Blog Tour: No Comment by Graham Smith Ellen’s Review

Hi everyone,

Today Ellen is reviewing No Comment, a DI Harry Evans novella, by Graham Smith!

About the author:

10676216_332613116945700_354224025435151128_n

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 two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

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.

Links:

About the book:

No Comment.jpg

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.

Click HERE to order your copy!

Ellen’s review:

No Comment is the third novella and fifth book in the DI Harry Evans series; it was great to be back with the Cumbrian Major Crime Team who are investigating a case that appears to be aggravated burglary gone wrong. Single mother Julie Simon has been left fighting for her life after a stab wound to her stomach but there is a lot more to this investigation than meets the eye. Julie’s son is serving time in a young offender’s prison after being found with a stash of drugs but he denies any knowledge of them and is insistent he was set up. Is Julie protecting her son or is her son protecting her??

I love the interaction between Harry and his former colleagues. Although they are now under the supervision of DI Campbell, Harry is the one they go to for an insight into proceedings thanks to a little matter of him blackmailing his way into getting a consultancy role. Harry has in depth knowledge of the area and its inhabitants so has a greater understanding than Campbell and let’s not forget that Harry has always had a way of extracting information from people!!

Harry is one of those loveable rogues; you agree with his methods because they get the job done. My favourite character in this novella was DC Amir Bhaki; a gentle soul who is determined to get justice for Julie and her family.

Another great read from Graham Smith and I can’t wait to read the next instalment (When the Waters Recede).

Matching The Evidence by Graham Smith Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

So today is my stop on the blog tour for Matching the Evidence by Graham Smith, published by Caffeine Nights.

About the book:

img_1363

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:

img_0747

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.

My thoughts:

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!

img_1378

Huge thanks to Graham Smith, Caffeine Nights Publishing and Noelle Holten for allowing me to take part in the tour!

Happy reading!