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Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie. But the evidence never added up. However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice? Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker. Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?


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Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie. But the evidence never added up. However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice? Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker. Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

30 review for Murder Never Retires

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    DI Hillary Greene #12. Now a civilian, Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley to work on cold cases for her boss. Superintendent Steven Crayle is unsure about letting someone on his team with Greene's reputation, so he hands her a twenty year old murder file that's as cold as a blizzard. With retirement only lasting eighteen months, Hillary is back working. Now a civilian working on a cold murder case that were never solved. Her first case is of Anna McRae who was found dead in her own home. She DI Hillary Greene #12. Now a civilian, Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley to work on cold cases for her boss. Superintendent Steven Crayle is unsure about letting someone on his team with Greene's reputation, so he hands her a twenty year old murder file that's as cold as a blizzard. With retirement only lasting eighteen months, Hillary is back working. Now a civilian working on a cold murder case that were never solved. Her first case is of Anna McRae who was found dead in her own home. She had been beaten to death by a rolling pin. Her sister had been the prime suspect. We also learn that Hillary now has a stalker. Can Hillary solve this cold case while fending off the attention she is getting from her stalker? There is the usual twists and turns that we get in this series. I always like the main characters. The books are always well written and easy to read. If you have not read previously, any of the books in this series, if I was you I would start with book one, otherwise you will you will miss out on a really good series. I would like to thank Joffe Books and the author Faith Martin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    4.5 Stars PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN.” Her retirement has lasted all of a year and a half and now she's back. Although no longer a DI, she is working as a consult for the Police Headquarters. She has a new team and she's being given cold, cold murder cases which have never been solved. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. H 4.5 Stars PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN.” Her retirement has lasted all of a year and a half and now she's back. Although no longer a DI, she is working as a consult for the Police Headquarters. She has a new team and she's being given cold, cold murder cases which have never been solved. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Her first case is 20 years old. Anna McRae was found dead in her home, beaten to death with a rolling pin. She was a wife and mother of three children ... but since she was having an affair with her sister's husband, the sister was the prime suspect. But it could never be proven. After 20 years, whatever leads the detectives had once had have turned ice cold. While she and her team start painstakingly putting together a new case and re-investigating the friends and families of Ms. McRae, she finds that the victim had many more secrets that were never brought to light. What also emerges is that Hillary has a stalker. First her locker is broken into and a comb goes missing. She receives roses hand delivered to her office. A Valentine and a book of poems are next. Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention? HIllary still has the same sharp, feisty edges she has always had. Popular with rank and file, she's no-nonsense and extremely competent in her job. Her new team consists of an older retired Sergeant who has heard of Hillary's reputation and is eager to work with her. Because of budget cuts, the other two members are civilians ... they do the grunt work to free up detectives to do the 'real' work. The young man is greener than green, but is promising in his eagerness to learn from Hillary. The other is a young woman who has designs on the boss and really doesn't want another woman around. Great characters all around with lots of twists and turns make this crime thriller an exceptional addition to the series. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books n All Book Promotions / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this book. Having read book #1 and book #3 in the series, I was actually very surprised to find that within such a short space of time since my last review (25 November 2017) so many more books in this series were published. So I somehow missed them out on NetGalley. Because of that, it was somewhat a surprise to read that Hillary is suddenly almost fifty and coming back from retirement. Oops. Luckily, having enjoyed her retirement for more than a year, Hil Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this book. Having read book #1 and book #3 in the series, I was actually very surprised to find that within such a short space of time since my last review (25 November 2017) so many more books in this series were published. So I somehow missed them out on NetGalley. Because of that, it was somewhat a surprise to read that Hillary is suddenly almost fifty and coming back from retirement. Oops. Luckily, having enjoyed her retirement for more than a year, Hillary is now in full swing again and she tackels on a cold case with everything she has. And with success, of course. Faith Martin is re-building Hillary's life all over again. With so many characters from the first books gone, there is room for new people in her life - not all of them good. I sincerely hope to find the next book in this series soon on NG because the cliffhanger is great!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Worth a shot A new author and character for me. Although this is something like book 12 in the series, it is the start of a new chapter in her life. There were references to previous events and cases, but I don't think it mattered too much that I hadn't read previous books. Something I am about to change. I have now downloaded the first book. The story is well thought out and developed. I was correct in my deductions at least as to part of the solution. Probably a lucky guess. Worth a shot A new author and character for me. Although this is something like book 12 in the series, it is the start of a new chapter in her life. There were references to previous events and cases, but I don't think it mattered too much that I hadn't read previous books. Something I am about to change. I have now downloaded the first book. The story is well thought out and developed. I was correct in my deductions at least as to part of the solution. Probably a lucky guess.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    * Happy sigh!! * A simply superb return for ex-DI Hillary Greene to her old hunting grounds in the form of a new consultancy to the Thames police and, dare I say it, a possible shot at a rewarding relationship.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Hillary Greene enjoyed a rather short retirement, parked her houseboat and came back to work as a police consultant assigned to cold case reviews. This is easy reading with simple construction, success in solving her first murder case that had a 20-year history to it, physical attraction to her new boss and promise of a new stalker to thwart in a future book. She is able to buy back her old car, so that is a good thing, but the stalker works where she works, so that will be unpleasant. I have had Hillary Greene enjoyed a rather short retirement, parked her houseboat and came back to work as a police consultant assigned to cold case reviews. This is easy reading with simple construction, success in solving her first murder case that had a 20-year history to it, physical attraction to her new boss and promise of a new stalker to thwart in a future book. She is able to buy back her old car, so that is a good thing, but the stalker works where she works, so that will be unpleasant. I have had mixed experience with this series but have liked a number of the books and will look forward to the next. A Kindle Unlimited selection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robert Crouch

