is a really enjoyable read with likeable characters and a well thought out storyline. The atmosphere of 60`s Brighton is captured so well.I`m looking forward to the next outing of the Ruby Baker Investigation ank you to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.
.Some mates returning home after a night out search a young girl on the beach shouting at at the waves “Come back” but there is no-one that they can see. They rescue her as she is in danger of being swept away however she won’t say another word. Ruby works in a hairdressers with her best mate Mary whom she also shares a bedsit with along with Mary’s baby. A woman comes in who has been in prison for 10 years. Her daughter disappeared and although a body was never found, bloodstained clothing was and she was charged accordingly. Now she wants Ruby to test and search her daughter and who set her up. Set in the 1960’s this brings a refreshing change to the globe of mobiles and internet access. When phone boxes were used and if you wanted to know anything then it was either a mate of a mate or the library. A network of mates and acquaintances prove invaluable to Ruby’s investigation bureau. A well written book to take you back if you are a certain age- or to maybe enlighten you if you are not! We did manage without today’s technology and maybe even communicated on a more private level. A various time. A very enjoyable read.
BEFORE I FOUND YOU by Daisy White. Joffe. Jan 30Coming home from a party, they see a young girl at the shoreline screaming, “come back” the waves are hugh, was she reams still come, but no words, three days and no one else. Beverly asks Ruby to search Ella,she was framed and spent 10 years.Another kid is lost, were there more. A haunting tale of kids taken for his own pleasure. Given to blackmail, and greed, so that no one would denied him. Riveting story of children, and would the end, be the end, and could Ruby search Ella given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Well written story about a mother's find for her daughter after she is released from prison after being convicted of a crime she did not commit, that of abusing her daughter. Returning to the community where public opinion falsely convicted her, Beverly seeks the assistance of Ruby Baker in locating her daughter. As one girl is found and then another, Ruby uncovers a now defunct trafficking ring that had police protection. Just when it seems as though things are winding down, there is one more twist, endangering the lives of Ruby, her mates and the victims of the ring.
This is a story about a kid found alone on the beach in a storm, a mother who served ten years in prison for a crime she didn't commit and of course Ruby Baker our heroine. Beverly Collins has been released from prison, she wants Ruby to prove that she didn't damage her small girl. There was no body found and for all they know she could be out there somewhere. This is a very amazing mystery with some surprises I did not see coming at all. I received a copy of this book from Joffe Books. I have voluntarily reviewed it.
Before I found you by daisy white.A kid found alone on the beach. A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit. Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her mates rescue a kid from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a kid missing, and the girl appears to be so traumatised that she is unable to a unbelievable read. Couldn't place it down. Wanted to know who it commended. 5*.
Having read and enjoyed the previous book, Before I Left, I was looking forward to reading more about Ruby and her friends. I was not disappointed. The characters are wonderful! This has a terrific plot, although disturbing at times. Very evocative of an era I remember well. Looking forward reading more about the Ruby Baker Investigation Bureau in the future – I hope!Many thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.
This is the second book by Daisy White, where the main hero i Ruby Baker is back in another thrilling mystery set in the 60's in Brighton. This was actually better than the first book, looking forward to the next.
This is the third book in the Jackman and Evans series. In this book a fresh hero joins them in the shape of ter Maclean, The sole survivor of a plane crash in which his four best mates perished. He is haunted by their appearances to him and finds a coping mechanism by completing a task for each of them until they finally ongside this are two other investigations for D.I.Jackman and D.S.Evans and the squad to solve. The investigation into the disappearance of the wife of one of D.S. Macleans dead mates and the stalking and kidnap of Superintendant Ruth Crookes neice is is another amazing procedural from Joy Ellis!It could be read as a standalone though I would definately recommend reading the series in order as the characters develop throughout and add so much to the enjoyment of the series. This third book is full of twists and turns, characters that you can relate too and held my interest right up until the final and rather sad ending to the story of clean.I read this book over two days and cant wait for the next in the series as they just hold getting better and anks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an arc. A definate 5* from me.
