Blog Tour: The Backpacker, by Stewart Giles @stewartgiles

Good morning and welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour. I’d also like to wish Stewart Giles a Happy Publication Day for this latest novel, “The Backpacker”.

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About the book:

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective story set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.


A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish Farm. The same farm that a young girl ran towards to escape her pursuer many years before.  Detective Harriet Taylor has to abandon her day out to investigate.

As Littlemore and the forensics team get to work they uncover another mystery hidden among the rocks.

Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody?  Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?

As Harriet and the team get to work they find more questions than answers.  What secrets is the sleepy Cornish village hiding?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.


Trotterdown and the surrounding villages is a fictional village in Cornwall.  It is typical of Cornish villages with remote farms and sleepy Cornish stone cottages.  However, the area is steeped in history and the residents of the quaint cottages have their share of myths and secrets making it the ideal setting for this series.


DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash.  It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover.  Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks.  She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DC Harriet Taylor Series

Book 1 The Beekeeper

Book 2 The Perfect Murder

Book 3 The Backpacker

DS Jason Smith Series

Book 0.5 Phobia

Book 1 Smith

Book 2 Boomerang

Book 3 Ladybird

Book 4 Occam’s Razor

Book 5 Harlequin

Book 6 Selene

Book 7 Horsemen

Book 8 Unworthy

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My thoughts:

Harriet and the team are called to Landell’s Farm, where a young girl’s body has been found in a remote spot. The forensics team quickly discover that another body is also buried there, many years previously.

The young girl was meant to be backpacking along a trail which crosses Landell’s Farm. The other body is a much more difficult case. There are few suspects, and more questions than answers.

Will Harriet and the team discover what happened to both bodies?

Whilst this is the third in the Harriet Taylor mysteries, it can easily be read as a standalone. There are no references to previous cases.

I’ve read the previous 2 novels in this series, and am going to admit to being quite disappointed in this one.

The plot centres around 2 dead bodies, one from the present and one from the past. Harriet seems to be the only one concerned with discovering what happened to both bodies. Everyone else seems uninterested in the older case.

I still love Harriet’s team, but the humour that mostly comes from the 2 PCs, both called White, was sadly missing.

It’s still a good read, but due to the lack of humour and what I found to be a disappointing ending I can only give it 3*.

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Author biography:

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.


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