Hello! Today I’m delighted to be opening the Blog Tour for Faith Martin’s “Murder Never Misses”, book 14 in the Hillary Greene series. Whilst this is a spoiler free review, you do need to read book 13, “Murder of a Lover” before reading this book and review.
About the book:
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS SOLVING THE COLD CASES NO ONE ELSE COULD CRACK.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “WALK A NARROW MILE.”
Three missing young women. One evil stalker. But Hillary doesn’t think it all adds up.
Hillary is recovering from the vicious attack by her stalker. It appears that he is also behind the disappearance and murder of three women. Her bosses want these unsolved cases closed, but Hillary has a theory that will shock everyone.
However, as the truth comes to light, Hillary and the team are faced with a dire emergency — can they prevent an imminent murder?
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. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.
This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.
MURDER NEVER MISSES is the fourteenth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.
An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now!
Hillary has recovered well from the attack in book 13, and returns to continue the missing persons case which also began in the previous book. There are 3 missing girls, Hillary suspects they are all dead, and she is the stalker/killer’s hit list. As the missing persons are treated as cold cases, Hillary continues to investigate, although her live stalker case is handed over to DI Rhumer and his team.
Can Hillary outsmart her stalker and find out what really happened to the 3 girls?
I love returning to the Hillary Greene series. I always know I’m in for a treat, nothing shocking or gruesome. This is no exception, however I’m finding it hard to give my thoughts without spoilers! So I’m not going to say any more about the plot than I have above.
I’ve often written how much I like the character of Hillary Greene, and I’m also really enjoying the development of her relationship with her new team, and her romance with Steven Crayle. I’m not usually a fan of romance in my crime books, however you just get hints of it rather than it being shoved in your face.
As always, highly recommended. 4*
About the author:
Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 14 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.
Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) came out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.
As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.