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Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective? Discover one of the UK’s most popular detective series. 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 be Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective? Discover one of the UK’s most popular detective series. 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 case? 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. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell. What readers are saying about MURDER AT HOME “This is the best of the DI Hillary Greene books yet.” Hannelore Cheney “Will have you guessing up to the last minute.” Barbara “This was a brilliant book, Faith Martin’s best one to date, it was a cracking read. I am giving it a gigantic 5 stars.” Dawn Jones “Each one seems to get better and better. DI Hillary Greene is one of my favorite characters. She's feisty, but fair, and has overcome a lot to get where she is now.” Linda Strong 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.


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Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective? Discover one of the UK’s most popular detective series. 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 be Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective? Discover one of the UK’s most popular detective series. 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 case? 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. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell. What readers are saying about MURDER AT HOME “This is the best of the DI Hillary Greene books yet.” Hannelore Cheney “Will have you guessing up to the last minute.” Barbara “This was a brilliant book, Faith Martin’s best one to date, it was a cracking read. I am giving it a gigantic 5 stars.” Dawn Jones “Each one seems to get better and better. DI Hillary Greene is one of my favorite characters. She's feisty, but fair, and has overcome a lot to get where she is now.” Linda Strong 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.

30 review for Murder at Home

  1. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WITH A NARROW BLADE.” MURDER AT HOME is the sixth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire, featuring DI Hillary Greene and her team. DC Keith Barrington is introduced as a new member of the team. He comes with baggage ... during his last post he belted his supervisor. Does he have a violent temper? And how will he fit in with this new team? Greene is also concerned about her sergeant, Janine Tyler. Her weddi PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WITH A NARROW BLADE.” MURDER AT HOME is the sixth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire, featuring DI Hillary Greene and her team. DC Keith Barrington is introduced as a new member of the team. He comes with baggage ... during his last post he belted his supervisor. Does he have a violent temper? And how will he fit in with this new team? Greene is also concerned about her sergeant, Janine Tyler. Her wedding day is fast approaching to Superintendent Philip Mallow. But something is bothering Janine and Greene takes it upon herself to fix the problem. An elderly lady is found stabbed to death in her own home. Flo Jenkins was well thought of by her neighbors. She has/had no family except for a grandson, who had been "borrowing" money from her to pay his drug dealers. What the postmortem reveals puts a new light on this murder. Who would want to kill a woman who was already dying? I have been most pleased to be able to read this series from the very beginning. Each one seems to get better and better. DI Hillary Greene is one of my favorite characters. She's feisty, but fair, and has overcome a lot to get where she is now. I really enjoy the mix of professional life with her personal life. This is a well-written crime thriller and features what I have come to expect from this author's books .... an excellent story premise with suspense, characters that are credible, secondary characters that lend so much to the story, multiple suspects that are not easy to ferret out and an exciting, surprising ending. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 3.5 star read. I received a review copy of this novel directly from the author and publisher Joffe Books. I have voluntarily chosen to review the book, and the gifting in no way determines my review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. For some reason this DI Hillary Greene novel has been my least favourite, perhaps because the murder investigation wasn't overly thrilling but more than likely because I picked the murderer almost straight away. However the subplots involving the team This is a 3.5 star read. I received a review copy of this novel directly from the author and publisher Joffe Books. I have voluntarily chosen to review the book, and the gifting in no way determines my review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. For some reason this DI Hillary Greene novel has been my least favourite, perhaps because the murder investigation wasn't overly thrilling but more than likely because I picked the murderer almost straight away. However the subplots involving the team more than made up for it and I was glued to the many background stories that were woven in between the main investigation. Firstly there is a new addition, in the form of DC Keith Barrington, who has been forcibly transferred to Hillary's team under the black cloud of having assaulted his previous Sergeant. It takes no time at all though for Hillary to realise that he'll be an asset to the team. Will she be able to tease the truth out of him as to what really happened with his Sergeant? And will she be able to help make his transition to a new workplace a little easier? I think you'll find that Hillary, once again, has a certain magic when it comes to interview techniques. DS Janine Tyler is counting down the days to her marriage to Superintendent Phillip "Mellow" Mallow, so her mind isn't necessarily on her job at all times. Hillary sees this, and while not minding given Janine's imminent transfer, she is worried about her sudden secrecy and the fact that she's looking more and more troubled. What is really happening with her DS? Hillary joins forces with a retired mentor, Mitch the Fitch, to see what they can ferret out. Amongst all these happenings, as well as trying to solve a murder with little clues, Hillary is thrust face first into a testosterone filled battle between Mike Regis, her current bed partner, and her new DCI Paul Savers as they stare each other down in a fight as to who will claim Hillary. Hillary doesn't know what to do - but you know she won't take crap and doesn't belong to anyone! A typically action packed thriller that has you holding your breath waiting to see what will eventuate. Recommended reading.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Books 'n' All Promotions

    This is book 6 in the Hillary Greene series and it just gets better. I absolutely love Hillary her character is realistic with depth that increases with each book. She is loved by everyone except the baddies. She gets results. Sometimes it takes a little longer but she gets there. She is protective of her team and in return she earns their loyalty and together they function excellently. The story begins with the death of an old lady. She was arranging her birthday party and looking forward to Chr This is book 6 in the Hillary Greene series and it just gets better. I absolutely love Hillary her character is realistic with depth that increases with each book. She is loved by everyone except the baddies. She gets results. Sometimes it takes a little longer but she gets there. She is protective of her team and in return she earns their loyalty and together they function excellently. The story begins with the death of an old lady. She was arranging her birthday party and looking forward to Christmas and someone ended that and Hillary is on a mission to find out who. There are many twists and turns as the obvious suspect doesn’t fit for Hillary and the obnoxious Frank Ross is on a mission to make him fit. It wont end well for someone. It is towards the end that the pieces begin to slot together. Faith is a brilliant story teller as she grabs the reader at the beginning and doesn’t let go. The descriptive text puts the scene perfectly in the readers’ mind I can still see Hillary as she gets her ‘light bulb’ moment and the new member of the team looks on in shock while Janine just smiles as she has seen it before many times. Absolute skill I love it. I was very disappointed that Tommy has moved on as I loved him and now it appears Janine is going too sigh…. The newbie is looking good for an interesting character and I am sure Frank will be around to bug the team for a while yet. Definitely worth the 5 stars. Book 7 NOW please!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I enjoyed this book and started reading it as soon as it arrived on my Kindle, I have been really impressed with the series so far so jumped in to this one, and it was another book that I really enjoyed! The story was slower than I would normally like but that was mainly due to the story potentially being one that DI Hillary Greene may not be able to crack. The writing style was excellent as always and I love the characters and really enjoyed meeting the ne https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I enjoyed this book and started reading it as soon as it arrived on my Kindle, I have been really impressed with the series so far so jumped in to this one, and it was another book that I really enjoyed! The story was slower than I would normally like but that was mainly due to the story potentially being one that DI Hillary Greene may not be able to crack. The writing style was excellent as always and I love the characters and really enjoyed meeting the new member of her team too - 4 stars from me and looking forward to the next one in the series being released!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder at Home, the sixth novel to feature DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley Police. it's all change in Hillary's team. Janine is leaving to get married, Tommy has gone and is replaced by DC Keith Barrington who left the Met under a cloud, her boss is DCI Paul Danvers, the man who investigated her for corruption which means Frank is the only constant and the least said about him the better. In all this turmoil they are called o I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder at Home, the sixth novel to feature DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley Police. it's all change in Hillary's team. Janine is leaving to get married, Tommy has gone and is replaced by DC Keith Barrington who left the Met under a cloud, her boss is DCI Paul Danvers, the man who investigated her for corruption which means Frank is the only constant and the least said about him the better. In all this turmoil they are called out to investigate the murder of Flo Jenkins, a pensioner found stabbed in her home. With no motive, no real suspects and a distracted team Hillary has work cut out for her. I enjoyed Murder at Home although it is not the best book in the series. A rather clumsy conversation at the beginning of the novel gives the reader a good idea of the motive although the perpetrator remains a mystery. The various subplots are intriguing and add some tension to the read but mostly it is a straightforward police procedural, following the leads and interviewing witnesses. The main draw for me in this series is the characterisation. Hillary and her team have become old friends and I look forward to the latest developments in their lives. Ms Martin always manages to inject something fresh and it is pleasant to see them evolve. Hillary is moving on in life until the past comes back to bite her and even the present is biting with two men vying for her attention - it's all go. It seems that more than her impending marriage to Superintendent Mallow is preoccupying Janine as she's not her usual brash self. The new guy, Keith, is also keeping secrets but Hillary will soon ferret them out. Frank is Frank, work shy with a drink problem. Murder at Home is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Another good read in the DI Hillary Greene series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ira Therebel

