Blog Blitz – No Comment

No Comment – Graham Smith

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When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.

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I was excited to discover a new crime writer, so super keen to join the Blog Blitz for “No Comment” by Graham Smith.

I have read other Novella’s by similar authors but with this story I felt that so much had been crammed into a short space. I couldn’t help me feel that there was something missing from the story.

The story starts off Julie Simon’s who is alone in her kitchen with two men standing over her branding a knife. There is so much description in this first opening chapter, how that though Julie is bound and gagged life still goes on in her kitchen. The author tells us how Julie makes mental notes of the description of the men so she can report it all to the police if she makes it out of this alive. We are also given clues that these men want information about her son. It makes us question who is her son and what is he involved in. I for one thought her son was older and some criminal We are then taken to the aftermath and the clean up operation of when the police arrive.

The team come across as having no confidence in their new DI, as they visit on several occasions their former DI Evan’s who is now medically retired for advice and guidance. It almost felt like he was part of the investigation and there wasn’t really any use for the new DI. We later learn that DI Evans is going to be a consultant for the team and there is some question as to whether DC Laura Philips had anything to do with it.

I felt that we were being dropped into the middle of the story when we learn that Julie’s son is in prison for drug possession after drugs are found in his school locker and that he refused to name where or how he got them.

As I read the story and researched the author I began to wonder if this book is to bridge a gap between DI Evan’s injury and him becoming a consultant in a future novel.

This is a clever way, to make sure the series can carry on, while the author makes a huge change in the character’s and their role in the story.

Though I enjoyed reading this book, I felt like that there was something missing and just as we were dropped into the middle of a case the story ends in the middle of the case they were investigating.

I look forward to reading more from this author, but feel that this Novella wasn’t for me being a first time reader of Graham Smith where as those already accustomed to his character’s would possibly enjoy this book more.

About the Author:

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

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 since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

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No Comment is available to purchase from: Amazon UK          Amazon.com

 

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Thank you to Rachel and Graham Smith for providing me an ARC of “No Comment”

 

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Fighting Monsters – Rebecca Bradley

Nottingham’s Favourite DI Is Back!

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24 hours after he walked away from court a free man, cop killer and gang leader Simon Talbot is found murdered. In his possession; the name of a protected witness from his trial.

For DI Hannah Robbins, it’s a race against time to find Talbot’s killer, and locate the bystander before it’s too late.

But as Hannah delves deeper into the past, she begins to question the integrity of the whole operation.

Where do you turn when you can’t trust the police?

Nottingham’s top female DI is back, for the third instalment of the DI Hannah Robbins series. Believe it or not it has been over a year since Rebecca’s last novel “Made To Be Broken” and her Novella “Three Weeks Dead.”

Living in Nottingham myself I am always excited to read Rebecca’s novels as many of the geographical locations are known and loved. Such as the Pitch and Piano and Hannah’s home next to Nottingham castle.

The story is told from three POVs the DI herself, Pasha who is replacing a popular team member and Lee an officer who has recently been through a traumatic ordeal witnessing the death of his partner during a routine house call.

The story begins as Simon Talbot walks away from a court a free man after the jury find him no guilty of the murder of PC Ken Blake.  Simon Talbot is then found murdered in his car the following day and Hannah and her team are called to investigate. But this isn’t an open shut case when the name of a witness in the case against Simon Talbot is found in the car and later found with his tongue cut out.

This isn’t just a procedural crime story; Rebecca adds depth and emotion to the story as Hannah and her team struggle to adjust to their new team members, the new DCI whose ideas differ from his predecessor, the officer from professional standards department and Pasha.

All our favourites are back Hannah’s partner DS Aaron Stone,  DCs Martin Thacker and Ross Leavy and CSI Doug Howell.

Rebecca has previously self-published her novels, having recently secured herself an agent she will certainly be a name to watch.

Thank you to Rebecca Bradley for the ARC of Fighting Monsters

Amazon < buy it here!

Ps: Rebecca’s first novel Shallow Waters is currently free! QUICK