Amazing to search a author whose work is such a pleasure to read. Davison's beautifully written cozy murder mystery perfectly captures the year of 1900 aboard a amazing liner, the snobbery, the class distinctions, the intrigues, woven in with a murder mystery and viewed through a humble governess's perspective . I love all the well-drawn characters: practical Englishwoman, Fora McGuire, while protecting her young charge from the lurking danger, cuts through all the posturing of a spoiled self-absorbed group of people to search the murderer. She and love interest, Bunny Harrington are charming and promise more romance and sleuthing together. I look forward to reading the next.
Since mysteries are one of my favorite genres I was excited at the opportunity to read a book by an author whose work is fresh to me. That’s why I selected this historical fiction by Anita Davison, Flora’s Secret.Flora’s Secret is the story about a young governess, Flora Maguire, who is accompanying her charge Eddy Vaughn as they journey home to England on the maiden voyage of the Minneapolis. Any hope for smooth sailing is quickly abandoned when Flora finds a dead body at the bottom of stairway. Is it an accident or murder? Spunky Miss Maguire is not one to be easily deterred and will do whatever she can to obtain to the bottom of this man’s untimely death. Thrown into the mix is a shipboard romance with a fine gentleman Mr. Bunny Harrington.I really enjoyed this book. The main characters well developed, interesting and very likable. The author did a amazing job in describing people and scenes. She gave enough info for the reader to imagine the scenes, but not too much. The characters, Flora and Bunny, where very likable; people I would wish to know. I’m hopeful their story will continue in another book. Other characters were intriguing and it was fun to test and figure out who the amazing guys were and the poor guys were.While this book is not from a Christian writer and publisher, I appreciated the fact that the story was told and developed without profanity and sexually explicit scenes. It’s clean historical fiction, a mystery with a bit of romance, that focused on developing characters and the storyline. This was the first book I’ve read by Anita Davison and I look forward to reading more of her books.I would like to thank NetGalley and Aria Publishers for the opportunity to read Flora’s Secret by Anita Davison. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I really enjoyed reading about the romantic relationship that developed between Flora Maguire and Bunny Harrington when they travelled from Fresh York to England on the Minneapolis’ maiden voyage.Flora is employed as 13 year-old Edward, Viscount Trent’s governess on what she anticipates will be an uneventful om the moment Flora first meets Bunny, who is exporting a Panhard-Levassar Laundaulet to England, where he plans to manufacture more of the vehicle, she likes him. On the following morning she wakes up early. “What sat clearly in her mind was the charming young man, with the uninhibited laugh she had met on deck, whose vivid blue eyes had a disarming method of regarding her as though he recognised her from another put and time, although she was quite sure she had not met him before.”While her her charge is asleep, Flora goes for a walk around the deck and discovers a corpse. Almost immediately, she suspects murder. From then on Davison skilfully weaves romance and crime until I couldn’t place the book down because I wanted to know who the murderer was, and whether Bunny and Flora would or would not part forever after they landed.I appreciate Davison’s recreation of the ocean liner, one example of which is her evocative description of the first class dining room. “…panelled in light oak and with a stained glass ceiling that rose through the two stories in a blaze of jewel-tinted light flooded the stage below… while wide windows gazed onto the glistening ocean on one side, and tall gilt mirrors created the room appear twice its size.” After reading this I imagined the well-dressed passengers seated at the same table as Flora and Bunny.Davison also brings to life a huge cast of characters with her deft descriptions.I enjoyed this romantic ‘who done it’ and liked Flora and Bunny so much that I look forward to reading the next novel in the series, Betrayal at Cleeve Abbey.
