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

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

Order of Jenny Starling Series

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

Order of Monica Noble Series

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

Order of Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series

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

Order of Great Reads Series as Maxine Barry

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

Chronological Order of Great Reads Series

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

Order of Faith Martin Standalone Novels

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

Order of Faith Martin Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Be Happy!: A Notebook/Journal with Positive Inspirational and Motivational Quotes from Life’s Great Philosophers (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
2 My Dream Journal (Short Story) 2019 Description / Buy
3 Positive Vibes Bible (Short Story) 2019 Description / 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?

Faith Martin doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Fatal Night and was released on November, 11th 2021. It is the newest book in the Ryder & Loveday Mystery Series.

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