by Faith Martin
In this, the fifth in the DI Hillary Greene series, there is a feeling that things are changing for our intrepid Oxfordshire Detective.
With her former boss now promoted to Superintendent, the book begins with Hillary as acting Detective Cheif Inspector receiving a medal for her role in a previous case (Murder In The Village). The question is will Hillary get the permanent promotion or not?
She barely has time to polish her award when another case demands her urgent attention. This time it is the death of a 15-year-old boy at his father’s allotment.
As DI Greene and her team begin the painstaking process of digging below the surface of the teenager’s life, they find more questions than answers. But as always, Hillary’s calm and methodical approach, together with not a little intuition begin to pay off. What they find uncovers not only the truth behind this troubled teenager’s life but also some of the dark secrets of the small Community.
While dealing with this tricky case, Hillary must also deal with some big changes at the station. A surprise change of boss together with the news that she is losing two of her tight-knit team put her at a crossroads. What the changes will mean and how they will impact her remain to be seen.
As always, Faith Martin weaves an interesting and easily read tale. I become invested in Hillary Greene and her story and look forward to reading her next case.