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Sam's Song: A Sam Smith Mystery (The Sam Smith Mystery Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : November 5, 2014
- File Size : 995 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 260 pages
- Publisher : Goylake Publishing (November 5, 2014)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B00OHZ151W
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,146 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book is professionally edited with few if any errors, the plot is suspenseful and the overall story is truly engaging. Sam’s Song has it all – suspense, drama and hope. Throughout the novel the author navigates the reader through a suspenseful investigation while experiencing a rollercoaster ride of humor, frustration, anger and love. For me, the characters made the plot realistic... each character had flaws, which made their story even more genuine and enjoyable. Even lovable, caring Dr. Storey had some baggage he was struggling to overcome. I would definitely recommend it to others and look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Characters: Characters are the main reason I read a story, no matter how good a story is, if the characters are weak I don't keep reading. Sam was not a cliche 'vulnerable' girl she was tough and fought bravely against the inner demons which shaped who she was. She was a character that was honest with who she was--and well realistic. The other characters had their own voices and were well developed as well. I enjoyed the background and realism in which she wove in her ex-lover and the abusive co-dependentr relation ship--again real. Sam was not a victim and got things done.
General Impression: I have to say that at first I was not sure what I was getting into, There are soo many P.I. books out there. After a while the characters grew on me and the plot 'thickened' as they say. The book was a quick read and to the point, I read it in a about three days. Once I got a few chapters in I liked it and I have to admit I might read another one..
Sam is a private investigator with a lot of emotional baggage and little cash. She accepts a case she really doesn't want, but cash is tight and there are things she'd like to purchase. She goes from hunting a stalker to hunting a murderer. She's good at what she does. She says she is, but doesn't entirely believe in herself. I guess that's how Dan happened, the ex-husband who I think I would have shot between the eyes long ago. I love books that evoke emotions and reactions.
So, Sam accepts the case of the stalker. Derwena is a singer fighting her way back to the top of the charts. She has a stalker and want's Sam to flush him out. It doesn't help that Derwena has a few mental issues in her past, but it does help Sam's love life. She often finds herself between a rock and a hard place professionally and romantically. I enjoyed Sam Smith and the other characters. And just stop and think... there are more books in this series to enjoy.
The story is written in first person from Sam’s POV. The author does a good job of building Sam’s complex character through dialogue and Sam’s personal observations. On occasion, Sam even steps out of scene and communicates directly with the reader via italicized thoughts. Also worthy of note, the story is set in England, but the occasional local references only enhance the story for U.S. readers.
A divorced, physically abused, yet strong-willed woman, Sam has a way of stepping boldly into ever larger problems, both personal and professional. There is little about her life that has been easy or, it appears, ever will be. I’ve read several of Sue Grafton’s novels, and I found Samantha Smith to be a younger, more attractive, less seasoned version of Kinsey Millhone.
The book wavers between an intense murder mystery and a tempestuous romantic novel. I enjoyed Sam Smith the persistent private eye, Sam the romance-starved victim, not so much. The disparity of the two plots was a lot to balance in a relatively short novel. I never really became interested in Sam’s romantic involvement with Derwena’s shrink. Still, I enjoyed Howe’s fast paced, crisp, no-nonsense writing style. Several of the murder mystery scenes were attention-grabbing.
I read the book in three sittings, each one moving more rapidly than the last. I’m sure to try another in the series.
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In first person POV, this reads more like Sam's diary than anything else. I loved her voice, the author's voice in her persona. There were times when I laughed out loud at her predicaments, about the thoughts running through her subconscious mind - likewise there were times when I'd happily have jumped headlong into the pages to give Dan, her ex-husband, the kicking he so richly deserved.It is good writing to be able to make a reader feel for a character and I couldn't help but do so for our intrepid sleuth, Sam.
From the first few pages I began to admire Hannah's talent for creating a personality within a fictional character, a personality that even the most hardened of people would struggle not to warm to. The remaining cast, from the conceited Derwena, would-be superstar singer, to the supporting roles in the form of Woody, appropriately nicknamed, Nerd, again aptly assigned and of course Milton - another character who leaps from the pages, I found very well portrayed.
