Murder on the Oxford Canal

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN FIGHTING TO SAVE HER CAREER Not only has she lost her husband, but his actions have put her under investigation for corruption Then a bashed and broken body is found floating in the Oxford Canal It looks like the victim fell off a boat, but Hillary is not so surLooking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective MEET DI HILLARY GREENE, A POLICE WOMAN FIGHTING TO SAVE HER CAREER Not only has she lost her husband, but his actions have put her under investigation for corruption Then a bashed and broken body is found floating in the Oxford Canal It looks like the victim fell off a boat, but Hillary is not so sure Her investigation exposes a dark background to the death Can Hillary clear her name and get to the bottom of a fiendish conspiracy on the water This is a crime mystery full of well observed characters, which will have you gripped from beginning to end MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL is the first in a series of page turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell What readers are saying about MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL A great story and a great read Likeable and interesting characters and I hope to read about DI Hillary Greene and her team Nerys Roberts This book is a real page turner and I cannot wait for the next book in the series Barbara Drew me in from first pages, an excellent mystery Rhonda DI Hillary Greene is a force to be reckoned with Ray George An excellent read from beginning to end Jeremy Ball THE LOCATION The Oxford Canal meanders through the beautiful county of Oxfordshire, sometimes joining up with the rivers Cherwell and Thames, and flows past the world famous university city of Oxford Unlike many canals which are practically ruler straight commercial waterways, built to help transport goods and heavy traffic before the advent of the railways, the Oxford Canal is a winding and natural looking body of water, and is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers It has several romantically named locks on its length such as the Three Pigeons Lock, and Dashwood Lock and boasts the ominously sounding Somerton Deep Lock, which often terrifies first time boating holiday makers THE DETECTIVES DI Hillary Greene An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years experience, and came up through the ranks Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults She is a long standing friend of her immediate superior officer, Mellow Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy Popular with the rank and file for her no nonsense attitude and competence, she is currently under investigation on account of her recently deceased, and definitely corrupt husband Ronnie Greene But adversity has never stopped her from doing her job DCI Philip Mellow Mallow Mel appreciates Hillary s first rate ability to solve her cases, and isn t happy about her harassment by the officers from York Known for his sartorial elegance and laid back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he s determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS A NARROW ESCAPE
Murder on the Oxford Canal Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective MEET DI HILLARY GREENE A POLICE WOMAN FIGHTING TO SAVE HER CAREER Not only has she lost her husband but his actions have put her

  • Title: Murder on the Oxford Canal
  • Author: Faith Martin
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  • Page: 384
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    1. A new author to me; he books are being re-packaged and re-released for a fresh and unsuspecting audience. This is fine but from experience faithful readers can get caught out and buying books they have already read. Murder on the Oxford Canal was originally published in 2004 under the title "A Narrow Escape."This is a fine police procedural with a tight plot that is well written by its author, Faith Martin. Although written, now some 13 years ago, it doesn't feel dated or out of time, however it [...]

    2. 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.**Silly me read Book 7 first but I am now reading the series in order**So this is where it all began! While there were a couple of different characters in this story compared to book 7, everything makes so much more sense now. I love British police procedurals, there is some [...]

    3. DI Hillary Greene is balancing several balls. She's fighting to save her career. Her ex-husband, now deceased, has been found to be corrupt and was has made millions of dollars that hasn't been found. Internal Affairs suspect that she was involved in one way or another. She has a supervisor who would love nothing more than to see her lose her job and be charged with something anything.A body has been found floating in the Oxford Canal. It's a young man, suspected to be a part of a drug organiza [...]

    4. I invested 90 minutes in this book and nothing happened. It is clearly not for me. I’m old and can’t waste time on things I don’t care for.

    5. 4 starsDI Hillary Greene and DS Janine Tyler respond to a body in the water at a canal. Janine has a chip on her shoulder and while she likes Hillary okay, she doesn’t like working for a woman. (She’s a “man’s” woman you might say.)DI Greene is under review for the misbehavior of her now-deceased husband who was also a police officer. She only has the case a little while before it is taken away from her and given to DCI Phillip “Mel” Mallow. DCI Mel is determined to keep Hillary in [...]