Another historical mystery series to fall in love with? Yes, please!!!Flora Maguire is a passenger on the maiden voyage of the ship S. S. Minneapolis. She's governess to thirteen year old Eddy and the two are returning to England after a short stay in Fresh York with his family. It's early in 1900 (thanks to Google I now know the maiden voyage began on March 29, 1900) and the globe is rapidly changing. Class lines are beginning to blur. Automobiles are becoming more than just a passing fad. The Strand Magazine is immensely famous and publishing stories by Arthur Conan Doyle on a regular basis -- of which Flora is a large ortly after the voyage begins, Flora comes across the body of another passenger -- dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Although the squad all insist that it was an accident, Flora isn't at all convinced and soon has other passengers (including the slightly nerdy and adorable 'Bunny' Harrington) questioning what really 's a fabulously well-told story with just the right amount of historical info without feeling text-booky and just the right amount of romance without making me wish to hurl. As for the mystery aspect, it felt a bit "Golden Age" in its writing. Of course, since so a lot of of my favorites fit into that original genre, I absolutely love this and look forward to reading more. (Luckily, when I found this on NetGalley I was also able to request the second in the series! Win!)
I'm a long-time fan of this author and truly enjoyed her foray into the cozy mystery world. Her main characters are Flora Maguire, a governess feeling out of put in first class on an ocean liner, and 'Bunny' Harrington, a gentleman. This book does not need heavy-handed, open-door bedroom scenes to present the reader their mutual attraction; small gestures and flirtatious dialogue does the job very well.But not only Flora's and Bunny's characters are wonderfully developed. All the people they come in contact with, especially their dinner table companions, are very complex. Everybody has something to hide, and nobody is who they pretend to ry enjoyable read, and the first part of a series which is very promising.
This is an historical mystery. The time frame is left open, but hinted at through little touches in the story. The horseless carriage is now an accepted innovation; William McKinley is campaigning for re-election as President of the United States and WWI has not yet broken out in Europe. The S.S. Minneapolis is a first-class only “Minnies” steamer traveling between America and England.Miss Flora Maguire is accompanying her charge, Edward, Viscount Trent, back to England after the wedding of “Eddie’s” sister in America. Eddie is a typical thirteen year old boy, whose family is one of the English aristocracy. He is of an age to start boarding school and this leaves Miss Maguire, his governess, somewhat at loose e first person they encounter on board ship is “Bunny” Harrington, a somewhat non-typical English gentleman. He is obsessed with designing and building a horseless carriage for mass production in England. There is an immediate, but subtle attraction between the e fun begins when Flora finds a passenger dead at the bottom of an outside stairwell. She is convinced the man was murdered, but everyone else is just as sure it was an accident. Bunny is intrigued and becomes a staunch supporter of Flora and her is is a well done modern ver of the English mysteries of that era. The characters are well defined and the pace is steady. If you think the ending is a shock, then you will have missed the subtle clues all through the narrative. This is a very entertaining read, well worth your time. 5 StarsReview copy received from author in exchange for an honest review
This is an exciting mew voice in the historic cozy mystery genre. As a longitmemystery and cozy reader, I found that this book was compelling, well paced, and I really like tge hero of Flora, a plucky governess who will not leave well enough alone.Typical plot devices of patronizing women's ideas and thoughts, and playing peek-a-boo with characters who are central to the plot are there but are not distracting. A lot of of the characters we've seen before in related , the grumpy woman with a mousey companion, the honeymooners, the cad, and the actress. What's special is that they method they interact and contribute to the murders solution. My mind changed a lot of times over with twists and turns of whodunit as I read the book. and that's what created this book so good. Complex, with a budding romance, served up in a enjoyable read. I've already started the second book, it was that good.I received this book from Net Galley in return for an unbiased review.
