“If you like psychological detective stories with a touch of humour and romance, you will love Sam Smith.”
Someone was out to murder me. I had no idea who, when or why, but with a snowstorm gripping the city and with a determined assassin closing in, I faced the most dangerous moment of my life and the very real prospect of feeling the big chill.
The Big Chill - A Sam Smith Mystery. Book Three in the Sam Smith Mystery Series featuring private detective Samantha Smith.
The Sam Smith Mystery Series in order:
Love and Bullets
The Big Chill
Also published: The First Sam Smith Omnibus featuring Sam's Song, Love and Bullets and The Big Chill
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
The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages. Although not specifically a psychological thriller, the novel gives the reader plenty to think about in the way of what determines insanity and obsession. Who is more insane? The homeless man who mutters fanciful ideas? Or the seemingly harmless person who harbors a grudge? Who is more likely to contemplate murder? And who is more likely to be blamed? As with her other novels, the author delves into social issues, giving the reader a chance to think differently about pure, hard facts. Sam Smith has to ponder these thoughts while trying to discover who shot her and left her to die. Once again, she mingles with the criminal world to find answers, not accepting the "easy" way out. Along the way, she learns to trust more in her intuition, and she grows in her sense of worth. She has reached a turning point in her life and can give advice to others that until recently she was unable to accept herself: "you are not to blame; the criminal is."
You will never be disappointed in one of this author's books. She could put out a book every week about Sam and her messes she gets into and I would read every one of them.
As usual Sam is back up to her antics, except this time she's the target! We meet, Mac, a new character who'll hopefully appear again in the sequels. We get only a small glimpse of his backstory which I want a little more of. Sam and Alan's relationship heats up to the next level and we see Sam really start to settle in and come to terms with her past. Issues arise in this story that sets us up for the next book, which I look forward to reading. If you love Sam, this is a must read!
Starts strong and keeps on going... I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the series. It has a strong and intense beginning with Sam getting shot by an unknown assailant. She, of course, decides to investigate her own case, in spite of outside pressure to let the cops handle it. The novel takes you through several twists and turns before the culprit is finally revealed. One thing I liked about this novel, in particular, is the way the author leads you through the investigation. As in real life, Sam must take the smallest of clues and tug a little to see what falls out. Some lead to new clues, some lead to dead ends. This made the storyline more believable to me and kept things interesting. I also like the way Alan’s character is developing as the series progresses. We knew Sam had issues from the start and we also knew Alan was a nice, compassionate guy. But as the series progresses the author has constructed a strong male character that is willing to take a step back and support Sam in her career decisions because that’s what she needs to grow stronger. Even when doing so causes stress and concern for him personally. I would definitely recommend this book to others and will be moving onto the next...
I like the charaters In this series. Good read.