Whoop Whoop Whoop!!!!! It’s finally my turn on the fantastical #blogblitz for the latest Harry Evans novel from Mr Graham Smith, When The Waters Recede. Some of you may recall that #AKnightsReads launched with my review of Past Echoes, Graham’s other series featuring hard man Jake Boulder. I also reviewed No Comment, the brutal novella that immediately proceeds When The Waters Recede. But I first discovered Graham’s writing through the gentle persuasion by the lovely Noelle Holten to read the Harry Evans series and I have not looked back!
Massive thanks to Graham Smith, Caffeine Nights and Rachel Gibley of Rachel’s Random Resources Tours for having me on the blog blitz and for my copy of When The Waters Recede!
To celebrate the release of When the Waters Recede, the very generous Graham Smith is offering one lucky reader the chance to win all six books in the Harry Evans series signed by Mr Smith himself. Now that’s a prize not to be sniffed at!!
To enter, all you have to do is sign up for his newsletter using this link before Tuesday 5 June 2018 and you’ll be entered into not just this fantastic competition, but all competitions that Graham runs. This is open internationally!!! Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
When a car is pulled from raging floodwaters with a dead man in the front and the decapitated body of an evil woman in the boot, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the investigation.
The woman is soon recognised, but the man cannot be identified and this leads the team and their former leader, Harry Evans, into areas none of them want to visit.
Before they know it, they’re dealing with protection scams and looking for answers to questions they didn’t know needed to be asked.
What Did I Think?
When The Waters Recede has a different dynamic to the previous Major Crimes Team novels with the formidable Harry Evans no longer being officially police…not for want of trying to pass himself off still as a detective…I really felt Harry’s frustration at having to answer to Campbell and not being able to command the team in his own unique way. Campbell was also trying to stamp his level of authority on the team
It’s not quite the #Harryshow. There is more of the team, particularly Lauren which I really liked despite it being her being in trouble. I was intrigued what was having such an effect on Lauren to make her so nervous and distracted! I won’t go too much into it but I think Mr Smith managed this storyline very well!
There were points that I did chuckle – Mr Smith’s sense of humour showed through more in this one! The descriptions of the Leighton’s henchmen “Shaven Head” and “Mullet” – loved that! Why give a bit part character a name when Harry’s internal nicknames are perfect descriptions! The descriptions allowed my mind to picture these henchmen with there being too much description of them!
Mr Smith also brings out the softer side of our Harry by taking him on a journey into the past by way of some family letters. I really liked the way the story built up through the letters and how Harry felt empathy for the writer.
When The Waters Recede is another cracking crime thriller from Graham Smith packed with intrigue and twists – I defy anyone to see the solution of the case coming!!
Well I hope I’ve piqued your interest to go and meet Harry Evans and the Major Crimes Team. As today is the last day of the #blogblitz, I implore you to go back and read some of the other reviews that have been posted over the past few days!
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.
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