    I really liked the main story. It seemed like such a mystery who could have killed Flo that it was pretty exciting to read. The bad part is that a big part of the book was devoted to other stories. I haven't read this series since February so I really didn't remember the story line that was brought up all the time. So I was bored by that. I hope it will be done soon so if anything new starts I will remember. I was also pretty bored by the story of Janine's stalker. Hope the next one will be even I really liked the main story. It seemed like such a mystery who could have killed Flo that it was pretty exciting to read. The bad part is that a big part of the book was devoted to other stories. I haven't read this series since February so I really didn't remember the story line that was brought up all the time. So I was bored by that. I hope it will be done soon so if anything new starts I will remember. I was also pretty bored by the story of Janine's stalker. Hope the next one will be even better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    DI Hillary Greene is trying to save her career. Hillary is a no nonsense person, who at times may push the envelope just a bit much. That usually lands her into trouble with her superiors. In this case, a dying woman, Flo Jenkins is found with a paper knife in her chest in her home. As far as anyone can tell, nothing was stolen from the house. So who would kill a dying woman? Hillary has a new partner who likes to "fly off the handle", just what she needs! She has no evidence in this murder and DI Hillary Greene is trying to save her career. Hillary is a no nonsense person, who at times may push the envelope just a bit much. That usually lands her into trouble with her superiors. In this case, a dying woman, Flo Jenkins is found with a paper knife in her chest in her home. As far as anyone can tell, nothing was stolen from the house. So who would kill a dying woman? Hillary has a new partner who likes to "fly off the handle", just what she needs! She has no evidence in this murder and her only suspect is a nephew who uses drugs. Just wonderful! I enjoyed the style of writing in this book, as in all of Faith Martin's books I have read. They keep your interest and let you feel the emotions of the characters. I would like to thank Joffe Books for a copy of this so I could give my unbiased opinion of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Lee

    To show that there is another detective in Oxford besides Colin Dexter's Morse (and ofcourse Lewis), the author continues her series centred on Detective Inspector Hillary Greene. This is book 6 and I think, that like my copies of the previous books, this carries the sentence on the front cover " A gripping Crime mystery full of twists" The description is inappropriate and if you are reading this series for a "gripping crime mystery full of twists" then you will be disappointed. I think that this To show that there is another detective in Oxford besides Colin Dexter's Morse (and ofcourse Lewis), the author continues her series centred on Detective Inspector Hillary Greene. This is book 6 and I think, that like my copies of the previous books, this carries the sentence on the front cover " A gripping Crime mystery full of twists" The description is inappropriate and if you are reading this series for a "gripping crime mystery full of twists" then you will be disappointed. I think that this type of story is called "Cosy". It is as much about life in the Police Station with a murder case going on as it is with the actual case itself. Once again there is a big clue for the reader early on in the story. Not gripping and full of twists but a light and easy comfortable read and sometime that is just what you want.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Million

    Another Hillary Greene murder mystery. Always enjoyable and she keeps you hooked to find out whodunnit, right to the end. I like the way she gives you little clues and you sometimes get the feeling who is the murderer but when all is revealed it leaves you wondering why you didn't work it out at the start! Another Hillary Greene murder mystery. Always enjoyable and she keeps you hooked to find out whodunnit, right to the end. I like the way she gives you little clues and you sometimes get the feeling who is the murderer but when all is revealed it leaves you wondering why you didn't work it out at the start!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gail Gassen

