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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker and it seems she was quite popular with older gentlemen. Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of th PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker and it seems she was quite popular with older gentlemen. Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of the crime. WHO KILLED THIS HARMLESS OLD WOMAN AND WHY? AND WHAT SECRETS WAS SHE HIDING? Hillary also has a new boss and a baffling cold case to contend with, not to mention a marriage proposal to consider. Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES BOOK 15: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT BOOK 16: MURDER IN MIND


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PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker and it seems she was quite popular with older gentlemen. Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of th PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” Seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home in 2010. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker and it seems she was quite popular with older gentlemen. Her grandson Robbie inherited everything, but he can’t be placed at the scene of the crime. WHO KILLED THIS HARMLESS OLD WOMAN AND WHY? AND WHAT SECRETS WAS SHE HIDING? Hillary also has a new boss and a baffling cold case to contend with, not to mention a marriage proposal to consider. Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES BOOK 13: MURDER OF A LOVER BOOK 14: MURDER NEVER MISSES BOOK 15: MURDER AT MIDNIGHT BOOK 16: MURDER IN MIND

30 review for Murder in Mind

  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    DI Hillary Greene #16 In 2010, seventy five year old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker. Who killed this harmless old woman and why? Another cold case for retired DI Hillary Greene. This time she is investigating the murder of a seventy five year old woman who was found at home. It was previously thought that it was her grandson who was responsible for the killing, he inherited his grandmothers estate. Then there's Jake Barnes DI Hillary Greene #16 In 2010, seventy five year old Sylvia Perkins was found battered to death in her home. The murder weapon was suspected to be a fire poker. Who killed this harmless old woman and why? Another cold case for retired DI Hillary Greene. This time she is investigating the murder of a seventy five year old woman who was found at home. It was previously thought that it was her grandson who was responsible for the killing, he inherited his grandmothers estate. Then there's Jake Barnes, a member of her team, what is he really up to? Who is behind the killing? Hillary is also still thinking over the marriage proposal from her superior, Stephen Cradle, who is due to start his new job in a couple of weeks. I have enjoyed every book in this series so far. I really like Hillary Greene, who is a well rounded, respected and independent. The books are well written, with just just enough detail but at the same time, the way they are written it makes you feel that you are part of Hillary's team. With the case solved, we are left with loose ends. Just what is Jake up to and will Hillary say yes to her marriage proposal? Faith Martin, I really need to know the answers! I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I would like to thank Joffe Books and the author Faith Martin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” A senior citizen was found battered to death several years ago. The case was never solved. There were several suspects ... her grandson who inherited everything, her competition for a man she became interested in, a neighbor she had words with. Hilary has a new boss and this is the cold case she's been given to solve. He seems to be professional, but it's kind of like doing a try-out even though she's b PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE WORK OF A NARROW MIND.” A senior citizen was found battered to death several years ago. The case was never solved. There were several suspects ... her grandson who inherited everything, her competition for a man she became interested in, a neighbor she had words with. Hilary has a new boss and this is the cold case she's been given to solve. He seems to be professional, but it's kind of like doing a try-out even though she's been in the detective business for many years and has an impeccable record of solving crimes. Her 'old' boss, and lover, will be undertaking something new ... heading up a VICE unit a few miles away. Silkily threaded throughout the investigation is a decision that Hilary must make ... a possible life altering decision. I love characters from small towns or villages. They are usually unique with a few quirky ones that make you look at them twice. She and her two civilian assistants tackle them all with patience, waiting for that one piece of the puzzle to fall into place. This is easily one of my favorite series with characters that I will not soon forget. I highly recommend starting at the very beginning, even though this one is easily read as a stand alone. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley / Books n All Book Promotions / Jill Burkinshaw for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I'll keep reading the Hilary stories as fast a Joffe gets them out. Am a very big fan of this series. Another nicely paced easy read with some very familiar characters and some that are not so familiar as well as an assortment of "persons of interest" and bad guys. Hilary's "new" trainees are coming along nicely, though there are still some questions about them. I think this was meant to be the official end of Steven's supervision of the team as he Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I'll keep reading the Hilary stories as fast a Joffe gets them out. Am a very big fan of this series. Another nicely paced easy read with some very familiar characters and some that are not so familiar as well as an assortment of "persons of interest" and bad guys. Hilary's "new" trainees are coming along nicely, though there are still some questions about them. I think this was meant to be the official end of Steven's supervision of the team as he was breaking in his replacement Rolle in this story. Rolle seems to be okay, but still an unknown. The case itself was intriguing as always with a kind of sad resolution in the end. As always, there were big questions left unanswered. I want more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    You get on this train and you have to keep riding. On to the next Hillary Greene. Will she or won't she say yes? This was a good cold case investigation where Hillary displays her prowess in reading people yet again. Strange things are going on with the wonder boy Jake, but since Hillary has him trailed she is close to confronting him. Goth girl is just slowly learning but still out of her depths. A new supervisor is joining the Hillary fan club as her love is getting ready to exit for his new ass You get on this train and you have to keep riding. On to the next Hillary Greene. Will she or won't she say yes? This was a good cold case investigation where Hillary displays her prowess in reading people yet again. Strange things are going on with the wonder boy Jake, but since Hillary has him trailed she is close to confronting him. Goth girl is just slowly learning but still out of her depths. A new supervisor is joining the Hillary fan club as her love is getting ready to exit for his new assignment/promotion and pushing for engagement. Not yet resolved!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Good read but left open ended again! Have really enjoyed this series despite the confusing nature of the titles & some books having more than one title. Now very disappointed to find I am unable to read the next book as it is not available on Amazon or anywhere I can see? I think this author should do something about this situation - this has left me a very dissatisfied customer after spending ages reading this series

