Faith Martin Books

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Faith Martin is a British author that writes detective novels. ‘Faith Martin’ is a pen name. The author’s real name is Jacqui Walton. Martin comes from oxford. Following her stint at a secretarial college, she joined Sommerville College, working for the institution as a secretary.

Order of DI Hillary Greene Series

1Murder on the Oxford Canal / A Narrow Escape 2004Description / Buy
2Murder at the University / On the Straight and Narrow 2005Description / Buy
3Murder of the Bride / Narrow is the Way 2006Description / Buy
4Murder in the Village / By a Narrow Majority 2006Description / Buy
5Murder in the Family / Through a Narrow Door 2007Description / Buy
6Murder at Home / With a Narrow Blade 2007Description / Buy
7Murder in the Meadow / Beside a Narrow Stream 2008Description / Buy
8Murder in a Mansion / Down a Narrow Path 2008Description / Buy
9Murder in the Garden / Across the Narrow Blue Line 2010Description / Buy
10Murder by Fire / A Narrow Point of View 2010Description / Buy
11Murder at Work / A Narrow Exit 2011Description / Buy
12A Narrow Return / Murder Never Retires 2012Description / Buy
13A Narrow Margin of Error / Murder of a Lover 2013Description / Buy
14Walk a Narrow Mile / Murder Never Misses 2013Description / Buy
15A Narrow Victory / Murder at Midnight 2015Description / Buy
16The Work of a Narrow Mind / Murder in Mind 2015Description / Buy
17A Narrow Trajectory / Hillary's Final Case 2018Description / Buy
18Hillary's Back! 2020Description / Buy
19Murder Now and Then 2021Description / Buy

Order of Jenny Starling Series

1The Birthday Mystery / Birthdays Can Be Murder 2010Description / Buy
2The Winter Mystery / A Fatal Fall of Snow 2011Description / Buy
3The Riverboat Mystery / Dying for a Cruise 2012Description / Buy
4Castle Mystery / The Invisible Murder 2012Description / Buy
5The Oxford Mystery / Deadly Stuff 2014Description / Buy
6The Teatime Mystery / Just Not Cricket 2016Description / Buy
7The Country Inn Mystery 2019Description / Buy

Order of Monica Noble Series

1An Unholy Mess / The Vicarage Murder 2015Description / Buy
2An Unholy Whiff of Death / The Flower Show Murder ( By: Joyce Cato) 2015Description / Buy
3An Unholy Shame / The Manor House Murder ( By: Joyce Cato) 2016Description / Buy

Order of Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series

1A Fatal Obsession 2018Description / Buy
2A Fatal Mistake 2018Description / Buy
3A Fatal Flaw 2019Description / Buy
4A Fatal Secret 2019Description / Buy
5A Fatal Truth 2020Description / Buy
6A Fatal Affair 2021Description / Buy
7A Fatal Night 2021Description / Buy

Order of Great Reads Series as Maxine Barry

1An Oxford Secret / The Jewelled Web 1996Description / Buy
2Caribbean Flame 1997Description / Buy
3An Oxford Enemy / Dear Enemy 1997Description / Buy
4An Oxford Revenge / Moth to the Flame 1999Description / Buy
5An Oxford Scandal / Melting the Iceman 2001Description / Buy
6An Oxford Inheritance / The Windrush Affairs 2001Description / Buy
7An Oxford Fraud / Altered Images 2001Description / Buy
8Imposters in Paradise 2002Description / Buy
9An Oxford Suspect / A Matter of Trust 2002Description / Buy
10Heart of Fire 2006Description / Buy
11Hidden Rainbows 2006Description / Buy
12The Lying Game 2006Description / Buy
13Island Daze 2008Description / Buy
14An Oxford Trial / River Deep 2009Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Great Reads Series

1The Lying Game2006Description / Buy
2An Oxford Revenge / Moth to the Flame1999Description / Buy
3An Oxford Scandal / Melting the Iceman2001Description / Buy
4An Oxford Enemy / Dear Enemy1997Description / Buy
5An Oxford Secret / The Jewelled Web1996Description / Buy
6An Oxford Fraud / Altered Images2001Description / Buy
7An Oxford Trial / River Deep2009Description / Buy
8An Oxford Inheritance / The Windrush Affairs2001Description / Buy
9An Oxford Suspect / A Matter of Trust2002Description / Buy
10Imposters in Paradise2002Description / Buy
11Heart of Fire2006Description / Buy
12Hidden Rainbows2006Description / Buy
13Caribbean Flame1997Description / Buy
14Island Daze2008Description / Buy

