Jack of All Trades

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
Money, love, murder. It began as a dream job for Jack, a builder, working for a millionaire couple. But when he falls for her secretary, he becomes entangled in their scheming. And when there’s a murder using his tools as the weapon, he’s prime suspect. More
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About DH Smith

I write as DH Smith and Derek Smith. DH Smith is my pen name for the Jack of All Trades crime series featuring builder, Jack Bell. The first is Jack of All Trades. Jack lives in the Eastend of London, where I live, and makes a precarious living. On each job there’s at least one murder. Jack is variously a sleuth, a suspect and gets too close to being a victim. He’s always short of cash, a failed marriage behind him, and hopefully his alcoholic days. In each book there’s a romantic element as Jack is ever hopeful. He has a daughter, Mia who is ten years old in the first book.

I have been writing for over 30 years, beginning with plays. I had them performed on radio, TV and theatre. After working in a community bookshop I began to write children's books as Derek Smith. Hard Cash, a young adult novel, was read on BBC radio, Frances Fairweather Demon Striker! was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award, both published by Faber. The Good Wolf won the David Thomas Prize.

These days, I am concentrating on my Jack of All Trades crime series.

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Review by: R. Long on Nov. 12, 2018 :
The novel started out a little slow- with me being unsure I liked it, until I ended up really encouraged by Jack's character, as a man, a Dad, and a tradesman. He wants to be a hard worker, and just do what's best -- The main characters are well thought out, and there was a good twist with the real murderer. I did like the end- Joanna being the cold 'thang' that she is... ;-)
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Review by: JaneofArch on June 27, 2017 :
Excellent beginning, so well written that the reader is surprised when, about 90% of the way through, the fatal act finally occurs. The writer 'then alters the relationships between the subsidiary characters and the villainess to weaken the tension. Unfortunate in my opinion

Still a good tale but the author's surprise angle drops my estimate from 5+++ to 4 stars. Too bad, but none the less I'll be looking forward to the next thriller by this fellow. He seems to have a talent for suspense.
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Review by: tazzymc on May 22, 2016 :
Fun read, clever story, well written
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Review by: Pete Anderson on April 13, 2016 :
I enjoyed this very much. Without wrecking the plot, when you find yourself hoping to find out what happens to the character that vanishes at the end, then its a good book. Good character development & plot, for those outside the UK you get to see how British English differs from American English w/o being too confusing as regarding the terms that they use for common places and items that differ from ours. I would give it 4.5 stars. :) Enjoy.
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