#BookReview #theperfectmurder @stewartgilesauthor @joffebooks

Title: The Perfect Murder by Stewart Giles.

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publisher: Joffe Books.

Book Description:

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


Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.

Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.

Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.

Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?

A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.

#theperfectmurder @stewartgilesauthor @joffebooks


The quiet village of Trotterdown in Cornwall may have a serial killer on the loose…

The book opens with DC Harriet Taylor and her colleagues complaining that it’s too quiet but they should be careful what they wish for! Two cats are mutilated which they don’t take seriously until one of the owners is found murdered later the very same day. Another death follows then another, all linked by the four strange words written on their neck.

This book is part of a series, and the first I’ve read by this author, but can be read as a stand alone.  I would recommend if you have the first, The Beekeeper, on your reading list, you should read that first as this novel contains some minor spoilers.

What I liked about this book was it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was fast paced and easy to read. I did find a few of the killings a little far fetched but they seemed to be well researched and could possibly happen in real life.

I will definitely be reading more from this author.

Rating: 4/5

Author Bio:

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none Stewart Giles author pic jpegof them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.

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