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Murder in the Family

(DI Hillary Greene #5)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  3,239 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?
Then meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

15–year-old Billy Davies is found dead in his father’s shed. A pair of gardening shears thrust brutally into his chest.

DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this baffling crime.

How had
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Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published November 22nd 2017 by Joffe Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: He was a big lad, but not fat, with dark hair and what she thought might be blue eyes. He might be as old as an under-developed sixteen, or as young as a well-developed thirteen, it was hard to tell. He was dressed in dark blue tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt. The logo was hard to make out, mostly due to the fact that he had a pair of garden shears sticking out of his chest. The dark stain of blood had pooled into his lap, but very little had made it to the floor. And from that alone sh ...more
Linda Strong
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

MURDER IN THE FAMILY, a treat for lovers of British Crime, sees the return of DI Hillary Greene in her fifth suspenseful romp set in Oxfordshire.

For DI Greene, there's almost nothing worse than finding the murdered body of an elderly person... but finding a 15=year-old boy dead with a pair of gardening shears sticking out of his chest is the worst.

Who would have wanted this young boy dead? and Why? He had never been in trouble..nothing beyond normal teenage activities. Or is that the re
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Cheryl
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.

This novel is my favourite so far in the DI Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin!

Another exemplary mystery, this time surrounding the murder of a 15yo boy with garden shears. Hillary has her work cut out for her with this investigation, not because there are no clues or sus
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I am absolutely loving this Hillary Greene series by Faith Martin. I think it is, possibly, even better because Joffe Books are republishing them so the next book is never far away.

Following events in the previous book Hillary is acting DCI and Mel has been promoted to the position he lost out on in book 4 due to his relationship with Janine. Tommy is on the verge of leaving for a Sergeant position at another station so the whole dynamics of the team is undergoing change. Hillary is unsure if sh
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Amanda
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fifth book in the best selling series featuring DI Hilary Greene and her team. It’s also the fifth book by this author that I have absolutely loved but more about that in a bit.
At the beginning of the book, DI Greene is actually acting Detective Chief Inspector. I got the impression that DI Greene isn’t so much bothered about losing out on the permanent promotion, but she is bothered about the person who she lost it to as there is a history of ill feeling between the two of them. DI
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Hannelore Cheney
Thank you Netgalley and Joffe Books for the eARC.
This series just gets better and better and I'm so glad Joffe Books have started reissuing the books. It's also exciting to know there are quite a few more to follow (at least I hope so!).
DI Hillary Greene, fully recovered from a previous gunshot wound and still living on her longboat (she finally bought it), is involved in the case of a 15-year old boy, found stabbed to death by garden shears in his father's shed. His little sister found him. Aft
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Ted Tayler
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Another engaging and easy read"

This story might not have the thrills and excitement of some of the others but every series needs a change of pace and a change of characters. Faith Martin cleverly weaves the re-positioning of the faces in the office with the story of the young boy found murdered in the allotment shed. In the previous books the back story of her late husband and the missing money was a prominent feature. This time it got barely a mention as the lives of Mel Mallow, Janine, Tommy
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Elizabeth Ducie
DI Hillary Greene is back, on the trail of a teenager's murderer. Her career is now secure, as the suspicions of her involvement in her late husband's crimes have been judged unfounded. She is happy in her unconventional home. And although her team is due for a major upheaval, that's in the future. She is still obsessed with her looks and her figure, seeing herself in a much harsher light than others do. This crime is a fairly straightforward one although there are some holes in the plot. Not th ...more
Ira Therebel
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
Another really good book in the series. It might actually be my favorite so far.

15 year old Billy is found dead with garden scissors through his heart and Hillary Green is taking care of the case.

