Hannah Howe is the author of the Sam Smith Mystery Series, the Ann’s War Mystery Series and various standalone novels. Hannah’s books are published by Goylake Publishing and distributed through Gardners Books to over 300 outlets worldwide. Her books are available in print, as eBooks and audio books, and are being translated into ten languages.
You can discover more about Hannah and her books by visiting her website and Amazon page
Praise for the Sam Smith Mystery Series
Sam’s Song, a classic P.I. tale. Other reviewers have fleshed out the novel’s plot, so I will just leave you my thoughts on what I liked about this book.
Characters are important; probably the most important element in any book I read. I was very impressed with the protagonist, Sam, for a couple of reasons. First she was three dimensional with flaws, vulnerabilities, and a few surprising traits, when she really got going.
Her private life was tarnished, her professional life was in trouble, financially, and to begin with we meet a bit of a lost soul, dealing with an abusive husband.
Like all good stories, however, this one manages to bring Sam’s fighting spirit out, during the course of the pages, without her becoming a super heroine, or wooden. Her dialogue was sharp and at times, humorous. I enjoyed the ensemble of characters. All were nicely developed, and made sense. In no way were they black and white.
This was a well written story, with enough twists to keep me guessing. There was no fluff, just good storytelling, from beginning to end.
The best part now, is that there are more books in the series, and I will definitely be following them right to the end.
Praise for the Ann’s War Mystery Series
Loved, loved, loved this story! Well, of course, I did, it’s set in times of the war so I can’t really be objective here as I’m a huge WW2 history lover! The first thing that I would like to mention is the thorough, meticulous research that Ms. Howe has put into her story: every little detail rang true, every word sounded authentic and true to times and such authenticity always makes it a pleasure to read an HF novel. What I also appreciated was the thriller/mystery aspect that dominated the plot, making it impossible to put the book down. Ann is a wonderful central heroine – a wife of an RAF pilot who refuses to follow the stereotypical woman’s role when a certain crime occurs and proceeds with a dangerous investigation despite the dangers it could bring. Without revealing more details so you can enjoy this wonderful story yourselves, let me just tell you, it was a true pleasure to read. Loved it, and I already can’t wait for the following books in the series!
Praise for Saving Grace
Based on a true story this murder mystery starts off with the fundamental question of who murdered a man named Charles Petrie? Fallen victim to poison and a rapid death, the theme is set, the plot is laid out, and the action begins. Who are the suspects? The protagonist, Grace, the relatively new wife to the murdered victim has many strikes against her, not small of which are the moral values placed on women in the Victorian era. That coupled with a suspicious past and a society that snubs her lends to her becoming the prime suspect. Attempts at revealing who poisoned Petrie leads to a series of scenes that take the reader into the courtroom and brings the title alive, Saving Grace. Did she do it? No spoilers here. Suffice it to say, the author beautifully takes the reader in and out of clues and red herrings, never giving enough to see where this is heading, which heightens the mystery. I was guessing right to the last of the plot, which kept the read extremely entertaining. The best of the writing are the scenes and how the writer, Howe, brings the action alive with just enough drama to resonate authentic. I couldn’t put this one down, wanting to know who committed the crime, and what would be revealed in this well-scripted male dominated courtroom. Smartly written, tight dialogue, crisp believable characters, and intelligently designed scenes made this a really great read.