Today I am very excited to be opening the Blog Tour for Stewart Giles latest re-release for his DS Smith series, Selene.
About the book
From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.
A man is found tucked up in bed with his throat sliced open two days after Christmas.
DS Jason Smith and his team are baffled. It appears he has been drugged, killed and carefully wrapped up in a duvet. The only evidence Smith finds are some strands of hair belonging to a woman. One month later, another man is killed in exactly the same manner but there appears to be no link whatsoever to the two men apart from the fact that they were both single, lonely and middle aged.
Haunted by lucid dreams and terrifying double awakenings, Smith stumbles upon something that will send him on a hunt for the most baffling murderer the people of York has even seen. With time quickly running out before the next full moon and the safety of one of his closest colleagues entering the equation, Smith finally closes in on the most terrifying murderer he has ever come across.
This is roller-coaster ride of a thriller with twists and turns all the way to an ending you wont expect.
If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.
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.
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
Book 0.5 – Phobia
Book 1 – Smith
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy
Book 9 – Coming Very Soon
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker
This is book 6 in the amazing DS Smith series, and you really need to read the previous books to see what Smith has been made to go though and how it has affected him.
This book is another brilliant one in the series, with some nice big Red Herrings throughout and lots of nice little twists in it.
There is also happiness, with the inevitable love interest finally happening, and sadness with the death of another main character. Stewart is definitely not afraid of shaking things up in his books and this one proves that he is not scared to kill off likable recurring characters.
The story switches between the current in York and the 1980s in Russia/Ukraine, and the way this is done is very good as you know the background to the main antagonist through the 1980s to find out why they are doing the things they do.
The story follows Smith and the team as they investigate the murder of two men, who are not connected in anyway and are killed almost a month apart. With no new leads the new DI brings in a psychiatrist she has used in the past to see if she can work out who the murderer is and why they are killing in the way they are.
When I started reading Stewart’s books I could take everything at face value, but as his writing style has changed so have the characters, and people I thought were the main cuplrit turn out to be innocent, but I knew from reading the last couple of books that they wouldn’t be far away and once the reveal happened it would be obvious throughout that they did it.
I actually spent most of the time listening to this book through audible so thought I would add my review of the narration at the end of this post.
The narrator for this one, along with most of the previous books (except Harlequin) was J.T. McDaniel. Although he doesn’t do accents and the women sound the same as the men I have got used to his narration and it feels weird listening to these books being narrated by someone else. Overall the pace of the book’s narration is perfect and I loved the way he speaks.
Overall this is a brilliant read and I am off to start on Horsemen now, which I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks.
About the Author
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.
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