BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Occam’s Razor by Stewart Giles #DSSmith #policeprocedural #detective #crimefiction @stewartgiles

Stewart and I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the awesome Bloggers on the Blog Tour for OCCAM’S RAZOR. Once again you gave your time and expertise to help promote this book and we cant thank you enough. You are all SUPERSTARS xx

Black Books Blog

This book starts off with a bang when a goalkeeper gets shot on the pitch at York Town FC straight after he has saved the penalty which gets them promoted.

Whilst Smith and the team are investigating this another football player is gunned down in the middle of the street, and another has his son kidnapped.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

OMFG this was one seriously flipping fantastic rollercoaster ride of a read.  The author’s writing style is such that he manages to entice you into his web from the first word on the first page and before you know it you are hooked on the book with no chance of escape- not that I would want to escape from DS Jason Smith in any case.   Read more here

On the Shelf Reviews

Nothing like a bit of DS Smith to get you out of a reading slump! This is the fourth in the Smith series, while I suppose it can be read as a stand alone, I would suggest to read a few of the previous books (You can read my review of the previous book Ladybird here) just because you may miss some of the recurring story lines from the other novels.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews 

There is plenty of action and twists and turns to keep the reader engaged until the explosive ending.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Another Jason Smith novel and I looked forward to reading it, knowing that I was in line for a great time. I want to read each of these books quickly so that I get to the surprise ending but I also want to read them slowly so that I can enjoy every little clue and turn of phrase. Set in York (brilliant!), Jason is a detective sergeant with a team of detectives around him. I love their characters – they are all different and they each have their own little quirks which make them human and so real!  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog 

I really enjoyed reading this story and it was almost like catching up with old friends!  The plot was well thought out and it has excellent characterisation as with the author’s previous books.  Read more here

Turn The Page Blog 

This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.  Read more here

Debbie Hipster 

So following on front the previous books I find myself reading another in the series, and diving more into the detectives past. We learn more of his personal history, and you start to feel like he’s someone you know in real life.  Read more here

Book Worm 

Occam’s Razor (DS Jason Smith #4) by Stewart Giles

Available from AMAZON

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people.

DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushing Smith and his colleagues to the side. As more people die Smith quickly realises these agents are not who they claim to be. He is forced into the dark world of these phantoms and he finds himself at the mercy of his old nemesis; the man who kidnapped his sister years earlier..
This is a gripping thriller with twists and turns all the way to the stunning ending.

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

York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

My Review


Also by Stewart Giles

DS Jason Smith Series

Phobia: 5 early DS Smith cases
Smith (DS Smith Book 1)
Boomerang (DS Smith Book 2)
Ladybird (DS Smith Book 3)
Occam’s Razor (DS Smith Book 4)
Harlequin (DS Smith Book 5)
Selene (DS Smith Book 6)
Horsemen (DS Smith Book 7)
Unworthy (DS Jason Smith Book 8)

DC Harriet Taylor Series

The Beekeeper (DC Harriet Taylor Book 1)
The Perfect Murder (DC Harriet Taylor Book 2)
The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor Book 3)

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

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.


Twitter: @stewartgiles

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JOFFE BOOKS – Crime Fiction Publishers

About Joffe Books by Jasper Joffe

“In five years we’ve come a long way, from micro-publisher to selling over 2 million books a year, working with some of the leading crime writers in the UK and USA. The age of Kindle means that we can bring great fiction out fast and with everything done in-house. It’s a really exciting moment to be doing this, because for the first time in history, a writer can send us a book and within months, if everything goes smoothly, be selling their book and having thousands of people all over the world reading it!  In the end, everything comes down to great books by great authors. We just make sure the amazing readers discover them.” Jasper Joffe

An interview with Jasper Joffe on Mark Dawson’s publishing podcast

 My Interview with Jasper Joffe:

Hello Jasper, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.

Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how/why you decided to start Joffe Books?

Hi, Jill, firstly thank you for all the great blogging you do! Well, I’ve always loved reading and even wrote a book of my own once. And everything about Joffe Books comes from a love of reading. Kindle and Amazon created amazing opportunities for new publishers to innovate. Basically it became much easier to publish books and sell them all around the world, and we’ve ridden the wave of this massive change.

I have been running the Rolling Blog for 2 weeks now what do you think of what your authors are saying are you surprised at any of the comments?

Been very happy to read their very kind words. We’re very lucky to work with such a great bunch of people. They are very talented and very nice, and that makes publishing them a great pleasure.

You obviously have a great relationship with your authors and they think very highly of you and Joffe Books. Could you tell us a little about your author ethos?

I always try to remember how much work the authors put in to write a book. Everything begins there. And we have to do our best to edit and present it in the best possible way. But I never forget that the author has done the big part and that what they do isn’t just a normal job, it’s their passion and calling.

Joffe Books seems to be pretty unique in that the authors all support and help each other and I know you and Rudi support the Launch Team idea. Do you think this is good for everyone to work as a team?

Yes, we respect your work and the bloggers and reviewers, and we’re all doing our best to get these great books out to readers. I love the fact that the authors and bloggers and you are all great friends and support each other. A real bonus!

Your authors are obviously very happy and I know many have refused offers from other publishers. You obviously put a lot of effort into making sure your authors are happy could you tell us a little about that?

We’ve worked together for many years, some of them, like Helen, since practically the beginning. And so I care about them and their books. They are always the most important people to listen to. I’m very involved in every decision about every book, and that means I work very closely with the authors.

How do you see the future of Joffe Books? The company is currently very successful and you obviously have a hands-on approach that wouldn’t be sustainable if Joffe Books were to grow. What is your long term vision?

Long term, we want to sell more great books and keep working with our brilliant authors. We’d like to reach the same level of prominence in the USA as we have in the UK. And we want to continue to build the international careers of our authors. We’ve worked really successfully with Lorella Belli to sell translation, audio, and film rights, and we want to continue to grow this side of things. And every day there are new opportunities and challenges in the publishing world. I love it.

Can you keep going at this pace and would you ever consider selling?

Yes, we’re just getting started. We want to keep growing and we’re more into buying than selling!

How do you see the future of publishing regarding digital versus paperbacks?

There’s room for all formats. I read exclusively on Kindle (because I love the ease and immediacy) but what does it matter which format people read in, although of course Kindle books are usually great value, and much easier on the eyes!

What do you look for in a novel?

I have to say, a great story which I can’t put down.

Do you read every book you publish? If not how many do you read?

No, I don’t read the whole of every book. But I read most of them!

You mentioned in your Podcast that you read a lot and at every opportunity. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, I seem to read day and night. I think I’m pretty fast. When I was kid, we had a competition to read Lord of the Rings. I think I did it in a week, which is not too bad!

Who is your favourite character in fiction and why – can be books, films, tv or myth/legend?

I like Tony Soprano, Jim Dixon (from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim) and Rabbit (from John Updike’s Rabbit books). Now that’s a pretty motley crew, but they are all incredibly and indelibly realised by their creators.

What is the greatest moment in your life that you will never forget?

The most important was the birth of my daughters.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or Joffe Books?

Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible dream come true: a small publisher like us topping the best seller charts! And thanks to the authors for trusting us with their books, and to the readers for giving us their valuable time reading the stories we pub

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