The Perfect Murder (DC Harriet Taylor #2 ) by Stewart Giles

THE PERFECT MURDER (Detective Harriet Taylor #2) by Stewart Giles

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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.


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.


Book 1 – The Beekeeper

Book 2 – The Perfect Murder

What the Readers are saying:

Black Books Blog

The start of the book is one of the best introductions I have read this year, with a man committing the perfect murder by drowning a lady in a bath tub, but all is not as it seems.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is a cleverly written crime thriller … with just a hint of humor. Taylor is a great character… she really gets involved in this case and picks up clues that no one else seems to get. Her ‘gut feeling’ is her guiding light. Read more here

The Quiet Geordie

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?  Read more here

On the Shelf Reviews

What I liked about this book was it didn’t take itself too seriously. It was fast paced and easy to read.  Read more here

Nicki’s Life of Crime

The story is fast paced,has a number of unexpected twists,a gorgeous setting and some heart pounding danger.There is also a touch of romance but not enough to put off readers like me who read thrillers because they like twists,mystery and hopefully plenty of action.Although this is the second book in the Harriet Taylor series it can be read and enjoyed as stand alone.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

Well now I have read  the book I have to say that I wasn’t disappointed at all and I LOVED this book!!  For me it is a gritty, fast paced story that held my attention until the very end.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

Another fantastic offering from Stewart Giles! If you she read The Beekeeper, read this, if you haven’t, make sure you do. These are (fairly short) easy reading books, with a unsuspecting twist. Read more here

Author Bio

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.




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