JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles #TeamJoffeBooks

Day 5 on my JOFFE BOOKS Rolling Blog and today in the spotlight is Stewart Giles.  So far Stewart has just 2 books published in the Detective Harriet Taylor series but I am sure there are many more to come and from what I have read so far I cant wait.

THE BEEKEEPER  (Harriet Taylor #1)

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

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 the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears . . .

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the criminals to justice. But who is really what they seem and who can she trust?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish village.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

THE PERFECT MURDER (Harriet Taylor #2)

From #1 best-selling author Stewart Giles comes the new mystery set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

COULD YOU COMMIT 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 on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada


Stewart Giles Author PhotoAuthor Bio

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.

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH – by Stewart Giles

Stewart Giles self-publishes the Detective Jason Smith books. There are 8 in the series altogether. This is an excellent Police Detective series. The latest addition: UNWORTHY is currently free and can be purchased from Amazon via the links below.

Amazon UK     Amazon US      Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada

Phobia: Five disturbing early DS Smith cases (DS Jason Smith Detective Thriller) by [Giles, Stewart]AN ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE DS SMITH THRILLER SERIES.

Phobia is a series of five DS Jason Smith cases he worked on before we met him in the first book ‘Smith’. We get insights into what moulded him into the Detective Sergeant we first get a glimpse of in ‘Smith’. Smith quickly realizes that police work isn’t always cut and dry. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.

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Smith: A gripping detective thriller (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 1) by [Giles, Stewart]

SMITH (DS Smith #1)

‘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.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Boomerang: The past will always come back to haunt you. A SHOCKING DS SMITH THRILLER (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 2) by [Giles, Stewart]Boomerang (DS Smith #2)

A man is killing people in York. Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac. Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another. All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Ladybird:  A DS Smith thriller  (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 3) by [Giles, Stewart]Ladybird (DS Smith #3)

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

OCCAM'S RAZOR: Be careful who you trust A DS Smith Thriller (A Detective Jason Smith Thriller Book 4) by [Giles, Stewart]OCCAM’S RAZOR (DS Smith #4)

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.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Harlequin: A chilling DS Jason Smith thriller The circus is in town - Lock your doors. (DS Jason Smith detective thriller Book 5) by [Giles, Stewart]

Harlequin (DS Smith #5)

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear. Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colourful career.

When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn. Smith digs deeper and discovers the cause of this silence; the chain of events that led up to the vile murders that have shattered the hearts of the people of York.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Selene: A disturbing DS Jason Smith thriller (A DS Jason Smith Thriller Book 6) by [Giles, Stewart]Selene (DS Smith #6)

When 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.

In the midst of the worst winter in years, Smith and his team quickly run out of ideas and tensions between the detectives rise. Frustration leads to conflicts both at work and in their personal lives. The only clue the team have is the murders were carried out under the glow of the full moon.

Just when Smith feels like he has reached the end of his tether and his own sanity is declining, help comes from an unexpected source; a man who knew this woman when she was a young girl in the mountains of Northern Romania. He sheds light on the reasons these men had to die. Smith finds out who this woman used to be but who she is now is still a mystery.

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.

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Horsemen: The engrossing new DS Smith thriller. (A DS Jason Smith thriller Book 7) by [GILES, STEWART]Horsemen (DS Smith #7)

One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break. A string of armed robberies at the McDonalds in the city of York are getting in the way. Smith’s DI makes him a deal; if he can get to the bottom of it, he can have two weeks off. Smith figures out who the brains behind the robberies is; the young wife of Jimmy Phoenix, the owner of all the McDonalds franchises in the city.
Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before. The woman is Sophie Phoenix, the youngest daughter of Jimmy Phoenix.

Ill equipped to deal with such a serious crime, the local police, headed by the bungling Sergeant Wilkie make no headway and Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder. Smith quickly realizes that these rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.

Smith knows the only way to put the pieces together is to go to New York and find out for himself what happened that was so terrible that young people had to die because of it. Accompanied against his will by Sophie’s elder sister, Charlotte, Smith soon sees that the opulent world of these horsemen is much more sinister than he could ever imagine. The secret centres on the sworn enemy of the man who pleaded with Smith to help him in the first place.

Smith returns to Scarpdale armed with the information he needs to apprehend the most unlikely killer he has ever come across.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Unworthy book.jpgUNWORTHY (DS Smith #8)

THE UNWORTHY WOMEN MUST PAY.

DS Jason Smith is dragged away from paternity leave when a woman is killed with her baby in the next room. When more women with children are brutally murdered, Smith discovers that they all have something in common – they all share a secret. When he finds out that the mother of his own child is on this list of ‘Unworthy’ women, he finds himself in a race against time to stop the killer before his whole world comes crashing down around him.

Available from:   Amazon UK     Amazon US      Amazon Australia     Amazon Canada


Stewart Giles Author PhotoAuthor Bio

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.

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles #TeamJoffeBooks

Day 5 on my JOFFE BOOKS Rolling Blog and today in the spotlight is Stewart Giles.  So far Stewart has just 2 books published in the Detective Harriet Taylor series but I am sure there are many more to come and from what I have read so far I cant wait.

