7 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 6 – SELENE #CoverReveal

Day 7 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence.

ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

Selene (Detective Jason Smith #6) by Stewart Giles

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Selene is book 6 in the adrenaline pumping Detective Jason Smith series by bestselling author: Stewart Giles.

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 even 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.

THE SETTING
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.

THE DETECTIVES
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 Whitton 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

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
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

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS
Miranda

6 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 5 – HARLEQUIN #CoverReveal

Day 6 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence.
ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

Harlequin (Detective Jason Smith #5) by Stewart Giles

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From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

The circus comes to town and children start to disappear.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is persuaded to return to work after three weeks of a marijuana induced haze. Forced to endure the leadership of a new DI, the fulsome Bryony Brownhill, Smith is faced with the most difficult investigation of his colourful career.
When the children who vanished are found murdered in various parts of the city, all clues lead to the circus grounds, but Smith and his team are met with a sinister silence everywhere they turn. Smith digs deeper and discovers the cause of this silence; the chain of events that led up to the vile murders that have shattered the hearts of the people of York.
This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller with an ending that you won’t expect.

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

THE SETTING
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.

THE DETECTIVES
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 Whitton 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 Harlequin:
‘Excellent and truly chilling murder mystery.’– Maggie May
‘Another compelling detective thriller in the DS Jason Smith series.’ –Kindle Customer
‘A great writer and a great cast of characters inhabit these books. Well worth the time taken to read them.’ – Amazon Customer
‘What a fantastic book as the ending was not expected. This book is very hard to put down, really good storyline’ – Helen Green
‘What a great book had to keep reading it could not put it down I would look forward to read some more.’ – Peter Goulding

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
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

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker
TROTTERDOWN – A box set of Detective Harriet Taylor books 1-3

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS
Miranda

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston #mystery #detective #crimefiction @stephenpuleston

Thank you to the wonderful bloggers and reviewers who helped with the launch of Nowhere to Hide by Stephen Puleston. Your help is very much appreciated.

Thank you 5

What the reviewers thought:

Black Books Blog

All through the book there is a lot of action and stuff going on, which keeps the story flowing nicely and kept me hooked and wanting to read the next chapter each time I got to the end of one. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

As all of this author’s books, this one is action packed with suspense that just doesn’t let up. The characters are memorable. I especially liked to see a blend of Drake’s personal and professional life. He and his team relate well to each other. Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

‘Nowhere To Hide’ is superbly written but then I wouldn’t expect anything else from the hugely talented Stephen Puleston.  He certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and once he has that attention, he keeps it throughout the story.  The story was gripping and at times I was on the edge of my seat.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

This is a fast-moving story with very accurate police procedure and wonderful descriptions of the Welsh countryside where the story is set. The whole series gets better with every book. Read more here

Debbie Hipster

I like the thriller aspect of it, and I enjoyed reading it and learning new things too along the way. Definitely looking out for this author for more. Read more here

The Word is Out

Great story telling with well rounded characters and a very current plotline that will keep the reader hooked right up the last page. Highly recommended. 5* Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I thought that the storyline was excellent, it was well planned out and I loved the suspense the author built up with the story right through to the end, the writing style and flow of the story was spot on. Read more here

Sharon Rimmelzwaan

The story is full of suspense and intrigue and a very readable story. Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

What a fast-moving novel. It is full of intrigue and danger. Even though this Nowhere to Hide is the 7th book in a series that I hadn’t read before, I was able to see a bit of Drake becoming a changed man due to being in a relationship. This no doubt has had a powerful impact on his team. I enjoyed this book and do look forward to continuing this series in the future. Read more here


Nowhere to Hide coverNowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston

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Goodreads link

A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide”


My Review

Inspector Drake is back and this time he is out to obtain justice for the people society has let down.

