Sam's Song

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Sam's Song - A Sam Smith Mystery. Book One in the Sam Smith Mystery Series. More
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About Hannah Howe

Hannah Howe is the bestselling author of the Sam Smith Mystery Series (Sam's Song, book one in the series, has reached number one on the private detective chart on seven separate occasions and the number one position in Australia). Hannah lives in the picturesque county of Glamorgan with her partner and their two children. She has a university degree and a background in psychology, which she uses as a basis for her novels.

Hannah began her writing career at school when her teacher asked her to write the school play. She has been writing ever since. When not writing or researching Hannah enjoys reading, genealogy, music, chess and classic black and white movies. She has a deep knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century popular culture and is a keen student of the private detective novel and its history.

Hannah's books are available in print, as audio books and eBooks from all major retailers: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo, iBooks, etc. For more details please visit

The Sam Smith Mystery Series in book order:

Sam's Song
Love and Bullets
The Big Chill
The Hermit of Hisarya
Secrets and Lies
Family Honour
Sins of the Father
Smoke and Mirrors
Mind Games
Digging in the Dirt
A Parcel of Rogues
The Devil and Ms Devlin
Snow in August
Looking for Rosanna Mee
Stormy Weather (to follow)

Eve’s War: Heroines of SOE

Operation Zigzag
Operation Locksmith
Operation Broadsword
Operation Treasure (to follow)
Operation Sherlock (to follow)
Operation Cameo (to follow)
Operation Rose (to follow)
Operation Watchmaker (to follow)
Operation Overlord (to follow)
Operation Jedburgh (to follow)
Operation Butterfly (to follow)
Operation Liberty (to follow)

The Olive Tree: A Spanish Civil War Saga

Leaves (to follow)
Fruit (to follow)
Flowers (to follow)

The Ann's War Mystery Series in book order:


Standalone Novels

Saving Grace: A Victorian Mystery
The Fifth Man (to follow)
Colette: A Schoolteacher’s War (to follow)

What readers have been saying about the Sam Smith Mystery Series and Hannah Howe...

"Hannah Howe is a very talented writer."

"A gem of a read."

"Sam Smith is the most interesting female sleuth in detective fiction. She leaves all the others standing."

"Hannah Howe's writing style reminds you of the Grandmasters of private detective fiction - Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker."

"Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you'll cry at the pain she's suffered."

"Sam is the kind of non-assuming heroine that I couldn't help but love."

"Sam's Song was a wonderful find and a thoroughly engaging read. The first book in the Sam Smith mystery series, this book starts off as a winner!"

"Sam is an interesting and very believable character."

"Gripping and believable at the same time, very well written."

"Sam is a great heroine who challenges stereotypes."

"Hannah Howe is a fabulous writer."

"I can't wait to read the next in the series!"

"The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages."

"This series just gets better and better."

"What makes this book stand well above the rest of detective thrillers is the attention to the little details that makes everything so real."

"Sam is a rounded and very real character."

"Howe is an author to watch, able to change the tone from light hearted to more thoughtful, making this an easy and yet very rewarding read. Cracking!"

"Fabulous book by a fabulous author-I highly recommended this series!"

"Howe writes her characters with depth and makes them very engaging."

"I loved the easy conversational style the author used throughout. Some of the colourful ways that the main character expressed herself actually made me laugh!"

"I loved Hannah Howe's writing style -- poignant one moment, terrifying the next, funny the next moment. I would be on the edge of my seat praying Sam wouldn't get hurt, and then she'd say a one-liner or think something funny, and I'd chuckle and catch my breath. Love it!"

"Sam's Song is no lightweight suspense book. Howe deals with drugs, spousal abuse, child abuse, and more. While the topics she writes about are heavy, Howe does a fantastic job of giving the reader the brutal truth while showing us there is still good in life and hope for better days to come."

Learn more about Hannah Howe


Sam's Song Audio Book
Sam's Song, the first Sam Smith audio book. More to follow...

About the Series: Sam Smith Mysteries
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Ronesa Aveela reviewed on Feb. 22, 2016

The first word that comes to my mind when I met Sam Smith is "spunky." This petite woman is hell-bent on pleasing her clients: first by tracking a stalker, then by finding a murderer. Then she stumbles upon something even more sinister.

Although she has it together in her occupation, she has psychological issues brought on by an abusive, alcoholic mother and ex-husband. She can fight the toughest criminals, but lets her hair fall into her face, hiding her emotions, when it comes to personal matters.

Sam is an endearing character. Her assessments of some of the people she encounters will make you laugh at her wicked mind. At other times, you'll cry at the pain she's suffered.

The story is worth reading for the events that unfold. But it has more. It delves into the effects drugs and alcohol have on people--not only those abusing the substances, but also the people they know. It results in domestic abuse, negative psychological perceptions of oneself, and so much more hurt and pain.
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F zahia reviewed on Sep. 3, 2015

Easy going n a bit historical....not d modern day lifestyle...
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