by Faith Martin
THE BLURB: 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 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, Hillary will need to dig deep into the dark secrets of a small community.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THROUGH A NARROW DOOR. ”
MY THOUGHTS: Who would want to stick a pair of gardening shears into the chest of a fifteen year old boy? A good question. And there are multiple possible answers. DI Hillary Greene is tasked with solving the crime.
Although this is #5 in the DI Hillary Greene series, it works well as a stand alone read.
Murder in the Family could almost be classed as a cosy murder mystery. There is no overt violence, no sexual content and, I ‘m afraid, not much in the way of suspense either. While I didn’t find this particularly suspenseful, it was still a good read. Faith Martin has created interesting and realistic characters and a plot with plenty of red herrings and suspects. She has a good balance between the investigative story, and the personal lives of the characters. She writes humorously at times – I loved the name of Hillary’s ancient Volkswagen, Puff the Tragic Wagon.
I would have liked a little more suspense, and I felt that the ending was a little rushed. Otherwise it was a good solid read, if nothing particularly special. Would I read other titles in the series? Yes, it was an easy, undemanding and enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.
One more thing, I much prefer the books original title, Through A Narrow Door. It somehow seems more mysterious.
Thank you to Joffe Books via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Murder in the Family by Faith Martin for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’ page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2193740836