    After retiring and travelling the canals for 18 months, Hillary Greene returns to act as a civilian consultant in the Crime Review Team. She’s handed an unsolved murder from 20 years ago and sets about reopening the investigation, ably assisted by a former police sergeant. It’s not the action packed, rough and tumble she’s used to. And being a civilian, she doesn’t have the powers she once had. But she doesn’t let it affect her as she sets about examining the evidence and interviewing witnesses o After retiring and travelling the canals for 18 months, Hillary Greene returns to act as a civilian consultant in the Crime Review Team. She’s handed an unsolved murder from 20 years ago and sets about reopening the investigation, ably assisted by a former police sergeant. It’s not the action packed, rough and tumble she’s used to. And being a civilian, she doesn’t have the powers she once had. But she doesn’t let it affect her as she sets about examining the evidence and interviewing witnesses once more. It’s slow progress, tarnished only by evidence that she has an admirer, who is fast becoming a stalker. As with all the previous novels in the series, this latest novel has all the sharp characters, conflict and humour that makes the series memorable. There are plenty of references to key moments in the past and some sharp observational humour to underpin the main story. Hillary may be a little rusty, but she soon hits her stride to find the details missed in the original investigation and identify the killer. The series never disappoints and this novel is no exception, taking Hillary into new, but familiar territory.