The storyline begins with us chasing imaginary stalkers in the mind of a very mixed up pop star. Our star bounces between the realms of real and hallucinated on a regular basis, prone to drink and drugs to get her through what she believes is a stressful life - she should try living mine!! Hehehe. Moving swiftly on... It isn't too long before we find ourselves dragged into something far more sinister involving some very powerful and influential people and I liked the direction the story took.
I found the intervention of the good Dr. Alan Storey, psychologist and all round nice guy, as good a way as any to give much-needed relief to our poor downtrodden heroine, I'm curious now to read the next in the series to see if that particular relationship flourishes. The standard of writing in this novel I found to be brilliant, the editing and formatting, along with incidences of comical purple prose, perfectly placed. Thoroughly enjoyed this read and I'll admit that Hannah Howe's style in this book has earned her another fan of her work. I have the next book in the title on my kindle already, I bought two at the same time. Looking forward to that when its turn comes around on my TBR again - Well done, Hannah!
I started off by reading ‘Love and Bullets’ first, like putting the cart before the horse. To repair the omission, I went back to the first of Sam Smith’s mystery series and found it fascinating reading.
In Sam’s song, we find her crouched over her desk in the seedy parts of town after setting herself up as a private detective to help pay off her mounting bills.
To her surprise, she is singled out by a rock star’s manager and hired to discover who is stalking his client, Derweena De Caro. On visiting Castle Gywn where Derweena and her guitarist boyfriend, Woody, are recording their latest album, she finds a rather hostile diva who appears to be vague about the sightings and her manager is hard put to keep her off the booze and drugs.
Despite her own daunting childhood when she was faced with a similar situation supporting her mother and still recovering from an abusing relationship with her ex-husband, Sam is determined to put the past behind her and make a success of her life.
Before long, Sam discovers there is a lot more to the case than searching for an elusive stalker and is faced with mounting difficulties and dangerous situations where her personal life is constantly at risk. While fending off the unwanted advances of her ex-husband, Sam falls under the spell of the solicitous attentions of the star’s psychologist, Dr Alan Storey and feels increasingly vulnerable and unsure of her own feelings. Throughout the drama, the reader is aware of the subtle skill of the author in bringing out Sam’s strength of character and stubbornness in overcoming the odds against her. Without doubt, highly recommended. I look forward to the next instalment to come.
I am already reading the next book in the series. (That's brilliant too!)
A friend in the local police department is a good asset, and Hannah Howe is great with describing every character physicality. You can just about 'see' what they look like. It enhances the story, and many of the other characters have some kind of quirk that makes them appear very real.
The storyline was exciting, tense, and dangerous in every way. Sam works her case and within a short time gets it resolved in a satisfactory manner.
Sam visits Castle Gywn where Derweena and her guitarist boyfriend, Woody, are recording their latest album, Midas Melange. Derweena is vague about her sightings of the stalker and it's clear that Sam is not going to have an easy time in solving the case.
Sam is a wonderful creation and very likeable. She's stubborn and fearless, yet has a vulnerable side. Haunted by a difficult childhood and not yet recovered from her relationship with her abusive ex, Dan, she is plagued by self doubts. Despite this, she is determined to succeed in her profession.
There's a host of interesting characters; Derweena is used to having her own way, a diva who behaves like a spoiled child. Her boyfriend, Woody, is an ageing hippy who flirts outrageously with anything that moves. Milton Vaughan-Urquhart, Derweena's flamboyant manager, desperately tries to keep her off the booze and drugs. Sweet McArthur is a Detective Inspector with an never ending supply of witty jokes (even at the most inappropriate moments). Drake Jolley is a DJ, determined to hold onto his success at any cost. I also loved Marlowe, the stray cat who's adopts Sam, and constantly leaves presents of dead mice.
The setting of Cardiff provides an interesting backdrop to the story, as described by Sam when she reflects on how much the city has altered over the years.
The plot is gripping and unpredictable with plenty of twists. The writing is clear and direct. There's plenty of humour also the hint of a romance: an engrossing and enjoyable read.