Posted in Blog Touring

I Know Your Secret – Graham Smith

When Father Peter Paterson is discovered crucified to the stone floor of his church, DI John Campbell leads the investigation in his first case in charge of the Cumbria Major crimes Team, while DI Harry Evans spends the last week of his police career attending the trial of his wife’s rapist.

With the Priest seemingly killed for no reason, the pressure on the team increases when a rape case and a con trick are added to their workload. Unknown to the police, members of the public are receiving blackmail demands.

Fearing more attacks on the clergy, Campbell does everything he can to solve the case, while Evans spends his evenings dispensing his own brand of supposedly helpful interference.

An absolute belter of a book…

Those of you who follow this blog will have seen me on the Matching The Evidence blog tour last month, celebrating the release of the novella that is literally crammed (timeline wise) between DI Harry Evans book one Snatched From Home and I Know Your Secret, the second novel in this increasingly addictive series.

As I said,  I Know Your Secret is the second book in this series and coming hot on the heels of earlier tales, it’s worth noting that whilst you can happily pick up and read this book as a standalone novel, your experience is greatly enhanced by reading the previous installments as it improves your understanding of the characters and the motivations of the members of the Major Crimes Team.

The opening pages of I Know Your Secret are gritty, as they describe the brutal murder of Father Peter Paterson.  while the method used to set up the scene, will not only leave its imprint on your mind, but ensure you are hooked into the story and keen to discover exactly whodunnit and why.

Easily read in one sitting thanks to its pacy, addictive and dare I say it “unputdownable” style, it’s an absolute belter of a book. With several interwoven plot lines to keep you on your toes, I know your secret is a fabulous story about a functional disfunctional team, interspersed with the just enough dark humour and not enough political correctness to ensure you engage fully with the story, and all of those involved.

I’m already excited to read more about Harry.

Posted in 12 Words, Author Q&A's, Blog Touring, Guest Posts

Matching The Evidence – 12 Words with Graham Smith

Matching the Evidence Cover

Graham SmithGraham Smith is married with a young son. A time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

Today as part of the blogtour for his latest release Matching The Evidence: The Major Crimes Team Vol 2 he’s taking the 12 word challenge for

Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)
Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.
LOC: Your latest release Matching The Evidence is the next instalment of your series featuring DI Harry Evans, what can you tell us about it?

GS: Football hooligans are descending on Carlisle and Evans has to neutralise them

LOC: And how would you sum up Harry to someone new to your writing?

GS: An irascible, dinosauric bag of contradictions fighting against the meteorite.

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

GS: Arduous and exhilarating depending on the part of the story

LOC: What’s the most challenging thing you’ve faced in your writing career?

GS: Getting published. It’s also tough for emerging authors to get noticed.

LOC: Any wise words for aspiring authors?

GS: Read your genre and write comprehensive reviews to better understand narrative flow.

LOC: Describe your perfect getaway

GS: Anywhere I can write, read, drink and smoke with those I love.

LOC: What’s the best book you’ve read in the last twelve months and why?

GS: Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand.

GS: An utterly compelling debut novel which sparkles on every page.

and finally just for laughs……

LOC: Thanks to author Howard Lynskey you have just woken up to find yourself on stage in front of the judges of a TV Talent show, with only a pint of beer, a performing seal and a beach ball.  What do you do?

GS: Down the pint before the seal got the ball onto its nose.


Graham Smith Snatched from home

Posted in Blogging, Festivals

Noir At The Bar – Harrogate

Originally started in Philadelphia, by Peter Rozovsky of Detectives Beyond Borders, and with chapters in major cities across America, Noir At The Bar has been working its way slowly southwards in the UK and finally made its Harrogate debut this year. As an informal opener to the festival, a large crowd gathered at Hales Bar, to see and hear some fabulous crime writers reading short stories, and novel extracts in a relaxed, fun and friend filled environment.

Noelle Holten is the name behind the CrimeBookJunkie book blog, as was here beginning her first Harrogate journey.

Ann Bloxwich and LP Mennock, plug their recently release anthology, Happily Never After.  A collection of crime short stories written by attendees to Crime & Publishment, the yearly crime-writing workshop held in Gretna Green, the home of British weddings

Penguin publishing sensation, and top Fife farmer James Oswald.  Check out his Inspector McClean series.

Graham Smith, the man behind Crime & Publishment and author of Snatched from Home calmly entertains the masses.  Stay tuned to Life Of Crime for more information on his upcoming releases.

Louise Mangos proudly showing off her prize, after winning Graham’s book giveaway.

The delightful Russell McClean, smiling because I haven’t had a chance to try and bump him off this year (it’s a long story…)

Eileen Wharton and KA Richardson, a pair of debut divas this year, check out Eileen’s Blanket of Blood, or Kerry’s I’ve Been Watching You and With Deadly Intent 

The delightful Col Bury, author of My Kind Of Justice, and the man behind our Harrogate piece last year, looking far more relaxed after finishing off his reading!

If these pictures have whet your appetite somewhat, than don’t fret!  Noir At The Bar will be back at Harrogate next year.  If you can’t wait that long then check out it’s latest UK outing on 7th September, as Noir At The Bar NE showcases at The Town Wall, Pink Lane, Newcastle.

Posted in Blogging

Harrogate Countdown – Noir At The Bar

Nestling itself neatly after everyone starts arriving, and before the opening party, if you’re in Harrogate from Thursday check out the latest in the Noir At The Bar Franchise.   It’s showcasing some great authors, plus you’ll get the chance to meet me!  I’ll be hanging suspiciously around the bar…..