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Sunday 10 October 2021

‘Murder in the Mansion’ by Faith Martin

Published by Joffe Books,
30 January 2018.
ISBN: 978-1-91210629-5
Originally Published by Robert Hale 2008
(Down a Narrow Path)

The report of the killing of a woman has DI Hilary Greene heading to the village of Bletchingham, a quiet typical village in Oxfordshire. Or maybe not so typical as wealthy Matilda Jones has been stabbed to death. The first suspect is Matilda’s estranged husband, but it appears that Matilda was not a popular woman and the suspect’s mount.

Back at the station Hilary parks carefully, so as not to have too far to walk to the station entrance for there is a sniper on the loose and he is picking off policemen all over the UK. Despite acting ‘business as usual, Hilary cannot but feel eyes on her back as she heads from her car to the station.  Since her DS’s marriage to Detective Superintendent Philip ‘Mellow’ Mallow Hilary has had replacement Keith Barrington, who despite a troubled past at his last post seems to be shaping up OK.  Hilary still has the odd misgiving when matters concerning her late husband Ronnie Greene surface, which they seem to do that with alarming regularity.  Every time she thinks it’s dead and buried something else crops up.

Although she is still seeing Mike Regis from Vice, is the relationship on a downturn, and there in the wings waiting to pounce is her boss Paul Danvers. Watch this space.

This is a good mystery in this terrific series with an incredible climax. Not to be missed.

Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes

Faith Martin is a pen name of English author Jacquie Walton who was born in Oxford. She is best known for writing a series of books set around Oxfordshire, with the starring character being DI Hillary Greene. She also has a series set in Oxford in 1960 featuring PC Trudy Loveday, who is assigned to help coroner Clement Ryder. Writing as Joyce Cato she has published 7 books featuring Jenny Starling, a travelling cook and amateur detective. And four books featuring Monica Noble, a vicar's wife with a taste for solving crimes.

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