I have read all of the DI Greene books so far and have enjoyed them. The character of Hilary Greene, her quirks and past troubles are engaging. With the exception of Frank Ross (would anyone really get away with his attitude in today's force?) - her old team was great - but I am not warming to the new team. Explanations and background are given so this could be read as a stand alone book, but I would suggest reading them all from the beginning. The author's vignettes of everyday life are a delight. An example being the two young lads coerced from their computer games by the exasperated mother of one of them in order that she could finish her cake baking in peace. Her suggestion that they go and fish for minnows instead, led to their enforced outdoors adventure culminating in the discovery of the body in the meadow. For some reason, and perhaps the next book might help, I found Sgt Gemma Fordham more caricature than character. No spoilers - I understand the reasons for her being on Hilary's team etc, she just did not gel with me as either, villain, hero nor antagonist - shame. The denouement felt a bit hurried, IMO the story did not hang together as well as the preceding ones. I do hope the next instalment of this engaging series is back on track.
Which is where Murder in the Meadow begins. Two boys playing computer games are turfed out of a bedroom and into the hot summer Oxfordshire countryside. They find the body of a young man, an artist, later on to be discovered as the local gigolo. Local rich women, a forged painting, and a new DS all go to making another good read from Faith Martin. Hillary has lost Tommy Lynch to a promotion, and Janine; on her marriage to Mellow Mel, to another station. She still has the obnoxious Frank Ross to contend with as well as Barrington whose mind is elsewhere much of the time, and a new DS, Gemma Fordham who isn't all she appears to be. Even five years after his death Ronnie, Hillary's late but not lamented ex husband is still causing her grief. And why is her new DS skulking around the Mollern. All will be revealed at the end when a uniform nearing retirement, recognises her. Then finally, Hillary twigs what she's after. Good easy books that don't take long to read. A few Americanisms have slipped in, sneakers rather than trainers or even plimsolls! Mussed, why not just say messy. And slacks, does anyone wear slacks these days. Also, there seem to be an awful lot of people wearing silk blouses/shirts. From my memories of silk, it's a nightmare to iron. Polycotton, much more practical....
I enjoy Faith Martin's books immensely and am reading through them as quickly as she is producing them. They are gentle crime/detective stories with no gratuitous gore or violence or excessive suspense, so an easy and enjoyable read. The characters are consistent and likeable and the plots interesting and varied. There is rather a lot of repetition and stock phrases across the books which can grate occasionally and for me detracts from the books somewhat but not sufficiently to stop me reading them end-to-end. For non-Brits there is a glossary at the back which allows the language to be authentic. Chapter length is just right for my commute, especially as many of the chapters are subdivided which allows plenty of places for a break in the story without losing continuity, yet does tend to tempt you to read "just one more". If I were to compare my reading to a Sunday lunch, Faith Martin's books are the potatoes - a safe bet and, quite often, the best bit of the meal in a very understated way.
What a find this author is. Just loved the escapism , one of those authors once you start you can’t put down. As everyone says start at the beginning and read in order as the characters build and blend. This is what makes the series. You have the background of the ‘team’ as they come and go and at the same time you have the murder investigations, with the red herrings and blind alleys that you get led down. I find that I read these long into the night as I want to find out just how the plot resolves itself. Well done Faith Martin I think this series would make an excellent basis for a new TV series. Hurry up Amazon and release the rest in the series please, can’t wait.
I loved this book. Another excellent story from Faith Martin. DI Greene is not Superwoman just a very clever detective, a brilliant boss who looks after her new team - apart from DS Frank Ross !! A body turns up and the team are galvanised into action. At first, not a fast , chilling thriller but a steady detection story. Things get moving but in between Hillary has some doubts about her new DS 'Gemma'... things have been noticed ? The pace quickens up, people are interviewed over and over. It's a good story and quite exciting. I'm afraid I dismissed the offender half way through - how wrong can you be?? I have loved all of F.M.'s books . Will Hillary take action on her suspicions ? Roll on book 8 !!
An intruiging mystery,involving the usual crew headed by DI Hillary Greene, plus a new Sergeant who is a bit of a mystery herself. Faith Martin has the gift of writing a great story, revealing the ins and outs of a major police inquiry, and the thought processes of the detectives, plus the events in their private lives which impinge on their work. As always there is an unresolved loose end relating to Hillary`s dead husband.I wonder if that will be resolved in the next book in the series ?
Enjoyed this one as much as the previous novels. Detective Inspector Hillary Greene is such an attractive, although very human character, and it's very interesting to follow her life and career. The body of a local artist and gigolo is discovered by two boys in a lovely meadow, and Hillary has a very tricky case in her hands. Her new DS, Gemma Fordham is something of an enigma, the two dislike each other instinctively but carry on working together to solve the case.
The Hillary Greene series of books cannot come fast enough for me, another brilliant piece of story telling. Hillary is my favourite detective and you Faith Martin are becoming my number one author. Many twists and turns to come for Hillary in future stories it seems, your new characters are intriguing to say the least.