So….welcome to the first ever post and first ever review on A Knight’s Reads and what a way to launch! I loved the first two Jake Boulder books (Watching The Bodies and The Kindred Killers) and you can find my reviews over at Crimebookjunkie. I’d like to thank the amazing Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for letting me be part of the opening day of the #BlogBlitz for the third Jake Boulder outing, Past Echoes. I would also like wish Mr Graham Smith a very Happy Publication Day!!! 🎉🎉🎉
I have to be upfront from the start, I was lucky enough to win the opportunity to have a character named after me in this novel as part of the launch of Watching The Bodies – I won’t say too much about my brief appearance so when you do read Past Echoes, watch out for me!
As a wee launch day / publication date treat, Graham Smith very kindly offered to do a brief Q&A for me. So without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!
Quick chat with Graham Smith
In one sentence, describe Past Echoes.
Past Echoes sees Jake Boulder confront demons from his own past, while trying to exorcise his guilt at failing others.
What are you working on right now?
I’m in the early stages of writing the fourth Jake Boulder novel which has the working title DIE COLD. It sees Boulder trapped in ski lodge which becomes overrun by terrorists.
How important is social media to you as an author?
I think it’s very important as it’s a way of connecting with fans, exchanging ideas and thoughts with other authors (Writing is a very solitary business) and it’s also a fantastic advertising medium.
Which literary character would you be and why?
This is impossible to narrow down to one. Can I be several? I’d love to be Logan MacRae so I could meet DI Roberta Steel, or James Bond so I could be a world-saving, suave, girl-getting, hard-drinking hero, or Reacher because he gets to travel, lives a simple life, has a fantastic brain and is quite handy with his fists.
Which three crime novels would you want if you were stranded on a desert island?
I’m going to name my three favourite crime novels although I’d need a damn sight more than three novels if you’re dumping me on a desert island. They are Relentless by Simon Kernick, The Accident Man by Tom Cain and Fear is the Key by Alistair MacLean.
Muchos gracias Graham for taking the time to answer my first ever Q&A (this is a day of firsts). So onto the book stuff!
Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for the box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.
Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.
In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.
Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?
What did I think?
Just as a friendly warning….. I have to say…. YOU MUST READ THE KINDRED KILLERS BEFORE PAST ECHOES. The whole premise for Past Echoes is stems from seeds planted in The Kindred Killers. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…….
If you thought Boulder was unleashed in the previous novels, you ain’t seen nothing yet!! He’s got his work cut out finding two people who don’t want to be found; one to save a life, the other to deliver news of an unexpected kind! Will he succeed? Will he elude the mafia and their hitman?
This fast paced crime thriller has your imagination leaving small-town Casperton and heading to the bright lights of NYC! And so Jake begins his manhunt which doesn’t come without its problems and diversions. We have car chases, boat pursuits, shoot outs and lots and lots of Jake!
Graham Smith, despite writing addictive crime stories, has managed to seamlessly insert a massive emotive storyline. The Jake Boulder series has brought out the darker side of the author’s imagination but along with that, he broke my heart. And he doesn’t hold back any punches in the slightest. This is one hell of a rollercoaster that just kept me glued to my kindle; but it was a rollercoaster I didn’t want to end. And as Mr Smith has already alluded to, Jake will be back – you heard it here first (well maybe).
If you like your action heroes, you so need to meet Jake Boulder! Go on….you know you want to!!
You can download Past Echoes TODAY!!!! Here’s the link https://tinyurl.com/y789w8v8
Well I hope my review has piqued your interest. Don’t forget to catch the other stops today and for the next four days on the #PastEchoes #BlogBlitz.
Who is Graham Smith?
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who 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.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.
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
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at
Well there is it, my first solo blog post, my first blog blitz post and my first author Q&A…..it wasn’t that bad…..thank you for joining me on this days of firsts…and I hope you’ll come back a read more of my reviews and posts!