BLOG TOUR: Boomerang (DS Smith #2) by Stewart Giles #policeprocedural #DSSmith #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for BOOMERANG by Stewart Giles. This is book 2 in the very gripping DS Smith series. I absolutely love this series and very pleased to be helping with the relaunch of the digitally remastered version.

Boomerang coverBoomerang (DS Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

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


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.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

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.

What readers are saying about Boomerang:

It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong
I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah
What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David
‘Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill
Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S

My Review

This is book 2 in a very addictive series I find myself reaching for the next book as soon as I have finished the previous one.

The story begins with a suicide that turns out to be murder.  Then Smith’s life is changed forever.  People are dying and the dates are significant dates from the past.  Someone has Smith in their sights but why?  What happened all those years ago and why is Smith being held accountable?

This is an adrenaline pumping read from the very first page.  The suspense and pace build gradually as we progress into the book and the further I got the more invested I was in the story and the characters.

Lets talk about the characters: Jason is the lead character I have followed his journey from the beginning in Phobia and then Smith but if you haven’t read those it is perfectly okay as Stewart makes a brilliant job of building the history into the book.  He is flawed he has had a difficult time with many heart-breaking losses and now this! All this comes accross in the book excellently.  He is on a mission to put away the bad guys whatever it takes.  He is a bit of a loose cannon and a straight talker and that brings humour to the book.

Witton is his favoured partner.  She has a lot of feelings for Smith but he isn’t returning them, yet.  She has Smith’s back and that makes her vulnerable at times.  I think they are a relationship waiting to happen but we will see.  They look out for each other and that becomes very important in this story.

The main theme of the story is Smith’s past and part of that is Lucy, an old flame from his teenage years.  As the looking back into his past takes Smith out of his comfort zone the murderer is ranking up and the bodies are stacking up.  The clock is ticking.

Suspense, twists, turns and curve balls.  This book has it all.  An adrenaline pumping page turner that I found very difficult to put down.  Definitely 5 golden stars from me.  Now I am off to read Ladybird.

SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

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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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 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

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