The body of a young woman is found in her home but that is not where she was killed.  Drake and his team have the difficult task of finding out why she was murdered and who killed her.  As an ex addict (or is she) she has mixed with the underworld of drugs and violence but even so a life has been lost and a young boy motherless so Drake is determined to get answers.  2 other girls go missing while in the care of the state.  Are the 2 cases linked or separate?  Either way Drake will see justice is done.

Drake has struggled with life.  He has serious OCD and has worked to keep it under control but it cost him his marriage.  But now he has Annie and in addition to a very demanding job he is working hard to make the relationship work.  He also has to cope with upcoming changes at work as the superior officer he has developed an effective relationship with moves on Drake has to start again with somebody new.

As the team dive in to the investigation Drake finds that someone is out to scare him off.  As the people who he cares about are put at risk can he unravel the clues before someone gets seriously hurt?

This is a steady paced mystery that gets into the nitty gritty of detective work.  We follow the team in looking for clues where there are very few and round many twists and turns making it a very engaging read that is perfect for police procedural fans.


Author photo pngBiography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Twitter: @stephenpuleston

5 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 4 – OCCAM’S RAZOR #CoverReveal

Day 5 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence. 

ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

5OCCAMS RAZOR NEW1Occam’s Razor (Detective Jason Smith #4) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON for just 99p/99c (5th August 2019 only!!)

Occam’s Razor is book 4 in the Detective Jason Smith series by the bestselling author:  Stewart Giles

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier.

This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.

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

THE SETTING

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.

 

THE DETECTIVES

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 Whitton 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 Occam’s Razor:

This book was gripping from the first page to the last. The characters are all well written, believable and sympathetic.’ Mrs Christine H Clark

‘Superb book left you guessing to the end.Sends you up so many alleys and you still can’t see the outcome.’Mike

‘A well paced story that will have you hooked very quickly and then drag you along for the ride in such a way as to not want to stop reading..’Hisboss

Another gripping book by this Author well written lots going on could not put this book down.’Kindle Customer

What a good book had you wandering all the time would read his books again I haven’t read his before.’Dora Gibbons

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

0.5 -Phobia (5 early Jason Smith cases)

1….-.Smith

2….-.Boomerang

3….-.Ladybird

4….-.Occam’s Razor

5….-.Harlequin

6….-.Selene

7….-.Horseman

8….-.Unworthy

9….-.Venom

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

1….-.The Beekeeper

2….-.The Perfect Murder

3….-.The Backpacker

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

 

1….-.The Enigma

2….-.Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS

 

Miranda

4 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 3 – LADYBIRD #CoverReveal

Day 4 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence. 

ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

LADYBIRD NEW 3Ladybird (Detective Jason Smith#3) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON for just 99p/99c (4th August 2019 only!!)

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes another addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

An esteemed pathologist is arrested for Murder while Jason Smith is on sick leave.

 

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is days away from the end of his sick leave after a case that almost cost him his life when he gets a call from an old friend. His friend has been arrested for the murder of a student. He wants Smith to investigate the murder and prove his innocence. Smith is persuaded return to work. The student was killed with a bread knife. Ladybirds were scattered on his dead body.

When another man is found dead with ladybirds on his body, Smith enlists the help of an insect doctor, the enigmatic DR Karen Wood, to try and understand the significance of the ladybirds. As Smith gets drawn closer to this mysterious woman and more and more men wind up dead with ladybirds on their bodies Smith quickly realises that Dr Wood is not who she seems to be.

Smith and his team unearth a terrible secret from twenty years earlier; somebody wants justice and, as more and more men die, Smith realises he is running out of time to find out who.

This is a fast-paced page-turner with twists and turns all the way to an ending you won’t see coming.

 

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

THE SETTING

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.