  8. 4 out of 5

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  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder Never Retires, the twelfth novel to feature ex-DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley police. After almost two years of retirement, cruising the waterways on her narrow boat, Hillary returns to Oxford and takes a position as consultant on the Crime Review Team. Her new boss, Superintendent Steven Crayle, isn't overly enthusiastic about having an investigative superstar, as Hillary has been billed, and hands her the coldest of I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for a review copy of Murder Never Retires, the twelfth novel to feature ex-DI Hillary Greene of Thames Valley police. After almost two years of retirement, cruising the waterways on her narrow boat, Hillary returns to Oxford and takes a position as consultant on the Crime Review Team. Her new boss, Superintendent Steven Crayle, isn't overly enthusiastic about having an investigative superstar, as Hillary has been billed, and hands her the coldest of his pending cases, the 20 year old murder of housewife Annie Macrae in her own home. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder Never Retires which is a straightforward police procedural with several unexpected twists. It is interesting to see Hillary in a new setting with different colleagues although her methods are still the same. She knuckles down, keeps interviewing, looks for discrepancies and puts it all together. I found the detail on her new department and its working practices interesting and informative and a change from the normal procedural. The novel held my interest throughout as I love the grind of winnowing out the fact from perception and lies and it is particularly relevant when dealing with cold cases. In the early novels in the series I could usually guess the perpetrator early on but Ms Martin has become more adept at hiding both perpetrator and motive so I was pretty clueless until the denouement and hung on to every word as I tried to work it out. The novel revolves around Hillary who is a very likeable protagonist. Smart, attractive and personable she seems to have it all and yet is single and solitary. This may change as there is the possibility of romance in the air although whether it will be a new boyfriend or her recently acquired stalker is open to to question. I was a bit disappointed that there is no mention of her former colleagues in the novel, not even an update, but the new team adequately fill the gap. Murder Never Retires is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I am a huge fan of this series so when I saw that this book had been released I was really keen to get my hands on a copy! The storyline for this one is great, the book is very well written and it flows beautifully. I was hooked from the first few pages and I thought that the ending was great - definitely another great addition to the DI Hillary Greene series and I am really looking forward to seeing where the next book takes us! A 5 star book for me! https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I am a huge fan of this series so when I saw that this book had been released I was really keen to get my hands on a copy! The storyline for this one is great, the book is very well written and it flows beautifully. I was hooked from the first few pages and I thought that the ending was great - definitely another great addition to the DI Hillary Greene series and I am really looking forward to seeing where the next book takes us! A 5 star book for me!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pgchuis

    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. In this twelfth instalment, Hillary returns to work as a civilian consultant looking into cold cases, having found 18 months of retirement more than enough. No longer being an actual police officer is an adjustment, although other things are refreshingly the same: Hillary still has her bell-shaped hair cut (I find this very intriguing - kicking out at the bottom all round??) and every heterosexual male she encounters is of course a I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. In this twelfth instalment, Hillary returns to work as a civilian consultant looking into cold cases, having found 18 months of retirement more than enough. No longer being an actual police officer is an adjustment, although other things are refreshingly the same: Hillary still has her bell-shaped hair cut (I find this very intriguing - kicking out at the bottom all round??) and every heterosexual male she encounters is of course attracted to her. I enjoyed her stroppy young assistant Vivienne and the plot was a decent one, although an awful lot of "man" hours seemed to be going into one 20 year old cold case, even if it was an unsolved murder. Hillary's stalker is rather alarming. Still enjoying these very much.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    This wasn’t a bad story, but Hilary was a bit off her game and was very slow on the up take when it came to Phil Cleeves. There was also a stalker in the station that caused Hilary some problems, but their way of dealing with it was fairly feeble. The Superintendent decides to put up a hidden camera, but puts the requisition through normal channels so the stalker can see it, how dumb is that? In the end this isn’t resolved and is left over for the next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cherry London

    Another entertaining and captivating mystery, Hillary couldn’t stay away from the force, it was deeply rooted in her and on her return she is faced with a cold case that was twenty years old, how in heaven's was she going to solve that with most witnesses aged and died. This is what it’s all about for Hillary putting together those pieces of the puzzle that didn’t make sense. On top of that she picked up a stalker one on the force of all places, now that was another puzzle she needed to solve an Another entertaining and captivating mystery, Hillary couldn’t stay away from the force, it was deeply rooted in her and on her return she is faced with a cold case that was twenty years old, how in heaven's was she going to solve that with most witnesses aged and died. This is what it’s all about for Hillary putting together those pieces of the puzzle that didn’t make sense. On top of that she picked up a stalker one on the force of all places, now that was another puzzle she needed to solve and fast. Although Hillary was minus her old gang she was still able to do the job she enjoys with great results. A great storyline as is expected and the characters are awesome, my only regret is that I have to wait for the next book to find out how they deal with the scumbag who has decided to target Hillary.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Come back An excellent 'come back'' story successfully introducing new characters quite different to her last crew and with at least two contenders for her heart and of course, like any serial, a cliff hanger on which to end. Come back An excellent 'come back'' story successfully introducing new characters quite different to her last crew and with at least two contenders for her heart and of course, like any serial, a cliff hanger on which to end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Roden

    Superb, as usual!

