Title: Demons (Smith 11) by Stewart Giles
Publisher: STILL Books
Date Published: 25th December 2019
Genre: Police Procedural
From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.
‘Forgive me father, for I have sinned.’
Someone is killing people in York. All of the victims share a secret that the murderer is somehow aware of and all of them receive an identical message after they are killed.
‘God has forgiven you your sins, but He could not rid you of your demons. So I have taken them for you.’
Detective Sergeant Jason Smith heads up the most draining investigation he’s ever come across. Coming face to face with demons of his own, will this be the case that finally sends Smith over the edge?
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 that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures. However, he does get results.
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I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw at Books n All promotions for inviting me on this tour and Stewart Giles for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
So this is number eleven in the Smith series and his most complicated case yet!
Smith is meant to be having a relaxing time off with his daughter and wife but that is interrupted when a body turns up. The man has been stabbed with an unusual knife and a body part removed, along with a creepy message: ‘God has forgiven you your sins, but He could not rid you of your demons. So I have taken them for you.’
More bodies turn up killed in a similar fashion but things in his personal life send him off the rails. Can Smith pull it together and solve the case?
Demons is fast paced thrill ride of a novel that doesn’t let up from that very first page.
Smith is his own worst enemy but since he’s been married I thought he’d settled down a bit but oh no, he was back to his old tricks again in this book. I swear if he would have been in front of me, I would have given him a good smack! Although, slight spoiler here, he does get a punch from a very surprising person which was very entertaining.
I liked the religious aspects running through the book, I’m not remotely religious myself so I find books like this interesting because I feel like I learn something new.
Truthfully, I had the culprit pegged quite early on but Stewart Giles still managed to throw a few twists and turns in there to keep things interesting.
Overall Demons was a quick read and a great addition to this action packed series!
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.
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.