 

THE DETECTIVES

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 Whitton 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 Ladybird:

This book was gripping from the first page to the last. The characters are all well written, believable and sympathetic.’ Mrs Christine H Clark

‘Superb book left you guessing to the end. Sends you up so many alleys and you still can’t see the outcome.’Mike

‘A well paced story that will have you hooked very quickly and then drag you along for the ride in such a way as to not want to stop reading..’Hisboss

Another gripping book by this Author well written lots going on could not put this book down.’Kindle Customer

What a good book had you wandering all the time would read his books again I haven’t read his before.’Dora Gibbons

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

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

 

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Beekeeper

Book 2       –       The Perfect Murder

Book 3       –       The Backpacker

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1        –       The Enigma

Book 2        –       Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS

Miranda

3 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 2 – BOOMERANG #CoverReveal

Day 3 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence. 

ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

3BOOMERANG NEW IDEA1Boomerang (Detective Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON for just 99p/99c (3rd August 2019 only!!)

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.

Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.

All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.

As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

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.

THE SETTING

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.

 

THE DETECTIVES

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 Whitton 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 Boomerang:

‘It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong

‘I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah

‘What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David

Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill

Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

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

 

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Beekeeper

Book 2       –       The Perfect Murder

Book 3       –       The Backpacker

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1        –       The Enigma

Book 2        –       Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS

Miranda

2 – DETECTIVE JASON SMITH makeover – 1-SMITH #CoverReveal

Day 2 – Stewart Giles has given his DETECTIVE JASON SMITH series a makeover with shiny new covers etc. So each day for 10 days I will be revealing the new cover to each book in sequence. 

ALSO – each day that book will be reduced to 99p/99c for that day only so if you havent read this series now is your chance to pick up the brand new version for a bargain price.

2SMITH NEW1Smith (Detective Jason Smith #1) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON for just 99p/99c 2nd August 2019 only!!

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes the first book in a brilliant series featuring Detective Jason Smith.

‘The sleepy historical city of York is about to wake up’.

It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed with a suicide note on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead, and the daughter is barely alive. The father is found shaking uncontrollably in the corner of the room. He is covered in blood, but he is unharmed. His name is Martin Willow.

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation.

After reaching dead end after dead end, Smith starts to put the pieces together and figures out that Martin Willow is innocent, and the killer is still out there.

If you like Police Procedurals full of adrenaline pumping suspense and that many twists and turns you think you are on a roller coaster then this series is a ‘must read’.

 

THE SETTING

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.

 

THE DETECTIVES

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 Whitton 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 Smith:

‘The story is gripping with lots of shocks and surprises, pulling the reader in head first and not giving any time for the reader to come up for air.’ Jo

‘Reading this book was like being on an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists, turns and stomach churning moments.’Ginger Book Geek

I haven’t read such a brilliant detective thriller for quite while. This is one of the best ever. You felt drawn to Jason’s character from the very first page.LooseBoots

The story will most certainly hold you as you read you just won’t want to put it down. well written with gruesome details throughout.’Booklover BEV

I really enjoyed the story and the other characters and the pace of the book was great. I was sorry when it ended and have downloaded the next in the series straight away.’Angie T.D.

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES

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

 

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1       –       The Beekeeper

Book 2       –       The Perfect Murder

Book 3       –       The Backpacker

DETECTIVE JASON SMITH/HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES

Book 1        –       The Enigma

Book 2        –       Dropzone

STANDALONE THRILLERS

Miranda

BLOG TOUR – Nowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston #mystery #detective #crimefiction @stephenpuleston

Today is my turn on the Blog Tour for NOWHERE TO HIDE by Stephen Puleston.  This is book 7 in the brilliant Inspector Drake series.  The series gets better book by book and this one will not disappoint it is a gripping page turner full of twists and turns.

Nowhere to Hide coverNowhere to Hide (Inspector Drake #7) by Stephen Puleston

Available from AMAZON

Goodreads link

A murdered mother… A failing police force…A detective looking for justice.

When drug addict Dawn Piper is found dead in her own home, her neighbours are far from surprised. Dawn’s habit led her to mix with some dangerous people. But this quiet mother of one was small fry …would anyone want Dawn dead?

