I may be a little bit selfish but you know what–WHO CARES! I am over the moon to have Graham Smith back on my blog as Claire Knight hosts her stop and one of the FINAL stops on the ever so awesome WATCHING THE BODIES blog tour!! This book has been storming the charts since publication and I truly have my fingers and toes crossed that it reaches Bestseller status as it is THAT bloody good!! And in case you missed my review, click HERE. Right, before I get my EEEEK’s and OMFG’s in — I’ll hand this over to Claire so she can share her AWESOME review of this FANTABULOUS new series!! Oh- make sure you pop over to Relax and Read Book Reviews too!
About The Author
Graham Smith, a family man and 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 Crimesquad.com since 2009
He is the author of four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team and one book, WATCHING THE BODIES in a new series featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
Contact Graham Smith through the following links: Facebook Author Page ; Website ; Twitter ; Amazon
Watching The Bodies: an explosive new crime thriller from a critically acclaimed author
When Jake Boulder is asked by his PI friend to help investigate the vicious murder of Kira Niemeyer, he soon finds himself tracking a serial killer who selects his next victim in a most unusual manner.
As the body count rises, Boulder has to work with the police to identify the heinous killer before more lives are taken. What ensues is a twisted game of cat and mouse, that only Boulder or the Watcher can survive. But who will it be?
Watching The Bodies is the first in Graham Smith’s new Jake Boulder series, a fast-moving and action packed crime thriller, it will appeal to greatly to fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series.
Claire’s Rating: 5/5
Normally I avoid US based crime novels; its an irrational thing and it hasn’t always been the case. I’ve read books by Kellerman, Patterson, Reichs, Coben, Barclay (yes I know he’s kind of Canadian) but I’ve grown to prefer UK based stories – it must be my brain wanting to picture the British countryside and busy cities that I’m familiar with. Thankfully I know Graham Smith can write a cracking crime story so it couldn’t be that bad!
“Its homicide not murder”
Obviously fans of Mr Smith’s books will want to draw comparisons between Boulder and Evans; I admit I did. But JAKE BOULDER IS NOT HARRY EVANS!!! Boulder is a lot younger and fitter. And there seems to be a chink in Mr Boulder’s armour – his mum. He’s a good lad and looks after his mum but I get the impression he’s a wee bit scared of her!
There is definitely a different feel to Watching the Bodies compared to the Harry Evans series. I don’t know if its because there is a more compact team running the show or that our hero isn’t your typical cop, in fact he’s not a cop at all, he’s a hard man paid to break up fights in bars. However Watching the Bodies is packed with intrigue. The pace is there from the off with the short chapters and the race against time to find “The Watcher”.
This is going to sound a little bit weird but I really loved the whole selection process the killer has got going on. He’s a bit sick in the head but he’s thorough and methodical. And his identity definitely kept me guessing – I trusted no-one other than our man Jake!! Everyone was under suspicion!!
Graham Smith has definitely created a character in Jake and I am going to love following him as he chases around catching the bad guys.
A massive thank you to Bloodhound books
for my copy of Watching the Bodies
. I can’t wait to see what Graham Smith
has in store for Jake in the next instalment.
Woohoo! Fantastic review from Claire and I’m confident to say to you all, I HAVE read what is next in store for my man, Jake Boulder and I can more than assure you that The Kindred Killers (out September 12th 2017) will make Watching The Bodies seem tame! Seriously!! So make sure you grab your copy by clicking the wee book below as you will want to be all caught up before #BoulderISUnleashed again!