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What should a thriller be like?

It should keep me on my toes, trying to outrace the mind of the author, fast paced writing with delicious bursts of excitement, prose be zingy infusing me with an unholy glee. Something which should give me an adrenaline high and leave me exhausted with a book hangover. Well, this book ticked all those boxes.

Do I really need to write more in my review?

Oh, you want details….

A murder with victims killed in a bizarre manner, a police team with Smith at the helm investigating it. Forensics at its best helping the whole process.

Do I need to say more?

Really? Now you want to know more…

My first book by author Stewart Giles, though tenth in the series, I had no problem following the way the team worked. The author’s writing kept it all smooth, the scenes moved fast as a murder investigation should. Loved the interaction between Smith and his team, including the friction with his wife. Added to the spiciness.

What more can I say?

You are being too demanding now…

The tension was slowly built adding its pitch with the turn of a page. I wanted to enjoy the feelings the book evoked, the adrenaline rush. Hence I switched off my analytical brain and just enjoyed the ride. The story took me to the highest zenith and threw me down, a complete free fall… What a rush!!

Do I really really need to say more?

Nothing, you say…

Hahahaha… OK one more line.

I loved the book, the book loved me back.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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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.

A student, who hasn’t been seen in a while is found dead in her room. Her throat has been cut but it soon becomes clear that is not the cause of death. The post mortem reveals she has been drained of blood. The killer has left behind no evidence and there are no clues. Is there a vampire on the loose in York? When another body is found detective Smith and his team struggle to find a link or motive. Will this be the case that finally defeats the brilliant DS Smith? How much more heartache can Jason Smith bear? Severed will take him to hell and back

Publication Date: 25th September 2019

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