Inspector Drake knows there is more to Dawn’s murder than a simple drug deal gone wrong. As he digs deeper, he discovers that Dawn hoped to clean up the streets of her community that are being overrun by drugs and the dangerous County Lines gangs that sell them. And it cost her her life. Have the police force failed the community they serve?

Drake is used to the murky world of organised crime groups. He knows the dirty games they play to evade arrest. But in his toughest case to date Drake is determined to make the guilty pay.

This time, they will have nowhere to hide”


My Review

Inspector Drake is back and this time he is out to obtain justice for the people society has let down.

The body of a young woman is found in her home but that is not where she was killed.  Drake and his team have the difficult task of finding out why she was murdered and who killed her.  As an ex addict (or is she) she has mixed with the underworld of drugs and violence but even so a life has been lost and a young boy motherless so Drake is determined to get answers.  2 other girls go missing while in the care of the state.  Are the 2 cases linked or separate?  Either way Drake will see justice is done.

Drake has struggled with life.  He has serious OCD and has worked to keep it under control but it cost him his marriage.  But now he has Annie and in addition to a very demanding job he is working hard to make the relationship work.  He also has to cope with upcoming changes at work as the superior officer he has developed an effective relationship with moves on Drake has to start again with somebody new.

As the team dive in to the investigation Drake finds that someone is out to scare him off.  As the people who he cares about are put at risk can he unravel the clues before someone gets seriously hurt?

This is a steady paced mystery that gets into the nitty gritty of detective work.  We follow the team in looking for clues where there are very few and round many twists and turns making it a very engaging read that is perfect for police procedural fans.


Biography

I write crime fiction based in Wales and about Wales. The rural landscape of north Wales provides the backdrop to the Inspector Drake novels. And Cardiff the capital of Wales provides the setting for the Inspector Marco novels set in a modern urban environment.

I love the novels of Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin, Mark Billingham, Henning Mankell, Val McDermid – the list could go on! And I enjoy watching detective series on the television the recent Hinterland series based near Aberystwyth in Wales was great. One of my favourites is the French series Spiral but The Bridge and Broadchurch and the Rebus series with Ken Stott and Kenneth Branagh in Wallander are great too.

I have been on writing courses at the Welsh Writers Centre in Llanystymdwy, North Wales tutored by Matt Whyman and Marcus Sedgwick as well as crime writing courses with Peter Robinson and Andrew Taylor at the Scottish Writers centre.

I was born in Anglesey an island off the north Wales coast and after leaving school in Holyhead I went to University in London before training as a solicitor/lawyer. I practised in a small family business doing criminal work in the magistrates and crown courts, divorce and family work.

I still live on Anglesey, North Wales near the beach and the mountains of Snowdonia

LINKS

Website: http://www.stephenpuleston.co.uk

Twitter: @stephenpuleston

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Blog Tour Wrap Up – VENOM (DS Smith #9) by Stewart Giles #newrelease #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Thank you to all the absolutely wonderful Bloggers, readers and supporters who helped with the launch of VENOM your help is very much appreciated — THANK YOU Stewart and Jill xx

What the readers and bloggers thought:

Black Books Blog

The tension towards the end of the book is immense and, unlike most books, the drama doesn’t finish until the very last page with people being in danger all the way through the last couple of chapters. As with all of Stewart’s other books this one will keep you hooked and the action never lets up. The ending was shocking and Stewart has put Jason Smith through more things in this book than ever before.  Read more here

Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

I loved this story and the characters are always so great to read. I enjoy the way that the characters work together to get the results needed to solve the case. The depth the detectives will go to get results is always interesting to me. I enjoy a good sleuth story and this one did not disappoint. I thought I had the criminal sorted out but then I second guessed myself only to find out that I was spot on. Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

Kudos to the author who came up with a unique killer with a distinctive way to kill. Once started, I couldn’t put it down for long. There are surprising twists and turns, lots of action and plenty of suspense. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

