#blogtour Smith By Stewart Giles @books_n_all @stewartgiles ‏

Today I  am very excited to be on the blog tour for the re-mastered version of Stewart Giles’ book Smith, which is self-published.

About the Book

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‘The sleepy historical city of York is about to wake up’. It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. After reaching dead end after dead end, Smith starts to put the pieces together and figures out that Martin Willow is innocent and the killer is still out there. The little girl who was attacked on Christmas Day wakes from her coma and gives Smith a clue about the attacker; a piece of a song she heard directly before the attack. Smith then finds himself in a race against time to find this maniac before he kills again.

My Review

This is technically the first in the series, although Stewart has since published a prequel book, Phobia, which is 5 short stories.  The book is a great introduction to Jason Smith, an ex-Australian living in York, as we get to meet him properly for the first time and are introduced to his life and back story.

I really enjoyed the start of the book where we learn all about Smith and what made him change from studying to be a Lawyer to joining the Police Force and also what motivates him throughout his life.

To start with I wasn’t sure how this story would go as I thought I had guessed the murderer straight away, but as the story developed I realised it wasn’t going the way I thought it was so had to re-think everything.  I did guess who the murderer was about half way through, although I wasn’t 100% sure as I didn’t have a motive for them to have done it.  The ending was still very nail-biting as I wasn’t sure how it would end and whether the murderer would manage to escape or not.  The ending was very shocking but was very apt considering.

One of the things I did enjoy in the book was the sub-plot involving Smith’s sister who disappeared under the water back in his home town in Australia, although the way it happened and the coincidences along the way did stretch believability a tiny bit.  Even with this though it was a great and engaging sub-plot, which I can’t say much about without giving lots away.

I also had this on audio so when I was driving or decorating I was also listening to the audio version, which took a bit of getting used to as I felt the narrator could be a bit monotone and not exciting enough for me, but when I got used to his way of talking and reading I got into it more, and the fact that the book was so engaging and made me not want to stop reading that made me persevere with the narration.

Overall I thought this was a brilliant book, which I would highly recommend both the book and audio versions of.

To purchase the book click here  and to purchase the book through audible the link is here

About the Author

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After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

Links Website: http://www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

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