The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3) by Stewart Giles

The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3)

Available from AMAZON

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

WHAT IS THE SECRET AT LANDELL’S FARM?

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. Detective Harriet Taylor has to abandon her day out to investigate.
As Littlemore and the forensics team get to work they uncover another mystery hidden among the rocks.
Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody? Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?
As Harriet and the team get to work they find more questions than answers. What secrets is the sleepy Cornish village hiding?

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.

What the readers are saying:

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

The action rushes on until we are given all the answers at the end. (I won’t spoil it!)
Stewart Giles books are always a pleasure to read with so many ins and outs and possible perpetrators. The reader is kept on the edge of his/her seat and, I find, ignores everything in order to reach the end of the story. I would highly recommend this book to all lovers of police procedural and also those with a love of the English countryside. It’s definitely 5 stars from me!  Read more here


Beth in a Box

I enjoyed The Backpacker; I found it fast-paced, energetic with just enough, um, fluff…. Sorry Stewart, I can’t think of a better word.

I enjoyed the waiting until the very end for the climax, although I had guessed correctly by about 90% who the murderer was. I liked the fact that a step forward seemed to take the team back two steps at some points.  Read more here


Turn the Page

The book is funny as well as having a fantastic storyline, that keeps you reading til the end.  Although this is third in the series you could quite easily read it alone (and then the others after)  Highly recommend this read to everyone.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

The author clearly cares about the characters in this book and this shines through in his writing.  There were certain characters that I couldn’t help but take to and there were certain characters that made me want to punch them on the nose end.  When I felt that my ‘friends’, those characters that I had taken to, were under attack I so wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to defend them.  Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

There are plenty of suspects to follow in this well written crime fiction. The girl’s boyfriend who doesn’t seem too upset … the brother she hasn’t spoken to in years … members of the farm where she was found … or was this a random killing?  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

Sometimes I love diving back into a series with familiar characters that I am already know and enjoy. The book isn’t that long but there’s plenty packed into it! With the fast pace I absolutely flew through it, I could not stop turning those pages!  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The plot is great, I loved the pace and the characters are spot on – I love a strong female lead and you certainly get on in this book!  The interaction between Harriet and her team was completely on point and I loved it.  Plenty of twists to keep you hooked right from the start through to the books brilliant ending – excellent!  Read more here


Daisy White’s Wicked Words

The pace and tension, plus the great atmospheric descriptions pull the whole thing together. The premise was good one, and I stayed up late to find out what happened. Harriet Taylor is a likeable detective, with a few edges that work well with the whole plot.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster

What a book, and strong female lead. I was hooked from the first chapter. Set in rural Cornwall, a place I can easily identify with, and see while I read. Switching from the past and present had me guessing how the stories linked and intertwined with one another. The characters were every one you know and can relate too, we’ve all met these people in our lives, which helps connect the reader to the story, and you forget it’s fiction.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

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.  Read more here


The Quiet Geordie

The plot centres around 2 dead bodies, one from the present and one from the past. Harriet seems to be the only one concerned with discovering what happened to both bodies. Everyone else seems uninterested in the older case.  Read more here

Along the Write Lines

#Guestpost  Rationale to the Harriet Taylor series


Life is Kayful

Tom Stone Detective Blog


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 Review


DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper Buy from Amazon link to The Beekeeper Blog Tour post
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder  Buy from Amazon Link to The Perfect Murder Blog Tour post
Book 3 – The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – PhobiaBuy from Amazon  Link to Phobia Blog Tour Post
Book 1 – Smith Buy from Amazon Link to Smith Blog Tour post
Book 2 – Boomerang  Buy from Amazon
Book 3 – Ladybird  Buy from Amazon
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor  Buy from Amazon
Book 5 – Harlequin  Buy from Amazon
Book 6 – Selene Buy from Amazon
Book 7 – Horsemen  Buy from Amazon
Book 8 – Unworthy  Buy from Amazon Link to Unworthy Blog Tour post

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