I always enjoy Stewart’s books but this one has scaled heights which he has never reached before. It was page-turningly brilliant and left me so dreadfully disappointed when I had finished it. I wanted more! Immediately! Read more here

The Word is Out

As with previous stories from this author this book is a joy to read and once started I just did not want to put it down. There is heart-warming humour and banter between the main characters which just makes the story even more human and enjoyable, and we get some insight from the killer’s point of view which is also interesting knowing things that Smith does not.   Read more here

Sarah’s Thoughts

So Stewart has nailed it once more. This is the latest Jason Smith book and it is gripping, the only complaint i have is that Jason is the target again (sorry Stewart). But if you want an easy read on an emotional thrilling rollercoaster this is it.

Turn The Page Blog

DS Smith is back…. Absolutely fantastic read, but I advise you not to buy this is you housework as it won’t get done ! I was unable to leave this alone. The blurb says it all… Read more here

On The Shelf Reviews

If you’re not familiar with Stewart Giles’ work, they’re fast paced police procedurals, with a sprinkling of dark humour, plenty of action. Smith is a stubborn Australian, who even though he’s matured a little is still his usual rule bending, stubborn self.  Read more here

Akamatra

This is a fast paced book as Stewart usually writes them. I was gripping my phone (I read it on my kindle app) and trying to refrain from bitting my nails! I loved it!  Read more here

Debbie Hipster

The cases were interesting and highly inventive and pulled on my intrigue the whole way through. And seeing Smith get emotional with this case tugs on heart strings for sure. Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I honestly think that this author’s stories are going from strength to strength, he has an additive writing style and I love reading about the characters he has created and can’t wait to see what he releases next – no hesitation with this one – it is 5 stars from me!! Read more here

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VENOM, Detective Jason Smith book 9

Available from Amazon

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series. 

Still recovering from an accident, DS Jason Smith receives a strange phone call: ‘I want to live.’  The number is unknown, and Jason puts it down to a hoax call.  While doing a favour for DCI Chalmers the phone call suddenly begins to make sense and Jason is once again on the trail of a psychopath.

Can Smith stop this maniac before more people die?  Who is it and why does he have Smith’s number?  As the team struggle to find some kind of a lead Jason realises that it may not be his own life in danger this time but he is in danger of losing someone else he cares about.

This is a unique story that has a steadily increasing pace that continues to deliver all the way to the very last page.

THE SETTING
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.

THE DETECTIVE
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 that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.  However, he does get results.

What readers are saying about Venom

‘This author’s style of writing is phenomenal to the end.  He never fails me.  All of his books that I have read have pushed all my buttons.  The only thing I can say I didn’t like was THE END!  NO! I want more of DS Jason Smith.  So looking forward to the next one.’ – Booklover Bev

‘What an amazing book, I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t wait to see what Stewart put Jason Smith through next.’ – Simon @ Black Books Blog

‘WOW! Just when I think that Stewart Giles cannot get any better, he goes ahead and proves me wrong. I absolutely LOVED Venom. The action is tight and fast paced. The tension keeps mounting until you feel that you physically can’t sit still any more. The plot is well thought out, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.’ – Heather Opperman

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia read more here
Book 1-Smith  read more here
Book 2-Boomerang  read more here
Book 3-Ladybird  read more here
Book 4-Occam’s Razor  read more here
Book 5-Harlequin  read more here
Book 6-Selene  read more here
Book 7-Horsemen  read more here
Book 8-Unworthy  read more here
Book 9 – Venom

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper  read more here
Book 2-The Perfect Murder  read more here
Book 3-The Backpacker  read more here

Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3 read more here

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma  read more here
Book 2 – Dropzone

PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS
Miranda  read more here
Miranda sequel coming soon


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.

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 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 Venom, book 9 in the Smith series will be released in July 2019. I have plenty more books planned to include, by popular request, a sequel to Miranda.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

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