Phobia (an essential introduction to the DS Jason Smith Series) by Stewart Giles


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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 dried. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.
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.

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you love police procedural novels with strong characters and written with a love of the area they cover then these are the books for you. Phobia is a 5 star for me!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley this was a fantastic introduction to the dreamy sounding DS Jason Smith.  I am not usually a huge fan of short stories but I totally loved this collection.  The stories were well written and well plotted.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really enjoyed this book, we get to read five stories featuring Jason Smith which set the scene and tell us more about his character before the first full length novel – Smith.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

Overall I loved this book and it made me jump straight into the Smith series proper so I could learn how he progressed to DI and what happened in the meantime.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

This is such an entertaining book! It introduces the reader to Jason Smith before his series actually begins.  Read more here

On the Shelf Reviews

Each story is split into short sharp chapter making it a quick and pacey read. I don’t often say this with a collection, I could not pick a favourite, they were all fantastic! Each story was well plotted, action packed and entertaining.  Read more here

Turn the Page

This I think is the perfect introduction to DS Smith, as this isn’t the first book i read, II thin that it definitely builds on the character development! I would highly recommend this, especially to DS Smith Fans but also to short story lovers.  Read more here

My Thoughts:

I have to say this is an absolutely brilliant way of bringing the reader up to date with the time before Smith became a DS.  I haven’t seen this done before we usually get snippets throughout the series that you need to put together or a prequel novella so this was an enlightening breath of fresh air.  Read more here


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