The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles
A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast. Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives. Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice. A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village.
Guest Post – Inspiration behind the book:
After writing eight books in a detective series featuring a male protagonist I wanted to go in another direction. The idea for ‘The Beekeeper’ came to me when I realised I wanted to do something slightly different – I wanted an unusual lead character and an unlikely killer and DC Harriet Taylor and Alice Green, the beekeeper worked well for this. The fictional town of Trotterdown in Cornwall also lends itself to an almost fairy-tale, mystery setting. I’ve read plenty of police procedural thrillers and wanted to deviate from concentrating on the day-to-day aspects of a murder investigation and focus more on the dark underbelly of the peaceful setting and the mind of the killer.
After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later. Horsemen, the seventh in the DS Smith thriller series is out now. The Beekeeper, a departure from the DS Smith series will be released through Joffe Books on 22 May.