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‘Murder At Midnight’ by Faith Martin

MURDER AT MIDNIGHT a gripping crime mystery full of twists by [MARTIN, FAITH]

Synopsis

Felix Olliphant was found stabbed to death at a New Year’s Eve costume party for the turn of the millennium.

Seemingly liked by everyone, motives for his murder are hard to find. There was one suspect, but no evidence.

Hillary struggles to solve this baffling case. And she has to contend with a new colleague, Jake Barnes. Young and rich, he says he wants to give something back to the community, but Hillary has her doubts.

Will Hillary finally be defeated by this cold case and will she lose her boss and love interest to a new job?

 

My Review

I have loved each and every book in the series featuring Hilary Greene.  Each time Faith brings out another Hilary Greene book, I drop everything to read it and devour the book within a couple of hours.  I am a Hilary Greene groupie.  I eagerly picked up a copy of Faith’s new book ‘Murder At Midnight’ and began to read.  Oh my giddy aunt, I absolutely, totally, utterly and bloody well adored reading ‘Murder At Midnight’ but more about that in a bit.

Hilary Greene is no longer a police officer in the strict sense of the word.  She retired from the force a short while ago.  Her superior officer knew that she wouldn’t be able to stay away though and he employed her as a civilian to work on the Cold Case quad.  Hilary is a woman of a certain age, who isn’t particularly ambitious any more but she finds an enormous sense of job satisfaction from the fact that she helps to solve cold cases and achieves justice for the victims of such crimes and their families.  Hilary has carved out a new life for herself in that she has lost a considerable amount of weight and this has led to more attention from the opposite sex and occasionally from her own sex.   At the beginning of this book, we learn that Hilary is still in a relationship with her immediate superior, although the relationship seems a bit rocky.  They both know that they can’t have a relationship and expect to work as they have been working.  Hilary works well on her own but equally she works well as part of a team.  Hilary wouldn’t ask anybody to do anything that she wouldn’t be willing to do herself.  This book sees Hilary’s team gain 2 new members.  Hilary isn’t exactly sure what to make of them and to start with she holds them at arms length until she susses out what’s what etc.  It’s fair to say that Hilary is one feisty, strong, stubborn and determined woman.  I certainly wouldn’t want to come up against her.  Hilary on the rampage frightens colleagues and criminals alike.

Oh my days, I was addicted to this book from the moment I picked it up and began to read.  It didn’t take me too long to get into the story and reading this book felt like reuniting with old friends.  The more I read, the more I got into the story and the more I had to read.  The pages and time flew past in a blur and in next to no time I had finished reading ‘Murder At Midnight’ which I was gutted about.  I enjoyed everything about the book so much that I just wanted it to continue.  As usual I took to Hilary from the start and I naturally felt protective towards her.  To borrow a phrase from a television programme ‘you mess with her, you mess with me’ or at least that’s how I felt.  The author’s writing style and well thought out plots are so convincing that I really did feel as though I was an invisible member of Hilary’s team.  I found myself interacting with the book.  Yes, before everybody shouts, I know this is a work of fiction but if I really enjoy a book, I tend to live the story.  There were times during this book where I found myself tutting, shouting and so on as if the various characters could hear me.

To conclude, I absolutely adored reading ‘Murder At Midnight’ and I would definitely recommend it to other series.  The series featuring Hilary Greene just keeps getting better and better.  I can’t wait for the next book.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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