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Smith: A Detective Jason Smith Thriller

(Detective Jason Smith #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  582 ratings  ·  27 reviews
'The sleepy historical city of York is about to wake up'.
It is Christmas Day in York. A woman is found dead in her bed. A suicide note is found on her chest. It reads ‘I am so sorry Martin’. Hours later the police are called to a house a few miles away. A mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked; the mother is dead and the daughter is barely alive. The father i
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published November 16th 2014 by STILL Books
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Linda Strong
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

This is a digitally remastered version of the first book in the beginning series featuring DS Jason Smith.

Smith is called upon to investigate what at first looks like a suicide. A young woman is found dead in her bed with what appears to be a suicide note on her chest. The note reads "I'm so sorry Martin". Just hours later, the police are called to a horrific murder scene of a woman, the severely injured young daughter and the father/husband sitting in the corner, covered with blood. His name is
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Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
my review will be posted as part of the re-release Blog Tour
Joanna Larum
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edit
This series has been digitally-remastered and republished by Stewart Giles. I have read it again and have enjoyed it even more than the first time because I took time to concentrate on the little details instead of racing through it to get to the end of the story. Reading it twice has confirmed and strengthened my opinion that it is a fabulous book. I love the character of Jason Smith and his dog, Theakston and the investigations he leads are thrilling in the extreme. The following is my review ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smith is the first in this fantastic thriller series and I highly recommend it!
Smith is Australian and following a tragedy whilst out surfing, he, at the age of just 16 moves to York, England, to live with his maternal Gran. Fast forward 10 years and the story picks up even more pace when there are murders committed and a young girl is left in a coma. Are the murders linked and did the father of the little girl in the coma, attack her, and also murder his wife? Were these vicious attacks random
booklover BEV
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this

The first in the Jason Smith and boy did I enjoy this one. The story will most certainly hold you as you read you just won't want to put it down.well written with gruesome details throughout.
Divya Sharma
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Expectations were to get a shocker at the end but the author revealed the main plot too early. After that it was quite predictable. Finding-my-long-lost-sister part was a bit of a distraction, and took me away from the main plot. Sadly author couldn't give a proper conclusion or ending to that part as well, which left me confused. Disappointing climax. ...more
Louise Child
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Suspend all belief

A seriously marred detective devoid of knowledge of policy and procedure . He gets a puppy and , apart from the occasional stroking of said dog ,it is badly cared for and given to anyone who will help .Plots are OK ,just to many of them .The book needs some good editing .
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recently read and reviewed the latest title ‘Unworthy’, which is the eighth book in the series featuring DS Jason Smith. I absolutely loved in but because I am a bit OCD and like to read series in order, I resolved to pick up, read and review the rest of the series as soon as I could, starting with ‘Smith’. Oh my I am so glad that I did because what a start to a series it is. I absolutely loved ‘Smith’ but more about that in a bit.
DS Jason Smith is a man with a past. I know everybody has a pas
Simon Leonard
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is technically the first in the series, although Stewart has since published a prequel book, Phobia, which is 5 short stories. The book is a great introduction to Jason Smith, an ex-Australian living in York, as we get to meet him properly for the first time and are introduced to his life and back story.

I really enjoyed the start of the book where we learn all about Smith and what made him change from studying to be a Lawyer to joining the Police Force and also what motivates him throughout
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
DS Jason Smith has drawn the short straw and is on call on Christmas Day. He’s called to the apparent suicide of a young student by the name of Lauren Cowley. On the same day the police are called to the Willow house where a mother and her daughter have been brutally attacked but there’s not a scratch on the father. It transpires that Lauren was the Willow’s babysitter, who’d called in sick the previous night. Could the two cases be connected? To complicate matters a face from his past reappears ...more
Patricia Burton
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, totally addictive!

My first introduction to this author's work and wasn't my last by any means.

I'm not going to go into the storyline or plot as I think enough has been written in other reviews for people to get the gist of the storyline.

As I've mentioned above, this author's work was new to me, and to be absolutely honest I had never heard of him. WHY?
I first heard of him several books on from this one, from one of the many book groups I'm a member of, how I've missed him I have no idea b
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read such a brilliant detective thriller for quite while. This is one of the best ever. You felt drawn to Jason's character from the very first page. You felt his pain and his bewilderment at bring shipped off from Australia to the U.K. to live with his Gran just after he lost his sister.
Fate lends a helping hand and he becomes a British detective in York after studying law. But his life turns full circle in the midst of a murder investigation when an old acquaintance hints that his s
Vanessa Caine
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know why this book is rating so high and Stewart Giles needs to fire his editor. Granted, I bought the ebook, but nevertheless, there were so many errors in this it was cringeworthy. The plot was extremely obvious - I was waiting for the twist or something to keep me interested and then it ended. Yawn. ...more
Gary Van Cott
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I thought this was a decent book but there were a few issues. No one will confuse Stewart Giles with a great writer. Much of the book whipsaws the reader between three time periods. There were also a number of typos of the missing word variety. The plot was ok, however.
Anne Hill
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok

The writing is choppy in places and the bit about the sister does not fit at all. The ending was a disappointment. Will try the next in the series to see if there is improvement.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A page turner. The unusual mix of dry humour, mystery and crime is enthralling.
Aileen  (Ailz) Grist
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well worth reading

A very good book. Well written and interesting. Nice to have a book centred around York. Looking forward to the next in the series
harnick johal
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good read

First time I have read anything from this author but will definitely read more in this series with this character.
Susanne Mulholland
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Story improved with time

Initially I felt the plot was taking to long, but the author has woven the elements together well. Looking forward to reading more in the series.
Helen Howerton
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Liked the book, but you can see where future books are going because of the subplot -- the "missing" sister. No interest in following along with that. ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
very good
Michele Zito
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this first book , loved it , my goal to read all in this series. Will review when completely read.
So far great. Moving on to # 2.
Armando Martín
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although it's a bit predictable and lacks some of the detective novels mystery I had a great time with this book. It got me reading from the beginning without stopping until the author revealed the motives of crime at the middle of the book and when he tried to introduce us to this cult stuff it got a little tedious. Despite everything, I got attached to the characters specially Theakston. Looking forward to reading more about the detective Smith series. ...more
Snigdha Agarwal
Feb 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
A highly disappointing book.
Pathetic climax
Ambiguous statements all over the book
Predictable storyline
Too many stories jumbled up, none of them satisfying
Just seemed like no editor has been through this book.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good detective novel. Enjoyed the plots--some connected. One chapter about Thompson and the bloody dog should have been deleted. Did not fit well into the book. Otherwise, enjoyable read.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Is a really interesting book! Keeps you hooked on till the end
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Another new author to me and I really enjoyed this book, so much so I bought the second in the series today.
linda sabbage
rated it it was ok
Aug 21, 2017
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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 bo ...more

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