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Occams's Razor

(Detective Jason Smith #4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  462 ratings  ·  17 reviews

'A football player is shot dead in front of a packed crowd of people. DS Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. The murder weapon is found in a house across the road from the football ground. It is a rare Russian army issue sniper rifle. As the investigation hits dead end after dead end, two government agents arrive and take over, pushin
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published April 6th 2015
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Linda Strong
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018

DS Jason Smith is called on to investigate the murder of a football player. He finds a rare Russian Army issue sniper rifle apparently the murder weapon.

Government agents show up and take over the investigation, not winning any friends at all. Smith is determined to keep investigating no matter what. But are these agents who they say they are? And what exactly do they want?

The closer Smith gets to the truth, the closer to danger he gets. He finds himself facing an old enemy ...the man who kidnap
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Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-books
Well the awesome Stewart Giles has done it again! Another absolutely gripping page turner to add to the very addictive DS Smith series. This review is for the newly updated digital version.

A footballer is killed after saving a penalty. 38000 witnesses and no motive! The team is struggling until Smith returns to work.

This is a very twisty turny read as Smith deals with yet another tragedy in his life and his past comes back to haunt him.

Be careful who you trust is the message behind this story a
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
“With all things being equal, the simplest explanation tends to be the right one.” ~ William of Ockham.

From the outset, there seems to be nothing simple about Smith’s latest case! The novel opens with the death of Jimmy Fisher, the up and coming goal keeper of York City football team by a sniper.

Smith quickly finds the gunman’s hideout complete with the weapon, a standard issue rifle from the Russian army. But as he is about to investigate, the case is taken away from him by the shadowy SOCA (t
Joanna Larum
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another Jason Smith novel and I looked forward to reading it, knowing that I was in line for a great time. I want to read each of these books quickly so that I get to the surprise ending but I also want to read them slowly so that I can enjoy every little clue and turn of phrase. Set in York (brilliant!), Jason is a detective sergeant with a team of detectives around him. I love their characters - they are all different and they each have their own little quirks which make them human and so real ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know that you're reading a great book when you feel fed up that life gets in the way of your reading. In-between reading this I found myself thinking of the book and I was trying to imagine what was going to happen next and who would I trust? This fourth book in the series did not disappoint. I like how each book tells us a different story and gives us just enough history from the previous book, bringing us up to date without wasting time getting stuck in to the current story. Smith and his ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Stewart’s books for a little while now. I have read, reviewed and loved each of his books that I have got hold of. I just love the series featuring DS Jason Smith and I devour (well not literally but you know what I mean) each new instalment of the series as soon as I can get my hands on a copy. I have been (im)patiently waiting to read ‘Occam’s Razor’ for what feels likes ages, but in reality was only a matter of weeks. The wait is over and bloody Nora what a flipping fanta ...more
Donna Maguire

I really enjoyed this one and it is an excellent addition to the series!

I really enjoyed reading this story and it was almost like catching up with old friends! The plot was well thought out and it has excellent characterisation as with the author’s previous books.

I really enjoy his writing style and the flow that he gets with the story making them tough books to put down and this one was no different – it is a great story and one I will be highly recommen
edward ennis
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good read.

Maybe it's just me but I ended the book very unsatisfied, too many loose ends. Don't like the good characters being killed off, where's the new ones coming from? Like the way the police take no notice of clues or intuition, just like real life.
Sarah Legge
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done, finished
I am gripped to the Smith series and would guess everyone would be.

Fancy watching the footie? Maybe not on this day. Jason is trying to solve the case but is being stopped at every turn. Who will win in the end though??
Anne Hill
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Made no sense

I have no idea what the plot was. I don't think there was one, just rambling pages of nothingness. The ending truly sucked.
May 29, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this read. At times I was convinced i knew the plot and then I wasn’t lol. Enjoyed
Gary Van Cott
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a little better than the previous book. The author has finally moved away from using a similar crime in each book. Still a few typos. I thought the end was unsatisfying with a big plot hole.
Charles Gorner
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another good read.

Having read all the previous writings of this author I was not disappointed with the latest read, many thanks and I look forward to the next.
Michele Zito
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
On to # 5 Harlequin.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I feel that there were too many twists and turns with regard to who was on which side. But for that it would have been 5*.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the way he writes

Best book I've read in a long time can't wait to read more of his books recommend to all feaders
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Usual Smith fair. Hates journos, hates lawyers, hates this, hates that and the other. I was disappointed he didn't get shot and died. York City police are like the Keystone Kops. Yet I still/keep/reading them. ...more
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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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