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Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble. DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton. The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s large cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuo Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble. DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton. The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s large cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuous white wedding gown, the young, beautiful redhead had clearly been strangled. But not everything is what it seems, and the victim turns out to be at the centre of a web of jealousy and intrigue in the close-knit village. Many of the villagers have a motive for murdering her but they’re not giving up their secrets easily. Can Hillary discover the real reason for this brutal crime and cope with the spiralling revelations about her dead ex-husband?


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Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble. DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton. The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s large cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuo Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, the police woman with a nose for the truth and a talent for trouble. DI Hillary Greene is called out to attend a suspicious death at Three Oaks Farm in the picturesque village of Steeple Barton. The large farmhouse is filled with music and revellers, but when she steps into the farm’s large cowshed, Hillary finds a dead bride. Dressed in a sumptuous white wedding gown, the young, beautiful redhead had clearly been strangled. But not everything is what it seems, and the victim turns out to be at the centre of a web of jealousy and intrigue in the close-knit village. Many of the villagers have a motive for murdering her but they’re not giving up their secrets easily. Can Hillary discover the real reason for this brutal crime and cope with the spiralling revelations about her dead ex-husband?

30 review for Murder of the Bride

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Another very readable book in this series featuring DI Hillary Green. I like Hillary very much. She is a smart, independent woman who manages her way through life the way normal people do. Admittedly not everyone has a huge, untouchable, illegal fortune stashed away in an overseas bank but there are good reasons for this anomaly. Murder of the Bride opens with the discovery of a dead woman, dressed as a bride, on the floor of a cowshed. The story then follows the police investigation culminating Another very readable book in this series featuring DI Hillary Green. I like Hillary very much. She is a smart, independent woman who manages her way through life the way normal people do. Admittedly not everyone has a huge, untouchable, illegal fortune stashed away in an overseas bank but there are good reasons for this anomaly. Murder of the Bride opens with the discovery of a dead woman, dressed as a bride, on the floor of a cowshed. The story then follows the police investigation culminating in the discovery of the murderer. Of course there is a neat twist at the end. I enjoyed all the clues and red herrings and was able to work out the guilty party before Hillary did. All good fun and I am looking forward to the next book already.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    4.5 Stars DI Hillary Greene and her team have been called to the scene of a suspicious death. The body of a young woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found in a cow barn. The only witnesses .. the cows. She was obviously strangled .... but by who.. and why? Upon questioning her friends, co-workers, lovers, Greene finds that the woman was not universally liked. She had her cap set for a man who would become quite rich upon the death of his father. She was one of those who spoke her mind and didn't 4.5 Stars DI Hillary Greene and her team have been called to the scene of a suspicious death. The body of a young woman, dressed in a wedding gown, is found in a cow barn. The only witnesses .. the cows. She was obviously strangled .... but by who.. and why? Upon questioning her friends, co-workers, lovers, Greene finds that the woman was not universally liked. She had her cap set for a man who would become quite rich upon the death of his father. She was one of those who spoke her mind and didn't particularly care who she upset. Everyone who knew her has a motive for wanting her dead ...... This is 3rd in a series, and each book seems to get better than the last. The author is very true to her characters. They grow, they adjust, as time goes by. This is a fairly fast paced mystery with several story lines running along side. Green is still reeling from the antics of her now deceased husband. Her attractive sergeant is having an affair with their supervisor. DC Tommy Lynch gets engaged to his longtime girlfriend and immediately starts having second thoughts. And her supervisor has a new boss, scheduled to make an appearance at any time. The mystery portion is well thought out and the ending was a total surprise. There is plenty of suspense to keep one riveted from start to finish. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “NARROW IS THE WAY. Many thanks to the author / Joffee Books / Jill Burkinshaw / Netgalley for the advance digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a 4.5 star read. 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. Wow ..... the author has really gotten into the swing of things with this novel! The plot is simpler and the list of active characters has been pared down making for a well tuned novel that is fast paced, easy to follow, yet still mesmerising with its This is a 4.5 star read. 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. Wow ..... the author has really gotten into the swing of things with this novel! The plot is simpler and the list of active characters has been pared down making for a well tuned novel that is fast paced, easy to follow, yet still mesmerising with its twists and turns and red herrings. The reveal of the perpetrator totally caught me by surprise, even though all the clues were hidden like little nuggets throughout. The characters all seem to have their own problems and celebrations to deal with in this novel, adding yet another layer of depth to their back stories. While the solving of a crime is the main feature of police procedurals, the author has done an exceptional job of creating multifaceted, life-like characters who are easy to invest in and, let's be frank, it is this ability that makes Faith Martins work stand above others. I'm intrigued with Hillary's conundrum that has her questioning her ethics, and with the nefarious reasons the new Superintendent has joined the Thames Valley Police. Do I see another rotten apple in the barrel? I shall have to read on to find out! Easy done - I have at least another three DI Hillary Greene novels in my Kindle!! Can't wait to find out what happens next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Books 'n' All Promotions

