Blog Tour: Murder at Work – Faith Martin

Blog Tour: Murder at Work – Faith Martin

It blog tour time again and it’s another Faith Martin DI Hillary Greene book.  This is book 11 (out of 17) and Hill is feeling her age and due to retire shortly.  She’s been avoiding big cases and winding down her workload in preparation… until Marcus Donleavy decides to throw her in the fire. 

Naturally, I don’t mean a literal fire… he practically forces her (with help) to take the next suspicious death that shows itself.  It’s this case that throws an old adversary Hillary thought she’d gotten rid of back into her path. 

The latest in the DI Hillary Greene series, Murder at Work, is another great detective novel from Faith.  Her plot lines are somewhat predictable but written superbly.  I really do find myself almost watching Hillary and her team at work. 

Faith includes enough detail to tempt the imagination without telling her reader what to think. 

Despite me saying her plot lines are predictable, I still can’t stop turning the pages on my Kindle and love to try and figure out who the murderer is as I’m going along… I’m usually wrong however. 

I would highly recommend giving Faith’s DI Hillary Greene series a whirl if you haven’t already.  You can buy Murder at Work by clicking the image below.

As always, I’ll provide you with the entire series.  The images below are clickable images and each one will take you directly to the book of your choice.

About Faith Martin

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 11 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) comes 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.

Blog Tour: Murder by Fire – Faith Martin

Blog Tour: Murder by Fire – Faith Martin

These blog tours are coming around too quickly for me to keep up.  Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Murder by Fire, the tenth instalment in Faith Martin’s amazing DI Hillary Greene series. 

I interviewed Faith a few weeks ago and it was great to find out more about her and her writing methods.  The development of the characters in the DI Greene series is fantastic and I love following their stories.

In Murder by Fire, DI Greene investigates the murder of publisher and devout Christian, David Merchant, after his body is found in a bonfire in his back garden.  As the team fight to solve the case, personal lives continue to cause problems that spill, unwanted, into their professionalism.

Before I even start my review, I need to say I’m not quite at the end of Murder by Fire.  I still don’t know who killed David Merchant or why.  But having read so many of Faith’s books I know it’s going to be an explosive finale. 

DI Greene continues to be a force to be reckoned with and certainly deserves the respect given to her.  The younger members of her team look up to her, even if it is begrudgingly from a certain someone.  The removal of the thorn in her side at the end of the last book has meant that the team dynamics have changed. 

Murder by Fire is another brilliant read from Faith and I’m very much looking forward to the eleventh book… I wonder what it will be called?

You can read Murder by Fire by clicking on the image below.

If you want to start at the beginning here is the entire series… just click on the image to buy them.

About Faith Martin

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 10 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) comes 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.

Blog Tour: Murder in the Garden – An Interview with Faith Martin

Blog Tour: Murder in the Garden – An Interview with Faith Martin

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to one of my new-found favourite authors, Kristin Gleeson.  Today, I have a lovely new author for you to meet.  I’ve been very lucky to be given the opportunity to work with this author.  I discovered her books shortly after Christmas when I took out a free 3 month subscription to Kindle Unlimited.

The author we’re meeting today is Faith Martin.  She is responsible for the amazing DI Hillary Greene series.  Currently, the series is being revised and republished by Joffe Books.

This interview is forming part of a larger blog tour to celebrate the release of Book 9 in the series, Murder in the Garden

Hi Faith, It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you.  Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hello – lovely to meet you too!  I’ve been writing for over 25 years now (which makes me feel very old.)  When I started out there was no self-publishing, so I’ve always been traditionally published.  I began writing romance novels as Maxine Barry (great fun – I got to write thriller/love stories set in romantic places, with sexy, good-looking men!)  Then modern romance took a dip, so I started writing crime – which was my first ‘love’.  I discovered Agatha Christie and other golden age authors when I was about 13, and read them voraciously.  And so, as Joyce Cato, I started writing classic-style “proper” whodunits, with clues, red herrings, etc.  I have to say though, it’s far easier to read them than to write them!  Trying to come up with a fiendishly clever murder method gives me brain ache!  But then I created DI Hillary Greene – who is the woman I’d like to be (but haven’t a hope!)

I LOVE Crime Fiction and I first met DI Greene shortly after Christmas when I acquired my Kindle.  Where did you get your inspiration from? 

