In Murder in the Village, the fourth in the DI Greene series by Martin, the least likely bystander ends up the murderer. In the meantime corruption within the force and the evil legacy left by Greene's late husband create more trouble for her which makes fascinating reading. Martin portrays all her characters with a deft hand, and her tales are page turners with great dialogue, satirical humour and strong action scenes.
I liked it very much. it is well written and a strong story line. my main criticism is that the author does not appear to know the difference between the verbs to lie ie to become prone and to lay ie to put something down somewhere.
This is book 4 in the Hillary Greene series. The books will work very well as stand alone but a better reading experience will be accomplished by reading them in sequence.
Hillary is a dedicated DI and is still dealing with the fallout from a bad marriage to a bent copper who died leaving Hillary with his mess to clear up. She is living on a Narrow Boat on the Oxford Canal while working her way through the fall out from Ronnie's death. She survived investigation by the IPC and is fighting off a court action resulting from her Ex-husband's illegal dealings.
She is well thought of within the department and leads her team with compassion and guidance. Janine is not impressed with having Hillary as her 'boss' and her relationship with Mel causes problems for everyone. Despite this Hillary still has her back.
This story is very intriguing and moves along pretty quickly with many twists and turns and unexpected events popping up to keep you turning the pages.
I love how this series is progressing. The books have a little humour interwoven in the story and very unique characters that make up Hillary's diverse team. Well written, gripping and a little light humour thrown in what more could a reader ask for? Well worth the 5 stars and looking forward to book 5.
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MURDER IN THE VILLAGE by Faith Martin. Joffee Publishers. DI Hillary at forty four , was she to scared of boredom, and loneliness to retire from being a cop. Another murder, 2 women with alibis full of holes. Raleigh could have figured out she was digging up information. He had something of hers she valued. Would the money be there, at least she still had a job, for now. Readers will enjoy this fourth book by her. Good mystery from the beginning. Given ARC. for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
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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.
The fourth in the DI Hillary Greene series, Murder In The Village has everything and more in it! Three major criminal investigations fight for Hillary's attention but only one with her as SIO. The murder of a local, campaigning to get into government, supplies Hillary and her Team with a plethora of suspects and just as many dead ends. Interrupting her ongoing investigation is a raid by the Vice Squad on a garden centre to recover guns being sold. After successful completion, another handgun is found, and with the Tactical Team having already left, Hillary passes the weapon to Sgt Frank Ross to be logged into evidence. You just know something is going to go horribly wrong with that scenario!! An Operation headed by new Superintendent Jerome Raleigh, to capture Luke Fletcher and take a shipment of a particularly nasty new drug off the streets, goes horribly wrong with Hillary being shot. Just what happened during the meticulously planned raid for it to finish in the way it does? And why is Hillary getting a very bad feeling about the new Super ...... and his new buddy Frank Ross? While recovering from surgery Hillary decides to investigate Jerome's past and why he transferred to Thames Valley Police. What she finds is shocking, but what will she do with the information? Finally, a return to work from a still recovering Hillary sees her navel gazing when it suddenly comes to her who the murderer for her original investigation is! The woman is definitely canny with the last minute connections she makes. With revelations and bombshells galore, this really is an action packed, adrenaline soaked read Faith Martin has provided for her readers. Highly recommended.