    I am growing to absolutely love Hillary Greene what an amazing character she is pure excellence on Faith’s part for developing her so well. I also love the way that Faith writes these books so they can be read as stand-alone without a lot of repetitive ‘catch up’ text. A bride is found murdered in a cow shed at a fancy dress parties. A lot of potential murderers and very few clues leaves Hillary flummoxed but not for long as she, and her team, get stuck in fitting the pieces together. As I have c I am growing to absolutely love Hillary Greene what an amazing character she is pure excellence on Faith’s part for developing her so well. I also love the way that Faith writes these books so they can be read as stand-alone without a lot of repetitive ‘catch up’ text. A bride is found murdered in a cow shed at a fancy dress parties. A lot of potential murderers and very few clues leaves Hillary flummoxed but not for long as she, and her team, get stuck in fitting the pieces together. As I have come to expect from this series there are plenty of twists and turns and a few red herrings. Add a good dollop of humour into the mix and you end up with a gripping thriller that will keep the reader turning page after page until arriving at the ending which is a real curve ball. I can honestly say that out of all the possible candidates for the murder I had in mind the actual was someone I hadnt even considered. If you like a book that moves along quickly with the suspense building throughout the book with no sign who the murderer is then this book is for you. The characters are all well developed realistic yet complex people that we get to know over the course of the book. A bit of romance makes for a well rounded entertaining read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Hummm... I think I'll give this series a rest. Hummm... I think I'll give this series a rest.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 and 1 / 2 stars DI Hillary Greene is called to the Three Oaks Farm to the site of a body. The young woman is dressed in a beautiful wedding gown. But she is not a bride. It is a dress-up party to celebrate someone’s anniversary. She was found in a smelly barn surrounded by cows. So much for forensic evidence. After interviewing the local bobby, she interviews the two people who found her. Hillary reviews the list of fifty or so guests and crosses out the women. That leaves them men to interview 4 and 1 / 2 stars DI Hillary Greene is called to the Three Oaks Farm to the site of a body. The young woman is dressed in a beautiful wedding gown. But she is not a bride. It is a dress-up party to celebrate someone’s anniversary. She was found in a smelly barn surrounded by cows. So much for forensic evidence. After interviewing the local bobby, she interviews the two people who found her. Hillary reviews the list of fifty or so guests and crosses out the women. That leaves them men to interview. This is a pretty big list of suspects. When Mandy Tuckers comes to the station, Hillary and PC Tommy Finch interview her. Although she wasn’t at the party, she calls herself Julia Reynolds’ best friend. They may learn something about the murdered woman’s background. She tells them quite a bit about Julia’s personality. She was volatile and more than a little spoiled. It seems that there are many people who had a reason to dislike Julia sufficiently enough to want to kill her. There is a new superintendent in the unit. His name is Justin Raleigh. He came from the Met, and everyone is speculating as to why. The rumors run from his being gay to be advised to leave the Met. Hillary and DS Janine interview Theo and Roger Greenwood. Theo owns the upscale hotel and facies himself (almost) nobility. He obviously couldn’t stand Julie and thought her lower class and not nearly good enough for his only son, Roger. Roger shows signs of grief at the loss of his almost-fiancée, but is holding something back. He knew that Julia was only after his money, or rather his father’s money, but loved her any way. Meanwhile, Gregory Innes, a private investigator, is slinking around with the potential to cause trouble for the police and the suspects. The identity of the murderer comes as a surprise. This book is very well written and plotted. The suspense started