My 5 feather #bookreview of SAM’S SONG by Hannah Howe

My 5 feather #bookreview of SAM’S SONG

by Hannah Howe

Publisher: Goylake Publishing (November 5, 2014)

Pages: 258

Genre: Mystery/Thriller – Women Sleuths


Love Hurts. For Derwena de Caro, songstress, female icon, teenage dream, success brought drugs, alcohol and a philandering boyfriend. It also brought wealth, fame and a stalker, or so she claimed. And that’s where I came in, to investigate the identity of the stalker, little realising that the trail would lead to murder and a scandal that would make the newspaper headlines for months on end.

Love Hurts. For me, Samantha Smith, Enquiry Agent, love arrived at the end of a fist. First, I had to contend with an alcoholic mother, who took her frustrations out on me throughout my childhood, then my husband, Dan, who regarded domestic violence as an integral part of marriage. But I survived. I obtained a divorce, kept my sense of humour and retained an air of optimism. I established my business and gained the respect of my peers. However, I was not prepared for Dan when he re-entered my life, or for the affection showered on me by Dr Alan Storey, a compassionate and rather handsome psychologist.

Sam’s Song. This is the story of a week that changed my life forever.


This is the first book I’ve read by Hannah Howe, and it won’t be my last.  I stumbled across this book in a small reading group I belong to.  First off, the book covers more than just a great murder mystery. 
Samantha Smith, enquiry agent, is hired by Milton Vaughan-Urquhart, manager of pop star Derwenda de Caro.  Her job?  To find the person slaking his client.  When the story starts off, we see Sam as a tough capable woman. But as she starts her investigation, finding herself thrown into the crazy world of music stars, and a sex-crazed Woody, we see her weakness emerge.
Sam has a damaged personality. She won’t let herself trust or get close to anyone again. Of course you would expect that after being raised by an alcoholic mother, then being stuck in an abusive marriage. Dan is the typical abuser. They tear you down, to make you dependent on them, but they still love you. Howe did an awesome job portraying an abusive relationship. But during her investigation, Sam runs across Alan, and suddenly she’s confronted with choices. To love, or not to love?
I really enjoyed this story. There wasn’t anything I could find wrong. The plot was well-developed and advanced at a good pace. The characters were complex and three-dimensional. I related to Sam and even though Woody was a woman’s worst nightmare, when it came to the other sex, I couldn’t help but like him. And I can’t forget Sweets, DI MacArthur. I rolled my eyes a few times at his attempt at humor. I look forward to seeing him in the next book. The ending wasn’t a surprise, per se, but some of the events leading up to the end were. I was satisfied with how the book ended, and I’m looking forward to reading more about Sam, Alan and Sweets.
If you love a good murder mystery, with a dash of humor, you need to read this book. I give it my 5 feathers.



Hannah Howe

The books in the Sam Smith Mystery Series are published by Goylake Publishing and are available in print, as eBooks and audio books.
Latest News
Currently, Hannah is writing Secrets and Lies, book six in the Sam Smith Mystery Series. The Hermit of Hisarya, book five in the series, will be published as an eBook in December with print and audio book versions to follow in the new year.
Production has started on the second Sam Smith audio book with Suzan Lynn Lorraine narrating Love and Bullets. The audio book of Love and Bullets will be released in October.
You can keep up to date with the Sam Smith Mystery Series by visiting Hannah’s website and Sam’s website
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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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