Some people will stop at nothing in their pursuit of wealth and power. Indeed, the greedy will often resort to murder.
“You’ve been through a stressful time recently,” my fiancé, Dr Alan Storey, said. “I’m off to Bulgaria to attend a psychology conference so why don’t you
accompany me and we’ll throw in a holiday as well.”
Great idea, I thought. However, when I arrived in Bulgaria my inquisitive nature compelled me towards a mystery dating back to the Second World War. That
mystery involved Emil Angelov, the Hermit of Hisarya. As I delved into the past I stirred up some ghosts, which led to murder and the prospect of spending the rest of my days in a Bulgarian gaol.
The Hermit of Hisarya – a story of corruption, of murder, of a woman and her seventy-year-old dream, offering proof that the past, the present and the future are all intrinsically entwined.
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
Sam and Alan travel to Bulgaria in this mystery--where murder and betrayal have roots to the past. What better country to write about the sins of the past than Bulgaria, a country whose traditions are steeped in the mysteries of the past and its inhabitants who consider a family as important as its community. A statement Alan tells Sam says so much about the culture of Bulgaria: "You should not underestimate the power of the past, especially when the past is relived through collective memory.” As well as this quote: “A secret so old, yet it retains such a hold.” Petrov nodded. “The people of Mir are country people; they have long memories." And in those memories, the sins of the fathers become the sins of the sons. The book provides delightful information about Bulgaria, its customs and history, and so much more. As a Sam Smith fan, I truly enjoyed this cultural journey.
Even on vacation Sam is on the case! This one is another hit in the Sam Smith Series. A real page-turner full of murder, lies, betrayal and a little teenage angst! I really enjoyed the amazingly descriptive details on the sights, sounds (and eats) in Bulgaria. Having never been there, I felt like a tourist while Sam was uncovering old secrets, and stepping on a few toes. Fabulous read. Highly recommend!!