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 and 1 / 2 stars Hillary has a new boss, and is still undecided about her former boss Steven Crayle’s marriage proposal. Hillary’s team consists of Jimmy Jessop who is a former DS and is now sixty-two years old and Hillary’s right-hand man, Wendy Turnbull whose Goth appearance doesn’t do her any favors but who is very keen and somewhat naïve and Jake Barnes a very wealthy thirty-three who has a secret agenda. After meeting Roland Sale, her new boss, Hillary and her team are handed the cold case 4 and 1 / 2 stars Hillary has a new boss, and is still undecided about her former boss Steven Crayle’s marriage proposal. Hillary’s team consists of Jimmy Jessop who is a former DS and is now sixty-two years old and Hillary’s right-hand man, Wendy Turnbull whose Goth appearance doesn’t do her any favors but who is very keen and somewhat naïve and Jake Barnes a very wealthy thirty-three who has a secret agenda. After meeting Roland Sale, her new boss, Hillary and her team are handed the cold case of seventy-five year old Sylvia Perkins. She was beaten to death in her own home early 2010. The suspected weapon was an ornamental fire place poker, but no such instrument was ever found at the scene. The reader gets the full picture of just what Jake is up to in this chapter of the series. Following interviews with relatives, friends and neighbors of Sylvia’s, Hillary has one of her famous epiphanies and notifies Roland and Steven of an imminent arrest. But in a surprising twist, all is revealed. Does Hillary agree to marry Steven? This book is superbly written as are all of Faith Martin’s novels. I like the relationship between Hillary and her team, and with Steven. And it looks as though her new boss is going to work out fine as well. What else can one say about Faith Martin’s book that hasn’t already been said? Great novels, great writing and keep them coming Ms. Martin! I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "The end is nigh" This series hasn't been flawless but I'm really going to miss it when it ends. Full of great characters, gripping story lines and even the cliffhangers are bearable... just. Once again, I'm moving straight onto the next one without pausing for breath. "The end is nigh" This series hasn't been flawless but I'm really going to miss it when it ends. Full of great characters, gripping story lines and even the cliffhangers are bearable... just. Once again, I'm moving straight onto the next one without pausing for breath.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Murder in Mind, the sixteenth novel to feature former DI turned civilian cold case investigator, Hillary Greene, of Thames Valley police. It’s all change in the cold case unit. Hillary is pondering a proposal of marriage from her boss and lover, Superintendent Steven Crayle, and the need to break in a new boss, Superintendent Roland “Rollo” Sale, as Steven is moving on to set up a new unit and civilian consultant Jake Barnes i I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Murder in Mind, the sixteenth novel to feature former DI turned civilian cold case investigator, Hillary Greene, of Thames Valley police. It’s all change in the cold case unit. Hillary is pondering a proposal of marriage from her boss and lover, Superintendent Steven Crayle, and the need to break in a new boss, Superintendent Roland “Rollo” Sale, as Steven is moving on to set up a new unit and civilian consultant Jake Barnes is moving ahead with his secret agenda. Work must go on so the team are asked to look at the 2010 murder of pensioner, Sylvia Perkins who was bludgeoned to death in her own home with her fireside poker. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in Mind which is another fiendish challenge for Hillary as everything about the case is nebulous and inconclusive with no serious motive, several doubtful suspects and an inoffensive victim. I must admit that for the first time in quite a few books I was able to guess both the perpetrator and motive early on. It may be the way my mind works but I feel that Ms Martin rather laid it on with a trowel. Nevertheless I enjoyed Hillary’s investigative style and the dashes of humour that accompany it. I found Jake’s agenda much more interesting, not only his inept attempts at information gathering but Hillary and her bagman, former DS Jimmy Jessop’s surveillance of his activities. It sets up the final novel in the series nicely. The novel centres on Hillary whose solve rate and methodology are giving her an almost superhero status within the station and more especially within her small team. It makes for a very pleasant read to see her pick up on the small details others miss and shape them into a coherent solution. Murder in Mind is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Is it me or is this series becoming more and more a 'cozy mystery'? Not that I did not enjoy the book, on the contrary. It makes for a very nice read and I'm an absolute fan of the series. But, having read almost all other books in the series, I detect a certain weariness by myself after finishing a book. It is becoming rather obvious that all books are written with a certain template > Hillary is the main character, a flawless person, who solves crimes and gets entangled in a love affair, while Is it me or is this series becoming more and more a 'cozy mystery'? Not that I did not enjoy the book, on the contrary. It makes for a very nice read and I'm an absolute fan of the series. But, having read almost all other books in the series, I detect a certain weariness by myself after finishing a book. It is becoming rather obvious that all books are written with a certain template > Hillary is the main character, a flawless person, who solves crimes and gets entangled in a love affair, while there is also a second storyline that spans about 2 - 3 books. In this book, Hillary is still contemplating the marriage proposal Steve offered her in the last book and there is still something going on with one of the civilians that work in Hillary's department. The crime that has to be solved this time, however, is almost not a crime. Hillary keeps driving aroumd and rehashing old information and suddenly she knows 'who did it' and more important, why. No surprises there. And that is what is lacking in this book, there a no surprises enough. I would love to read Hillary to solve a really complicated crime, and I would even love it when she turns out not to be so absolutely flawless. She doesn't even have a 'bad hair day' every now and then ;-) All in all, looking forward to the next book in the series. Thank you NetGalley and Joffe books for this digital copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Murder in Mind by Faith Martin Number 16 in the Hillary Green series. Set in Oxford, Ex-DI Hillary Green is still working cold cases as part of of the Care Review Team (CRT). Her boss and lover Steven Crayle is about to move to a new job, so she is getting used to a new boss and two new young civilians on the team. Sylvia Perkins and elderly lady, had been found dead in her home after being hit with a poker, back in 2010, so the CRT are looking into the case again. Also one of the young civilians o Murder in Mind by Faith Martin Number 16 in the Hillary Green series. Set in Oxford, Ex-DI Hillary Green is still working cold cases as part of of the Care Review Team (CRT). Her boss and lover Steven Crayle is about to move to a new job, so she is getting used to a new boss and two new young civilians on the team. Sylvia Perkins and elderly lady, had been found dead in her home after being hit with a poker, back in 2010, so the CRT are looking into the case again. Also one of the young civilians on the team seems to be doing some sneaking around, which makes them wonder what the young dot.com millionaire is up to. Faith Martin has created a great, believable and likeable character in Hillary Green, she’s a mature woman, respected by all her peers with an enviable reputation and still living on The Millers on the Oxford canal. While the story is relatively gentle, it is an in depth investigation and police procedural with a nice twist at the end. I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review Published by Joffe Books