immediately in the story and continued throughout the book until the explosive denouement. I like DI Hillary Greene very much. The way she gets on with her team is well illustrated. The team works well together – with the exception of Frank Ross, of course, and follows the investigation wherever it leads. It shows dedication and professionalism. I really enjoy Faith Martin’s novels and will continue to read her books. I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this wonderful book to read and enjoy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder of the Bride, the third novel in the DI Hillary Greene series of police procedurals set in Oxford. Hillary is called out late at night to a dead body. Local hairdresser, Julia Reynolds, has been found murdered in a cowshed. She is the eponymous bride having been dressed as one for a fancy dress party. As the investigation unfolds it soon becomes clear that Julia and those around her were keeping secrets, some more relevan I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder of the Bride, the third novel in the DI Hillary Greene series of police procedurals set in Oxford. Hillary is called out late at night to a dead body. Local hairdresser, Julia Reynolds, has been found murdered in a cowshed. She is the eponymous bride having been dressed as one for a fancy dress party. As the investigation unfolds it soon becomes clear that Julia and those around her were keeping secrets, some more relevant than others. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder of the Bride with its mixture of clever plotting, twists and turns, humour and likeable characters who are fast becoming old friends as the series progresses. The novel works well as a stand alone, being the story of one investigation but to get the best from the characters and their history I would recommend reading the series in order (Hillary's life is complicated through no fault of her own). The plotting is excellent with several suspects, a dodgy victim and Hillary playing a canny hand, leaving her deputy, DS Janine Tyler, to jump to the obvious conclusions. The solution is really unexpected and a big surprise, making for a satisfying read. I wasn't overly impressed with the first novel in the series but feel Ms Martin has really hit her stride with this one. It is a straightforward whodunnit but it's the characters and their humour which make it such a compulsive read - I just wanted to know what they'd get up to next. Hillary was separated from her husband, Ronnie, when he died but then her problems started as he was found guilty postmortem of trafficking in illegal animal parts. She was cleared of any collusion but has stumbled over the details of a potential offshore bank account and is dithering over what to do about it. At the same time a militant animal rights organisation is suing her for reparation on behalf of the animals and want her house. Not everything is resolved but Ms Martin moves things forward in a hugely amusing way. Not all the humour is reserved for this situation as Hillary's interactions with her fellow officers are at times tinged with irony and funny observations. Murder of the Bride is an entertaining novel which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    It's a costume party and the murder victim is found in the cowshed dressed as a bride. Who was she and why was she strangled? The crime is solved by Detective Inspector Hillary Greene and the reason for the murder was truly tragic. I'm definitely looking for more books by Faith Martin. I found myself arriving to my U.S. History class late because I wanted to get to the end of a chapter. The students appeared not to mind. It's a costume party and the murder victim is found in the cowshed dressed as a bride. Who was she and why was she strangled? The crime is solved by Detective Inspector Hillary Greene and the reason for the murder was truly tragic. I'm definitely looking for more books by Faith Martin. I found myself arriving to my U.S. History class late because I wanted to get to the end of a chapter. The students appeared not to mind.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    I am continuing to enjoy this series. The characters are interesting and the plots aren’t too convoluted. Good travel and summer reading

