Selene (DS Smith #6) by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #policeprocedural @stewartgiles

I am very excited because today is my stop on the Blog Tour for SELENE (DS Smith #6) by the awesome Stewart Giles and I am thrilled to share my thoughts on this brilliant book.

Selene (DS Jason Smith #6) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

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 ever 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 a roller-coaster ride of a thriller with twists and turns all the way to an ending you won’t expect.

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

My Thoughts

NOTE: this review is for the newly updated and re-edited Kindle version.

WOW , what can I say I am absolutely loving this DS Smith series by Stewart Giles.  Selene is book 6 and is another riveting page-turner. The series gets better book by book.

Selene is 10 years old when she sneaks around in the middle of the night to watch a Pagan Ceremony.  What she sees shocks her into giving away her hiding place and she is captured and imprisoned.  6 years later she excapes but the experience has left deep psychological scars.

Sad, lonely, middle aged men are being murdered and then tucked up in bed.  This is a very difficult case for Smith and his team.  There are no clues, no apparent motive and no links between the victims.  As time drags on the team becomes depressed and nobody knows where to turn.

I love how the team develop book by book and Smith is really growing up he has had a lot of heartbreak and tragedy in his life and these have moulded him in to the person he is.  That person is totally unique and my hat is off to the author for the way he has created and developed Smith and the rest of his team.  All are unique characters with their own quirks and personalities but they all make up a very effective team.

I was sad to see one of my favourite characters leave but this is a realistic series and people come and go.

A very  intriguing book with a lot of twists and turns and red herrings along the way.  It had me guessing all the way to the end and of course, I was totally wrong.

Another 5 star read – Brilliant!

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 Selene:
‘A super author with a great balance of personal and professional story-lines. Can’t get enough of this series, every book is eagerly waited for.’ – Patti36
‘Thoroughly enjoyed the book and am looking forward to reading the next book of the series. What unique story lines and twists.’ – Kerry Whitehead
‘I LOVE a good thriller and this one did not disappoint – I was hooked right to the very end – I finished reading this book under the light of the supermoon – very surreal. Great writing style – Smith would make a great TV series!’ – Zoe
‘A Great Read! Very intense at times, excellent writing and well worth the time to read. You can’t go wrong with a Stewart Giles book!!!’ – Kindle Customer
‘I have been binge reading the entire DS Smith series and I love them all! It is rare that a series captivates me as this one has, holds my interest, is filled with interesting characters, twists and turns, and is exciting!’ – JeffKnowsStuff


***Coming soon: the first DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor thriller – THE ENIGMA release date 18th November 2018 ***

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

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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