Title: Horsemen (DS Jason Smith 7) by Stewart Giles
Date Published: 2nd November 2016
Genre: Police Procedural
From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.
One draining murder investigation after another has left DS Jason on the brink of losing his sanity and he needs a break.
Smith sets off for the peaceful Yorkshire village of Scarpdale for two weeks of country air, slow walks by the lakes and no mobile phone reception. He wakes up on his first morning to find three policemen outside his room. A young woman has been found dead next to one of the lakes. Smith was seen talking to the woman the night before.
Smith is begged by Jimmy Phoenix to find out what happened to his daughter. Against his better judgment, Smith agrees and starts to ask questions, but the locals are not giving anything away. When Sophie’s boyfriend, Lewis Van Camp is found dead an hour before her funeral, Smith is baffled. Lewis was his odds on favourite for Sophie’s murder.
Smith quickly realizes that rival horse breeders, the Van Camps and the Phoenix’s are involved somehow. Everybody he speaks to talks of something that happened in New York the previous summer; something sinister involving these horsemen but nobody seems to know exactly what went on.
An action packed thriller filled with the twists, turns and red herrings we expect from Stewart Giles. This is an edge of your seat page-turner that will appeal to all readers of crime fiction.
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.
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.
What readers are saying about Horsemen:
‘Just finished the latest Jason Smith book and thoroughly enjoyed the series so far. Great characters, clever storylines with excitement and humour thrown in. Well worth a read.’– Margaret Murray
‘Having read the previous Jason Smith books, I was waiting eagerly for this new addition – and I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I’ve found them all engaging from the first page and so easy to become totally immersed in the story as it so carefully unfolded on each page.’ – Paul B
‘I’m a great fan of Stewart Giles and devour his books eagerly. I sometimes find that when I read a series I become bored and critical of the characters & plots but I never tire of Jason Smith.’ – Pat McCulloch
‘Another compelling detective story in the delightful DS Jason Smith series of thrillers. Jason finds he has to cross the Atlantic in order to solve a crime committed on his own doorstep. A most satisfying ending.’ – Kindle Customer
‘I have read the whole series back to back and really enjoyed them, both plot and character wise. Really looking forward to next one, to see what’s in store for Smith’ – 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
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker
DS JASON SMITH & DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma – will be released on 18th November 2018
Today I have my review of the seventh in the Smith series, the Horsemen which if you haven’t read any in the series, I would highly recommend that you read at the least the book before this one (you can read my review of Selene here) or what I say would be even better to start at the very beginning with Smith.
DS Jason Smith is considering his future with the York police department yet again. He turns to his friend/psychiatrist Jessica Blakemore (who is currently residing in a mental health facility after a nervous breakdown) and she suggests some time off on his own.
The only problem standing between him and his holiday is a spate of armed robberies at the local McDonald’s, the franchises that are owned by millionaire Jimmy Phoenix. Using his usual powers of deduction, Smith solves the case and heads off on holiday on his own, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend DC Whitton. But as usual Smith finds trouble when the body of Sophie Phoenix, none other than Jimmy Phoenix’s daughter!
Smith is asked to investigate the death which leads him to New York and secrets that someone desperately wants to keep buried.
Another fast paced adventure in the Smith series! My heart was in my mouth when Smith gets arrested for a murder he didn’t commit and I genuinely didn’t know if he’d get released or not!
As usual Smith is his own worst enemy, drinking and smoking too much, going on holiday by himself instead of whisking Whitton off for a romantic time…I really want to give him a good shake!
I’m not going to say too much more about the story for fear of spoilers but I enjoyed Smith’s little sojourn to New York which is a place I’ve also wanted to visit, although if it’s anything like the way it is in the book, I’m not sure I want to go any more!
I have to be honest the storyline does rely a little bit on coincidences like Smith taking a holiday where Jimmy Phoenix’s daughter happens to be as well but that is just a minor issue.
Overall Horsemen is an action packed adventure, perfect for crime fiction lovers to lose themselves in for few hours.
About The Author:
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 is now available.
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