The Big Chill

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The Big Chill - A Sam Smith Mystery. Book Three in the Sam Smith Mystery Series featuring private detective Samantha Smith. 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 five 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, 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 (to follow)

The Ann's War Mystery Series in book order:

Escape (to follow)
Victory (to follow)

Standalone Novels

Saving Grace: A Victorian Mystery

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."

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Review by: Ronesa Aveela on Feb. 22, 2016 :
The Big Chill is light reading, but packs powerful messages. Although not specifically a psychological thriller, the novel gives the reader plenty to think about in the way of what determines insanity and obsession. Who is more insane? The homeless man who mutters fanciful ideas? Or the seemingly harmless person who harbors a grudge? Who is more likely to contemplate murder? And who is more likely to be blamed? As with her other novels, the author delves into social issues, giving the reader a chance to think differently about pure, hard facts.

Sam Smith has to ponder these thoughts while trying to discover who shot her and left her to die. Once again, she mingles with the criminal world to find answers, not accepting the "easy" way out. Along the way, she learns to trust more in her intuition, and she grows in her sense of worth. She has reached a turning point in her life and can give advice to others that until recently she was unable to accept herself: "you are not to blame; the criminal is."
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