Ten years ago, Rowan Thompson was found stabbed to death with a pair of scissors in his student house. It turns out that Rowan was quite a lover, with many disgruntled partners left in his wake.
But did any of them have a strong enough motive to murder him?
Meanwhile. Hillary’s stalker is getting more aggressive with his messages and flowers. And it looks like he may be much, much worse than she thought.
Has Hillary finally bitten off more than she can chew?
Hillary Greene has returned to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a cold-case 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.
This is the thirteenth book in the bestselling series featuring Hilary Greene. Aside from the first book in the series, I have read, reviewed and loved every book in the series and Hilary Greene has to be one of my favourite female detectives. I was excited to get a review copy of ‘Murder Of A Lover’ and I was not to be disappointed as I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit
Hilary Greene is a really interesting female lead character. The first eleven books in the series sees Hilary in her role as a Detective Inspector in charge of a small team. The twelfth (‘Murder Never Retires’) and ‘Murder Of A Lover’ see Hilary return to work but she is no longer a police officer but she is a civilian employee, who works for the ‘Cold Case’ squad. Hilary is one feisty and determined lady but then she has had to be. Hilary was married to a bent police officer, Ronnie Greene. Fortunately she divorced him and she has been happy on her own, keeping her options open. It takes a little while for Hilary to get used to the fact that she is no longer in charge of the team but in a sense she is pleased to have the responsibility of being a manager taken off her shoulders. When Hilary investigates a case, you can bet your bottom dollar that she will investigate the case thoroughly and she will exhaust all lines of inquiry. She has a great gut instinct and if something doesn’t seem right to her then it usually isn’t. She also has a great internal radar system and knows when she is being lied to or if somebody is not being very forthcoming with vital information. Hilary has recently lost weight and she becomes aware that she is attracting male attention. Some of which she likes, some of which she doesn’t like. ‘Murder Of A Lover’ sees Hilary attract the attentions of a stalker. I am not going to tell you anymore about who it is as I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say is that the stalker set off massive alarm bells for me and I was ready to jump inside the pages of this book to stick up for Hilary.
This is another of those books that became an instant hit with me. As soon as I started reading ‘Murder Of A Lover’, I just knew that I would become seriously addicted to this book. The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story. So it was with me. The more I read, the more I got into the story and the quicker the pages turned. 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. I was concentrating so hard on the story, the characters and the investigation that I genuinely hadn’t realised how quickly I was reading the book. I had mixed feelings about finishing ‘Murder Of A Lover’. Don’t get me wrong I was pleased to finish because I knew how this story and investigation concluded but I was disappointed to finish because I was loving the writing style, the plot, the characters and the story so much that I just wanted the book to continue. Reading ‘Murder Of A Lover’ was much like being on an unpredictable and rather scary rollercoaster ride. There were lots of twists and turns and moments where I almost had to read through my hands because I genuinely feared what was going to happen next and I feared what was going to happen to Hilary.
I have to say that Faith Martin has another winner on her hands with ‘Murder Of A Lover’. The series featuring Hilary Greene just gets better and better. I can’t wait to read the next instalment of the series. I wholeheartedly recommend this author and this series to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.