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  1. Kat's Review of Watching The Bodies by Graham Smith (Jake Boulder #1)

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    Graham Smith Watching The Bodies Synopsis: When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.

    As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive. But who will it be?

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: I was really looking forward to reading a new series featuring a new character by Graham Smith. Jake Boulder is the polar opposite of Smith's previous character Harry Evans. Jake is not a police office, nor is he ex special forces, he is actually a normal bloke that works on the door of a local bar, but he most definitely comes across as the dark and moody type that's for sure. 

     

    His long-term friend Alfonse is an Investigator who has been hired by the family of a murder victim Kira Niemeyer. Jake works alongside him using his own methods and they inadvertently manage to annoy the local police. With this small town in Utah, it's no wonder that happened and it soon becomes apparent that the local police also have a reputation as lazy, so with a new Chief in town he happily takes help on the investigation meaning Jake and Alphonse get to see a lot more than they bargained for. 

    The Watcher is the person behind the spate of killings and as we see chapters interweaved among those featuring Jake, you get to see him plan and execute all the while just waiting to be discovered. I think writing a series set in the US is very risky for a Brit, but think Graham has done a stellar job and created not only a great series but exceedingly good characters that go with it. I loved the method the killer had to choose his next kill and found myself thoroughly entertained with this book from start to finish. I think there is more to come with this series but an absolutely blinding start!

  2. Blog Tour: I Know Your Secret by Graham Smith

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    Synopsis: What would you do if your most intimate secrets got into the wrong hands?”

    Set in modern day Cumbria, I Know Your Secret is a police thriller in which a priest is found crucified to the stone floor of his church. Fearing more attacks on the clergy, DI John Campbell and his team of misfits race to find the killer before he strikes again.

    Meanwhile, DI Harry Evans, spends his days attending the trial of his wife’s rapist and his nights interfering in the investigation. 

    Can they catch the killer before he strikes again?

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

  3. Blog Tour: Matching The Evidence by Graham Smith

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    Synopsis: Carlisle United are playing Millwall and the Major Crimes Team are assigned to crowd control as punishment for their renegade ways. Typically, DI Harry Evans has other ideas and tries to thwart the local firm’s plans to teach Millwall’s notorious Bushwhackers an unforgettable lesson. Meanwhile an undercover cop is travelling north with some of the Millwall contingent. His mission is to identify the ringleaders and gather evidence against them. Three illegal immigrants have been transported to Carlisle and are about to meet their new employers. Nothing is as it seems for Evans and his Major Crimes Team as they battle to avoid a bloodbath while also uncovering a far more heinous crime. 

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

  4. Guest Reviewer Noelle: Book Review of The Major Crimes Team by Graham Smith

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    Noelle's Rating: 5/5

    Format: Kindle Edition

    File Size: 1434 KB

    Print Length: 104 pages

    Publisher: Caffeine Nights Publishing (5 Mar. 2015)

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    Synopsis: The Cumbria Major Crimes team is under immense pressure to get results. DCI Harry Evans and his subordinates, DS Neil Chisholm, DC Lauren Phillips and DC Amir Bhaki must juggle cases while tragedy stalks them. Up in Glasgow, DI John Campbell is preparing to replace Evans, whose renegade ways have brought enforced retirement. Together they must investigate a man killed in his own home, a vigilante group chasing a suspected paedophile, a river dammed for no obvious reason and a woman whose cries of ‘wolf’ turn to ‘rape’. Meanwhile DC Phillips goes undercover off the books.

    Noelle's Review: This was one of those books that had me breathless. We are introduced to DI Harry Evans and his team and there are no holds barred with the author. I literally felt liked I was smacked in the face by the amazing plot/sub-plots through out and was left wondering whether or not I could take any more!

    The twists through out this book were true "OMG" moments and there were many! I am fast becoming a huge admirer of Cumbria's police force (MCT) and loving the "Gene Hunt" feel of DI Evans --a definite Ashes to Ashes vibe going on...old school police mentality mixed with the modern...LOVE IT!

    The characters in this book definitely get under your skin--both the good and the bad qualities give you insight into where the character development is heading...yet you feel like Graham Smith (the author) still has more up his sleeve.

    I am extremely excited to read the next DI Harry Evans book: Snatched From Home and highly recommend this book as a taster. Graham Smith you have truly WOW'd me!

  5. Guest Reviewer Noelle chats to Graham Smith

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    About Graham Smith: Graham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. For the last fourteen years he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

    An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com for over six years

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    Noelle: As an author, what has been the worst or most unhelpful criticism you have had about your books/short stories?

    Graham: I have been lucky enough to avoid any truly hurtful criticism although I am always expecting it to happen. I’m always waiting for the rejection slip or review where it’s suggest I have all my fingers cut off so I can never write again. On the flip side, before I interviewed him, I discussed reviews with Harlan Coben and he told me, “You’re not a writer until you’ve had a bad review.” Therefore when the inevitable one star review arrives I plan to treat it as a rite of passage.

     

    Noelle:. DI Harry Evans is an interesting character to say the least. You once told me that he gets all his bad qualities from you.  Do you find your other characters have qualities drawn from people you know? (If yes, has anyone ever recognised themselves in one of your characters?)

    Graham: No one has recognised themselves as yet, but I drew certain qualities from my father and grandfather while giving him my own short-tempered and impatient nature. There are also elements of Gene Hunt, Gregory House and Roberta Steel floating about in his DNA.