“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”
It had been a week since the incident at the abandoned quarry, a week since I’d shot and killed someone, a week since my ex-husband had been murdered. It had been an emotional week. But life goes on. I’d been hired to discover who was sending death threats to Dr Ruth Carey, a controversial psychiatrist. The trail led to two high-powered villains and soon the death threats were aimed at me, threats that increased following two murders.
Meanwhile, after years of domestic violence, I was trying to make sense of my private life. Dr Alan Storey, a prominent psychologist, claimed that he loved me, and I was strongly attracted to him. But the years of domestic abuse had scarred me emotionally and I was reluctant to commit to a relationship.
Love and Bullets is the story of a dramatic week in my life, a week of soul-searching, self-discovery and redemption.
About 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, Kobo, iBooks, etc. For more details please visit https://hannah-howe.com and https://hannah-howe.authorreach.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 Mind Games Digging in the Dirt A Parcel of Rogues (January 2018) 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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this Sam Smith novel, private detective Sam takes on a case to protect a woman who believes in eugenics, creating a superior race through genetics. Although the woman's ideology repulses Sam, she does her best to do what she was hired to do. The author does a wonderful job of tying the social issue of eugenics with Sam's own feelings of inferiority about herself. Having been abused physically and mentally her entire life, Sam doubts her own self worth. She has to work through these issues to keep the love of a man who adores her. Although not written specifically about Sam, a line in the book beautifully sums up the essence of the psychological aspect of the book. "She had cried the rain, but there was still plenty of sunshine in her life and that sunshine would produce a rainbow."
Loved it!! Action, suspense, humour and a little romance. Throw in a great story, loveable characters and you have a winner!! Moving onto book three...
Another great mystery... This book picks up where the first story left off. It’s a week after the events at the quarry and Sam has returned to work. She agrees to accept a man as a client who believes his wife is being threatened. Once again Ms. Howe does a great job on character development. Her client is a nice, likable guy but his wife is a nut. Dr. Ruth Carey is heavy into Eugenics and judges everyone she meets – especially the nosy private investigator her husband hired. Sam finds herself hating her client, but is determined to do her job and solve the mystery anyway. As much as I enjoyed the story, it was a little harder for me to get into than the first installment. Rather than immediately jumping into the mystery, the beginning of the book is spent recapping events from book one, then Sam and Dr. Alan go on vacation... which gives insight into Sam’s state of mind but delayed the suspense and intrigue for me. All in all, it was a good read and I would highly recommend it. Looking forward to reading the next installment.