The story really makes you want to keep reading and see how it ends. There are so many times when I thought the answer is obvious but soon after there was already another possibilities. I love it when this happens in crime books.
Misfits farm
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teenagers body is discovered in a shed at the family allotment. He doesn’t appear to be in any sort of trouble so who on earth would murder him in this backwoods of the Oxfordshire countryside? DI Green is back on the case with her respected crew. Hillary is a likeable character and Faith gives us a little more of her background in each read along with others in the team. These are always a pleasurable read with nothing too gory, just a good detective plot with characters that you can relate t ...more
Misfits farm
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A teenagers body is discovered in a shed at the family allotment. He doesn’t appear to be in any sort of trouble so who on earth would murder him in this backwoods of the Oxfordshire countryside? DI Green is back on the case with her respected crew. Hillary is a likeable character and Faith gives us a little more of her background in each read along with others in the team. These are always a pleasurable read with nothing too gory, just a good detective plot with characters that you can relate t ...more
Joyce
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Acting DCI Hillary Greene goes into the office expecting a normal day. She is hit with a bombshell when she learns that she is no longer the DCI. Paul Danvers was selected. He was the officer who investigated her connection to her n’er-do-well and crooked cop husband Ronnie. DC Tommy Lynch was promoted to DS and offered a position at another city nearby. Hillary will be very sorry to see him go, but is happy for him at the same time.

Fifteen-year old Billy Davies is found dead in his fath
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Elaine Tomasso
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder in the Family, the fifth book to feature DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley Police.

The novel opens with a bang as Hillary doesn't get the DCI role she has been doing for the past 5 months. It's disappointing but as she was unsure she really liked the DCI role she is happy to dive back into investigating the murder of 15 year old Billy Davies, found in his dad's allotment shed with a pair of gardening shears in his chest.
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Sheila Howes
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Thanks to the team at Joffe Books for a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*

The book opens with the murder of 15 year old Billy Davies, in his father's allotment shed, with a set of gardening shears. The murder of a young child immediately upsets the team, and they are even more upset by the news that initially his 11 year old sister found him, before going home to tell their parents.

The team cannot understand who would want to murder a young boy, and for what reasons. So begins
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Lorraine Webb
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the Hillary Greene books, I have to admit that I was rather disappointed with some aspects of this one, even though I did still enjoy it. It seemed to end rather abruptly and, whether it was my own fault because I was not attentive enough, somehow I seemed to miss how she actually came to solve the case. But it was better in that the repetition that I have disliked in previous books was actually not anywhere near as grating in this one, and as always I enjoyed the story development a ...more
Gail Gassen
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An upstanding character of Detective Inspector Hillary Greene!

As all of these books in this series this book was amazing! Whenever your reading a series it seems there are always some books that are preferred over others. It the same for me with this series. Except it's darn hard to pick them out in this series. I especially loved this one, except for the death of a young person is always heartbreaking. Its always heartbreaking with death, especially murder, but I think the very old and the very
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Andrew
Having just read and really liked 'Murder in the Village' I was very keen to read this, the fifth book in the DI Hillary Greene series.

Once again the Oxfordshire locations and strong characterisation helped to create a novel with a strong sense of time and geography.

It was first published under the title 'Through a Narrow Door '.

This story picks up from the earlier book. However it is stronger in several ways. Most importantly, I liked the quality of the dialogue which added both humour and a
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Bruce McNair
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a stint as Acting Detective Chief Inspector and winning a bravery award, Hillary Greene is disappointed that she has been passed over for the permanent role of DCI by a man who had previously investigated her. She doesn’t have too long to dwell on it as a fifteen-year-old boy has been brutally murdered with a pair of gardening shears. But the investigation bogs down due to the lack of solid leads. Who did the deed? Was it a member of the family? Or one of the few neighbours in the small ha ...more
Joanna Larum
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Faith Martin book I've read and I strongly suspect that I am now hooked. I would defy any lover of crime novels to read it and not like it. Detective Inspector Hillary Greene is a wonderful character with problems of her own but is intelligent, quick-witted and meticulous in her work.
The discovery of the 15 year-old boy's body, complete with shears stuck in his chest, makes one sit up and take notice and, although gruesome, is well-handled.
Faith introduces other characters, al
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Mrs. Moira McGeough
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The fifth novel in the DI Hillary Greene series and I enjoyed this one more than the fourth one. The central story was about the murder of a fifteen year old boy in his father's allotment shed, an apparently motiveless murder. After many twists and turns Hillary solves the case in spite of being injured in the line of duty on a drugs raid. No more about that because I'm sure the character leading that raid will crop up in a future novel. The main reason I enjoyed this book more than the previous ...more
Darcey Tomasino
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder in the shed

