I am thrilled to be on board for another blog tour with the brilliant Jill from Booksnall
This time, the focus is on ‘The Winter Mystery’ by Faith Martin. The Oxford based author is best known for her Hillary Greene books, featuring the titular detective.
This is a perfect seasonal read and jumping on point for this new series of mysteries featuring new character, Jenny Starling. Following on from ‘The Birthday Mystery’, this outing finds Jenny embroiled in a Christmas Eve murder.
When the detective who is sent to investigate the snowed in occupants of the village appears completely unprepared to cope with a murder investigation, Jenny takes it upon herself to solve the mystery and rescue Christmas clearing her name in the process.
I love whodunnits and this is a satisfying read with enough characters and twists to keep any mystery fan happy!
This is the first time I have read a Faith Martin novel and it definitely has encouraged me to not only go back and read ‘The Birthday Mystery’, but also the Hillary Greene books too!
As a huge fan of regional mysteries, finding a ‘new to me ‘ author is always a pleasure and I was excited to see that there are more Jenny Starling books on the way!
She is a character who, once met , is not forgotten. This is her bio-
In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies.
Who couldn’t get on with a woman like that?
Thank you Jill, Joffe Books and Faith Martin for letting me read your excellent book!
Faith Martin was born in Oxford, and has spent all her life within twenty miles of the university city, even working at Somerville College for five years before turning to writing full-time. The author of the popular DI Hillary Greene novels, she also writes more classic-style ‘whodunits’ under the pen name Joyce Cato, but began her writing career as Maxine Barry, winning an award for penning romance novels! A popular writer for over 25 years, she has had nearly 50 novels published so far. Her hobbies include walking her now ageing dog, wildlife-watching, reading and (reluctantly) gardening.