    6. This is book 1 in the DI Hillary Greene series which is being republished by Joffe Books.DI Hillary Greene is reeling from the repercussions of the death of her estranged husband who was a bent policeman. She is under investigation by the Internal Investigators who believe she knows the whereabouts of the proceeds of Ronnie's crimes. Frank Ross was a friend of Ronnie's and uses every opportunity to get one over on Hillary. She is unhappy, living on a boat and struggling to hold on to the only th [...]

    7. donnasbookblog.wordpress/I really enjoyed this book, it was set at a nice and steady pace which really suited the plot, it is a well written crime thriller. The characters were great (I loved some and not so much for others but they are exactly what the book needs) - they do work really well together and this helps to carry the plot through right to the end - there were twists and turns and it did keep me hooked.  Whilst it isn't as fast paced as some of the other books I the genre this is stil [...]

    8. An adept police procedural, featuring DI Hillary Greene - she is tough, socially isolated as her deceased husband was a corrupt police officer and she is being investigated to find out if she was part or beneficiary of his schemes. Interesting in this book is that most of the 'meaningful looks' exchanged by the various police officers are about the sexual attractions going on between them all, instead of messages about whether they think the suspects are lying of how to proceed in their actions. [...]

    9. someone I usually agree with liked this so I tried to read it again go for mehave to note this so I don't try to read it a third time!

    10. The first in the DI Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin. DI Green is a late 30's detective in the Oxford area of England. The series is typical of British police procedurals - heavy on interviewing, checking records, discussion. Not so much action, but something does occasionally happens such as Hillary Greene being shot in book 4.Available in Kindle Unlimited.

    11. Felt like reading a crime novel and went for this one since it takes place in England like many of criminal novels that I liked.The book is a very easy read and also enjoyable. But it didn't go past three stars (which means "I liked it" by the standards). One thing that was a bit annoying was all these cops lusting after each other. Feels like high school romance instead of a criminal novel with characters in their 30's. Still it luckily didn't take over the whole book and seems to only have be [...]

    12. I’m a huge fan of Inspector Morse so I'm fairly familiar with the Oxford setting, and when I got offered a chance to read another series set in Oxfordshire I jumped at the chance.The story opens with DI Hillary Green being investigated by a pair of detectives known as the ‘Yorkie bars’ in the wake of the death of her ex husband who was revealed to be a dodgy policeman.She is thrown into a suspicious death at a lock, the victim is quickly linked to a local drug dealer and all round bad guy [...]

    13. Originally written in 2004, this is the first book in a series being republished by Joffe Books. Set in the Thames Valley near Oxford, its main character is DI Hillary Greene. The opening chapter makes us wonder what exactly is going on – we are not sure where she is and why she is not very happy about it? All will soon be revealed. I was not sure about Hillary Greene at the beginning of this novel but slowly came to care about what was happening to her. To say she is having a difficult time w [...]

    14. In this book we are introduced to DI Hilary Greene. She is currently under investigation by the internal affairs team, following the death of her now deceased ex husband Ronnie,also a police officer. He was corrupt and is thought to have amassed millions of dollars which as yet have not been found.Internal Affairs suspect Hillary of being involved somehow.Her immediate superior DCI Phillip Mallow trusts and respects Hillary and gives her what appears to be a straight forward accidental death on [...]

    15. Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.Hillary Greene is a policewoman in Oxford who is being investigated by Internal Affairs for her late husband's crimes. He was a policeman on the take, and IA are looking for the millions of pounds he had hidden. Innocent, living on a longboat owned by her uncle, and hating every claustrophobic minute of it, she is happy to be called out on a case. The body of a man was found in the Oxford Canal, an obvious murder. The victim was part of a dangerou [...]

    16. Hillary lives on a boat. Her ex- husband is being investigated for illegal smuggling- despite being dead. When a body is discovered in a lock she is sent as the SIO. When the murdered person has links to drug smuggling , Vice are called in and things take a turn for the worse- especially as internal investigations think that Hillary has stashed her dead ex’s haul of money somewhere safe for her own use. This is an enjoyable read and Hillary is a likeable character. A good plot and sound charac [...]

