#BlogTour TROTTERDOWN (the first three Detective Harriet Taylor thrillers) by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles @books_n_all #TeamCrazies #HarrietTaylor #Trilogy

Today I am very excited to be on the blog tour for Stewart Giles’ Harriet Taylor Series, Trotterdown, which have been released as a trilogy in one book.

About the Book

Do you like gripping thrillers that are a little different?  Meet Detective Harriet Taylor in this gripping series set in Cornwall From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles. 

Three gripping thrillers in one, great value, box set. 

BOOK ONE: THE BEEKEEPER

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. She lives with her pet jackdaw in a beautiful cottage not far from the sea. One evening, Alice finds something strange under thehollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. Andthen Alice’s best friend Milly disappears…

BOOK TWO: THE PERFECT MURDER

Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.  Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.  Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is onthe loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

BOOK THREE: THE BACKPACKER

A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish Farm. The same farm that a young girl ran towards to escape her pursuer many years before.   Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody?  Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING

Trotterdown and the surrounding villages is a fictional village in Cornwall.  It is typical of Cornish villages with remote farms and sleepy Cornish stone cottages.  However, the area is steeped in history and the residents of the quaint cottages have their share of myths and secrets making it the ideal setting for this series.

THE DETECTIVE

DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash.  It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover.  Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks.  She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

My Reviews

As I have read these books already I will be reviewing each book separately.

The Beekeeper

The book starts off great with a beekeeper called Alice and her friend finding her dead husband’s finger in her flower garden.  Instead of informing the police she convinces her friend that they need to hide it until the Monday as she doesn’t want to ruin a market at the weekend as she needs to sell her honey.   On the Saturday morning she turns up at the market but her friend doesn’t so Alice then phones the police regarding her disappearance but not about the dead husband.

Her friend’s car is then found in the sea after being driven off a cliff and the police suspect foul play.

The story then cuts between Alice and the police officer responsible for investigating her friend’s murder.

I felt the story flowed really well and it also didn’t feel rushed like some stories can.  The story also isn’t a gritty murder mystery more a light hearted story with people being killed along the way.  It definitely isn’t a whodunit as I worked it out very early on but more of a why they dunnit, if that is such a thing.

Overall I would give the book 5 stars as it is a brilliant dark-humoured book

The Perfect Murder

The Perfect Murder is a book written along a similar theme to The Beekeeper, where it is another brilliant dark book, which doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The start of the book is one of the best introductions I have read this year, with a man committing the perfect murder by drowning a lady in a bath tub, but all is not as it seems.

The story then progresses to a sleepy little village in Cornwall with the local police getting bored.  This is until two cats are left mutilated outside their respective owner’s houses.  When the police investigate they find a dead body in one of the owner’s garages so start to investigate this.

Shortly after this more dead bodies appear and the police have to start looking for their first ever serial killer.  Fortunately for them they have Harriet working for them, the same Harriet from book 1, who will not drop any case and follows it through to the very end and, as with book 1, the ending wasn’t that surprising.  The ending doesn’t take anything away from the fact that it is a great read.

If you liked the Beekeeper then you will love this book as well.  It is a brilliant darkly humoured book with lots of murders along the way.

The Backpacker

This is the third book in the series I have read and I have loved all of them.

The main difference between this one and the previous two is that this one seems to be taking itself a lot more seriously than the previous two, although not as serious as police books I have read recently.

The book starts off with a body being found at the edge of a farm so Harriet and her team go to investigate it.  Whilst there they discover another body, which has been there for a number of years.

The story concerns two separate timelines decades apart but both linked to the mystery of who killed both people.

Even though this didn’t have the dark humour of the previous books it was still a brilliant read and I really liked the way it cut between different periods in time throughout.  This was made easier by the fact that the year was written at the top of the chapter when going back to the 1990’s.

The story flowed really well throughout and I was left guessing and second guessing myself whilst reading to try and figure out the link and who the murderer was before the big reveal.  When the big reveal did arrive I was shocked by the answers but really liked the way the story ended.  I also really hope this isn’t the last we have seen of Harriet and her team.

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 there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. A new Smith/Harriet book is in the pipeline as is the 10th Smith instalment.

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