    A heartbreaking murder! Another wonderful book! Faith Martin really knows how to write a book that get under your skin, into your heart. How sad for an old woman who just wanted to live out the few weeks she had left on this earth was totally denied to her by a heartless murderer!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to reading all 17 books. However, I rate this one with 4-stars because the mention of the lottery ticket at the beginning was a giveaway that it would play a part at the end. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series and looking forward to reading all 17 books. However, I rate this one with 4-stars because the mention of the lottery ticket at the beginning was a giveaway that it would play a part at the end.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    5 stars DI Hillary Greene arrives at the nick to greet her new subordinate, DC Keith Barrington. He has a history of having a bad temper and even punched his last sergeant. Narrowly escaping being sacked, he is transferred from London to Hillary’s team at Thames Valley. She takes a “we’ll see” attitude. Almost immediately they are called out to a death. Florence “Flo” Jenkins has been murdered in her home. At seventy-six, the elderly lady was very ill herself. She was well liked. Who would want t 5 stars DI Hillary Greene arrives at the nick to greet her new subordinate, DC Keith Barrington. He has a history of having a bad temper and even punched his last sergeant. Narrowly escaping being sacked, he is transferred from London to Hillary’s team at Thames Valley. She takes a “we’ll see” attitude. Almost immediately they are called out to a death. Florence “Flo” Jenkins has been murdered in her home. At seventy-six, the elderly lady was very ill herself. She was well liked. Who would want to kill her? Interviewing the neighbors, they learn that she has a drug addicted, pushy grandson named Dylan Hodge who often took advantage of Flo. DS Janine Tyler is getting married soon to DCI Mel Mallow. She also has a stalker who is obviously in the force given that he seems to know so much about her. She is reluctant to go to Hillary for advice for a myriad of reason. But Hillary has already found out. DS Frank Ross is carrying on being his usual obnoxious and lazy self. DS Lynch has moved on and is sorely missed. Hillary goes to speak with Mitch Titmarsh, a retired sergeant hoping that he can do something about Janine’s stalker. He agrees to look into it. He identifies and follows a suspect. It feels like their investigation is going nowhere fast. The grandson, Dylan Hodge, doesn’t seem right to Hillary. They find an old photograph among Flo’s belongings. DC Keith is tasked to track that down. DS Frank Ross is told to track down Dylan for another interview and to tap into what’s happening in the drug scene. While reviewing the file, Hillary has an epiphany. She has Janine seek a warrant for an arrest. The identity of the murderer is a surprise, but the reason for the murder is right out of today’s headlines and totally believable – sadly. This is Faith Martin’s best. It was very well written and plotted. I like the characters: Hillary, Mike, Mel, Keith and the rest of the gang – with the exception of DS Ross. What a plonker! The background information given about the main characters was just enough so that if one hasn’t read Ms. Martin’s previous novels the reader could get a sense of the character. But this didn’t intrude or spoil the story at all. Very well done, Ms. Martin. Keep writing! I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this remarkable read by Faith Martin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    An old lady is found dead by a neighbour who runs errands for her. Her birthday is close and she is looking forward to both that and Christmas which is just around the corner.Why would anyone want to kill her especially with letter knife? DI Hillary Greene and the team are back to work their magic with a new face on board as Janine is about to transfer pending her wedding to “mellow” Mallow. Janine however has some unwanted attention. Faith always gives the reader a good story based around her m An old lady is found dead by a neighbour who runs errands for her. Her birthday is close and she is looking forward to both that and Christmas which is just around the corner.Why would anyone want to kill her especially with letter knife? DI Hillary Greene and the team are back to work their magic with a new face on board as Janine is about to transfer pending her wedding to “mellow” Mallow. Janine however has some unwanted attention. Faith always gives the reader a good story based around her main characters which come to life each and every time. A main thread and always as with all good books and dramas, a thread belonging to one of the main characters to add that extra interest and depth. With each new book we learn a little more about them. This is part of a series (number six) but would probably stand alone although some threads wouldn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read the others- and why miss out on a wonderful series? An interesting plot and a perpetrator that I didn’t see coming. As always with Faith’s book highly enjoyable, comfortable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    An old lady is found dead by a neighbour who runs errands for her. Her birthday is close and she is looking forward to both that and Christmas which is just around the corner.Why would anyone want to kill her especially with letter knife? DI Hillary Greene and the team are back to work their magic with a new face on board as Janine is about to transfer pending her wedding to “mellow” Mallow. Janine however has some unwanted attention. Faith always gives the reader a good story based around her m An old lady is found dead by a neighbour who runs errands for her. Her birthday is close and she is looking forward to both that and Christmas which is just around the corner.Why would anyone want to kill her especially with letter knife? DI Hillary Greene and the team are back to work their magic with a new face on board as Janine is about to transfer pending her wedding to “mellow” Mallow. Janine however has some unwanted attention. Faith always gives the reader a good story based around her main characters which come to life each and every time. A main thread and always as with all good books and dramas, a thread belonging to one of the main characters to add that extra interest and depth. With each new book we learn a little more about them. This is part of a series (number six) but would probably stand alone although some threads wouldn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read the others- and why miss out on a wonderful series? An interesting plot and a perpetrator that I didn’t see coming. As always with Faith’s book highly enjoyable, comfortable read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    This is the 6th Hillary Greene crime thriller and they just get better and better! Hillary Greene is a detective with a full, rounded character, great humanity and great humility but she is also a very determined person who WILL find the answers to all her questions. One member of her team has moved on and I miss Tommy but she has gained a new member and, of course, Frank Ross is still there, determined to put as many spanners in the works as possible. Faith's books capture the reader on the first This is the 6th Hillary Greene crime thriller and they just get better and better! Hillary Greene is a detective with a full, rounded character, great humanity and great humility but she is also a very determined person who WILL find the answers to all her questions. One member of her team has moved on and I miss Tommy but she has gained a new member and, of course, Frank Ross is still there, determined to put as many spanners in the works as possible. Faith's books capture the reader on the first page and don't let go until the reader has reached the end. If you want a crime novel with perfect authenticity, a storyline that grabs and doesn't let go, twists and turns that leave you dizzy and an ending that gathers all the threads together in one magnificent knot, then you can't do better than Murder at Home. I assure you, once you have read this book, you will be left gasping for more and checking the listings for Faith's other books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Consistently high standard thrillers" The cast of characters in the squad room subtly alters, but the methodical analysis of the facts doesn't miss a beat. As each possible answer to who it was that stabbed Flo Jenkins to death is dismissed, you start to wonder how on earth Hillary Greene will get her man/woman. Faith Martin is skilled in the art of misdirection, like the street corner con-artist with his 'Find The Lady' game. While you try to understand who might have had motive and opportunity, "Consistently high standard thrillers" The cast of characters in the squad room subtly alters, but the methodical analysis of the facts doesn't miss a beat. As each possible answer to who it was that stabbed Flo Jenkins to death is dismissed, you start to wonder how on earth Hillary Greene will get her man/woman. Faith Martin is skilled in the art of misdirection, like the street corner con-artist with his 'Find The Lady' game. While you try to understand who might have had motive and opportunity, she introduces the new DC and the black cloud he carried with him from his last posting. We learn more of what became of Jerome Raleigh, Hillary Greene's boss in the last book. Hillary's love life distracts us here and there as the answer to Flo Jenkins's murder floats tantalizingly out of reach and as the hours tick by to the wedding of Mel Mallow & Janine Tyler that provides another distraction. Very clever. I think this one might be the best in the series to date.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Moira McGeough

