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Summary

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. 

Fifteen-year-old Billy Davies is found dead in his father's shed with a pair of gardening shears thrust brutally into his chest. DI Hillary Greene tries to get to the bottom of this baffling crime. How did Billy come into contact with such a vicious killer? Who wanted him dead - and why? The investigation reveals that the teenager was not such an innocent young man. Meanwhile, Hillary's having a tough time at work. She's been passed over for promotion, and her reliable constable Tommy Lynch is to be transferred out. But Hillary won't let distractions get in the way of solving crimes. To catch this killer, she will need to dig deep into the dark secrets of a small community. Murder in the Family is the fifth in a series of crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire. 

The Location
The crime happens in an allotment shed in a small Oxfordshire hamlet. Allotments, or strips of land rented by individuals to grow fruit and vegetables (or flowers for flower shows), have always been popular. During the war years, they were a valuable source of food, and in modern times, their popularity hasn’t waned either, as the growing taste for organic fruit and veg, and ‘getting back to nature’ appeals to a wide range of people. Beekeepers find them very useful too. Waiting lists can be long, as they represent a perfect way to de-stress after a day in the city, and provide a peaceful haven for many people. But in the tiny hamlet of Aston Lea, set in fields of barley, and sheltered from the world and the roads by towering Hawthorne hedges, the allotments are a perfect, secret, quiet place to commit murder. 

The Detectives
DI Hillary Greene: An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She is a long-standing friend of her immediate superior officer, 'Mellow' Mallow and enjoys a rather enigmatic relationship with the steely Superintendent Marcus Donleavy. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence. 

DCI Philip 'Mellow' Mallow: Mel appreciates Hillary's first-rate ability to solve her cases, and isn't happy about her harassment by the officers from York. Known for his sartorial elegance and laid-back manners, he has a sharp mind, and an eye for the ladies. A good friend and ally for Hillary in her recent tribulations, he's determined to keep his best investigator focused on the problems at hand. 

Please note this is a revised edition of a book first published as Through a Narrow Door. 

©2017 Faith Martin (P)2018 Tantor

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Good story well plotted strange reading performance

This good absorbing story is all but spoilt by odd voice, almost too perfect English then the mispronunciation of every day words distracted from the tale as in a crossword you gather the clues as to what is being said.

Is it poor cutting or production that makes the most of mistakes or not comprehending what author has written

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Love this series

Really enjoyed the story. The narrator mispronounces some of the words but her voice is easy to listen to. Good book!

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Most enjoyable

I love this series of books, they flow seamlessly from book to book. It's great to get to know the characters, and their roles in the book. Brilliantly performed.

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Great Story

As always, a great story. A few misprounced words were mildly irritating, but otherwise a good narration.

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Another wonderful listen ...

Love these DCI Green books by Faith Martin always fun and full of character.

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good book

was hoping that the next one would be audible but it isn't hope that it will be