I’ve lived near the Oxford canal all my life, so when I wanted to write a police procedural series, it had to the Oxford area – as I don’t know anywhere else!  Alas, Morse (and all the other golden age authors who wrote about Oxford) cast a big shadow.  So I deliberately tried to do something different. Creating a female detective was an obvious start.  And avoiding the colleges/Oxford acedmia that proliferates in Morse and Lewis was another must.  So I created a female detective who worked out of Kidlington Thames Valley and attended crime scenes in the local villages and market towns (and occasionaly Oxford!)  Most good detectives have a slightly turbulent home life it seems, but I didn’t want anything too extreme – hence Hillary Greenes circumstances in the first of the series.

Do you have a research process prior to writing?  If so, which is your favourite part and why?

I always do my research before starting to write a book. Also a character analysis, a general synopsis and then a chapter-by-chapter time-line.  This means the whole book is planned out before I even type in ‘Chapter One’!  I find this works best for me.  Some books require a lot of research (one of my romances was set in Hawaii, where I’ve never been, and the storyline involved the cultivation of a black orchid!  Needless to say, I knew nothing about orchids!  That book took me almost as long to research and plot as it did to write!) Other books require no particular research.  I have to say, I prefer the latter!  I love the actual writing/creating process far more than the very necessary slog-work!    

How long, on average, does it take to write your novels?

From the start – when I get the germ of an idea, through research, plotting, and actual writing (including 2nd drafts and re-writes) about 4 months. (ish!)

With regards to your DI Greene series, are there any characters that are (perhaps loosely) based on real people in your life?

Never!  I never ever ever do that!  To begin with, if people I knew guessed, I’d be mortified.  But more than that, all my stories are fictional, and as a consquence I need my characters to behave in ways that I want them to throughout the novel.  But knowing real people and their own personal habits and how they would behave in certain circumstances, I’d never get them to fit my storyline character profile!  Real people are very hard to judge and tend to ‘do their own thing’ – whereas my own characters do what I tell them because they come out of my own head!  (Er…. Does that make sense?)

Meeting DI Greene for the first time while she was under investigation thanks to her dead, corrupt ex-husband was a real will she won’t she experience.  The characters have all developed and although some have moved on to new experiences and new characters have taken their places, they are all very memorable. 
Do you have a favourite character from the series?

Er, not sure I understood that first sentence! 

Actually, Faith neither did I.  I think I was trying to say that it was uncertain she would be exonerated.  Fortunately, she was. 

But as for favourites – no.  I tend to like them all for various reasons.  Even Frank Ross does his job properly and provides comic relief and makes everybody hate him!  I think Marcus Donleavy is my secret heart-throb though!  If I was still writing romances, wouldn’t he make a delicious, enigmatic hero? 

Oh, he would… you have a knack for describing people.  I understand that Murder in the Garden is the 9th book in the DI Greene series that has been revamped by Joffe Books.  I haven’t read the books that follow so I’m not sure how the series ends or even if it does.  Is there potential for more additions to the series?  If not, do you have any other books that crime fiction lovers should add to their list?

Don’t worry – there are 17 in the series!  And the last book is a natural ending – but that doesn’t mean I can’t write more if readers want them! But I don’t want to put out spoilers!   But as for other books – yes, I’ve written nearly 50!  If you like reading the country-house, classic Poirot-like crime stories, then my Joyce Cato series is for you.  I have a travelling cook amateur sleuth, and I’ve also written 3 with a vicar’s wife for the sleuth!  How quintesentially English is that?  And if romance is your thing, then you need to check out THE LYING GAME, IMPOSTERS IN PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE, at Corazon Books, writen under my pen name Maxine Barry.  My romances all have a thriller element, are contemporary, and are usually set on exotic islands or other interesting places.  I’ve also just had published, by Crowood Press, a slightly-spooky crime novel called the Lavender Lady Casefile, under the name Jessie Daniels.

(A little different) Do you have any advice for wannabe authors, young and old?

Yes – the best advice I was ever given was simple but vital – and it’s this.  DON’T EVER GIVE UP!  You can’t expect (unless you’re phenominally lucky) to just write a book and get it published.  Like anything else, you probably need to practice.  I was writing for nearly 5 years before I got my first book published.  Of course, nowadays, with self-publishing, you don’t have to go down the traditonal route.  As for advice on self-publishing – sorry, I have no idea!  I wouldn’t even known how to go about it!

Thank you for giving me your time.  One final question, is there anything else that you want to mention (that hasn’t already been covered above?

Crikey – I don’t think so!  I know it sounds a cliché but writing can be a very lonely sort of life.  For days on end it’s just you and your (often scaringly blank) screen.  But it can also be a lot of fun and rewarding.  Other days, you can tear your hair out! 

If you fancy giving DI Hillary Greene a go, the series is available from the following links.