Woooooo hoooooooooo I’m seriously thrilled to be resharing my review of Snatched From Home by Graham Smith.
I originally read Snatched From Home four years ago after CrimeBookJunkie and now published author Noelle Holten was raving about Harry Evans…. and this woman knows what she’s talking about!
Massive thanks to the amazing Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour.
What would you do to save your children?
Middle-class parents Victoria and Nicholas Foulkes are distraught when their children are kidnapped against Nicholas’ gambling debts. Penniless and desperate the couple turn to crime as a way to raise the ransom.
Hot on their heels is recently bereaved DI Harry Evans and his Major Crimes team. Evans is fighting against enforced retirement and his replacement – DI John Campbell – is foisted upon him along with other cases. If he must leave the police then he wants one last big case before he goes.
In a race against time Victoria and Nicholas must evade the police while continuing to add to the ransom fund. If they don’t pay up on time the kidnappers have threatened to amputate their children’s limbs with an oxy-acetylene torch.
Can they save their children before time runs out?
What Did I Think?
If you need to imagine what sort of detective DI Harry Evans is, his colleague DI John Campbell sums it perfectly “That’s no reason to go running round like you’re Gene Hunt” I love Gene Hunt, rough, tough, likes a pint or two(!) and catches the criminals…though Harry does drive a slightly more up to dated car than a Quattro! At one point, I was feeling a lot of love for the rogue in his tenacity to police the streets of Cumbria but also showing a personal interest in those he’s protecting.
Having met the team in the Major Crimes Team: Volume 1 Lines of Enquiry, I got to meet them all again and in particular Lauren flaunting “her femininity as a weapon of mass distraction“. She uses her womanly wiles and physique to distract and confuse those naughty men to get the answers the team need to get the investigations one step closer to being solved.
All the characters are a little larger than you’d expect in life but it works. Campbell’s straight-laced procedure-following ethics contrasts Evans’ anything goes to get the job done attitude; Lauren over-egging her sexuality; even Chisholm’s IT geekiness! The personalities fit and make the book an excellent read!
The story has plenty of pace with the team investigating robberies and cons with the effects of the kidnapping rumbling along without their knowledge. Will the kidnappers be caught? Will the children make it out unharmed? Only time will tell!
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 six books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and four novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder. His ‘Lakes’ series which has three novels featuring DC Beth Young has received much critical acclaim.
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, ten attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at