  16. 5 out of 5

    LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)

    Hillary’s back! After only eighteen months of retirement she joins the Crime Review Team as a civilian consultant. Her new boss Superintendent Steven Crayle decides to drop her in at the deep end with a cold case that’s over twenty years old. Anne McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen, with no real forensic evidence and only one suspect that they can’t place at the crime scene, can Hillary crack the case? So I know this is the twelfth in the Hillary Greene series but I think if you’ve ne Hillary’s back! After only eighteen months of retirement she joins the Crime Review Team as a civilian consultant. Her new boss Superintendent Steven Crayle decides to drop her in at the deep end with a cold case that’s over twenty years old. Anne McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen, with no real forensic evidence and only one suspect that they can’t place at the crime scene, can Hillary crack the case? So I know this is the twelfth in the Hillary Greene series but I think if you’ve never read any of the others books this is perfect place to give them a go as you are pretty much starting afresh. She has a new boss, new team even a new office, which is more of a cupboard, in the basement of the police HQ which they lovingly call Hades. I like the fact Faith Martin retired Hillary, it’s given the series a whole new lease of life! I’d recommend this to people who are fans of the TV show New Tricks. Hillary is feeling distinctly wrong footed investigating an old case and not being treated with the same respect or having the same powers as when she was a DI. She also has a new inexperienced team, who for the most part work part time. The only bright spot is her new right hand man, Jimmy Jessop, a retired detective sergeant, and a person who seems to understand her methods. Another downside to being back is she has picked up a stalker too. Add all that a complex case with seemingly no leads equal a real page turner. There’s also a new bit of chemistry between her and her new boss Steven Crayle which I can’t wait to see how that works out. Another great police procedural from Faith Martin that will have you intrigued from beginning to end.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynne

    Wow these books never fail to thrill ! Now to read the next one...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Feduchin

    Really good, with a dry amusing humour; and of course the effect of "Hil" on the other, almost in awe, police people. Great fun; indeed I bought and started reading the next one since it leads into it, something I never do.. Really good, with a dry amusing humour; and of course the effect of "Hil" on the other, almost in awe, police people. Great fun; indeed I bought and started reading the next one since it leads into it, something I never do..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have been a fan of Faith Martin’s Hilary Greene series for quite a while now. I came to the party slightly later than a lot of others but I have certainly caught up with the other books in the series. I eagerly devour each and every book that is realised and I have loved each one that I have read. ‘Murder Never Retires’ is no exception. I absolutely totally and utterly blinking well loved it but more about that in a bit. Where do I start with Hilary Greene? This book sees our heroine Hilary Gre I have been a fan of Faith Martin’s Hilary Greene series for quite a while now. I came to the party slightly later than a lot of others but I have certainly caught up with the other books in the series. I eagerly devour each and every book that is realised and I have loved each one that I have read. ‘Murder Never Retires’ is no exception. I absolutely totally and utterly blinking well loved it but more about that in a bit. Where do I start with Hilary Greene? This book sees our heroine Hilary Green return from some time away sailing on her barge, which she decided to do after she retired from the police. She was that fed up and stressed out that she decided she just needed to get away. The break has done her good- she looks healthier, she has lost weight, her hair has natural highlights and she just seems very relaxed. However I think that the novelty has worn off for her now and she is itching to have purpose again. She goes to visit her former boss to discuss a ‘possible’ return but her former boss knows that it’s almost 100% certain that she will return because she can’t switch off her keen copper’s instinct. Hilary does return but as a civilian employee/ consultant to a cold case review squad. She finds this rather hard to begin with as she has to get used to not having rank and status over her colleagues with all the limited perks that her former role brought her. Hilary has not lost her ability to be able to coax information from even the most reluctant of witnesses or persons of interest. Hilary has a very accurate gut instinct and if something doesn’t seem right to her then it usually isn’t. This book sees Hilary attract the attention of one seriously disturbed police employee. I won’t say which one because that would give a spoiler but safe to say his behaviour rang huge alarm bells for me from the moment I started reading about him. Will Hilary solve the cold case? Will Hilary get on with her colleagues? How will Hilary deal with the unwanted attention of her admirer? Will Hilary stay in her new role? Well for the answers to those questions and more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you know it, you are addicted to reading this book. I picked this book up intending to only read a couple of chapters but I should have known that it would be impossible to just stop at two chapters. Nine chapters later and I was still reading. The chapters are long but because I was enjoying the story and I was so into the investigation, I didn’t realise quite how quickly the pages were turning and before I knew what was happening I had cleared over half of the book. The characters were so realistic that I took to most of them and reading this book felt like reuniting with old friends and colleagues. There was more than one occasion that I wish I could have jumped into the pages of the book to defend Hilary and to deal with her rather creepy admirer but then I had to remind myself that it was fiction. I just have a very vivid and overactive imagination. Everything that the different characters went through, I went through with them. ‘Murder Never Retires’ is one heck of a fast paced rollercoaster ride of a read with lots of twists and turns and moments that hit you like a punch to the gut. In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘Murder Never Retires’ and I wholeheartedly recommend this series to other readers. It was fabulous to see Hilary having a new lease of life with her retirement and subsequent re-employment with the police. It was also nice to see this series going in another direction and I absolutely loved the idea of the cold case squad. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Hilary Greene series. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Simon Leonard