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lel Budge

    Murder in Mind by Faith Martin Number 16 in the Hillary Green series. Set in Oxford, Ex-DI Hillary Green is still working cold cases as part of of the Care Review Team (CRT). Her boss and lover Steven Crayle is about to move to a new job, so she is getting used to a new boss and two new young civilians on the team. Sylvia Perkins an elderly lady, had been found dead in her home after being hit with a poker, back in 2010, so the CRT are looking into the case again. Also one of the young civilians on Murder in Mind by Faith Martin Number 16 in the Hillary Green series. Set in Oxford, Ex-DI Hillary Green is still working cold cases as part of of the Care Review Team (CRT). Her boss and lover Steven Crayle is about to move to a new job, so she is getting used to a new boss and two new young civilians on the team. Sylvia Perkins an elderly lady, had been found dead in her home after being hit with a poker, back in 2010, so the CRT are looking into the case again. Also one of the young civilians on the team seems to be doing some sneaking around, which makes them wonder what the young dot.com millionaire is up to. Faith Martin has created a great, believable and likeable character in Hillary Green, she’s a mature woman, respected by all her peers with an enviable reputation and still living on The Millers on the Oxford canal. While the story is relatively gentle, it is an in depth investigation and police procedural with a nice twist at the end. I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review Published by Joffe Books

