So today is my stop on the blog tour for Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith, published by Caffeine Nights.
About the book:
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.
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 eleven 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 for the well respected review site Crimesquad.com for over two years.
As well as reviewing for Crimesquad.com Graham has also interviewed such stellar names as David Baldacci, Jeffrey Deaver, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Matt Hilton, current CWA Chair Peter James, Mark Billingham and many others.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.
Matching the Evidence is the first book I’ve read by Graham Smith and it was definitely an interesting introduction to DI Harry Evans. This book follows on from Snatched From Home, which I haven’t read, but it still works well as a standalone novella. Previous incidents are mentioned in MtE, but it works in such a way that it makes the reader eager to find out what his backstory is.
Events in Snatched From Home have lead to Evans and his team essentially being punished by having to do football hooligan crowd control when Milwall are up against United. What follows is not what I expected. There is much more to this book than meets the eye but won’t go into detail, as it being a short book I would surely give something away!
Funnily enough, I don’t tend to read much UK crime fiction, which is odd as being Irish we’re next door neighbours. However, Graham Smith’s writing style is gritty and engaging and it makes me want to know more about the characters. DI Harry Evens especially, is one to watch out for. I really like how he is portrayed, and I want to know what happened to him to make him the way he is. I love a flawed detective, and yes I know there’s tons of them out there already, but there’s always room for another.
Matching the Evidence addresses much more than hooliganism, there is also the horrendous treatment of illegal immigrants and we get some of the story through their narrative which is tough to read.
Graham Smith has packed a big punch in a small novel. Well written, with intriguing characters and a plot that flows easily, Matching the Evidence was a great introduction to this series and it’s one I will be watching with interest to see where it goes. Highly recommended!
Matching the Evidence is out on the 8th of September and you can preorder your copy by clicking here.
There is also a stellar line up of bloggers taking part in the tour, so here’s the info you need to keep up with it!
Huge thanks to Graham Smith, Caffeine Nights Publishing and Noelle Holten for allowing me to take part in the tour!