Title: Australia by Stewart Giles
Date Published: 14th January 2021
Genre: Police Procedural
From bestselling author: Stewart Giles comes another brilliant addition to the Detective Jason Smith series
Detective Jason Smith is sick and tired of the English weather. It’s February in York and the dark, dreary days are getting him down.
When his wife, DC Erica Whitton wins a holiday to Australia, Smith is reluctant to go. He has no desire to go back home. Against his better judgement, Smith agrees to show his wife and daughter where he grew up.
The perfect holiday soon turns into a nightmare as Smith finds himself in a race against time to save the only people he’s ever cared about.
Children in Smith’s home town are being murdered. There’s something rotten there, an evil Smith has never come across before, and the local police are not what they appear to be.
When his wife is attacked and his daughter is taken, Smith realises he’s on his own. With the clock ticking, and not knowing if his daughter is alive or dead, Smith comes face to face with the worst kind of evil he’s ever encountered.
What readers are saying about Australia
Wow this book kept me well and truly on the edge of my seat, gripping, horrifying, cringes, gave me a lump in my throat, every emotion went down on me, fantastic writing from this author I can never fault him I highly recommend it to all fans out there to read this man’s work totally brilliant’ – Booklover Bev
AUSTRALIA quickly demonstrates true evil with a heinous, horrific, abhorrent incident. Following this, in an idyllic setting, the unthinkable happens. Relentless heart-pounding agonizing suspense will hold you spellbound from start to finish. You will not be able to put it down. The pages will fly by while your heart races on every one. This is a mesmerizing, one sitting, book. ‘ – Eileen
I enjoyed treating about Smith’s adventures in Australia, as always fast paced with sharp, witty dialogue. A family holiday takes a sudden and shocking unexpected twist and becomes a personal crusade as Smith does what he does best and has to battle to piece together what has happened. Well written and believable as we follow Smith’s journey and how he overcomes the various obstacles in his way. Fast paced, enjoyable crime thriller set in Australia in contrast to York – Kirsty
One heck of a thriller – a real page turner. The best Smith story to date!- Carol
BOOKS BY STEWART GILES
DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 9 – Venom
Book 10 – Severed
Book 11 – Demons
Book 12 – Deadeye
Book 13 – Motive
Book 14 – Australia
DI O’REILLY MYSTERIES
Blood on the Island
Lies on the Island
Fear on the Island (coming February 2021)
DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker
Trotterdown a box set of DC Harriet Taylor books 1-3
DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone
Book 3 – The Raven Girl
Trilogy: The DS Smith & Harriet Taylor box set
I want to thank Jill Burkinshaw for inviting me on this tour and Stewart Giles for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Smith and his wife Erica Whitton are tired of British weather, so when Whitton wins a prize of a holiday it couldn’t come at a better time. The only problem, it’s for a trip to Australia, Smith’s country of birth, which holds a lot of bad memories for him.
Convinced by his wife to face his fears and take his daughter to see her heritage, they head off on holiday, but there’s something not quite right. Children are going missing from his old hometown, found days later murdered. The police don’t seem to be taking the killing seriously. Things go from bad to worse when Laura is kidnapped and Whitton stabbed. Can Smith save his daughter?
Boy, did Stewart Giles put me, along with his character Jason Smith, through it with this novel. I won’t lie, after the attack on Whitton and the kidnap of his daughter Laura, I had to put the book down for a little bit to collect myself.
Having read all the fourteen novels in this series, I often wonder, hasn’t this character been through enough?? But Stewart Giles still manages to surprise me with how far he can push Smith without him breaking completely.
I would say this was a little more heart-rending than other books in the Smith series, which is not a bad thing, but it was a bit heavier emotionally than I expected.
Australia is a dramatic and tense read that packs an emotional punch.
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.
The Miranda trilogy 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.