“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.
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 seven 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:
Love and Bullets
The Big Chill
The Hermit of Hisarya
Secrets and Lies
Sins of the Father
Smoke and Mirrors
Digging in the Dirt
A Parcel of Rogues
The Devil and Ms Devlin
Snow in August
Looking for Rosanna Mee
Eve’s War: Heroines of SOE
Operation Jedburgh (to follow)
Operation Butterfly (to follow)
Operation Liberty (to follow)
The Golden Age of Hollywood
Tula: A 1920s Novel (to follow)
The Olive Tree: A Spanish Civil War Saga
The Ann's War Mystery Series in book order:
Saving Grace: A Victorian Mystery
Colette: A Schoolteacher’s War (to follow)
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."