#Blogtour Occam’s Razor by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @books_n_all #DSSmith #Book4

Today I am very excited to be opening the blog tour for Book 4 of Stewart Giles’ brilliant DS Smith series.

About the Book

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From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series. 

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier.
This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.
 
If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.
 
THE SETTING
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.
 
THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach.  He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective.  He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success.  He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series.  Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond.  She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.
 
BOOKS BY STEWART GILES
DS JASON SMITH SERIES
0.5 – Phobia (5 early Jason Smith cases)
1….-.Smith
2….-.Boomerang
3….-.Ladybird
4….-.Occam’s Razor
5….-.Harlequin
6….-.Selene
7….-.Horseman
8….-.Unworthy
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
1….-.The Beekeeper
2….-.The Perfect Murder
3….-.The Backpacker

My Review

This is the fourth book in the DS Smith series, and so much has happened in the previous three books that it would be extremely useful if you have read them in sequence, although you do find out the back story throughout the book if you haven’t had chance to read books 1-3 yet.

This book starts off with a bang when a goalkeeper gets shot on the pitch at York Town FC straight after he has saved the penalty which gets them promoted.

Whilst Smith and the team are investigating this another football player is gunned down in the middle of the street, and another has his son kidnapped.

When the team get back to base they are told to stop investigating the cases as SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) have taken over and won’t be needing any help.

Obviously Smith ignores them, otherwise it would be a very short book, and find out that the gun used is a Russian Sniper and the person who killed the first player smokes rare foreign cigarettes so starts to find out things from his past he thought were forgotten.

The book is so well written that I was left guessing who to trust all the way through and even at the end of the book I wasn’t sure if the right people had won.

As usual with the DS Smith books there was a lot of violence and people who we have come to love over the last three books are in the firing line and end up dead, which is one of the things I love about these books as usually you know that the main cast are safe and will always get out of the situation they are in.

I am really getting into this series now and can’t wait for read the next book in the series, Harlequin, which I am about to start ready for the next blog tour.

If you would like to purchase the book click here
The book is also available on Audible narrated by the brilliant J.T. McDaniels from here

About the Author

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After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.
 
Links
Twitter: @stewartgiles
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