As a long time admirer of author Anita Davison, I was satisfied to read Murder on the Minneapolis, an historical cozy mystery. Flora Maguire is a young governess charged with escorting her employer's young son, Edwqard, back home to England via the oceanliner, The Minneapolis. It is the ship's maiden voyage and most of the passengers are wealthy, except for Flora. Once on board, she meets Bunny Harrington, a well-to-do young businessman who deals with automobiles. When Flora discovers the body of a man at the foot of the companionway, she is embroiled in the mystery and is determined to search out what is story had a bit of everything - atmosphere, mystery, romance, and suspense. I was kept guessing until the end as to the murderer and their motivation. Set on an oceanliner afloat in the international waters between North America and England, I found the story special and intriguing. There were plenty of fascinating charaters that kept me interested throughout - a matronly ascerbic socialite, a steely doctor, and a headstrong captain, to name a few. All scenes were vividly described. The succinct writing created for a quick pace with plenty of conflict and mystery. From begin to finish, I was thoroughly absorbed in the story. This is definitely a 5 star cozy mystery! Highly recommended. Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
One method to make tension is to force your characters into a tight small zone and allow them war it out. Davison, forces her characters to do exactly this in the first installment of her Flora Maguire is historical who-done-it had me turning pages until the end to where the murderer is revealed. Davison doesn't create it easy. She fills the story with enough red herrings to hold the reader guessing until the end.Looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.
I really enjoyed this cosy mystery set in the Edwardian era of steamships and genteel one-up-manship. Flora Macguire is accompanying her young upper class charge on the steamship Minneapolis, when she discovers a body. The explanation that Mr Parnell fell from the deck stairs does not sit well with Flora, who has other ideas. With the support of Bunny Harrington, a motoring nerd with whom she enjoys a burgeoning romantic attachment, she tries to explore what really went on, and if there was a murder, 'who dunnit.' The steamship is peopled with different ghastly characters, a grasping actress, a wealthy dowager, and a young man who seems rather too interested in Flora --- they all have possible motives, and of course the assassin is at huge and a constant threat. I can't give much more away without ruining the plot, but I hope to have more from Flora and Bunny, and look forward to seeing their relationship develop in future sleuthing, and future books.
Gripping story, well thought out, and a amazing read. Mr. Adams either did his homework, or has a background in law enforcement. He knew what a "fatal funnel" was, and was well versed on the firearms mentioned. This book was almost impossible to place down, from the time Darby first looks in to the van, until the end. I like to read at night to support sleep, but this book did not support me sleep. Every time I would place it down, I found myself getting back up to search out what happened next. As soon as I finished it, I got another book of Mr. Taylor's, Eye Shot, and so far, it is not allowing me to sleep either, but the loss of sleep is well worth it.
I totally loved this book and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a amazing read!! I literally could't place it down and I stayed up quite late to [email protected]#$%! in one sitting - there wasn't one dull moment. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and the author never gives away the twists and turns that surprisingly popped up. Just when you think you've got it figured out - Wham!!! Loved the ending!
I read this book while traveling and even during the middle of the day in North Carolina during September, I was leery of stopping at a rest stop. If you have panic attacks, read with caution. This book is that scary!
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Taylor Adams knows how to hold readers glued to the book from the first page to the last. You are taken on a heart stopping ride that has Unpredictable twists and turns. I was so moved by the ending I actually cried!
At the beginning of the book, Detective Matt Ballard is sent a image via one of his team, PC Gemma Goddard. It is the picture of an unsolved murder stage of an 11 year old boy from 25 years earlier, taken prior to the murder. It was a case that Matt was involved with early on in his career, and he is the latest man still working for the s later, another 11 year old boy goes missing. Then more images begin to arrive, including pictures of Matt's personal the assassin back? Or is it a copycat? And why do they seem intent on destroying Matt Ballard?OH. MY. GOODNESS.What a book!Where do I start?Every time I thought things couldn't obtain any worse for Matt Ballard, the author threw even more hardships at him. You really felt he was being driven insane by the killer, and I can't say too much about what happens to him without giving away spoilers.I couldn't place the book down. I read it in one very long sitting well past bedtime. I was well and truly gripped - I NEEDED to know what was coming next. Tightly plotted, quick paced and plenty of red herrings - I loved it!I very much liked the characters, and they all worked well as a team. I would have loved to see them in another investigation - maybe an earlier investigation?