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder of the Bride, the third novel in the DI Hillary Greene series. To begin with the weakest point of the book: the cover. I would never buy this book based on the cover alone. The good points of the book: there are many! I do not have to repeat the cover text here because other reviewers did so. Hillary Greene's character is evolving more and more, and that of her colleagues too. What I liked about this story was that, contr I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder of the Bride, the third novel in the DI Hillary Greene series. To begin with the weakest point of the book: the cover. I would never buy this book based on the cover alone. The good points of the book: there are many! I do not have to repeat the cover text here because other reviewers did so. Hillary Greene's character is evolving more and more, and that of her colleagues too. What I liked about this story was that, contrary to Murder on the Oxford Canal, there were not too many people in it. I don't like books where you read names on every page, without knowing whether a person is to become important in the rest of the book or not. Murder of the Bride has a good plot, with a very suprising twist, humor, interesting characters and it generally feels like the author is really in a flow writing this series. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series because by now I'm really getting curious about some of the things that seem to happen in Hillary's life ;-)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ann-Marie

    I am enjoying this series by Faith Martin. The books are free with Kindle Unlimited, and I am not sure if that has anything to do with their appeal. By this, the third book, some of the characters are becoming a bit predictable, but there is enough of a continuing ethical dilemma involving the main character, Hillary Greene, to keep me coming back for more. THere was a nice plot twist to this tale, and a loose end that could conceivably have been left hanging without damage to the storyline was I am enjoying this series by Faith Martin. The books are free with Kindle Unlimited, and I am not sure if that has anything to do with their appeal. By this, the third book, some of the characters are becoming a bit predictable, but there is enough of a continuing ethical dilemma involving the main character, Hillary Greene, to keep me coming back for more. THere was a nice plot twist to this tale, and a loose end that could conceivably have been left hanging without damage to the storyline was dealt with before I had a chance to notice it was even left.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    The basic story and the criminal investigation were interesting with an unexpected ending, but I would have preferred if Hillary had been more prominent. The author has written the book around the whole team, but I’m not that interested in Frank, Mel, Janine or Tommy. I find the Mel and Janine saga quite boring and I’m getting tried of the way the author keeps bringing up Tommy’s obsession with Hillary. Finally I found the meeting in the internet café at the end of the book really contrived. If po The basic story and the criminal investigation were interesting with an unexpected ending, but I would have preferred if Hillary had been more prominent. The author has written the book around the whole team, but I’m not that interested in Frank, Mel, Janine or Tommy. I find the Mel and Janine saga quite boring and I’m getting tried of the way the author keeps bringing up Tommy’s obsession with Hillary. Finally I found the meeting in the internet café at the end of the book really contrived. If possible I would have given 3.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "An intoxicating mix" Another clever plot meticulously unpicked by Hillary Greene and her team. The series has all the ingredients needed. A strong female protagonist, with a colourful supporting cast for the police procedural elements, Each has their own story line to be explored, which means this type of series can run and run. Add in several red herrings and a hard to spot killer to complete the picture and you've cracked it. Bring on Book Four. I'm eager for more. "An intoxicating mix" Another clever plot meticulously unpicked by Hillary Greene and her team. The series has all the ingredients needed. A strong female protagonist, with a colourful supporting cast for the police procedural elements, Each has their own story line to be explored, which means this type of series can run and run. Add in several red herrings and a hard to spot killer to complete the picture and you've cracked it. Bring on Book Four. I'm eager for more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Ducie

    Another romp through the Oxfordshire countryside with DI Hillary Greene. This time she's searching for the murderer of a beautiful woman, who goes to a fancy dress party as a bride. There are lots of twists and turns; some interesting cases that may or may not be interwoven; and Greene's character and relationships are developing nicely. An easy read, great for relaxing on holiday. Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders. Another romp through the Oxfordshire countryside with DI Hillary Greene. This time she's searching for the murderer of a beautiful woman, who goes to a fancy dress party as a bride. There are lots of twists and turns; some interesting cases that may or may not be interwoven; and Greene's character and relationships are developing nicely. An easy read, great for relaxing on holiday. Perfect for fans of Midsomer Murders.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nancy H