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Moira McGeough

    Another easy read from Faith Martin. The incidental happenings are more interesting than the cold case she is investigating, (an older lady bashed to death in her own home). A new boss is introduced, as her present boss and lover is moving on. He has proposed and Hilary is conflicted as to what she wants to do about that. She has Jimmy, her trusted wing man, shadowing the mysterious activities of Jake, one of two trainees who seems to have an agenda of his own. Things are hotting up nicely for a Another easy read from Faith Martin. The incidental happenings are more interesting than the cold case she is investigating, (an older lady bashed to death in her own home). A new boss is introduced, as her present boss and lover is moving on. He has proposed and Hilary is conflicted as to what she wants to do about that. She has Jimmy, her trusted wing man, shadowing the mysterious activities of Jake, one of two trainees who seems to have an agenda of his own. Things are hotting up nicely for a grand finale in the next book, which I think is the last in the series. I shall miss Hillary and her team.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    The sixteenth book in the Hillary Greene series which has seen Hillary retire and join the cold case team. In her personal life Steven Crayle has asked her to marry him and, in her work life, she is still battling to solve cases which are from years back. This time, Hillary is presented with the murder of an old woman, Sylvia Perkins, who was battered to death with her own poker in 2010. As before, Hillary sets about interviewing all the relevant people, seeing things in their statements that no- The sixteenth book in the Hillary Greene series which has seen Hillary retire and join the cold case team. In her personal life Steven Crayle has asked her to marry him and, in her work life, she is still battling to solve cases which are from years back. This time, Hillary is presented with the murder of an old woman, Sylvia Perkins, who was battered to death with her own poker in 2010. As before, Hillary sets about interviewing all the relevant people, seeing things in their statements that no-one else can see. At the same time, she and her wingman Jimmy Jessop, are keeping a close eye on one of their civilian helpers, Jake Barnes, who's story reaches a high point just before the book ends. Can't wait for the next (and last) book to find out the solution to that one. As usual, Faith's writing keeps the reader turning the pages, desperate for the next clue in the story and hoping that Hillary will say yes to the proposal! I would recommend to all lovers of police procedurals.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    My last book of a truly unforgettable year. The year of the Pandemic that turned my brain to mush for many months, not allowing me to concentrate on books or stitching. I was glad to end 2020 with this mystery. It was quick and fun. I loved the characters and want to read much more about them. Wonder how difficult it will be to find the rest of the series as this was #16? And there’s so much that still needs to be answered! Does Jake get away with his subterfuge? Does she say yes?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vintage

    Unfortunately my least favourite of the Hilary Green series! have to admit I found it a wee bitty bland and uninteresting story line.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com. Hillary Greene is back on the scene working on another cold case. She spent several years on the police force as a detective. Two years previously, Hillary took early retirement. Being tired of boredom, she returned and is now working with the Crime Review Team, with a small team of officers. Hillary is invaluable because while in her previous job as a DI she was second to none, with an exceptionally high solve rate. Hi Please see all of my reviews on my blog at www.robinlovesreading.blogspot.com. Hillary Greene is back on the scene working on another cold case. She spent several years on the police force as a detective. Two years previously, Hillary took early retirement. Being tired of boredom, she returned and is now working with the Crime Review Team, with a small team of officers. Hillary is invaluable because while in her previous job as a DI she was second to none, with an exceptionally high solve rate. Hillary's newest case is that of seventy-five-year-old Sylvia Perkins who was found killed in her home in 2010. Sylvia had a reputation of sorts as she was quite popular with the older gentleman. So there is no shortage of suspects. However, the primary suspect is her grandson Robbie who has inherited everything. However he cannot be placed at the scene of the crime so the investigation takes Hillary and her team on a lot of turns. Meanwhile Hillary is a bit distracted because she recently received a marriage proposal from Superintendent Steven Crayle, who was formally her boss. She is not so sure that she wants to get married again and takes a lot of time to make her decision. In Murder at Midnight, book 15 in this series, readers were left wondering about one of her team members, Jake Barnes. His actions are rather suspicious and may even bring danger to Hillary. Fortunately, actions he took previously have not gone unnoticed especially since he does not fit well with the team. He is well-to-do and certainly does not need the civilian job. Also he was caught snooping on Hillary‘s computer. Hillary must also contend with a new boss, Roland Sale. Murder in Mind is an exceptionally quick read. It is a great crime mystery where we get to see Hillary using her exceptional wits to solve this heinous crime. Character development is done quite well in this book. As the book was set some time ago, a lot of footwork and interviews were necessary for this murder to be solved. It was done quite well and the story flowed quickly. However, just as in each book in the series, we are left with unanswered questions. No doubt the final book in the series will wrap things up. Many thanks to Joffe books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Campbell Ackroyd