    This, the sixth in the DI Hillary Greene series, gave us another good mystery and a new character DC Keith Barrington. Barrington comes with a question mark over is head and anxiety about country living. DI Greene gives him the benefit of the doubt and he soon finds the country is just as crime ridden as the big city. Alongside the main murder mystery there is the question of why Janine is so troubled when her marriage to Mellow Mallow is fast approaching. Hillary manages to scotch a particularl This, the sixth in the DI Hillary Greene series, gave us another good mystery and a new character DC Keith Barrington. Barrington comes with a question mark over is head and anxiety about country living. DI Greene gives him the benefit of the doubt and he soon finds the country is just as crime ridden as the big city. Alongside the main murder mystery there is the question of why Janine is so troubled when her marriage to Mellow Mallow is fast approaching. Hillary manages to scotch a particularly nasty plot to upset Janine on her wedding day, (with help from a retired policeman friend and his sons). This series improves with each new book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy H

    Another in the excellent Hillary Greene series, this mystery plot features a lady who is stabbed while she is sitting in her armchair. To complicate the plot, Hillary is losing one DC, with whom she worked well, and getting a brand new one, someone who had problems at a previous posting. There are few suspects and lots of typical detective work, but eventually the crime is solved with an unexpected ending. This is a good mystery series, and this entry is just as good as the earlier ones.