DCI Matt Ballard has been haunted by a case he was involved with 25 years ree 11 year olds boys bodies were found tortured and though the person thought responsible for their murders was killed in a hit and run at the time Matts own mentor and others were never convinced he was the true tt had actually discovered one of the boys bodies himself and it had affected him nearing retirement a boys body is found in circumstances not unlike his old tt and his squad become embroiled in a android game of cat and mouse with the assassin who seems to know private info about Matt`s life as well as having access to photgraphs of areas of the original is is a standalone novel but I`m sure the characters would lend themselves to another amazing has everything you could wish from a crime thriller, the plot is cleverly written and the detail draws you into the investigation. There are twists and turns and a amazing surprise t another brilliant read from Joy anks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.
Twenty-five years earlier Matt Ballard was just staring his career. Three young boys were all killed in the same zone known as Gibbet Fen. The main suspect was killed, but Matt wasn't so sure he was the killer, but then the killing stopped. Now Matt is getting pictures from that zone before the crimes were committed, along with pictures of his very secret and personal life. Who is trying to destory Matt and why? Is it the true assassin or someone else? You will need to read this gripping story to search out. I voluntarily read a copy of this book, the review is my own opinion.
Joy Ellis is, probably, my favourite author and I was very much looking forward to reading this stand-alone book. This book comes shortly after Thieves on the Fens and I absolutely loved that book so much I really doubted it could be bettered but then along comes this one and now I am thinking WOW the books just obtain better and better I wonder what she will come up with tt is haunted by a case a lot of years ago when 3 11 year old boys were brutally murdered. The suspect died before his guilt could be confirmed and there was always a niggle of doubt about whether the sadistic assassin was dead or still out there. He created a promise to his colleague that he would place the case to bed and with retirement approaching his plan is to place the case to bed once and for all.When images begin arriving it calls in to question whether the murderer from the 1990s is actually dead or is still out there. As more images arrive it is clear that someone is out to mess with Matt's head. With his whole squad in danger and everyone running around in circles the race is on to unravel the clues before someone gets tt has lost everyone he loved and has built barriers around his heart but someone is tearing them down and the person behind the images is collecting ammunition to fire as and when he or she sees is book starts at a fast, adrenaline pumping pace and that pace picks up as the book progresses as the reader turns page after page. At no point did I guess the unsub I was as flummoxed as the squad and as more and more people are drafted in to support they all start to doubt if they will ever be able to identify the person behind the clues before someone gets ware the past is a psychological thriller at its very best as the reader is given an insight into the mind of the insane. Joy has made something that I never thought possible. The reader develops a clear insight into the mind of the hero as we journey through a lot of twists, turns, highs and lows we wonder if there will ever be an ending and when we obtain to that ending it is certainly not what I was is is the best book I have read this year if not the best book ever. Definitely worth 6 stars out of 5.
4 and 1 / 2 starsIt is the 1990’s and DC Matthew Ballard is on a stakeout for drug dealers in Gibbet Fen when the dealers suddenly flee. Hastening over the bridge to see what was going on, Matt and his partner, DS Bill Morris explore the body of a young boy in the water. It makes number three in the string of ’s now the show day and Matt Ballard is a DCI. He is six months away from retirement and receives a photograph in the mail. It is of the latest crime stage of the murdered boys. This is the case that has haunted him for ter receiving a “before” photographic stage of one of the murders, Matt convinces his boss to allow him look into the mysterious picture. Is the murderer back? Is it a copycat? Before long, Matt and his squad keep more pictures, including one of a show day murder. One of his squad members is assaulted. This perpetrator is playing for ings go from poor to worse when it is clear that the perpetrator is all about mentally torturing Matt. And another young boy is missing. They have no idea who is doing the crimes. They have pictures from CCTV, but no one recognizes him. He is very clever. Then two of his teammates go missing. Abducted by the poor guy, will they be alright?His squad members obtain valuable clues and a possible identity of the tt goes off by himself when he receives a telephone call from the perpetrator. He, of course gets captured and humiliated. A tragedy occurs. In a surprise denouement, all is is book is very well written and plotted as are all of Joy Ellis’ novels. I especially liked the method the squad got along. For all of Matt’s faults, he is a amazing squad leader. There was sufficient background info given on the main characters so as to flesh them out, but not so much that it intruded on the story. In fact, it added to the storyline and also added tension. I would like to see the typos corrected before final publication though. Very well done, Ms. Ellis. I would like to see more about DCI Ballard. He was a amazing character.I wish to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this unbelievable book to read and enjoy.