    The third entry in the DI Hillary Greene mystery series, this book sees her called to a country farm where there is a woman dressed in a bridal gown and who has been strangled in a cow barn. There is much more going on under the surface than it seems at first, and Hillary is just the police officer to get to the bottom of things. The characters, setting, and plots in this series are all first rate.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    I am liking this series. Great main characters and satisfying mysteries.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mrs A. J. Turbfield

    Second read Not one of my preferred stories. n this series, having just realized I have already read this. But love this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    A bride is found dead in a barn at a fancy dress party to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. DI Hillary Greene is on the trail with her team and a new superintendent to get used to. What is his real mission as to why he has been transferred and why was the bride strangled? This is the third Faith Martin/DI Greene book I have read and I am enjoying them more and more each time. There is an underthread or two along the way which keeps the flow between books and a little more interest to the mai A bride is found dead in a barn at a fancy dress party to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary. DI Hillary Greene is on the trail with her team and a new superintendent to get used to. What is his real mission as to why he has been transferred and why was the bride strangled? This is the third Faith Martin/DI Greene book I have read and I am enjoying them more and more each time. There is an underthread or two along the way which keeps the flow between books and a little more interest to the main storyline. Hillary’s dead ex allegedly had a stash of money from his illegal tradings and her trying to find this and the background is one of the threads running through. Characters are very likable (mostly!) with the odd rogue (Frank) along the way to keep things real. A little humour and a little romance help make this a very enjoyable read. I voluntarily chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Howie

    The story took a while to get underway, but there were enough unexpected twists to keep things interesting, and the solution was different from the usual motives you find in mystery novels.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    for whatever reason I went back to beginning and found I did not and do not enjoy the first several books of the series that later becomes a readable series