  20. 5 out of 5

    May

    Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. i was a little torn about this book. it was an interesting read, but it also made me a little bored at times. “Murder at home” is the sixth book in the DI Greene series and i can safely say you do not need to have read the other books to read this one. it stands alone pretty well and any information you need to know about the other books will be presented to you. my main issue with this story is that it dragged on for too long. most of the times i Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. i was a little torn about this book. it was an interesting read, but it also made me a little bored at times. “Murder at home” is the sixth book in the DI Greene series and i can safely say you do not need to have read the other books to read this one. it stands alone pretty well and any information you need to know about the other books will be presented to you. my main issue with this story is that it dragged on for too long. most of the times it did not feel like a murder mystery book. most mystery books or thriller do talk about the lives of the characters and the difficulties they have to overcome but most of the times i don’t feel like it takes me away from the mystery they are trying to solve. in this one, it did. i was expecting more investigation, something more gripping that would leave me wondering. not so much. i have to say that i did not know who the killer was and i enjoyed that. lately i have been guessing who’s done it too easily so this was a nice change. kudos to you, ms Martin! i felt like the book focused too much on a side plot that took us absolutely nowhere. i can give an educated guess as to why it was there, but to me it felt utterly pointless. i wanted more female characters. we had only two and one that is already leaving. and this one says at the beginning that she resents having to work with another woman. i’m sorry, but what?? more sorority in mystery novels, please. more women working together as a team, not resentfully admiring the other. but i have to say that their interactions got better as the book progressed. that leads me to: every single female character was first described by her looks. i lost count at the number of times the sergeant was called a “bombshell” and that DI Greene was referred to having amazing curves and being very hot despite being over forty. can we please not? another issue i had was the constant change in pov. sometimes in the same paragraph. do you know those Agatha Christie books in which you have everybody’s thoughts jumbled together in the same paragraph and it gets very confusing? same in this one. DI Greene was presenting her thoughts and suddenly it was her DC and suddenly it was the super and so on. i would say choose a pov and stick to it during the chapter. but at the same time, it was enjoyable in a way only mystery books can be. that constant change in suspects, the guessing, the following the leads. i liked that. i can say i will be giving a chance to the other books in the series. i will start at the beginning now though!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    This is the sixth book in the DI Hillary Greene series and once again I thoroughly enjoyed it. An elderly woman, Flo Jenkins has been found stabbed through the chest with a letter opener . Theres no evidence of a break in and as suicide is out of the question the search for a suspect begins. Flos only living relative is her grandson Dillon, a junkie who usually only turned up on pension days to beg cash from the old lady. He certainly could have committed the murder for the price of a fix. Alterna This is the sixth book in the DI Hillary Greene series and once again I thoroughly enjoyed it. An elderly woman, Flo Jenkins has been found stabbed through the chest with a letter opener . Theres no evidence of a break in and as suicide is out of the question the search for a suspect begins. Flos only living relative is her grandson Dillon, a junkie who usually only turned up on pension days to beg cash from the old lady. He certainly could have committed the murder for the price of a fix. Alternative suspects and motives are mooted but on investigation turn out to be non starters. Theres the back story of the team , the imminent marriage of Hillarys Sgt, Janine Tyler , to Superintendant Phillip Mallow. Janine has a very unpleasant stalker that Hillary learns of and decides to put a stop too. A new DC has joined the team, apparently he has a temper, he left his previous posting after coming to blows with his old Sgt. Hillary has her work cut out with the seemingly motiveless murder and all thats going on with her team, never mind the fact that her new boss Paul Danvers is showing more than a professional interest in her to the annoyance of her current boyfriend Mike. Another excellent mystery which keeps you guessing right to the very end. Thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Another terrific book in the DI Hillary Greene series, this was so far my favorite. There are supposedly 7 more to come ... Can't wait! On his first day as the new DS on the team, Keith Barrington and Hillary get called to the murder of an elderly widow who was stabbed in the heart with her own letter opener. She was a very well liked, kind pensioner with not a penny to her name. Not only that, she was a probable couple of weeks away from death as Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Another terrific book in the DI Hillary Greene series, this was so far my favorite. There are supposedly 7 more to come ... Can't wait! On his first day as the new DS on the team, Keith Barrington and Hillary get called to the murder of an elderly widow who was stabbed in the heart with her own letter opener. She was a very well liked, kind pensioner with not a penny to her name. Not only that, she was a probable couple of weeks away from death as she suffered from terminal cancer. Despite that, she was happily looking forward to hold a little birthday party for herself and hoping to experience one more Christmas. Who would want to kill someone like that? At the same time Janice Tyler should be looking forward to her wedding to Detective Superintendent Philip Mallow, but her happiness is blighted by a nasty stalker. Can Hillary help her? Hillary is a super character, she's smart, well liked, a good boss and a great thief taker. Everyone loves working with her, except for DS Frank Ross...but he doesn't like anybody, so who cares! So looking forward to the next 7, they can't come soon enough!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Brian Dry

