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Blog Tour Book Review: The Backpacker by Stewart Giles

2nd August 2018

The Backpacker Review

July was a good month for reading, mainly because I’ve signed myself up for a fair few Blog Tours with Jill.

This is a review of Stewart Giles’ most recent self-published book, The Backpacker. I have only read one other Stewart Giles book in the past and that was part of Stewart’s Smith series. However, The Backpacker is the third in the Harriet Taylor series.

About The Backpacker

A girl is found murdered on a farm during lambing season, close to the coast to coast hiking trail.

The trail is quiet at the time of year and the quest is on to find a cold-blooded murder before anyone finds out about the other secret.

When forensics go over the crime scene they make a grizzly discovery, an aged corpse hidden inside the rocks. This body holds yet more secrets.

As Harriet and the team investigate stones are turned over and everyone is a suspect.

Will the murderer be caught?
Was the decomposed corpse murder?
Will secrets be revealed?

My Review

Having read one of Stewart’s books before and struggling with it initially, I started The Backpacker with an open mind.

I was surprised when I felt at home right away, although I feel I need to go back and read the previous two books because I don’t feel I know Harriet well enough. If that makes sense.

I enjoyed The Backpacker; I found it fast-paced, energetic with just enough, um, fluff…. Sorry Stewart, I can’t think of a better word.

I enjoyed the waiting until the very end for the climax, although I had guessed correctly by about 90% who the murderer was. I liked the fact that a step forward seemed to take the team back two steps at some points.

I think lovers of crime fiction would enjoy the Backpacker. Although, it’s not in the same league as the Jason Smith series he’s written. The Backpacker is somewhat more cozy and comfortable. Although not armchair cozy.

If you like mild crime fiction you can get into Stewarts books below.

About Stewart Giles

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

6 Comments

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    Jenni
    26th August 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I’m more into chic lit so it’s not one for me but I think my Dad would love this so I might get it him as part of his Christmas present

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      Beth Davidson
      26th August 2018 at 6:35 pm

      I’ll read anything but my first love is crime fiction/thriller.

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    Emily Leary
    25th August 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I haven’t read any books by this author but The Backpacker sounds like a good read for anyone who likes crime fiction (like my mum!).

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    Cath - BattleMum
    24th August 2018 at 10:43 pm

    It sounds like a book I’d quite enjoy. I’m a big fan of crime books and detective books so this might be right up my street.

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    Kara
    24th August 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Sounds like an interesting book, glad you enjoyed it

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    Anosa
    24th August 2018 at 6:48 am

    Not one that I would normally read but I am intrigued for sure

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