    This is the 12th book in the series but as it involves Hilary in a new role you don’t really need to have read the previous 11 first, although I would still recommend it as they are brilliant books. This one starts off with Hilary coming out of retirement after leaving the force 18 months previous. This time though Hilary is no longer a DI but a civilian coming in to work on Cold Cases and she is thrown in at the deep end with her first case. I personally love how the police investigate cold cases This is the 12th book in the series but as it involves Hilary in a new role you don’t really need to have read the previous 11 first, although I would still recommend it as they are brilliant books. This one starts off with Hilary coming out of retirement after leaving the force 18 months previous. This time though Hilary is no longer a DI but a civilian coming in to work on Cold Cases and she is thrown in at the deep end with her first case. I personally love how the police investigate cold cases and enjoy watching programs based on it, so I was intrigued to see how Faith went about it with Hilary and her team. The book follows Hilary as she investigates the 20 year old murder. With nothing much to go on Hilary’s team have to start from scratch looking into some missed DNA and reinterviewing everyone again. I really love where this series is going and can’t wait to find out which case Hilary is going to investigate next

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannelore Cheney

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Hillary Greene is back! After retiring and travelling around on her narrow boat, she's back in Oxford, heading a small team for her old department, looking into cold cases as a civilian consultant. Her new boss, Superintendent Crayle, heads the Crime Review Team and her first case is a murder committed over 20 years ago. An obviously impossible one, which Crayle, aware of her reputation as a superb thief taker, thinks she'll never solve. He is amb Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for the eARC. Hillary Greene is back! After retiring and travelling around on her narrow boat, she's back in Oxford, heading a small team for her old department, looking into cold cases as a civilian consultant. Her new boss, Superintendent Crayle, heads the Crime Review Team and her first case is a murder committed over 20 years ago. An obviously impossible one, which Crayle, aware of her reputation as a superb thief taker, thinks she'll never solve. He is ambitious, and doesn't want to be outdone by Hillary, Ha, is he in for a surprise! A mother was found at home by her young daughter, killed by a rolling pin. No clues were left behind and the original police team never found the murderer. Hillary and her small team put in a lot of hours; interviewing the people surrounding the case is tough, a lot of them are no longer around. She's being stalked, not pleasant...But there may be a new man in her life, hopefully we'll find out more in the next book! It's actually quite refreshing, not only to have Hillary back, but to have new characters and cold cases - as a fan of the cold case genre, I'm excited about the direction this series is taking. Really enjoyed the book, finished it in a day!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Having read all of the earlier books in this series, I was keen to see how Faith Martin would manage to keep the story fresh with DI Hillary Greene now being retired. She has managed it very well.. As in the real world; early retirement can so often lead to being rehired as a consultant.. This has opened up the opportunity for a raft of new characters on the police team. It has also created the opportunity for a different view of the police procedural genre. I think the book would stand alone on i Having read all of the earlier books in this series, I was keen to see how Faith Martin would manage to keep the story fresh with DI Hillary Greene now being retired. She has managed it very well.. As in the real world; early retirement can so often lead to being rehired as a consultant.. This has opened up the opportunity for a raft of new characters on the police team. It has also created the opportunity for a different view of the police procedural genre. I think the book would stand alone on its own merits. Indeed if you are new to the series this would be a good place to start. Like all of the earlier books the story is set in and around Oxfordshire, dipping into Northamptonshire too. I like the use of real places, it gives a sense of geographical reality. I liked the quality of the dialogue which added both humour and a sense of reality in the work place. Once again I give my thanks to Netgalley and Joffe Books for a copy in exchange for this review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve. She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome. Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie. But the evidence never added up. However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice? Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker. Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention? This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion. What readers are saying about MURDER NEVER RETIRES “***** A fantastic read” Olga “Martin's writing is impeccable, and her timing keeps the reader turning the pages feverishly.” Bebe Brechner “Great characters all around with lots of twists and turns.” Linda Strong “I was engrossed from the first page.” Greta “Really enjoyed the book, finished it in a day!” Hannelore Cheney “Great read.” Nerys MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire. THE LOCATION The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen. THE DETECTIVE DI Hillary Greene An attractive, single woman nearing the landmark age of fifty, Hillary Greene was a police officer of many years’ experience (earning the rank of DI) and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knew how the system worked, and was always fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Forced to retire early through no fault of her own, she has now returned to the force as a civilian consultant on cold cases. She still enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the wily Commander Marcus Donleavy, but it is her new boss, the very attractive Steven Crayle, who is likely to cause her the most problems now! PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN. (less) GET A COPY Kindle Unlimited $0.00 AmazonStores ▾Libraries Or buy for $2.99 Kindle Edition Published May 21st 2018 by Joffe Books crime, thriller and mystery (first