    DI Hillary Green investigates a murder of an elderly lady in her own house. The lady has a drug addict grandson. She has friends and neighbours who all become suspects for various reasons. The thing is, there is no way from the book you can put together the reason she was murdered and be right unless you could remember one little mention near the beginning. I'll be looking out for the one tiny little clue in the next book. Come the end when all is revealed, one usually reflects and sees how the c DI Hillary Green investigates a murder of an elderly lady in her own house. The lady has a drug addict grandson. She has friends and neighbours who all become suspects for various reasons. The thing is, there is no way from the book you can put together the reason she was murdered and be right unless you could remember one little mention near the beginning. I'll be looking out for the one tiny little clue in the next book. Come the end when all is revealed, one usually reflects and sees how the clues were there but hidden enough that it's not obvious. I could not recall any clues that you would be able to guess the reason why the murderer did it until it was explained. That could be me of course but I thought I was getting pretty good at Hillary Green clues. Maybe not. This is a bit unusual for this 'Murder' series which overall, I'm finding really good. Don't let that put you off. It's still a good read (4* mainly because you know the characters and that adds a natural interest) and of course, I am moving on to the next in the series: Murder In The Meadow because I'm now completely immersed in the characters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Webb

    Faith Martin returns to her usual good standard of writing with this, the sixth Hillary Greene story. I am astounded at the rate at which she writes these books! This time there seemed to be less superfluous repetition of themes and revision of the storyline so far which made for a much smoother read, and the outcome of the mystery was highly satisfactory. I guessed the culprit but not the motive, though looking back I can pick up the clues. I liked the inclusion of a sub-plot and the hint of th Faith Martin returns to her usual good standard of writing with this, the sixth Hillary Greene story. I am astounded at the rate at which she writes these books! This time there seemed to be less superfluous repetition of themes and revision of the storyline so far which made for a much smoother read, and the outcome of the mystery was highly satisfactory. I guessed the culprit but not the motive, though looking back I can pick up the clues. I liked the inclusion of a sub-plot and the hint of things to come in the next book. These are nice straight-forward mystery books without too much blood, gore or complication and so make a really good commuter read. Unlike so many books today, they are not thrillers and thus not designed to wring the emotion (disgust, fear, suspense, anxiety) out of you so it would not merit five stars if that were what you were looking for in a book........ but as I prefer the majority of my reading to be relaxing rather than nerve-racking, these are definitely still the books for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    There wasn't much of a case really, you learn everything you need to know within the first chapter or two, the rest is just a smoke screen. Most of the time was spent chasing down red herrings or filled with the in-house soap opera that is her team and her personal life. I bloody HATE love triangles. At this point it feels like she's just stringing both of them along for reasons not even she seems to know. Or rather she deals with this like she does with everything to do with her personal life - There wasn't much of a case really, you learn everything you need to know within the first chapter or two, the rest is just a smoke screen. Most of the time was spent chasing down red herrings or filled with the in-house soap opera that is her team and her personal life. I bloody HATE love triangles. At this point it feels like she's just stringing both of them along for reasons not even she seems to know. Or rather she deals with this like she does with everything to do with her personal life - by not dealing with it. It's kinda sad really, but the more you start thinking about it, the more all the inconsistencies in character development, story/plot development, everything really become glaringly obvious and in the end I just can't bring myself to keep reading them. Plenty of other detective-story-writers out there.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    murder at home by faith Martin. 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 t murder at home by faith Martin. 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 case? a very good read with good characters. 4*.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    Another book in the on-going series and the quality of story telling remains high. I like Hillary and many of the other characters in the series, over time we find out more and more about them while they continue to solve crimes. All the characters seem fully rounded and have developing back stories and lives outside the stories that seem to have been considered, so that they can be mentioned when background colour is needed. The rivalries and office politics seem to be an integral part of the sto Another book in the on-going series and the quality of story telling remains high. I like Hillary and many of the other characters in the series, over time we find out more and more about them while they continue to solve crimes. All the characters seem fully rounded and have developing back stories and lives outside the stories that seem to have been considered, so that they can be mentioned when background colour is needed. The rivalries and office politics seem to be an integral part of the stories and give another dimension to the plots. The murders are complex but believably so, and the process of solving the crimes seems to be down to hard work and chasing all the angles and then just a bit of female intuition on the part of DI Hillary Green.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bushra Khan

