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Sam's Song
     

Sam's Song

3.9 8
by Hannah Howe
 

“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”

Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that’s where I came in, to

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“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”

Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that’s where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realising that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.

Love Hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, Enquiry Agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First, I had to contend with an alcoholic mother, who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood, then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humour and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he re-entered my life, or for the affection showered on me by Dr Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.

Sam’s Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940152073331
Publisher:
Goylake Publishing
Publication date:
08/20/2015
Series:
Sam Smith Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
3,962
File size:
266 KB

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Meet the Author

Hannah Howe is the best-selling author of the Sam Smith Mystery Series (Sam's Song, book one in the series, reached number one on the amazon.com private detective chart). Hannah lives in the picturesque county of Glamorgan with her partner and their two children. She has a university degree and a background in psychology, which she uses as a basis for her novels. Hannah began her writing career at school when her teacher asked her to write the school play. She has been writing ever since. When not writing or researching or dreaming up storylines for her novels, Hannah enjoys reading, genealogy and music. She has a deep knowledge of 1960s and 1970s popular culture and is a keen student of the private detective novel and its history. The books in the Sam Smith Mystery Series are available in print, as audio books and eBooks from all major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Gardners, Kobo, iBooks, etc. For more details please visit http://hannah-howe.com and http://sam-private-eye.com The Sam Smith Mystery Series in book order: Sam's Song Love and Bullets The Big Chill Ripper The Hermit of Hisarya Secrets and Lies Family Honour Sins of the Father Smoke and Mirrors Stardust (February 2017) What readers have been saying about the Sam Smith Mystery Series and Hannah Howe... "Hannah Howe is a very talented writer." "A gem of a read." "Sam Smith is the most interesting female sleuth in detective fiction. She leaves all the others standing." "Hannah Howe's writing style reminds you of the Grandmasters of private detective fiction - Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker." "Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you'll cry at the pain she's suffered." "Sam is the kind of non-assuming heroine that I couldn't help but love." "Sam's Song was a wonderful find and a thoroughly engaging read. The first book in the Sam Smith mystery series, this book starts off as a winner!" "Sam is an interesting and very believable character." "Gripping and believable at the same time, very well written." "Sam is a great heroine who challenges stereotypes." "Hannah Howe is a fabulous writer." "I can't wait to read the next in the series!" "The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages." "This series just gets better and better." "What makes this book stand well above the rest of detective thrillers is the attention to the little details that makes everything so real." "Sam is a rounded and very real character." "Howe is an author to watch, able to change the tone from light hearted to more thoughtful, making this an easy and yet very rewarding read. Cracking!" "Fabulous book by a fabulous author-I highly recommended this series!" "Howe writes her characters with depth and makes them very engaging." "I loved the easy conversational style the author used throughout. Some of the colourful ways that the main character expressed herself actually made me laugh!" "I loved Hannah Howe's writing style -- poignant one moment, terrifying the next, funny the next moment. I would be on the edge of my seat praying Sam wouldn't get hurt, and then she'd say a one-liner or think something funny, and I'd chuckle and catch my breath. Love it!" "Sam's Song is no lightweight suspense book. Howe deals with drugs, spousal abuse, child abuse, and more. While the topics she writes about are heavy, Howe does a fantastic job of giving the reader the brutal truth while showing us there is still good in life and hope for better days to come."

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Sam's Song 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
R-3 More than 1 year ago
The first word that comes to my mind when I met Sam Smith is "spunky." This petite woman is hell-bent on pleasing her clients: first by tracking a stalker, then by finding a murderer. Then she stumbles upon something even more sinister. Although she has it together in her occupation, she has psychological issues brought on by an abusive, alcoholic mother and ex-husband. She can fight the toughest criminals, but lets her hair fall into her face, hiding her emotions, when it comes to personal matters. Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you'll cry at the pain she's suffered. The story is worth reading for the events that unfold. But it has more. It delves into the effects drugs and alcohol have on people--not only those abusing the substances, but also the people they know. It results in domestic abuse, negative psychological perceptions of oneself, and so much more hurt and pain.
cmac1 More than 1 year ago
I really did like this book quite a lot. Quirky Sam is trying to stay sane and make something and it's not easy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sam is a smart, gritty, interesting main character who rises above her childhood upbringing and an abusive ex husband to become self sufficient as a private investigator and feel good about herself. She has a difficult time trusting people, especially men. Then she meets Alan who helps her learn to trust.
MelaniePSmith_Author 7 months ago
Crazy, Fun and Entertaining... Sam is a Private Detective with a lot of baggage. Others have done well to describe the storyline so I want to focus on content and quality. For me, this was a solid five star read. The character development is amazing and by the end of the first chapter the reader has a pretty good idea of just how messed up Sam’s life really is. Add in the constant drama of self-indulgent, sometimes crazy supporting characters that make it difficult to discern fact from fiction, bad guys that you instantly dislike and an ex-husband that needs a good throat punch and you have a novel that you just can’t help but enjoy. The book is professionally edited with few if any errors, the plot is suspenseful and the overall story is truly engaging. Sam’s Song has it all – suspense, drama and hope. Throughout the novel the author navigates the reader through a suspenseful investigation while experiencing a rollercoaster ride of humor, frustration, anger and love. For me, the characters made the plot realistic... each character had flaws, which made their story even more genuine and enjoyable. Even lovable, caring Dr. Storey had some baggage he was struggling to overcome. I would definitely recommend it to others and look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Nothing to say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this short story very mch so. ShelleyMA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read 10 to 20 books a month and as you can assume, many are not all that great. The first 20-30 pages of this book seemed to be heading in that direction. Then...lo and behold...it changed into a wondrous, captivating read! The story, the plot, and even the characters proved to be well defined and stayed that way until the last and final word. I have fallen in love with Sam and her life...and with Hannah's words, humor and writing style. This book...and I am hoping beyond hope the rest of the series...are not to be missed. Thank you, Hannah! For the best 2 1/2 hours I have had in years!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay if u get it for free, 170 pages