Murder at Work (DI Hillary Greene, #11)by Published 08 Apr 2018
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Detective Inspector Hillary Greene is due to retire in a matter of weeks. To her dismay her boss, who is determined to get her to change her mind about leaving the force, gives her a murder inquiry to handle. The victim, Michael Ivers, a gambler and a notorious womanizer, had few friends and there is a long list of murder suspects. But unless Hillary wants an unsolved murder as her final case as a police officer, she has just days to find out who killed him. To add to an already complicated case her old foe, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and he is a prime suspect.
Murder at Work (DI Hillary Greene, #11) Reviews
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I started reading this series backwards! Didn't mean to. This one got "lost" on my Kindle. I read book 13 first...backed up to this one, Book # 11.....and had such a great time with these, I went straight onto Amazon for the whole series!. Hillary is just great as is the rest of her team. These are fast paced books with very personable / authentic characters. Great reading for a rainy afternoon.
THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”
Almost impossible to believe, but Hilary has put in her resignation and is scheduled to retire in just a few weeks. Most of her team have either left or transferred out. And since her best friend was killed in front of her, she just doesn't have the motivation to stay. She spends a lot of time pondering what she will do when she no longer has to chase the bad guys.
Her bosses definitely do not want to see her leave. Her superior comes up with an idea .... put her on a murder investigation. She won't leave in the middle of the case and that will give him some extra time to come up with something else to convince her to stay.
The murder victim, Michael Ivers, was brutally killed with a few bashes to the head. Known as a gambler and a philanderer, he wasn't much liked by anyone. The question is ... which of those who didn't like him actually killed him?
Complicating the case is the return of ex-Sergeant Frank Ross, now a security guard and ultimately a prime suspect. Since he was forced to retire from the department, he has only become more surly and bitter.
There are many suspects to look at. Ross, who may have been blackmailed by Ivers, any number of ladies he has dated and dropped, husbands who may have taken offense of Ivers messing with wives ... partners at work for any number of reasons.
Every time I read one of Faith Martin's books, I'm amazed at how well written they are.. and each seems to be better than the last. The mystery is always a puzzle and so many twists and turns with a variety of suspects keeps me riveted to the story.
Hilary is a terrific character. She's an older woman, approaching 50, who is well known for her dedication to catching criminals and finding justice for those left behind.
It's going to be an amazing ride when she retires (if she does) and goes onto something else. It will be fun following her adventures.
Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Another quick read from Faith Martin. Whilst I enjoyed it, it wasn't my favourite, the story mostly being used to tie up previous loose ends.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of Murder at Work, the eleventh police procedural to feature DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley police.
Hillary is winding down to retirement but in an effort to derail her plans she is given a murder case. Her ex-sergeant Frank Ross, now working as a security guard at a local industrial estate, discovers the battered body of Michael Ivers as he finishes his rounds. Frank becomes a suspect when Hillary realises he is up to something but he is not the only one as Michael was deeply unpopular.
I thoroughly enjoyed Murder at Work which, while not being particularly profound, is an entertaining mixture of pleasant characters and a puzzling mystery. I like the logical nature of the investigation, investigate all possible leads until one makes sense. This takes the team deep into the life of an unpleasant man and allows them to eliminate several suspects along the way. The subplot of what Frank Ross is up to is amusing as Hillary bests him on several occasions.
The novel revolves around Hillary Greene and her last few days on the job. It is poignant to see her giving up the job she loves for loyalty and the greater good. She is in reflective mood but it doesn't stop her settling a few scores and solving her case because despite her regrets she's going to do her best. I love that she always comes up trumps. I'm looking forward to seeing how she takes her life forward.
Murder at Work is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.