Order of Faith Martin Standalone Novels

1Stolen Fire (As: Maxine Barry) 1993Description / Buy
2Fire and Ice (As: Maxine Barry) 1996Description / Buy
3Destinies (As: Maxine Barry) 1997Description / Buy
4Resolutions (As: Maxine Barry) 1997Description / Buy
5Dark Desire (As: Maxine Barry) 1998Description / Buy
6Altered Images (As: Maxine Barry) 2003Description / Buy
7His Last Gamble (As: Maxine Barry) 2012Description / Buy

Order of Faith Martin Non-Fiction Books

1Be Happy!: A Notebook/Journal with Positive Inspirational and Motivational Quotes from Life’s Great Philosophers (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
2My Dream Journal (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
3Positive Vibes Bible (Short Story) 2019Description / Buy
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She stayed with them for six years. At the time, she was responsible for her parents. A vehicular accident had left them in a vulnerable position. She gave them the support they needed. Once the compensation for their injuries arrived, Martin decided to pursue her writing ambitions. She had to take leave from her job for a year. The sacrifice paid off.

Because the author writes mystery novels, some people might be surprised to learn that her first published story (Stolen Fire) was a romance novel. It wasn’t the only one. Martin penned 13 romance novels before she finally turned her attention to the detective genre.

She made the switch because the interest in romance had temporarily dissipated. Martin’s decision to write crime fiction made sense. She was a massive fan of the genre. She grew up reading the works of writers like Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler.

She couldn’t get enough of the crime fiction of the 1960s. She loved everything associated with the Golden Age of the crime genre, especially the locked-room mysteries, the six suspects that would emerge during an investigation, the incredible sleuths, etc.

Once she decided to write mysteries and police procedurals, she made it her mission to produce the same stories that had entertained her as a child, the kind that felt like roller-coasters because of their pace and the numerous twists and turns. But at the time, the market was dominated by the ‘Inspector Morse’ novels.

Faith Martin did not want to compete with the franchise. But she was still determined to play in the same field. Her only recourse was to introduce a series that was as far removed from Inspector Morse as she could possibly get. So Martin decided to make her protagonist a woman.

Rather than solving cases in the city of Oxford like Inspector Morse, Martin sent her sleuth, DI Hillary Greene, to fight crime in smaller towns and villages. At the time, the author had noticed that many popular sleuths had incredibly dysfunctional lives.

She couldn’t understand how they could solve mysteries when their home lives were in such dire straits. As such, rather than saddling her heroine with a bad marriage, Martin chose to introduce the detective to her readers at a time when she was navigating a divorce from a crooked cop.

Once she concluded that a narrowboat on the Oxford Canal was the perfect home for Hillary Greene, Martin was ready to send the detective out into the world to solve the many mysteries she was concocting.

The first few Hillary Greene books did well enough. But it wasn’t until ‘A Narrow Escape’ was republished in 2008 that interest in the series exploded.

Best Faith Martin Books

The author loves nature, which is why the descriptions of wildlife in her novels are so vivid. Martin’s best books include:

Murder On The Oxford Canal: DI Hillary Greene was in a difficult spot. Her career was hanging on a knife’s edge. The fact that she had started the process of divorcing DI Ronnie Greene was the least of her worries. Ronnie’s actions had tarnished her name.

It would take everything that Hillary had to repel the investigation for corruption that had come her way. Meanwhile, a body was discovered in the Oxford canal. The evidence suggested that the victim had taken a tumble from a boat.

But Hillary was not satisfied by the explanation. She was convinced that so much more was going on and her investigation proved as much.

Murder At The University: A French student was dead. The pretty woman was lodging at an exclusive college in Oxford. Her remains were found in her room. But Hillary disagreed with those who thought that her death was the result of a drug overdose.

Something was not right and it did not take the detective long to sniff it out. Once she unearthed the shocking cause of the woman’s death, the case took on a new level of importance.

When Does The Next Faith Martin book come out?

The next book by Faith Martin is Murder Now and Then and will be released on September, 23rd 2021. It is the newest book in the DI Hillary Greene Series.

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