    This is the first book I have read in the Hilary Greene series and I will definitely read more. I like the way that Faith Martin writes, almost in police notebook style but with enough personal details about Hilary, her lover and her colleagues, to understand who they all are and what they are about. Hilary is a retired DI, brought back to lead a cold case team of "amateurs." Although I was able to solve the mystery--who battered to death a 70 year old woman five years before--I didn't feel it a This is the first book I have read in the Hilary Greene series and I will definitely read more. I like the way that Faith Martin writes, almost in police notebook style but with enough personal details about Hilary, her lover and her colleagues, to understand who they all are and what they are about. Hilary is a retired DI, brought back to lead a cold case team of "amateurs." Although I was able to solve the mystery--who battered to death a 70 year old woman five years before--I didn't feel it a weakness of the book but rather a strength. It isn't a long book by today's standards--a bare 230 pages--so that the background to the case and the cold case interviews are laid out quickly and efficiently, almost making the reader a part of the team. I enjoy this type of police procedural (or in this case quasi-police procedural.) The book also ends with a couple of loose ends vis a vis Hilary and her protege Jake that I look forward to seeing evolve in the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mary Menk

    I love the Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin. However, I cannot understand why this very good author and her editor would allow a major character to have a name change(Zoe in "A Narrow Victory" has become Wendy in this "The Work of a Narrow Mind"). Is this a very obvious mistake or was it a decision made by someone? Whatever it is, it really detracts from the book. I have given 4 or 5 stars for all of these Hillary Greene series books, but this one does not deserve it. I love the Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin. However, I cannot understand why this very good author and her editor would allow a major character to have a name change(Zoe in "A Narrow Victory" has become Wendy in this "The Work of a Narrow Mind"). Is this a very obvious mistake or was it a decision made by someone? Whatever it is, it really detracts from the book. I have given 4 or 5 stars for all of these Hillary Greene series books, but this one does not deserve it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mr Martin Stock

