THE BEEKEEPER (DC Harriet Taylor #1) by Stewart Giles

The BeekeeperTHE BEEKEEPER (DC Harriet Taylor #1)

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A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

My Review

This is a brilliant book.  The Author takes what should be gory and makes it amusing, with an enormous amount of skill, and the result is a gripping book that has the reader turning page after page.

This is possibly the funniest thriller I have ever read.  Stewart has a dark sense of humour that comes through in the book which brings a totally unique perspective to the story.  I found it very intriguing.  I suspected who the killer was at the beginning but what you have learned from reading thrillers over the years is ingrained into you and you find yourself denying what is actually staring you in the face.  The characters are unique but develop well throughout the book and the story is also different I was very impressed.

I love Alice’s character, she is a lot of fun.  An eccentric old lady who has had a rough life with a philandering husband who had  a habit of disappearing for long periods with his latest fling.  He eventually left 10 years ago and hasn’t returned.  She makes a living from the honey produced by her beekeeping.  She has a Jackdaw that she rescued who is her main companion and a friend Millie.  Millie is widowed and a fragile person who is dominated by Alice.

Detective Harriet Taylor has also had a difficult life.  Her husband was killed in a car crash with his lover also in the car.  She became the laughing stock of the Police Force in Edinburgh so transferred to Polgarrow, a quiet town in Cornwall.  She is picking up the pieces of her life and has a good relationship with her boss, Killion, when half a body is caught up in the nets of a fishing boat.  Shortly afterwards Millie goes missing and her car is found at the bottom of the cliffs.  When  a house explodes the decision is made to bring in a crack team from Exeter.  When Harriet is chosen to be part of this team she finds herself, again, the talking stock of the station.  The similarity in their history forms a connection between Alice and Harriet.

61WkWZgg3bL__UX250_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.

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

Lyndsay, Junction Publishing and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to the brilliant bloggers who helped with this Blog Tour. At such a busy time of year we really appreciate you taking the time to read, blog and share the book love. xx

Black Books Blog

Overall this was a very well written book, which kept me hooked and made me realise how hard it was for the women left behind all the way on the other side of the world as they waited for news from their loved ones. Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

Lyndsay Campbell writes a really good story and I will look out for more of her books in the future.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

In short, I loved reading this atmospheric tale set mostly during the First World War and I certainly feel as though I have learned something from it. I would definitely recommend it to other readers. Read more here

Beth in a Box

This book really tugged at my heart strings and the fact that we’ve just observed the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One was really poignant for me. Read more here

Jen Meds Book Reviews

If you love historical fiction then you really should pick up this book and find out for yourself what life was like for families in times of war. Read more here

The Haphazardous Hippo

Lyndsay Campbell took me on an emotional roller coaster with this book and I’ll be keeping a watchful eye out for more books from her. Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week


Life in Rose Tinted Glasses

The Aro Street Girls by Lyndsay Campbell

Available from AMAZON

Kathy’s world is torn apart when her fiancé, Freddie enlists with NZ Forces to fight in World War One. When their father dies. she and her siblings, Belle and Walter, are forced to grow up fast and Kathy’s dream to become a teacher is thrown into question by family needs.

Kathy and Freddie’s romance continues via touching letters to and from the Front, but her devotion is challenged when Pacifist Lay Pastor, Arthur Tremaine appears on the scene.

This charming tale is set against the harsh realities of life in a small British colony a century ago. Feminist ideals are woven throughout as the cast of strong women and engaging men meet the challenges and tragedies they are faced with.

The reader is taken across the globe to Europe and post-war Britain where the Spanish flu has taken hold. The disease follows returning New Zealand soldiers’ with devastating consequences.

Will Freddie survive the war to claim his love?

Will Kathy fulfil her dream to become a teacher, or has the war changed everything they once knew to be true?

The Aro Street Girls is awash with romance, mystery and excitement; a vivid portrayal of wartime life in New Zealand.

My Review

I have recently rediscovered my love of Historical Fiction and recently read a few books set in WWI Britain. So I was very interested in reading The Aro Street Girls as it is set in the same era but in New Zealand.

This is a steadily moving story that I love.  It follows a family from the start to the end of the War, and covers all the issues encountered during that difficult time.

Love, laughter and tears all combine together to make a brilliant read with well rounded, realistic characters.  The family members are all completely different but the family dynamics work perfectly.

I won’t spoil the enjoyment by going into any details, but I will say I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to more from this author.

Author Bio

Writing has always been an integral part of my life. From factual articles for newspapers and news stories for a local radio station, interviewing offenders as a probation officer and writing their pre-sentence court reports for New Zealand’s District Courts, as well as amassing a small collection of poetry.

My historical fiction is inspired by the stories of my Scottish and Irish ancestors who crossed the seas in sailing ships in the mid 1800s to find a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. This, combined with years spent working in the field of counselling and social work after my family had grown, has given me an interest in the lives of our ancestors more than a century ago and in writing about what makes people act the way they do. I love to create believable characters who find themselves in challenging situations.

I am a natural gypsy and while I love to travel internationally, more recently my husband and I have enjoyed motor homing around New Zealand. Walking the beaches and bush tracks and meeting people who also enjoy the mobile life is lots of fun. The wonderful thing about writing is its portability. I am happy with my laptop on my knee in our mobile home, or at a proper desk. Living on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua where steaming mud and thermally heated pools are the norm is quite a blessing and I am sometimes to be found writing in one of Rotorua’s lovely cafes.


BARGAIN BOOKS by Stewart Giles – 99p / 99c each for a short period

As you may have seen around Social Media Stewart Giles has released THE ENIGMA this is the first in a new series featuring DS Smith from the York series and DC Harriet Taylor from the Cornwall series.  The 2 detectives join together in a stunning, adrenaline pumping thriller that sees the 2 detectives travelling to Scotland and facing their pasts’ in a roller coaster ride that will keep the reader turning page after page.

For a short period you can buy THE ENIGMA  and also the latter book from the other series’: UNWORTHY and THE BACKPACKER for 99p / 99c.  This offer can’t last so grab it quickly.

Unworthy (DS Jason Smith #8)

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Read more here: Link to Unworthy blog post


The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3)

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Read more here: Link to The Backpacker blog post


The Enigma (DS Smith & DC Taylor #1)

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In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate. But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead. Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.

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.

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.

What readers are saying about The Enigma:

‘From the first vividly described opening scene in Trotterdown, Cornwall, I was hooked. Intrigue, suspense, danger, plot twists, a ruthless, unstoppable villain; this book has it all.’ – Heather Opperman
‘This is a fast paced read with twists, turns and danger around every corner. Smith and Harriet are at risk and so are the people they care about as a psychopathic killer with absolutely no conscience travels the UK leaving dead bodies in his wake.’ – Books n All
This is an action-packed page-turner with more twists and turns than a pretzel. The explosive ending is explosive. What a riveting story to start a new series with!.-Linda Strong Book Reviews
The book is a brilliant amalgamation of two of the best police officers in the country and the chemistry between the two of them is brilliant once they learn to trust each other. – Black Books Blog


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

Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker


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