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.

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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
20 Murder in the Parish 2023 Description / Buy
21 Murder on the Train 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Jenny Starling / Travelling Cook Mysteries 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 ( By: Joyce Cato) 2016 Description / Buy
7 The Country Inn Mystery 2019 Description / Buy
8 The Proof Is In The Pudding 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Monica Noble Series with Joyce Cato

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

Order of Murder by Candlelight Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Murder by Candlelight 2024 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
8 A Fatal End 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Faith Martin Standalone Novels

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1 The Lavender Lady / The Lavender Lady Casefile 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Faith Martin Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Stolen Fire ( By: Maxine Barry) 1993 Description / Buy
2 Fire and Ice ( By: Maxine Barry) 1996 Description / Buy
3 Destinies ( By: Maxine Barry) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Resolutions ( By: Maxine Barry) 1997 Description / Buy
5 Dark Desire ( By: Maxine Barry) 1998 Description / Buy
6 Altered Images ( By: Maxine Barry) 2003 Description / Buy
7 His Last Gamble ( By: Maxine Barry) 2012 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 Murder on the Train and was released on May, 29th 2024. It is the newest book in the DI Hillary Greene Series.

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