    Another cracking read As with all the other books in the series I am totally enthralled right to the end, but then disappointed whilst still being excited because I have to read the next one. I really need to know what the outcome will be for Hillary Greene. Diagnosis - Faith Martin has created an addict, me!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am a huge fan of Faith Martin and Hilary Greene. Yes I do realise that Hilary Greene is a fictional character but I think that she is fab and she is real to me. In fact I am a bit of a Hilary Greene groupie. Each time a new Hilary Greene book is released, I eagerly grab hold of a copy and read it just as soon as I can. The latest Hilary Greene book ‘Murder In Mind’ was released on 8th October 2018. I absolutely, totally and utterly loved reading it but more about that in a bit. Hilary Greene is I am a huge fan of Faith Martin and Hilary Greene. Yes I do realise that Hilary Greene is a fictional character but I think that she is fab and she is real to me. In fact I am a bit of a Hilary Greene groupie. Each time a new Hilary Greene book is released, I eagerly grab hold of a copy and read it just as soon as I can. The latest Hilary Greene book ‘Murder In Mind’ was released on 8th October 2018. I absolutely, totally and utterly loved reading it but more about that in a bit. Hilary Greene is the sort of woman boss I would love to work for. She is feisty, loyal, determined, strong, fair, supportive and at times she can be intimidating. Hilary has a great sense of humour, she mucks in to do her fair share of the workload and she wouldn’t ask you to do anything that she isn’t willing to do herself. At the same time she doesn’t hesitate to let you know if you have upset her or dropped a clanger. This book sees a different Hilary in a sense. She has to get to know another boss and to adapt to working with him. The beginning of the book sees her trying to suss him out and of course he tries to suss her out. Another cold case lands on her desk which demands the attention of Hilary and her team. There is one person on her team that Hilary doesn’t trust one little bit and she is intrigued as to what he could possibly be up to. Oh and if that wasn’t enough Hilary was the lucky recipient of a marriage proposal and she has to decide whether or not to accept it. Times are a-changing for our heroine. What will she do? Will Hilary and the team manage to solve the case? Well for answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you. Every time I pick up a book by Faith Martin, I know that I am going to be in for one hell of a read and so it proved for ‘Murder In Mind’. The author’s writing style is such that she grabs your attention from the first word on the first page and before you get to the bottom of the page, you are hooked. That’s what happened to me any way. I have read the whole of the Hilary Greene series and each time I read a new book it feels as though I am reuniting with old friends. I absolutely love anything to do with cold cases and so when I read the later Hilary books, I feel as though I am an invisible member of Hilary’s team. I find myself occasionally shouting out random comments and even suggestions on how the investigation should progress. Before anybody starts, I know that this book is fiction but I tend to ‘live’ the story if I am convinced by the writing and the characters. ‘Murder In Mind’ is really well written. The book isn’t particularly long but the chapters are quite long. That said, I didn’t really notice how long the chapters were because I was enjoying the story and the characters so much that I just kept turning those pages without looking at how much more I had to read of that chapter. It didn’t take long at all for me to get through the book and I was genuinely gutted when I got to the end of the last chapter. I was enjoying the book so much that I just wanted it to continue on and on. I usually have the attention span of a gnat but not in this case because my sole focus was on the book and I was able to shut out all other distractions. Reading ‘Murder In Mind’ was much like being on a slightly scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with a fair few twists and turns along the way. I must say that I absolutely love Faith Martin and her books. She currently has two series out. One – the Hilary Greene series printed by Joffe books and the other series features WPC Trudy Loveday printed by HQ Digital. If I was asked to pick a favourite series it would be the Hilary Greene series. Over the course of the series I feel like I have got to know her far better and I feel like she is a true friend. I also love the fact that Hilary Greene deals with cold cases as I absolutely love anything like the television programmes ‘Cold Case’ & ‘New Tricks’. It means that I can indulge my fantasy of being a police officer and have a stab at investigating crimes for myself. In short, I absolutely, totally and utterly adored reading ‘Murder In Mind’ and I would definitely recommend this author and this series to anybody and everybody. ‘Murder In Mind’ can be read as a standalone but for certain references to past events to make sense (& because I am a bit OCD) I think that it would be best to read the series from the beginning and in order. Believe me, you won’t regret it. There is still one more book in the Hilary Greene series to come and I don’t know what I will do when the series finishes. Here’s hoping that we have a long time to wait. I am attempting to delay the inevitable sad farewell. Actually I do know what I will do- I will just start reading the series from the beginning. Problem sorted. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Ex-DI Hillary Greene now works in the CRT ( Crime Review Team) of the Thames Valley Police Department. She is a civilian consultant. She has two new team members with her, both who are also civilians and are not sure if they want to be police officers. One is a young girl, Wendy, who dresses in 'goth' style. The other is a self-made millionaire young man named Jake Barnes. He is also up to something, but Hillary and her right hand man Jimmy aren't sure just what it is yet. They get a cold case o Ex-DI Hillary Greene now works in the CRT ( Crime Review Team) of the Thames Valley Police Department. She is a civilian consultant. She has two new team members with her, both who are also civilians and are not sure if they want to be police officers. One is a young girl, Wendy, who dresses in 'goth' style. The other is a self-made millionaire young man named Jake Barnes. He is also up to something, but Hillary and her right hand man Jimmy aren't sure just what it is yet. They get a cold case of a woman who was killed with a fireplace poker in a small farming town community. Sylvia Perkins, 75 years old, battered to death in her home. No DNA of the attacker, no witnesses, no murder weapon but they think it is the missing fireplace poker from a set. Hillary, Jake, and Wendy talk to all the neighbors that are still around. From there they also talk to the family members, seeing as Ms. Perkins only grandson was the one who received all of her life savings and the house. He is in jail and has been for a while, her daughters are all placed to the bottom of the list of suspects. The more they talk to the neighbors, the more Hillary figures out who the murderer is, even though it was surprise to Wendy and Jake. Then there is the marriage proposal from Steven. He wants an answer from Hillary, after all it has been two weeks since he asked her to marry him. What does she tell Steven? Who was the killer? Do they find out just what Jake is up to? You will need to read the book for the answers. I would like to thank Net Galley for a copy of this book so I could voluntarily review it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    I've noticed this cosy mystery detective series has featured consistently in the Kindle bestselling lists, and so I decided to see why. 'Murder in Mind' is the penultimate book in the series but after the first chapter, you know who is who, and what Di Hillary Greene's backstory is, so it reads fine as a standalone. Although a former DI, Hillary now works as a civilian consultant for a cold crime unit. The reason for using civilians in this crime-solving setting is explained realistically. Agains I've noticed this cosy mystery detective series has featured consistently in the Kindle bestselling lists, and so I decided to see why. 'Murder in Mind' is the penultimate book in the series but after the first chapter, you know who is who, and what Di Hillary Greene's backstory is, so it reads fine as a standalone. Although a former DI, Hillary now works as a civilian consultant for a cold crime unit. The reason for using civilians in this crime-solving setting is explained realistically. Against a background of police budget cuts, civilians are cheaper to employ, and she has the necessary professional knowledge and connections to make crime solving in this way possible and authentic. It's refreshing to see a woman in her fifties at the forefront of the story. Her expertise and tenacity are unquestioned by her colleagues, both civilian and police, and she is a likeable, relatable character. I also liked the two younger characters working with her, both have stories and Jake's is particularly poignant and threatens both his own and the team's credibility and safety. The cold crime is brutal and tragic and the list of possible suspects vast, each thread of evidence is explored in a believable and interesting way, with lots of false clues, until the well- thought out ending is revealed. This is a curious mix of police procedural and cosy mystery, which draws you into the plot and the characters'lives, I want to read the previous books now and look forward to the final book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Joffe Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    Ex- DI Hillary Greene is back in the warmth of the cold case unit. Crime investigation team to give the correct name. They have been asked to investigate a murder of an elderly woman who was found in her home eight years before. Her team are all civilians but her boss is new and most certainly isn’t. Hillary has her own conundrum to deal with- a marriage proposal which has really thrown her a curveball. She thought she was happy with the relationship as it was and even thought it was near the en Ex- DI Hillary Greene is back in the warmth of the cold case unit. Crime investigation team to give the correct name. They have been asked to investigate a murder of an elderly woman who was found in her home eight years before. Her team are all civilians but her boss is new and most certainly isn’t. Hillary has her own conundrum to deal with- a marriage proposal which has really thrown her a curveball. She thought she was happy with the relationship as it was and even thought it was near the end. Jake, one of her assistants has his own investigation in mind and nothing to do with the team. Hillary was aware of him using her computer in the last book and now has tabs on him from several angles. Yet again Faith throws us right in to the heart of the story with her usual panache and warmth of characters. I feel I almost “know” Hillary now and love Puff the tragic wagon. I really wouldn’t be too surprised if I passed them one day whilst out walking along the canal side. You get what I mean- when you feel you have been through alot with a character and hence “know” them. To me this shows the art of a good writer. Not only do we know what they look like but how they feel and what their next move might be. A really enjoyable read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    "Murder In Mind" is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new bo "Murder In Mind" is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new boss Supt Rollo Sale together with the worry of what one of her young civilian workers is up to. Stalwart retired cop Jimmy is keeping his eye on him whilst the rest of the team investigates the murder in 2010 of pensioner Sylvia Perkins who was bludgeoned to death in her rural home with a fireside poker. The most obvious suspects in this apparently motiveless crime have already been ruled out by the former investigating officer and although it wasn't difficult to guess what had really happened, even without seeing the previous title of the book, it takes Hilary's nose for detail to reveal the facts. We are left finishing on a cliff-hanger both professionally and personally for Hilary and some of her team. I can't wait for book 17