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    5 stars After a year and a half of retirement, Hillary Greene is testing the waters to go back to work. When she meets with her old boss, Marcus Donleavey, he tells her about the Crime Review Team. It reviews cold and unsolved cases with a view toward modern forensic techniques and technical savvy. She would be under one Detective Superintendent Steven Crayle. He is a wonderfully handsome man, but more than a little brusque. Meeting her new team, she learns that they are James “Jimmy” Jessop who i 5 stars After a year and a half of retirement, Hillary Greene is testing the waters to go back to work. When she meets with her old boss, Marcus Donleavey, he tells her about the Crime Review Team. It reviews cold and unsolved cases with a view toward modern forensic techniques and technical savvy. She would be under one Detective Superintendent Steven Crayle. He is a wonderfully handsome man, but more than a little brusque. Meeting her new team, she learns that they are James “Jimmy” Jessop who is a retired DS, Sam Pickles, a tall young man who is studying at university and Vivienne Tyrell a perfume-wearing twenty-year old who takes an instant dislike to Hillary. The first case that they review is a woman of three who was beaten to death in her kitchen some twenty years earlier. Her name was Anna McRae and she was having an affair with her brother-in-law Shane. The main suspect then was his wife Debbie Gregg. Debbie was Anna’s sister. She had two daughters and one son named Peter, Lucy and Jenny. Anna’s husband’s name was Melvin. Jimmy and Hillary’s first interview is with Debbie Clegg, now aged sixty-two. When the rest of the family receives letters from the Thames Valley Police saying that they are reviewing Anna’s death, many of them are nervous. When forensics finally identifies the stray hair found on Anna’s body, they police have a suspect. Interviewing the suspect is tricky. They deny ever being in Anna’s home and claim to know nothing about her murder. They were at work at the time it happened. Hillary smells something off about the whole interview, but can’t put her finger on it. The identity of the killer comes as a surprise – at least to me it did. Hillary solves another one! This is another great book in the Hillary Greene series. We didn’t really think that she would retire, now did we? I truly enjoy Faith Martin’s writing. It is so clear and easy to read for all people. The novel is written linearly, that is to say that one event follows another in a logical progression. I want to thank NetGalley and Joffe Books for forwarding to me a copy of this great addition to the Hillary Green series to read, enjoy and review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    This is the twelfth book in the Hillary Greene series and, although Hillary has retired and now come back to solve cold cases, it is as thrilling and intriguing as the previous eleven books. It still works well as a standalone although, once again, I would recommend reading the whole series. Hillary now has a new team to work with - Jimmy Jessop who is a retired sergeant, Sam Pickles who is at university and Vivienne Tyrell, a twenty-year-old blonde who dislikes Hillary on sight. Marcus Donleavy This is the twelfth book in the Hillary Greene series and, although Hillary has retired and now come back to solve cold cases, it is as thrilling and intriguing as the previous eleven books. It still works well as a standalone although, once again, I would recommend reading the whole series. Hillary now has a new team to work with - Jimmy Jessop who is a retired sergeant, Sam Pickles who is at university and Vivienne Tyrell, a twenty-year-old blonde who dislikes Hillary on sight. Marcus Donleavy is still her boss, although there is a Chief Superintendent Steven Crayle who works day-to-day with Hillary. He is tall and handsome and I am expecting at least a sniff of romance from him! Twenty years ago, a woman was found dead in her kitchen, battered to death with her own rolling pin. The case was never solved but Hillary goes back to the beginning in an attempt to find out who the killer was, revisiting all family members and piecing together the clues as they are delivered. At the same time, she finds she has attracted an admirer who must be working from the same police station but who quickly moves on and becomes a stalker. Hillary uses her innate intelligence and 'seat of the pants' intuition to finally put the twenty-year-old mystery to bed in her usual inimitable style, following up clues which lead her to the answer, an answer I must admit to never having suspected, even though the information is all there. Once again, the story grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go until the reader reaches the end where, once again, the reader feels totally inadequate for not reading the clues properly. Wonderfully written and page-turningly exciting, this is going to be another huge success for Faith Martin. I would heartily recommend to all crime lovers.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marion