    My first ever crime novel. Since I am a huge fan of crime shows, I thought what not try one in writing too. And I like the experience of reading a thriller. This one is especially well written. Obviously, I was gonna read Agatha Christie first, but this practically dropped in my lap. So there. The storyline is good. But towards the end, I don't like the idea of solving the case in one Aha! moment. I wish it had played out a little even at that last stage. Anyways great writing. I understand that My first ever crime novel. Since I am a huge fan of crime shows, I thought what not try one in writing too. And I like the experience of reading a thriller. This one is especially well written. Obviously, I was gonna read Agatha Christie first, but this practically dropped in my lap. So there. The storyline is good. But towards the end, I don't like the idea of solving the case in one Aha! moment. I wish it had played out a little even at that last stage. Anyways great writing. I understand that this book is a part of a series but still, I didn't feel lost or uninformed at any point. So I guess that's good too. Keeping all the volumes linked yet clean from one another. Murder on the Orient Express is next!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nerys Roberts

    An elderly woman is found dead in her home - stabbed in the chest with a knife. DI Hillary Green and her team struggle to find a motive. The only real suspect is her junkie grandson but they can’t find any evidence to link him to her death apart from her missing pension money. Hillary also has to deal with anew member of the team - DC Keith Barrington left the Met under a cloud and has joined Hillarys team in place of Tommy Lynch who was promoted. Also on the move is Hillary’s DS Janine Tyler - An elderly woman is found dead in her home - stabbed in the chest with a knife. DI Hillary Green and her team struggle to find a motive. The only real suspect is her junkie grandson but they can’t find any evidence to link him to her death apart from her missing pension money. Hillary also has to deal with anew member of the team - DC Keith Barrington left the Met under a cloud and has joined Hillarys team in place of Tommy Lynch who was promoted. Also on the move is Hillary’s DS Janine Tyler - she’s moving to a new station as she is marrying the Super in a few days time. But Janine is distracted and not just by the upcoming wedding and Hillary is shocked to discover what the reason is. Really enjoy this series of books and look forward to reading the next one. Thanks to Joffe Books and Faith Martin for the ARC in return for an honest review,

  30. 4 out of 5

    James Oates

    Gave it 4stars 3 1/2 stars would have been better. Not one of Martin's better books. That being said and having read the prior 5 one that's a bit poorer (story) doesn't deter me from moving on. Hillary Greene is a great character with excellent supporting characters (though it looks like two are being removed) that blend in from book to book. The story line of an older murdered women and then ending was really telegraphed very early in the book and you almost knew the ending. I also thought the su Gave it 4stars 3 1/2 stars would have been better. Not one of Martin's better books. That being said and having read the prior 5 one that's a bit poorer (story) doesn't deter me from moving on. Hillary Greene is a great character with excellent supporting characters (though it looks like two are being removed) that blend in from book to book. The story line of an older murdered women and then ending was really telegraphed very early in the book and you almost knew the ending. I also thought the subplot was a bit lame. No question that I will continue ready the Hillary Greene series because I have become "attached" to her. Read it or not read it.

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