Murder On The Oxford Canal – Faith Martin

Hello my loves, welcome back! Today’s post is on the latest book I have read, third book for 2019 completed. I wasn’t as hooked on this book as I have been the other books I have read this year… this book seemed to be really hard to get into as well.

murder on the oxford canalA Summary of the Book:

Looking for a brilliant murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI Hillary Greene, a police woman fighting to save her career. Not only has she lost her husband, but his actions have put her under investigation for corruption. Then a bashed and broken body is found floating in the Oxford Canal. It looks like the victim fell off a boat, but Hillary is not so sure. Her investigation exposes a dark background to the death. 

Can Hillary clear her name and get to the bottom of fiendish conspiracy on the water? This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from the beginning to end. 

Murder on the Oxford Canal is the first in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire. 

My Opinion:

This book was an interesting read, it’s a crime/murder mystery thriller that follows the story of DI Greene. We find out throughout the story more about her personal life – it turns out DI Greene is a ‘take no crap from nobody kind of person’ – I liked that she was a hard and stubborn woman determined to show how good she is at her job.

Being 100% honest, I got slightly bored of this book, it just didn’t seem to have any oomph, it didn’t really get exciting and dangerous like a lot of crime thrillers do. It was almost as though it was just floating and there wasn’t really any excitement to the story.

I wasn’t really able to adapt to the characters either, it tried to have some romance in it by showing the different relationships between the team but it didn’t really go anywhere and I wasn’t really able to connect with the characters in this book. It was almost as though the story did have potential to expand and have huge plot twist but it just didn’t… as you read it you were waiting for more to happen and it just didn’t go into anything.

This is the first book in a collection of ten… I think I am going to try and read the second book in the collection however, talking to my mum she said she has read all 10 and she had the same opinions as me. Her description was that they were all ‘samey’ – they don’t really get into much.

Usually when I read books I get so excited and hooked on them, unable to put them down – with this one I felt as though it was just a struggle to even read one chapter in a sitting. I am not sure if it had anything to do with the authors way of writing or whether I just couldn’t connect with the story line.

I don’t mean to be super negative about this book – at the end of the day everyone has different opinions and preferences with reading, I personally love this genre of books and I just wasn’t able to get into this one and that is OK to admit.

Not every book you read is going to leave you feeling on edge, wanting more and unable to put the book down but that’s all in the process of finding a new book and finding a new author that you love and completely connect with.

Have you read this book yet, or any in the series, if so what did you think?

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Hello lovelies, my name is Abbie. Creative writing is my biggest passion and I love sharing my posts with all of you! Thank you so much for visiting my site, lots of love, abbs xo

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