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    When I was approached and asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for ‘Murder Of The Bride’ by Faith Martin, I accepted the invitation as I knew that it was the ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with a new author. Shockingly this is the first book by Faith Martin that I have read. I know, I know where have I been? I can’t believe that I didn’t discover this author sooner because her books are fantastic but more about that in a bit. I took to DI Hillary Greene from the start. She is When I was approached and asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for ‘Murder Of The Bride’ by Faith Martin, I accepted the invitation as I knew that it was the ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with a new author. Shockingly this is the first book by Faith Martin that I have read. I know, I know where have I been? I can’t believe that I didn’t discover this author sooner because her books are fantastic but more about that in a bit. I took to DI Hillary Greene from the start. She is one feisty female detective and then some. There are things from her past that she tries hard to bury and not let them affect her but some, like her slime ball, criminal ex-husband still get to her on a daily basis. DI Greene was unaware of her husband’s criminal behaviour but there are still some people within the police force that still think she must have known and that she had some part in some of his activities. DI Greene has to cope with the whispers and the suspicion every day of her life. Saying that she tries not to let it get to her. I wouldn’t say that she is a particularly ambitious police detective as I get the impression that all she is bothered about is solving crime, apprehending the villains and seeking justice for the victims of crime. Anything that would take her away from that is not high on her list of priorities. DI Greene has the support of most of those that she works with although I have to say that for me, there are question marks over a couple of her colleagues. DI Greene also has her admirers and I am not just talking about those that admire her work. In ‘Murder Of The Bride’, DI Greene realises that she has a tough case on her hands because nobody seems to be talking but like a dog after a bone, DI Greene always gets her man or woman. Hillary Greene is like a dog with a bone in that once she has her teeth into you, she doesn’t easily let go. She knows that people are keeping quiet or telling her porkie pies (lies) but she just keeps digging. There was one member of her team that I could quite cheerfully slapped across the face with a wet flip flop followed by a wet fish and that is DS Frank Ross, who I think is a relic left over from the Seventies. He is sexist, racist, homophobic, tactless, undiplomatic and that’s just for starters. He seems like a modern day DCI Gene Hunt from BBC’s ‘Life On Mars’. I just know that I couldn’t work with him without having to say something. In my humble opinion, ‘Murder Of The Bride’ is superbly written. The author grabbed my attention from the very first word on the very first page and I wasn’t released from the book’s grip until the last word on the last page. It was almost as if I had been hypnotised because all I focussed on was the book and I managed to shut out all other noise entirely. Usually I have the concentration span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not from ‘Murder Of The Bride’. The pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves and before I knew it I had finished the book, which I was so disappointed about. I was disappointed because I was enjoying the story and the writing style so much that I just wanted the book to continue. I soon cheered myself up with the thought that I have another couple of books in the series to read before any new ones are released. ‘Murder Of The Bride’ is the third book in a series but it can easily be read as a standalone. As I am slightly OCD I will be reading the series in order and from the beginning. Reading this book was much like being on a rollercoaster ride with lots of twists, turns and occasionally stomach churning moments. On more than one occasion I smugly thought that I had figured out who the murderer was, only to be proved wrong and sent down another road entirely. In short, I totally, utterly adored reading ‘Murder Of The Bride’ and I can’t wait to read more books in this fantastic series. Whilst I wait for a new book, I will just catch up with the rest of the series so far. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book and indeed this series to anybody. Faith Martin is right up there on my list of ‘must read’ authors. I award this book an easy 5* out of 5* but I would have awarded it more stars if I could because I enjoyed it so much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is the third book that I have read in the DI Hillary Greene series and I have enjoyed all three!  The characters are going from strength to strength in the books and I really enjoy how they interact with each other.  This book has a good solid plot, it is set at a steady pace and had a few twists and turns along the way - a very enjoyable read! This book can easily be read as a stand alone and you don't miss out on anything if you haven't read the prev https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... This is the third book that I have read in the DI Hillary Greene series and I have enjoyed all three!  The characters are going from strength to strength in the books and I really enjoy how they interact with each other.  This book has a good solid plot, it is set at a steady pace and had a few twists and turns along the way - a very enjoyable read! This book can easily be read as a stand alone and you don't miss out on anything if you haven't read the previous two books in the series.  I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next book from Faith - 5 stars from me for this one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Moira McGeough

    Another entertaining murder mystery featuring DI Hillary Greene. Hillary's character is well developed but some of the other characters could do with some fleshing out, or they might become stereotypical stock characters. What will Hillary do about her deceased husband's ill gotten gains? We will have to wait. Another entertaining murder mystery featuring DI Hillary Greene. Hillary's character is well developed but some of the other characters could do with some fleshing out, or they might become stereotypical stock characters. What will Hillary do about her deceased husband's ill gotten gains? We will have to wait.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert Crouch

    Having read and enjoyed the first two novels in the Hillary Greene series, I was looking forward to another entertaining murder investigation. I wasn’t disappointed. It begins when a woman in a wedding dress is found strangled in a cow shed on a farm. It isn’t long before Hillary’s piecing together the woman’s eventful life and the impact she has on many of the locals at the party they were all attending. A lot of the people are not who they seem to be, increasing the list of suspects. Alongside t Having read and enjoyed the first two novels in the Hillary Greene series, I was looking forward to another entertaining murder investigation. I wasn’t disappointed. It begins when a woman in a wedding dress is found strangled in a cow shed on a farm. It isn’t long before Hillary’s piecing together the woman’s eventful life and the impact she has on many of the locals at the party they were all attending. A lot of the people are not who they seem to be, increasing the list of suspects. Alongside the investigation, the relationships and interplay between the main team members are a joy to watch, strengthening the characters and offering plenty of conflict and challenges. There’s a healthy streak of humour running alongside the egos and sexual tensions in the squad. Hillary has her own problems to resolve, thanks to her now deceased husband, who was a crooked cop. She lives on a narrow boat, has no love life to speak of, and an animal welfare organisation wants to take the former marital home from her. While the investigation may be frustrating, there’s always plenty going on. The stories have improved with each book. The various backstories continue to provide additional conflict as well as entertaining distraction. The characters are now established, bringing additional depth to the novel. Combined, they produce an entertaining story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m already looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carole Gourlay

