The Enigma by Stewart Giles


the enigma

Thank you to Jill at Books N All Book Promotions for having me on the tour!

3 out of 5 Stars


From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective series featuring the detectives from both the series’ we know and love.

In Trotterdown, Cornwall a boat, The Enigma washes in to the harbour. The skipper is dead, and Harriet Taylor is brought in to investigate.  But 1 dead body is not the only crime the team have to deal with.

Meanwhile, further up the coast in Whitby a boat washes up on the rocks just outside the harbour. Everyone on board is dead.  Whitby Police are out of their depth, so DS Jason Smith is called in to help.

It soon becomes clear the cases are connected and the teams from York and Trotterdown settle down to work with each other.

This is a unique story with twist, turns and shocks all the way through making it an adrenaline pumping read you will not be able to put down.


DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash.  It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks.  She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach.  He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective.  He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.

My Thoughts

This was just the right amount of gruesome thriller! A boat is found grounded on the rocks with 4 dead bodies on board. The strange thing is that 3 of them have been operated on and their kidneys have been removed? …Why? Well, its up to DC Harriet Taylor and DS Jason Smith to figure it out!

Although, this book can definitely be read as a standalone, I felt that there was a little too much reference to the prior books that were based off these individual characters. They’ve both gone through so much that even though the book is really well written and the characters and the mystery were both very real, I felt a little left out of the loop. I would recommend possibly starting with the other series’ before delving into this one.

I was also a little confused as to how DS Jason Smith could forget the man who has basically been ruining his life for many years now. They mention that he goes by many aliases. But, you would think that when you get a text from an unknown number telling you to “watch you family” with initials that seem familiar, your first thought would be that it’s probably the monster who has apparently murdered half the people in your life and burned down your house…..

The other thing that annoyed me was Harriet. She’s a great strong character, but when she spoke of going back to Edinburgh as something she would NEVER do again because such a horrible place full of horrible people…. I didn’t get it. So, your husband died and it got out that he was cheating on you. So, your co-workers talked behind your back about it….. get over it. She talks about the place like someone there DID murder her family or something!

All in all though, it was a well written mystery thriller! I feel that it would have received a higher rating from me if I had read his other books.

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Author Bio

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.



Twitter: @stewartgiles


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The Enigma is Best Served with a Shipwreck on the Rocks Cocktail

Is the name a little tasteless? Since the book is about a shipwrecked boat in which people have had their kidney’s surgically removed?? Well… the drink definitely wasn’t tasteless!! (Yes. I’m going straight to Hell…)



  • 2oz Whiskey
  • 1oz  Lemon Juice
  • 1/2oz Agave Nectar
  • Mint


  1. Muddle 10 mint leaves in a cocktail glass with a splash of agave
  2. Add whiskey Lemon juice and agave to a shaker full of ice and shake until chilled
  3. Open and pour all into glass
  4. Garnish with more mint
  5. CHEERS!!


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