    When we last saw DI Hillary Greene she was heading off on her narrow boat, the Mollern, to spend her retirement touring the waterways. Now a year and a half has passed and feeling bored she has decided to take up her old boss, Commander Marcus Donleavy`s offer of a position on the Crime Review Team. Only this time around she is a civilian. Her superior officer, Superintendant Steven Crayle, is feeling a tad wary of Hillarys reputation so he decides to hand her a 20 year old murder case. The origin When we last saw DI Hillary Greene she was heading off on her narrow boat, the Mollern, to spend her retirement touring the waterways. Now a year and a half has passed and feeling bored she has decided to take up her old boss, Commander Marcus Donleavy`s offer of a position on the Crime Review Team. Only this time around she is a civilian. Her superior officer, Superintendant Steven Crayle, is feeling a tad wary of Hillarys reputation so he decides to hand her a 20 year old murder case. The original team investigating the case found it an impossible task, so what chance does Hillary have after all theses years. Aided by her team of another retired sergeant,a male student trying the police service out and a young woman who seems to be there in search of a high ranking husband, Hillary launches into the review determined to uncover the evidence to catch the killer. Not only does she have the case to contend with but she has aquired a stalker! As usual a great read with believable characters and a well plotted tale with plenty twists and turns. So glad to have Hillary Greene back, definitely one of my favourite series. Thanks to Joffe books for the opportunity to read this as an ARC.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Scilla