    17. It’s not a terrible book. The story is intriguing enough at first, but the ending leaves something to be desired. There are quite a few character’s that the author tries to develop at roughly the same pace - the problem is that it feels as though these characters were already established somewhere else; like this isn’t the first book in the series and we should already know quite a bit about them.I think the main problem for me is that after you hit a mark roughly a quarter of the way thro [...]

    18. I wanted to read this book because of its Oxford setting, but it could have been set anywhere with a canal. The book has very good pacing and strong characters. The writing style is somewhat colloquial. My main complaint was that the point of view shifts constantly even within a single scene. I don't mind having lots of different points of view within a novel, but I do think it's better if whole scenes are handled from a single POV. It's a typical police procedural with its usual crop of bolshie [...]

    19. Hillary Greene investigates the death of a man who apparently fell from a narrow boat into the Oxford Canal. At the same time, she is being investigated by the Police Complaints Authority to see if she was involved with her late estranged husband's corruption. I liked this story, which I found well-written and well-plotted. The other police officers were fully rounded characters and the descriptions of life on a narrow boat make me determined never to try it.Slightly detracting from an otherwise [...]

    20. MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL by Faith Martin. Published by Joffe publishers. Hillary had been desk bound since husband's death, and then with hints of his allegations. She has a new case a body in the lock. Hoping it lasted long enough, for them to stop looking at what her ex had been doing. Wanting something to read she picks up her ex husband book by Dick Francis. Wonders of wonders, what was she looking at. She had vacation time, time off the boat, sun shine and beaches, sounded good. An intere [...]

    21. A well paced and engaging read. The plot is credible and the police procedure works to support it. While I have no difficulty at all accepting the sexism inherent in the system, the contrast between DI Hillary Greene and her deceased ex doesn’t make much sense and a number of characters leave me similarly unconvinced. It’s human to make poor decisions but characters need to reflect, learn and grow rather than repeating a script.While I enjoyed the read, looking at the number of books in the [...]

    22. DI Hillary Greene due to the illegal activities of her dead police officer husband Ronnie, is under investigation to determine if she had any involvement in his activities.But when a suspicious death is reported - a body in the local canal - she is assigned this low key case. But what does it lead to.Previously published as A Narrow Escape this is a good start for this well-written series, with its various characters. It will interesting to see how they develop over the series.Received an Advanc [...]

    23. "If it wasn't for the black, rubber-suited diver below, and the insistent presence of the bobbing corpse, it would be a perfect kind of day."Wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. Interesting characters and we get everyone's POV. Nicely crafted crime and plenty of side issues to keep the story moving along. Might have been more useful to place the "character list" (the strangely included description of the main characters) and the "glossary of English slang for US readers" in the front [...]

    24. I enjoyed reading about DI Hillary Greene and her team and read the book in a couple of sittings. I particularly liked the background information and personal aspects along with the nitty gritty of crime scenes.Hillary doesn't have it easy with aggravation coming from all sides but she is determined and her dogeared attitude pushes her on as she realises all is not what it seems. I look forward to reading more from this author

    25. This was an ok read. I enjoyed the setting of the canal boats and wished that had been used a little more in telling the story. The book starts and ends with the tale of a murder but in between there is work on a vice case and an internal affairs issue. Both of which I think we're unnecessary and didn't add to the story As well I am not sure how the author interpreted the words “too,” “heaven,” and “mine” as an anagram of "Seven and nine"!

    26. British procreduralFirst in a series, so there's a fair bit of exposition introducing characters and providing back story. Main character is a fortyish woman divorced from a crooked cop, balancing between her own career as a cop and being under investigation as a possible confederate of her husband. The characters are the fairly standard group in a police station, but the story is interesting and I will definitely read the next in the series

    27. Enjoyable ReadI really like DCI Hillary Green and her team. This is a new author and series for me. So far so good. I look forward to seeing where the cliff-hanger ending leads us. I am also very curious about the direction Ronnie and the Yorkie Bars will take. I gave it 4 Stars, but not because I didn't like it. I wanted a little more on the mystery end. I really look forward to the second installment.

    28. Thank you Netgalley for this book.I wanted to read this book because of the title. I simply adore England and I feel at home while reading a book that is set in England. I once took a holiday on a narrowboat and fell in love with them. The author has captured the atmosphere very well. I liked most of the characters but the plot was a little complicated and not always easy to follow. However, I am looking forward to more books in this series.

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