“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”
"I love breaking the rules." - Cardiff Jack.
Someone was murdering prostitutes, placing their bodies in the Bay and covering them with roses. To the media, he was 'Cardiff Jack', to the rest of us he was a man to avoid and fear.
Meanwhile, I was searching for Faye Collister, a prostitute. Why was Faye, a beautiful woman from a privileged background, walking the streets? Why had she disappeared? And what was her connection to Cardiff Jack?
As questions tumbled into answers, I made a shocking discovery, a discovery that would resonate with me for the rest of my days.
Ripper - the story of a week in my life that reshaped the past, disturbed the present and brought the promise of an uncertain future.
About the Author
Hannah Howe is the bestselling author of the Sam Smith Mystery Series (Sam's Song, book one in the series, has reached number one on the amazon.com private detective chart on six separate occasions and the number one position in Australia). 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 Hannah enjoys reading, genealogy, music, chess and classic black and white movies. She has a deep knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture and is a keen student of the private detective novel and its history. Hannah's books are available in print, as audio books and eBooks from all major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, iBooks, etc. For more details please visit https://hannah-howe.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 Boston The Devil and Ms Devlin Snow in August (to follow) The Ann's War Mystery Series in book order: Betrayal Invasion Blackmail Escape Victory (to follow) Standalone Novels Saving Grace: A Victorian Mystery 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
Sam Smith sets out to find a modern-day Jack the Ripper, who's murdering prostitutes, then leaving them floating in a river with rose petals strewn around. When a murder victim is a friend, she digs deeper, uncovering truths about herself and the murderer that she might have preferred to never know. This story is written in first person, which makes you feel as if you are investigating the murders right along with Sam. It's well written, thought-provoking with its psychological insights, and keeps you wanting to read through the night. The story includes tidbits from previous books, but it's a stand-alone novel. You'll want to curl up in a comfy chair and read cover to cover, then go back and read the earlier books if you haven't already done so.
This is a wicked mystery. I quite enjoyed it. And I do enjoy the good doctor. If you want a new lady to follow, give Sam a try.
The author delivers another page-turner! Sam finds herself searching for a missing young lady, all while a serial killer is on the loose. As you can guess, trouble ensues and Sam is taken on a real emotional (and dangerous) rollercoaster. Great read! Great series! I can't wait for her wedding and to see what trouble she finds herself in next time!
Another great adventure for Sam. This one has a huge surprise for Sam and us, the readers. You won't be disappointed. Love these books.