    This is another very good book in a very good series starring Hillary Greene. After retirement, Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley police as a civilian, looking at cold cases. They give her a tough case which is 20 years old. Anna McRae, mother of 3, was killed in her kitchen with a rolling pin. The only forensic evidence was a single hair and the DNA didn't match any of the suspects. She was discovered to have been sleeping with her brother in law, making her sister a prime suspect. However This is another very good book in a very good series starring Hillary Greene. After retirement, Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley police as a civilian, looking at cold cases. They give her a tough case which is 20 years old. Anna McRae, mother of 3, was killed in her kitchen with a rolling pin. The only forensic evidence was a single hair and the DNA didn't match any of the suspects. She was discovered to have been sleeping with her brother in law, making her sister a prime suspect. However, it couldn't be pinned on her. Hillary is assigned a team under Steven Crayle, who Hillary isn't sure she likes at first. The best man on her team is Jimmy Jessop, who was retired from Bicester. There is also a young man, Sam Pickles and young woman Vivienne Tyrell, both of whom are in college. Vivienne was usually aiming her attention at the handsome Steven. They begin by reinterviewing all the old suspects and family members. Meanwhile, a young policeman in another department begins stalking Hillary, and most of the members of the department were making bets about when Hillary would solve the case. Hillary fairly soon begins discovering things that weren't discovered 20 years before. There are finally a few hints as to the the real culprit, but it isn't until an exciting end that the arrest takes place.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Hillary Greene is a great character. Set eighteen months after her supposed retirement, the story follows her as she's given a job back at her old nick—but with a completely new set of co-workers. Faith Martin has made the character very consistent from book to book, and Greene is gruff but likable, and quite easy to root for. The mystery itself—a 20-year-old murder, as Hillary is now on the cold cases squad—is quite vexing, but the thing that Hillary can't put her finger on—that makes all the p Hillary Greene is a great character. Set eighteen months after her supposed retirement, the story follows her as she's given a job back at her old nick—but with a completely new set of co-workers. Faith Martin has made the character very consistent from book to book, and Greene is gruff but likable, and quite easy to root for. The mystery itself—a 20-year-old murder, as Hillary is now on the cold cases squad—is quite vexing, but the thing that Hillary can't put her finger on—that makes all the puzzle pieces fit into place—is very clear from the moment the pieces of the puzzle start getting laid out. Much like Murder By Fire, Martin tries to wring mystery out of someone hiding their identity in a marginalized group, and while it doesn't wreck the book like it did in Murder By Fire, it does lessen the enjoyment of the reveal. Many of Martin's Hillary Greene novels deserve five full stars, and the pieces of this mystery are just unsatisfying enough to dock a star. Well worth reading, however, and I look forward too the lucky 13th book in the Hillary Greene series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cidney

    A lot of fallout for Hillary and Janine at the end of the last book, and the loss of another one of her team is a lot to bear. She feels as if her team is slipping away from her and that her concentration is slipping too. She retires at the end of the last book and spends 18mths away touring the network of canals in her tiny narrowboat. She arrives back at her old moorings at Thrupp and receives a letter from Donleavy offering the chance to work as a civilian looking into cold cases. She is unsu A lot of fallout for Hillary and Janine at the end of the last book, and the loss of another one of her team is a lot to bear. She feels as if her team is slipping away from her and that her concentration is slipping too. She retires at the end of the last book and spends 18mths away touring the network of canals in her tiny narrowboat. She arrives back at her old moorings at Thrupp and receives a letter from Donleavy offering the chance to work as a civilian looking into cold cases. She is unsure if she would like this but on turning up back at her old station on her first day she is given a 20yr old cold case of the murder of a mother of 3 young children, who was bludgeoned on the back of her head with a rolling pin in her kitchen. She has a new team to get used to working with. Unsurprisingly she solves the case within a week. She also finds herself the victim of a stalker within the police station, and for once we actually are given the name of the stalker and his life, and she realises that she really likes her new boss!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Misfits farm

    DI Hillary Greene is back, or rather should I say Hillary is as she has now retired. Well, sort of. Having spent 18 months on the Mollern she is tempted back to work in the Crime review team as a civilian consultant, looking at old cases. Hillary being famed for her detective work is soon given a twenty year old murder to look at and along with a new, small team she is soon back at what she is good at. She has a secret admirer- one who is breaking into her locker to take mementoes. Who is stalki DI Hillary Greene is back, or rather should I say Hillary is as she has now retired. Well, sort of. Having spent 18 months on the Mollern she is tempted back to work in the Crime review team as a civilian consultant, looking at old cases. Hillary being famed for her detective work is soon given a twenty year old murder to look at and along with a new, small team she is soon back at what she is good at. She has a secret admirer- one who is breaking into her locker to take mementoes. Who is stalking her and why? Can she revive her old work ethic and find what a previous investigation couldn’t- who killed a mother with a rolling pin in her own home, leaving no clues behind? Faith as ever writes an easy read which you always feel comfortable with. Characters that you take to (or not!) and nothing to put you off your dinner. An excellent plot, a wonderful read. For more reviews please see my blog http://nickibookblog.blogspot.co.uk/ or follow me on Twitter @nickijmurphy1

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