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    This is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new boss Supt Roll This is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new boss Supt Rollo Sale together with the worry of what one of her young civilian workers is up to. Stalwart retired cop Jimmy is keeping his eye on him whilst the rest of the team investigates the murder in 2010 of pensioner Sylvia Perkins who was bludgeoned to death in her rural home with a fireside poker. The most obvious suspects in this apparently motiveless crime have already been ruled out by the former investigating officer and although it wasn't difficult to guess what had really happened, even without seeing the previous title of the book, it takes Hilary's nose for detail to reveal the facts. We are left finishing on a cliff-hanger both professionally and personally for Hilary and some of her team. I can't wait for book 17!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    This is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new boss Supt Roll This is book number 16 in the ever popular series Hilary Greene series and is a revised edition of the book previously published as "The Work of A Narrow Mind". I'm a big fan and for me each new book in this series is like meeting up with an old friend again. The former DI is still working cold cases in the CRT department but, as her boss and lover Superintendent Steven Crayle is off to head up a new department investigating gangs grooming teenage girls, Hilary has to break in new boss Supt Rollo Sale together with the worry of what one of her young civilian workers is up to. Stalwart retired cop Jimmy is keeping his eye on him whilst the rest of the team investigates the murder in 2010 of pensioner Sylvia Perkins who was bludgeoned to death in her rural home with a fireside poker. The most obvious suspects in this apparently motiveless crime have already been ruled out by the former investigating officer and although it wasn't difficult to guess what had really happened, even without seeing the previous title of the book, it takes Hilary's nose for detail to reveal the facts. We are left finishing on a cliff-hanger both professionally and personally for Hilary and some of her team. I can't wait for book 17!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    Everything is changing in CRT as Hillary`s boss Steven has accepted a new post in Oxford, she still hasn`t quite decided if she will accept his marriage proposal and her suspicions about Jake have not yet been resolved. In this no 16 in the DI Hillary Greene series Hillary meets her new boss, Supt Rollo Sale and for him to get an overview of how the department works Steven gives her and the team the case of an elderly woman Sylvia Perkins who was discovered bludgeoned to death with a poker in her Everything is changing in CRT as Hillary`s boss Steven has accepted a new post in Oxford, she still hasn`t quite decided if she will accept his marriage proposal and her suspicions about Jake have not yet been resolved. In this no 16 in the DI Hillary Greene series Hillary meets her new boss, Supt Rollo Sale and for him to get an overview of how the department works Steven gives her and the team the case of an elderly woman Sylvia Perkins who was discovered bludgeoned to death with a poker in her home. Sylvia a widow lived in a small rural village and the original investigating officer couldn`t find enough evidence to arrest anyone for the apparently motiveless crime. As they set about solving the cold case we learn more about Jake and the secrets he is keeping. Hillary cleverly pieces together all the clues once again proving she is a force to be reckoned with. If only she can solve the mystery surrounding Jake before he gets himself in too deep. A real cliffhanger of an ending that makes me impatient for the next in the series. Thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC, a definite must read addition to a series that has become a firm favourite.