THE BEEKEEPER  (Harriet Taylor #1)

A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

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 the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. And then Alice’s best friend Milly disappears . . .

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the criminals to justice. But who is really what they seem and who can she trust?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish village.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

THE PERFECT MURDER (Harriet Taylor #2)

From #1 best-selling author Stewart Giles comes the new mystery set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

COULD YOU COMMIT 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 on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.

Available from: Amazon UK   Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada


Stewart Giles Author PhotoAuthor Bio

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.

BLOG TOUR: Then She Ran by Charlie Gallagher

Today I am very excited to be hosting a Guest Post as part of the Blog Tour for Then She Ran.  I asked Charlie Gallagher to talk about THEN SHE RAN his latest stand alone George Elms thriller:

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Then She Ran

I was very honoured to be asked to talk about my new book Then She Ran in a blog post.

I didn’t really know what I should say. But I thought I would talk about where the idea and plot came from for Then She Ran.

It all started with Stan. Stan plays the part of grieving pensioner in the book. Him and his wife are the victim of a burglary-gone-wrong and he ends up cradling her in his arms while her life slips away. They were married sixty-two years. He tells George Elms this fact and then lifts watery eyes and asks:

‘what do I do now? What do I do now?’

I remember my first ever night shift as a response copper. I’d just finished my classroom based training, I was a much younger man and I had no real idea about real life. And that exact thing happened. The end bit at least. In my case an elderly gentleman (not called Stan!) had woken in the night to find his wife of sixty-two years deceased next to him. He did what he could but he knew. He knew she was gone. Because he felt that part of him had gone too. He called the police and I turned up. The man seemed calm, but I know now it was shock. He told me how they met at a barn dance, how he was shy and she took hold of him and moved his hand onto her hip. He told me that he knew in that instant that he would love her forever. And then he stopped talking and his whole body sagged. He leant forward and then he looked up at me with those eyes and he said that line: What do I do now?

That man broke my heart that night. Nearly eleven years later and I can still see his face as clear as if he was still stood in front of me. How do you answer that? You can’t. No one can. But I learnt that night that being a police officer is so much more than arresting bad people for doing bad things. We cried together, me and that old fella. And we both meant it.

Stan then was the inspiration and I started with him. Writing a George Elms novel is never actually about George Elms; for me at least. I always come up with general outlines or characters away from him and then slot him in to drive the story on. This makes sense to me as I’ve come to know him so well that I know I can put him in any given situation, give him any role in any plot and I will know his dialogue, his movements and more importantly; his flaws. Of which there are many!

Stan was that starting point. The first linchpin. The second thing I had from the start was the lift scene. Although it was a general idea to start with and I had no idea where it might fit in, but I knew it had to feature. I don’t want to include a spoiler, but in that lift I was trying to create a scene where readers were looking in on a moment in time with total knowledge of everyone and everything, but the characters involved only knew bits. I wanted some tension between the characters, but more importantly I wanted all the tension to be on the reader. Because they knew and they could do nothing about it.

When I write a story I only really want one thing – I want people to feel something. Sometimes I want people to be upset, sometimes angry, sometimes excited or elated – but just something. I think that’s what good fiction is about. I have been contacted by readers giving feedback for previous books and they have said they have been shouting at the book, or talking out loud to the characters, telling them what they should do – that’s when you know you’ve done something right! The lift scene was designed to be one of those moments. It was the one I spent the most time on and I was pleased with result in the end. Whether it has that impact on readers I won’t ever know for sure, but the story was built around that scene and when I read it back I thought we got it about right.

Those were the two starting points and it made sense for me to talk about them. I hope this was an interesting insight and I sincerely hope you enjoy Then She Ran. But more important than anything I hope it makes you feel something. Even if it is just rage at wasting 99p!

And maybe we should learn from Stan. We should cherish our loved ones and not take them for granted. And be lovely to each other.

Thanks so much for reading the books.

by Charlie Gallagher @gloriouscharlie


Then She Ran cover.jpgTHEN SHE RAN by Charlie Gallagher

Discover a gripping crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive beginning to one of the most surprising endings of the year.

On a lazy Sunday morning Jenny Harris is shaken awake by her panic-stricken boyfriend, Joseph. Their baby daughter lies asleep on her chest. ‘We’ve got to go!’ Joseph screams.

In their hotel room, Jenny hurriedly wraps her tiny baby up. All their belongings are left behind. There’s no time. Joseph’s panic is contagious.

Jenny sprints with her family from the hotel. And it’s clear that they are being chased. Their pursuers are indiscriminate and they are deadly. Her boyfriend falls, caught up in the carnage, but he manages to give her one last message: RUN!’

Detective George Elms is investigating a separate crime: an elderly woman shot in the stomach during a robbery gone wrong. She is left for her dead in her country kitchen where she stood firm against violent thieves.

What’s the link between the two incidents? And who will do anything to silence Jenny forever?

George’s only option is to make ground on both cases. And he must move fast. Because everyone is in deadly danger and time is running out.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
RUTHLESS


CHARLIE GALLAGHER

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

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