Well what a way to kick of the weekend!! Harry Evans is back and I am lucky enough to be part of the four day #BlogBlitz. As many of you will know, I love a bit of Harry Evans and you can find my reviews of the preceding stories over at (yes you’ve guessed it) Crimebookjunkie.
A maaoosssiiivvveeee thanks to Graham Smith, Rachel Gibley and Caffeine Nights Publishing for my copy of No Comment and for inviting me to join the #BlogBlitz.
When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life, they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.
What Did I Think?
Harry Evans had left the Major Crimes Team and this is the first case the team have to face without their former DI. Are they up to the challenge?! Can they find Julie’s attacker? What’s Harry going to do with all this spare time on his hands?? So many questions and guess what? You can find out the answers by reading No Comment.
No Comment opens with a rather distressing chapter; it’s brutal but I’ve come to expect that from Mr Smith, particularly after his previous Evans novel I Know Your Secret. There was definitely wincing going on as the extent of Julie’s injuries were revealed! But as the story develops, we start to see different sides of the team. Amir Bhaki comes into his own with this investigation and hard man Harry shows a more vulnerable side after the heartbreak he’s suffered over the series and now his enforced retirement, losing the job he loves and lives for. With Harry out the office, Campbell is now determined to get the respect of the team that his predecessor had and eradicate the shortcuts (aka bad habits) that previously allowed.
This is a short read at only 99 pages but it is action packed and you definitely don’t have much time to catch your breathe as the team explore every avenue of investigation. Graham Smith has a way of writing that puts you right there in the midst of the action. You can read this novella as a stand alone but to fully appreciate the some of the references, you really do need to go back and read the series from the start.
I have to say I love returning to Cumbria and the world of Harry Evans. The series gets better each time and I wait with great anticipation for each instalment. And I can not wait to share my thoughts on the upcoming When The Waters Recede!!! But you’ll have to wait until June for that….
You can get your copy of No Comment by clicking on the links below and it is currently a bargain price:
Don’t forget to catch the other reviews on the #BlogBlitz from these fantabulous bloggers!
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 three novels featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
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: