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Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of MOTIVE by Stewart Giles.  This a new addition to the Detective Jason Smith series and as I expect from Stewart a fast paced, adrenaline pumping read that had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the end.

Motive: A Detective Jason Smith thriller

Format: Kindle
Publisher – STILL Books
Publication Date – 31st August 2020
Genre – Crime Fiction
Author – Stewart Giles

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From # 1 bestselling author, Stewart Giles comes a new detective Harriet Taylor/Jason Smith thriller.

In the week before Christmas, two people are brutally murdered in their homes. There is no sign of a struggle and both victims have had their throats slashed open.

Detective Jason Smith is on holiday for the Christmas period, but he finds himself in the middle of the investigation before he knows it.

There are no clues left at the murder scenes besides a bizarre series of numbers and letters left in random places – E.6.T.0.M. Smith and the team are baffled. What is the relevance of this ambiguous message?

As the bodies start to pile up, and the tensions heat up within the team, Smith soon senses that someone in his team knows more about this than they are letting on. Is there a rat in their midst? And if so, who is it? And why is someone killing people without any obvious motive? In the most bizarre case of Smith’s career, will this be the murderer that finally beats him?

My Review

Another great DS Smith book you can rely on a riveting read packed full of twists and turns when you pick up a Stewart Giles book and they just get better and better.

I have really enjoyed watching Smith grow up and cope with the many challenges thrown in his way.  Along with the rest of the team these very ‘human’ characters have developed over the course of the series and now make a very effective team.  Smith always seems to avoid promotion to DI but he still seems to be the one ‘in charge’ which makes the stories a lot more interesting than your usual Police Procedural.

As I expect from this author there are plenty of dead bodies but with every team member working flat out they fail to find a link between the victims.  What is the motive for these killings?  Is there one?

An awesome read domestic intertwined with adrenaline pumping thrills keeps the pages turning and the ending ….  Well that not only had my heart racing but also grabbing for the tissues.  Absolutely brilliant this author gets better and better.


‘Firstly I just want to say, Motive is one of this author’s best books so far, it’s got so much action and twist’s going on, I doubt this author will never ever bore me, Is there more on the way? I hope so.’ – Booklover Bev

‘MOTIVE throws a horrific, inexplicable incident out of nowhere. Swamped with indecipherable mysteries, heart racing suspense builds to harrowing proportions.’ – Eileen

‘I was so pleased to get stuck into another DS Smith story that I read this in one sitting!’ – Alison

‘An awesome read domestic intertwined with adrenaline pumping thrills keeps the pages turning and the ending …. Well that not only had my heart racing but also grabbing for the tissues.’ – I Love Books


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 9 – Venom
Book 10 – Severed
Book 11 – Demons
Book 12 – Deadeye
Book 13 – Motive

Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3

Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone
Book 3 – The Raven Girl

Medusa (coming soon)

The Divide

Blood on the Island


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.

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and 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 was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results.  I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.

Miranda is something totally different. A  psychological thriller trilogy, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.

The Detective Jason Smith series continues to grow and there are now 14 books including the introduction: Phobia.


Twitter: @stewartgiles


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