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Horsemen: An enthralling thriller with a massive twist. (Detective Jason Smith book 7) (A DS Jason Smith Thriller) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01MQDP0L1
- Publisher : STILL Books; 1st edition (2 November 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 2012 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 71,215 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is slightly different to the previous Smith books in that it doesn't involve the rest of the York Police because Smith is on vacation in the lovely village of Scarpdale, where a murder happens with him being the chief suspect.
The book starts off with Smtih and the gang investigating some armed robberies at various McDonalds in York and then once they have solved the case Smith is allowed to go on vacation.
Once the murdered woman has been found and Smith has cleared his name the father of the murdered girl asks him to investigate properly as the local police are incompetent. The father is Jimmy Phoenix , who owned the McDonalds franchises which were robbed at the start of the book.
Whilst Smith is investigating the girls murder his chief suspect, her boyfriend, is also found dead in a suspected suicide. Once it is ruled that he was murdered Smith has to find out who killed them both.
His investigation takes him from Yorkshire all the way to the Hamptons in New York as he finds a link to what happened a year ago with regards to the boy's family.
I really enjoyed this book as it was completely different to Smith's previous investigations as he is on his own without the back -up or authorisation of his team or DI.
The book kept me guessing all the way to the end, and even when Smith was talking to the murderer I still didn't realise until he finally confessed and everything fell into place.
Overall this was a brilliant book and I loved the little snippet and clue at the end (although as I have already read book 8, Unworthy, it wasn't much of a shock to me).
I am now off to re-read/listen to Unworthy in preparation for the highly anticipated book 9 of the DS Smith series, where he is working together with Stewart's other star DC Harriet Taylor in what I imagine is going to be an exciting book.
Smith is investigating some armed robberies in the MacDonalds franchises in York. He is told that if he solves them, then he can have a holiday, so he sets to with a will. Soon solved, Smith travels to the Yorkshire Dales to enjoy a peaceful holiday with no crime and no mobile phones. Unfortunately, a girl is murdered almost immediately and Smith is the prime suspect! Once that is cleared up, Jimmy Phoenix, the man who owns all the MacDonalds in York, asks Smith to find the murderer of his daughter. This leads to a journey to New York before Smith can crack the case.
I love the Jason Smith character and I believe Stewart Giles is getting better and better with every book he writes. Keep going Mr Giles!
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.
I love reading the books in this series - they are well written and I find them quite addictive. The characters work so well together. This instalment is focussed away from York and it gives the book a different feel and you are introduced to some very different characters, I guessed part of the plot line but there were a few twists I didn't see coming.
Whilst it is part of the series and has underlying themes and on-going stories through the books, if you only want to read this one, it will work fine as a stand alone too- but honestly if you do get an opportunity I'd start from the first book and work through them.
Five stars from me again for this one, I thought it was excellent - very highly recommended.
Of the book so smith and his team can solve the murder
With surprising twist and turns on the way