  28. 5 out of 5

    M

    Satisfying End But With a Loose Thread This is the next to the last book in the Hillary Greene police procedurals. The plot is multilayered with police consultant Hillary handed a puzzling cold case murder of an elderly woman, and she’s suspicious of one of her junior civilian-consultants who appears to be working on his own clandestine agenda. Plus, marriage-shy Hillary is still stunned after her lover recently proposed to her. He has accepted a promotion and will be moving elsewhere to form a n Satisfying End But With a Loose Thread This is the next to the last book in the Hillary Greene police procedurals. The plot is multilayered with police consultant Hillary handed a puzzling cold case murder of an elderly woman, and she’s suspicious of one of her junior civilian-consultants who appears to be working on his own clandestine agenda. Plus, marriage-shy Hillary is still stunned after her lover recently proposed to her. He has accepted a promotion and will be moving elsewhere to form a new unit. As in all her books, author Faith Martin sprinkles clues like fairy dust, so I read carefully and ticked boxes. I also paid attention to the title, but it took me a while to choose a likely culprit. Well done, Faith Martin! Overall, this book was less satisfying than usual, because the cold case murder was secondary to the storyline about the possibly-bent civilian consultant. Furthermore, although the cold case is neatly tied off, the civilian consultant storyline is unresolved. 3 stars

  29. 4 out of 5

    Martina Kovaříková

    If you want relatively relaxing detective story, which does not contain any real violent scenes, this book is a good pick. Firstly, it is a technically old cold case, so the investigation is mainly focus in this case on the interviews, rather than large descriptions of the crime scene and the forensic evidence, secondly, it is a one off casem not one of many. However, the cold case is not the sole focus of the book, but part of it is on what Jake is up to, which I found at times bit distracting m If you want relatively relaxing detective story, which does not contain any real violent scenes, this book is a good pick. Firstly, it is a technically old cold case, so the investigation is mainly focus in this case on the interviews, rather than large descriptions of the crime scene and the forensic evidence, secondly, it is a one off casem not one of many. However, the cold case is not the sole focus of the book, but part of it is on what Jake is up to, which I found at times bit distracting me from the main story, especially since i read book, when it is disclosed what he was actually up to and why. So part of the story is fully known to me and it was bit disappointing. But maybe my own fault that I read the next book in series first. Overall I enjoyed the story, but the revelation what happened made me but sad, because I felt like it was such an uncesessary death and how things can just be... unlucky.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nerys Roberts

    Ex DI Hillary Greene is still pondering the marriage proposal from her superior Steven Cradle. He’s due to start a new job in a couple of weeks and his replacement, Detective Rollo Sale is already in Oxford for the handover. To show how the CRT works Steven gives Hillary and her team a cold case - Sylvia Perkins was found dead in her home some nine year earlier - she had been bludgeoned with a fire poker. The previous investigation believed her grandson had done it, especially as he’s inherited Ex DI Hillary Greene is still pondering the marriage proposal from her superior Steven Cradle. He’s due to start a new job in a couple of weeks and his replacement, Detective Rollo Sale is already in Oxford for the handover. To show how the CRT works Steven gives Hillary and her team a cold case - Sylvia Perkins was found dead in her home some nine year earlier - she had been bludgeoned with a fire poker. The previous investigation believed her grandson had done it, especially as he’s inherited her estate, but there was no evidence to back this up. While the team investigate the cold case Jimmy and Hillary are still trying to find out what Jake Barnes is up to and it seems he may be in way over his head. Can’t get enough of this serious - absolutely love Hillary Greene and her team. Thanks to Joffe Books and Faith Martin for the ARC of this book in return for an honest review

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