My guest today is fellow Bookouture author, Graham Smith, who is going to share a scene from his gripping crime thriller, Death in the Lakes. First let’s take a look at the captivating cover.


A tenacious young detective with scars both physical and emotional, Beth Young will stop at nothing in her fight for justice for the innocent. Set in the Lake District, it is perfect for fans of Joy Ellis, LJ Ross, and Peter James. 

Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District.

The entire police force is on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. Because she doesn’t think like everyone else. To Beth, crimes are puzzles she can solve. Even if real life is a little harder.

As more bodies are discovered in derelict stately homes across the Lake District, Beth knows she’s in a race against time.

But the killer is looking for another victim to add to his collection… Will Beth be able to save her? Or will he get there first?

It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Here’s an extract from the book to whet your appetite even more.

As she walked across to speak to Dr Hewson, Beth was working out the questions she would need to ask and preparing them into the right order. She knew the scarring on her face would draw his eye and then there would probably be the mini-stare followed by an embarrassed look away.

At first, such encounters had bothered her, and made her want to run away to a safe place, such as the sanctity of her bedroom, or maybe a shack on a deserted beach where the nearest she was to danger was reading one of her books on serial killers, but as the years had passed, she’d grown accustomed to the ritual. Now she used people’s reactions to her scar as a way to judge their character. She lived with the scar and she’d come to terms with it; how others dealt with it spoke more about them than anything else.

Dr Hewson looked out from the boot of his car when she spoke his name. He straightened to his full height and looked up at her. ‘Let me guess, Dowdy O’Dowd has sent you over to ask me about time of death, cause of death and a dozen other stupid questions that can’t be answered until I have done a post-mortem.’

While Beth didn’t care for the way that Hewson had given her DI a moniker that was overtly sexist, she didn’t want to get on the wrong side of the pathologist at their first meeting.

‘Actually DI O’Dowd asked me to find out if you had any preliminary thoughts. She never mentioned time or cause of death.’ Her words were something of a lie as she knew that’s exactly what O’Dowd had wanted to know, but to Beth it wasn’t so much about being truthful, as salvaging an already bad situation. ‘She spoke highly of you and said you’re the best pathologist in Cumbria.’

Hewson raised a bushy grey eyebrow. ‘Nice try, lass, but your flannel isn’t going to wash with me. Thanks to cutbacks, there are only three pathologists for the whole of Cumbria.’ A finger jabbed at his chest. ‘One doddery old fool whose hands shake like buggery, a raw recruit who’s so wet behind the ears it’s a wonder she doesn’t have gills… and me. And I’ve had so many run-ins with Dowdy over the years, I reckon I’d still make third place on her list despite the lack of credible competition.’

Beth licked her lips and kept her face neutral. It was obvious that the DI and Hewson had some sort of running feud, but while she didn’t want to be drawn into the no man’s land between them, she still needed to come away with some information from the pathologist.

If, like me, you’re hooked and want to read more, you can buy the book here:

Death in the Lakes – Amazon:




Meet Graham

Author Bio

Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has six books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder. His latest series features DC Beth Young and after the first in the series, Death in the Lakes, was released to critical acclaim, A Body in the Lakes is highly anticipated before its March release.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, ten attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Graham can be found at




Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your new book, Graham. Wishing you lots of sales.

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