BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Dropzone (DS Smith & DC Taylor #2) by Stewart Giles #detective #crimefiction #TeamSJ @StewartGiles #Blogtour #bloggers

Once again Stewart and I would like to say a mahoosive THANK YOU  to all the awesome bloggers who helped with the Blog Tour for Dropzone.  You really are something! The book is doing brilliantly and that is thanks to you guys (and all the other readers and carer/sharers)  Thank you so very much.

What the bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

As with all of Stewart’s books there are some nice little red herrings and more dead people along the way as we try and work out what happened.  Read more

By the Letter Book Reviews

Guest Post 

The Haphazardous Hippo

Guest Post 

Ginger Book Geek

Review to follow

Herding Cats

Guest Post

Jessica Belmont

I highly recommend Dropzone. It will have your eyes glued to the pages and your heart thumping out of your chest. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

This book has made me want to read every single book Stewart has written about Smith and Taylor, so much I have got every book on my kindle!   Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Stewart Giles mixes an absorbing tale with patches of dark human behaviour and patches of humour which all make a great balance. Once again, as with all his books, it is impossible to second-guess who is behind the murders although I try every time.  Read more here

Emma The Little Bookworm

On The Shelf Reviews

If you’re looking for a novel with plenty of fast paced action and heart in your mouth moments, I think Dropzone is the book for you.  Read more here

Book Worm

Review to follow

The Word is Out

A terrific murder mystery, well written with plenty of twists and very engaging characters (including a repulsive pug!) which will keep the reader engrossed right up to the last page. Highly recommended, as are all the books by this author. 5* Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

DROPZONE is well written, the suspense starts with the flight of Brandon Stone and doesn’t let up until the very last page. Read more here

Turn The Page Blog

Another fantastic installment from my favourite crime fighting, murders solving duo! Another twisting plot to keep you hooked. I don’t want to say too much sort from make sure you buy it!! Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I really liked the twists and turns in this book. The characters are entertaining, interesting, and full of life. The suspense of who could have pulled this off will pull you in from the beginning and won’t let you go until the end of the book.  Read more here


Do you really need to ask? I loved it! So much so that I asked Stewart for an interview and I am going live with it in a few days.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster

Once again it’s full of red herrings, keeping you guessing, and pondering on how did 2 chutes fail. Who is the murderer? It’s a good gripping pace, and highly enjoyed.   Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

It is five stars from me again, this is possibly my favourite DS Smith book so far and can’t wait for his next release!! Read more here

Dropzone (DS Jason Smith & DC Harriet Taylor #2)

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Goodreads link to Dropzone

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes book 2 in the very popular DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.
Brandon Stone is doing his first Accelerated Free Fall Skydive. He has done the training and his instructors are with him so nothing can go wrong…. Can it? A double malfunction and Brandon is staring death in the face. A very rare accident. Or is it?

Jason is returning to work after 3 months recovering from injuries at the hands of Boronov. Light duties? Not if Jason can help it.

DC Harriet Taylor is taking a well deserved holiday with Jon Finch that includes tandem skydiving. Out of all the planes in the country they were on the same one as Brandon.

With a detective as a witness this should be an easy case to solve. Wrong! Jason and the team need all the help they can get to unravel the lies and find the clues before more bodies turn up.

This is a gripping story with twists, turns and intrigue all the way through. A fast moving page-turner you will not be able to put down.


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.

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 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.

What readers are saying about Dropzone:
As always, great plot with plenty of suspense and twists to keep you guessing until the end. – Kirsty Nimmo

“I loved this book. I think this maybe my very favourite Stewart Giles. It kept me on the edge to the end.” – Alison Gitelson

“I was quickly drawn into a world of air adventure and read it in two sittings. It’s an engaging, fast paced murder/mystery with believable characters, plot and background on their private lives.” – Carol Stone

It starts with an adrenaline pumping chapter and then delves into the investigation with a sprinkling of dead ends and jaw dropping twists and turns. – Books ‘n’ All

My Review

This is book 2 in the DS Jason Smith and DC Harriet Taylor series.  These have each made their mark in their respective ‘solo’ series’ but together they make for an interesting, effective partnership that make for a fast paced entertaining read while still maintaining a strong detective story.

Stewart Giles has a unique talent that I love.  Part of that talent is the ability to write an addition to a series that works perfectly as stand-alone without writing in a lot of history that could bore readers who have read the back lists.  Another part is to build a little humour into the stories to offset the darkness.  This serves to make the well developed characters very realistic.

I can honestly say I have never read a skydiving thriller before and I love the author’s passion for the sport which comes through in the story.  It starts with an adrenaline pumping chapter and then delves into the investigation with a sprinkling of dead ends and jaw dropping twists and turns.  Several times over the course of the story I had worked out who was responsible.  But in true Stewart Giles style I found out I was wrong – every time.  I think I went through every member of the Skydiving Club at one point or another but the actual ending was still a shock.

I found a teaser hidden within the story which I am certain is going to be fleshed out in a future book and I am looking forward to reading whatever else Stewart has to offer to feed my passion for Crime Fiction.

A brilliant read.  I really loved every single page.  5 Golden stars from me 🙂


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
Trotterdown – A Box Set of books 1-3

Book 1-The Enigma
Book 2-Dropzone

Stand Alone Thrillers
Miranda – A psychological thriller

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 there are plenty more to come. Unworthy, the ninth Smith instalment was followed by a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers. Entitled The Enigma, it brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor. Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before. Dropzone, book 2 in the  Smith/Harriet series is now available and the 10th Smith instalment will be released later in the year.



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