Today I’m delighted to be involved with Stewart Giles’ second Harriet Taylor book, “The Perfect Murder”.
About the book:
From #1 best-selling author Stewart Giles comes the new mystery set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.
COULD YOU COMMIT THE PERFECT MURDER?
Two cats are found mutilated in the same town. Detective Harriet Taylor is reluctant to investigate, but then one of their owners is killed a bizarre way that same day.
Harriet and the team step in. The dead woman has four words written on her neck — four very ambiguous words.
Then another body turns up with the same words written on it. Harriet fears the worst — a serial killer is on the loose in the small Cornish town of Trotterdown.
Can Harriet stop the murders and work out the connection to the local writing group who, conveniently enough, have been set the task of writing stories on the theme of “the perfect murder”?
A crime mystery with a touch of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the secrets of a sleepy Cornish community.
*Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw and the team at Joffe Books for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*
DC Harriet Taylor and her team are having an unusually peaceful time at their station when two strange phone calls come in about neighbours with dead cats. As the team has nothing else to do, they are sent to investigate. Hours later, one of the neighbours is murdered in a very peculiar way.
When another murder is committed, they start to look for connections, but there seem to be none. Has Trotterdown town got a serial killer? And is he committing perfect murders?
This is the second in the Harriet Taylor series, my review for book one, The Beekeeper, is available here. It does however work well as a standalone. There are odd references to the book, but these are well explained without going into too much detail.
The Beekeeper was my very first blog tour, and will always have a special place in my heart, but “The Perfect Murder” was even better. I did not work out who the killer was, and I was glued to the book, turning page after page, desperate to see what would happen next.
We get to see a bit more of the team dynamic this time around, and I was glad to see that all of the team were likeable and believable. All of the suspects were very suspicious, and there were plenty of red herrings thrown in along the way.
Overall, I gave it 5*.
After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series was released through Joffe Books on 22 May.