A young woman student is found dead in her room at St. Anselm’s College in Oxford. She was a scholarship student from France; her father as a pharmacist and could never have afforded the college cost.
But to DI Hillary Greene and her team, some things look downright odd. It’s not a drugs-related death; only one pinprick is found on her arm and the girl was known to hate drugs. Her closets and drawers are filled with high-priced clothes, way too expensive for a scholarship student. And her key ring contains two keys that don’t seem to fit anything.
When the medical examiner reports that there’s bruising on her back consistent with being held down and an injection forced, and death was due to crack laced with an experimental version of warfarin, a rat poison, Greene knows they’re dealing with murder.
Murder at the University by Faith Martin is the second novel in the DI Hillary Greene series, and it’s a story of nothing being what it looks like. The victim will turn out to have a significant course of income that almost no one knew about, the head of a local prostitution ring may be involved, and floating in the background is a raid by activists on an animal lab. Greene herself is still dealing with the fallout of her now-dead former husband being a bent cop. And the policeman who investigated her as part of the Internal Affairs probe is being transferred to the Kidlington police force, and he may have more than a professional interest in DI Greene.
In addition to the DI Hillary Greene novels, Martin (a pen name for Jacquie Walton) has also published the Ryder and Loveday novels as well as the Jenny Sterling mysteries. Under the name Joyce Cato, she has published several non-series detective stories. Both Cato and Martin are also pen names for Walton. (Walton has another pen name as well – Maxine Barry, under which she wrote 14 romance novels.) A native of Oxford, she lives in a village in Oxfordshire.