    Another cracking tale by one of my fast becoming favourite authors. Hillary Greene reminds me of a cross between Vera Stanhope and Miss Marple, her character develops more and more with each book I read. She is an extremely likeable character, with a razor sharp brain, but equally she is humorous too. She is the victim of a husband who was a crooked policeman, and is forced to live on her uncles barge, which, as the weather gets worse, is not much fun, but the lovely nature and flora and fauna w Another cracking tale by one of my fast becoming favourite authors. Hillary Greene reminds me of a cross between Vera Stanhope and Miss Marple, her character develops more and more with each book I read. She is an extremely likeable character, with a razor sharp brain, but equally she is humorous too. She is the victim of a husband who was a crooked policeman, and is forced to live on her uncles barge, which, as the weather gets worse, is not much fun, but the lovely nature and flora and fauna which surrounds her leads me to think she quite enjoys it really. This story is about a girl who is dressed in a bridal outfit and gets murdered in a barn at a farm in the back of beyond at a party. The hosts are quite the local wealthy entrepreneurs but all is not what it seems, and with Hillary and her team, including the despicable Frank (you’ve always got one)! and the new dodgy police boss things soon become apparent that nothing is straightforward. People are hiding information. The plot is very well written and the motive for the murder I would never have thought of. Most unusual. Very many thanks to Faith for such an entertaining book and to Joffe Publishers for sending me an advanced copy. 5*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    Once I started to read Murder of the Bride, I couldn't stop. I found Faith's characters to be well-rounded and believable and her knowledge of police procedure to be excellent. The book starts with a girl's body, dressed in a wedding dress, in a cow barn at a farm where a fancy dress party is in full swing. There are numerous suspects, which Faith introduces without any particular emphasis on any one and we follow DI Hillary Greene as she and her team set about the task of finding the murderer. DI Once I started to read Murder of the Bride, I couldn't stop. I found Faith's characters to be well-rounded and believable and her knowledge of police procedure to be excellent. The book starts with a girl's body, dressed in a wedding dress, in a cow barn at a farm where a fancy dress party is in full swing. There are numerous suspects, which Faith introduces without any particular emphasis on any one and we follow DI Hillary Greene as she and her team set about the task of finding the murderer. DI Greene is a wonderful character, intelligent, quick-witted, hard-working but with a 'human' side to her, making the reader want to find out more about her past. We are given clues to both the murder and Di Greene's past although I, for one, didn't come to the correct conclusions in either case. This is a stand-alone book but I understand there are previous books in the series which I will have to read, if only to satisfy my own curiosity as to Di Greene's past history. As a crime novel, it catches you up and scoots you along until it spits you out at the end with a very unusual twist (not foreseen) and a new fact about Hillary which leaves you wanting more. If you like a fast-paced and intelligent crime story, then this is the one for you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Steven Toby