“A gripping crime thriller full of stunning twist”, a quote on the front of the book, and it’s so very true! This book was full of twists and suspense. It was a amazing read, and I wanted to hold reading it, but I also wanted to [email protected]#$%! to search out the end. It was a well written crime thriller that kept the pages turning and kept me on the edge throughout the whole book. I loved it!A horrific crime over 20 years old comes back to haunt DCI Matt Ballard. He was hoping to solve it years ago, but he had no luck. Now someone is trying to create him question whether the true assassin is still alive, or if he’s actually dead. DCI Ballard is getting ready to retire and is hoping for a smooth retirement, but someone else has other ideas. He is planning to work on this crime after he retires so that he can solve it. It’s one of those cases that he could never allow go of. His whole squad is in danger, but he isn’t sure who is out to obtain him and why they have to bring in his whole squad to create their point.If you love a book with suspense, twists, and a amazing detective story, then you will wish to read this book. It has all of that and more.
Amazing read! This is a story with a lot of twists and turns along with a thrilling ending. I frequently figure out the villain before the end of the story, but this one kept me guessing until the end. The person behind the atrocities was probably the latest person I would have expected.
This is an perfect book! I have read a lot of books now by Joy and this has to be one of her best - and she has written some really amazing ones!!Matt is a amazing hero and I loved how the story focussed on his professional life from the 25 year old case and moved in to his personal life - really well thought out story, loved the pace and plot line, lots of twists and turns and it really kept me on tenterhooksFive stars from me and looking forward to her next book!!
Joy Ellis goes from strength to strength. The elements of her writing I admire: the perfect grammar, realistic conversations, believable characters, are all here. What makes this book exceptional is the intricate plotting which leaves the reader, like the police in the book, feeling always a step behind the evildoer. The resolution is most satisfying on a lot of levels
This spine chilling, on-the-edge of your seat read surpassed all my expectations. Full of mystery and intrigue, so a lot of red herrings and twists and turns create this Joy Ellis book a must for all crime thriller lovers.
Detecting takes an extremely private turn when DI Rowan Jackman’s sister-in-law goes to London and throws herself into the river. No one understands, including Jackman, because she was seemingly satisfied and had two beloved children. Jackman and his partner, DC Marie Evans, begin to dig into the sister-in-law’s past, and Jackman realizes he knows next to nothing about her. Then another woman from a neighboring village dies in related circumstances and the more Jackman and his squad dig, they search a connection between his sister-in-law, the second woman, and the mad family of a man who died in prison for a crime the family says he didn’t commit.Jackman figures out the killer, whomever he is, is going after the things (or people) those connected to these cases love. It could be material things, it could be a partner, friend, lover, or child. I was mildly disturbed by my favorite characters being in peril, but the epilogue brings hope, and makes me anxious for book is is one of my favorite British mystery series. The author describes the Lincolnshire Fens with such detail I feel like I am in the vehicle with Jackman, or riding behind Evans on her motorbike. I was on the edge of my seat, pulse pounding, trying to figure out who did what to whom and who the guilty party was. I was mildly disturbed by Jackman being in private peril, and no spoilers here, but the epilogue left me with a feeling of hope that things will eventually turn out ok.Each of the main and secondary characters gets time in the spotlight in this novel, and I enjoyed seeing what was going on in everyone’s heads, even the potential poor guys. The central mystery might pique my interest, but it’s the relationships between the characters and the day-to-day bits of their lives that keeps me coming back for more, and there was plenty of that in this book. This case had a multitude of suspects, some sympathetic, some not, and the ending was a surprise. I eagerly await the next adventure with Jackman and Evans. You could read this as a standalone, but I recommend reading the series in order, to obtain the full flavor of the Fens, and Jackman and his team.I received a free ARC of this book from Joffe Books, the publisher, but I bought my own copy when it became available. I have fun this series that much.