I don't know why the book is titled Murder in the Family....
I typically enjoy the books in the series, but this one missed the mark. It took waayyyyy too long for Hillary to figure out the obvious: photographer+lots of unexplained money+dead youth=blackmail. My only complaint with the series as a whole is the glossary. It could be quite useful if it contained more British colloquiallisms and idioms, instead of universal terms. For example, Jane Doe, lad, Doc Martens are not "Br
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Bev
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-read, own-it
DI Hillary Greene and DCI Phillip "Mellow" Mallow are investigating the death of a fifteen year old boy. He is found in his father's shed with a pair of shears sticking out of his chest. While looking into young Billy Davis' life, he wasn't a sweet and innocent boy. The question still remains, who would want to killer him and why? Hillary is having trouble at work and keeping focused. Her most reliable constable Tommy Lynch is transferring out. Can Mallow help Hillary with her harassment by the ...more
Nancy Silk
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"A Complex Case To Solve"

This is a British crime mystery featuring Detective Chief Inspector Hillary Greene who is struggling to save her career by catching criminals. Now she faces the murder of 15-year old Billie Davies found dead in his father's backyard shed. Gardening sheers had been thrust into his chest. Her investigation reveals that Billie was not himself an innocent young man. This is an intoxicating novel of suspense and dark secrets. It is a difficult case to solve but Hillary sends
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Marion
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DI Hillary Greene is back in this the fifth book in the series.
This one follows straight on from the last in the lives of Hillary and her team as they set about investigating the strange discovery of a 15 year old boy,
Billy,found in his parents shed with a set of garden shears stuck in his chest.
The teams enquiries throw up various reasons the boy could have been killed and a variety of suspects.
Twists and turns in the investigation keep you guessing before the perpetrator is finally revealed.
A
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Donna Maguire
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I am really loving this series and I think that  the books are getting better and better as the series progresses - this is book 5 and the series shows no signs of slowing down!

The plot in this book is excellent and it kept me gripped. It has the same excellent attention to detail and great writing style as in the previous books and I think this is the main thing for me that makes the series so good,  that and Faith has created some great characters in the
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Nerys Roberts
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teenage boy is found murdered in his family’s allotment shed but who would want to kill him. DI Hillary Greene and her team are on the case. Billy Davies seemed to be a normal schoolboy but it soon transpires that he had a sideline that made him some money and it looks like this is what got him killed. Absolutely love this series of books - look forward to reading how Hillary deals with the changes in her team and how she deals with two romantic admirers.

Thanks to Joffe Books and Faith Martin
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Pgchuis
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Here Hillary and team investigate the murder of a 15 year old boy in an allotment shed. Hillary has a new boss, Paul Danvers from previous instalments, and is (of course!) fending off his romantic interest in her. The Mel and Janine drama continues, and Tommy is about to be promoted to another station.

The investigation itself is very well done until the end, when the nature of the "club" the murderer is involved in is revealed: I found it hard to believe there were so many interested parties/per
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Connie Bickford
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read!

Author Faith Martin has done it again. DI Hillary Greene is back, investigating a murder of a teenaged boy. All the same characters are at work with her although change is in the air as both Tommy and Janine, her sergeants both seem headed for new responsibilities. The case progresses with various twists and turns and concludes with the realization for the reader that changes may be in the wind for Hillary Greene also.
Perhaps not as gripping as the earlier books in this s
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Debbie
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So love this author and her characters, there was a couple of twists in here that I am not sure that I really liked but they so obviously worked within the Story that Faith Martin wove within this book.

Great mystery story as usual and I love the detail that she goes into when talking about the outlying villages to Oxford and I can imagine myself in the area. When reading the stories it brings it to me more in real life as some of my family live in and around Banbury and have been to several of t
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Andi Caissie
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun series

When I first started reading this series I thought it was a rip-off of other series, Like Anna Travers, Erika Foster, etc. I was wrong. Hillary Greene is smart, determined, tough, and fighting for her place in the male-dominated world of a police station. Unlike similar characters, Hillary isn’t as self-destructive and prone to bad choices. I can hardly wait for the next book in this series.
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Faith Martin is a pen name of English author Jacquie Walton, who is best known for her popular detective series, starring Detective Inspector Hillary Greene.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired 'cosy' murder mysteries. As Maxine Barry, her latest romance novels are now available from Corazon Books. As Jessie Daniels, her 'spooky' crime novel, The Lavender Lady Casefile came out
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