    Like checks and balances in the Constitution The author provides us with another mystery that is every bit as complex as the previous two. Hillary is called to a cow barn on a farm where a big party is still going on at the house. A girl in a bridal dress is dead on the floor along with cow waste. She’s been strangled and the doctor who does the post mortem recovers traces of skin from her fingernails so she evidently fought back. You’d think the case would be solved in a few minutes of computer Like checks and balances in the Constitution The author provides us with another mystery that is every bit as complex as the previous two. Hillary is called to a cow barn on a farm where a big party is still going on at the house. A girl in a bridal dress is dead on the floor along with cow waste. She’s been strangled and the doctor who does the post mortem recovers traces of skin from her fingernails so she evidently fought back. You’d think the case would be solved in a few minutes of computer work but of course that only works if the bad guy is in the DNA database. So it’s complex with detectives questioning one witness after another. DI Greene actually sees a man lurking near the farmhouse and chases him. It’s dark and she has a close encounter with a commuter train — not the sort of thing I was expecting of a middle aged woman who is not described as working out frequently! The dead bride turns out to have Secrets and as you’d expect, she was killed because of one of them, but we’re kept guessing till the end even what the motive was. Everyone at the nick figures it’s sex or money (the most common motives, I suppose, in police circles and very likely in reality) but here it’s “none of the above!”

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

    I've been getting into this series of books by Faith Martin lately and I'm really enoying them. While they aren't literary masterpieces, they're good diversion and Martin is a very capable storyteller. Her characters are well developed, so that you begin to know them. The protagonist, DI Hillary Greene, grows on you after a while. The stories don't have any surprise twists at the end, but they do keep you guessing most of the way through the story. Martin has obviously done a lot of research abo I've been getting into this series of books by Faith Martin lately and I'm really enoying them. While they aren't literary masterpieces, they're good diversion and Martin is a very capable storyteller. Her characters are well developed, so that you begin to know them. The protagonist, DI Hillary Greene, grows on you after a while. The stories don't have any surprise twists at the end, but they do keep you guessing most of the way through the story. Martin has obviously done a lot of research about murder investigations, and about the investigators who perform them. It's easy for an author to fall into the trap of over-explaining, especially when it comes to technical details, but Martin manages to steer clear of that trap. While there's plenty of technical explanation, it never detracts from the plot or the character development. I'll probably read a couple of other books before I dive into the next one in this series, but I'm looking forward to it. Glad I stumbled into this series of murder mysteries.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    This is the third book in the DI Hillary Greene series, it opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman, in a bridal gown, in a cow shed. She had been a guest at the anniversary party being held at the farmhouse. The investigation throws up a few different suspects and its not until the end you finally discover the identity of the perpetrator and the reasons behind the killing. We also gain further insights into the characters and personal lives of DI Greene and her team, plus there is a This is the third book in the DI Hillary Greene series, it opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman, in a bridal gown, in a cow shed. She had been a guest at the anniversary party being held at the farmhouse. The investigation throws up a few different suspects and its not until the end you finally discover the identity of the perpetrator and the reasons behind the killing. We also gain further insights into the characters and personal lives of DI Greene and her team, plus there is a new superintendant, about whom there is an air of mystery, to get to know. I am really enjoying this series and would definately recommend it. Each book has left me wanting to know more about not just the next case of Hillary and her team but about their personal back stories. Thanks to Joffe books for letting me read this as an ARC in return for an unbiased review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This is an interesting story, honestly did not totally figure it out ahead of time (although I should have!). Descriptions of people/places are good, help create that visual I like when I read a book. Character are well developed, unlike some books I have read lately, one can actually relate in some way to all of them. I like Hillary Greene but don't care too much for the other characters although they do help round things out. At least romance is a side thought and not focused on. The interacti This is an interesting story, honestly did not totally figure it out ahead of time (although I should have!). Descriptions of people/places are good, help create that visual I like when I read a book. Character are well developed, unlike some books I have read lately, one can actually relate in some way to all of them. I like Hillary Greene but don't care too much for the other characters although they do help round things out. At least romance is a side thought and not focused on. The interactions of the team and the bosses are downplayed but still have a role in the actions of the characters. Focus is on the team members and how they work to solve the crimes, not their "back stories" so much. Obviously there will be another which I will probably read to see if loose ends are tied up. Do read it for a light mystery that won't offend or give nightmares! HA!

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