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Welcome to the website of Derek Smith. I write under two names. My crime/mystery fiction is written under the name DH Smith. Under this name I have written the Jack of All Trades series, with the main character Jack Bell.  Under the name Derek Smith I have written fantasy, short stories and poetry for adults, and books for older and younger children.

All of my books are on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

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  1. Enjoyed ” Jack of all trades ” for me it was the places he visited and lived because I was born in Forest Gate . Nice characters to absurd and think about while reading . I’ve a connection to Jack because I’m a alcoholic and can image he’s struggles and desire to stay sober . I’m glad to have found him .

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    • Glad you enjoyed the book, Colin, and appreciate the Forest Gate connection. There’s five in the series now with the six due out in a few weeks. All but one happen in Forest Gate. Take a look at my next newsletter, there’s something for you in it, coming in a couple of days. I won’t say what, just that you’ll like it.

      Best Wishes
      Derek

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  2. Just finished ‘Jack of All Trades ‘,very enjoyable read, loved the characters and the plot. Looking forward to reading the next instalment.

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    • I’m glad you liked the book and the characters. My books are a slow burn, so it has to be the characters that grab you before murder(s) happens. Sorry I’m so late in replying but I didn’t realise I was getting comments on my website, so now I’m replying to them all as we authors need readers.

      I hope you like the next one too!
      Derek

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    • Glad the whodunnit wasn’t obvious, and that you liked the book. Sorry for a tardy reply but I didn’t realise I was getting comments through the website. There’s five in the series now, and by mid March there’ll be six.

      Good Reading!
      Derek

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  3. I really loved your book Jack of all Trades. Thank you for letting me read it for free!! I couldn’t stop reading it, till the end xx

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and it hooked you to the end. My apologies for a tardy reply but I didn’t realise I was getting comments on my website. I’ve now altered the settings so I am notified when I get one. You can get the second one free if you sign up to mailing list, if you haven’t done already. The link is at the end of the book.

      Best Wishes
      Derek

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    • Thank you, Barry. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. And I hope you enjoy the others as much. I have only just realised I was getting comments on my site, and so am catching up. Apologies for my tardy reply, but I’ve now set the settings so I am notified when I get a comment. There’s a new Jack coming out in March, Jack on the Tower. So there’ll be six to enjoy.

      Good Reading
      Derek

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  4. Jack of All Trades was a very entertaining and British (unusually) book. Well plotted and well written. I will look forward to reading the others in the series.

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    • And thank you, Glynis. I do like to hear from readers, especially if they enjoyed reading one of my books. If they didn’t, that can be painful. You have five more in the series to read, and enjoy (I hope). Tell me about the next in the series too!
      Derek

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    • It’s always good to win someone over, Winnie. My main character is unusual. In crime stories, the main characters are usually cops or private eyes, especially in series. But I’ve got a builder, even so I’ve still got to tell a good story and engage my reader. I hope you enjoy the other books too.

      Derek

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  5. Just finished Jack in the Box, having read all the others in the series. Loved the twist at the end. Totally unexpected!
    Looking forward to the next ones in the series and now I must try Murder at any Price.

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    • Glad you enjoyed Jack in the Box, Mike. You’ve one left to catch up with me, Jack on the Tower. Though in October the 7th in the series will be out, Jack Recalled. In this book, two bodies are found in Epping Forest, you may recall how they got their from Jack of Spades, and Jack is in trouble.

      Derek

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  6. Just finished ‘Jack in the Tower’ what a great series and I’m chomping at the but for the next one ‘Jack Recalled’ in october….. is it October yet? Well done great books!

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    • Glad you have enjoyed the series so far, Louise. Sorry about the wait, but I’ve some rewriting to do, though it’s going well. Without wishing summer away, October isn’t that far away. Though if you are on my mailing list, you will certainly be reminded when Jack Recalled is published.

      Derek

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      • Thanks for your reply – yes I’m on the list and cannot wait.. I wish you the best of luck Derek thanks again x

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  7. Enjoyed Jack of All Trades. The penny dropped with the clue of the dead father. Couldnt wait till Jack figured out what he was going to do with her.
    Enjoyed the ending, but it was very abrupt, could have done with another page. I will buy the series without the cliffhanger.

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    • Glad you enjoyed the book, Martin. It’s always tricky to know when to stop. I go for the point when I think the story is over and I’ve nothing more to say. But that’s personal to me and for the reader too. A page between us, well that’s not a lot. Hope I’m closer next time.

      Derek

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  8. Derek, I have just finished Jack Recalled & what a great read it is. Ive left a review on Amazon. Can’t wait for the next installment. Keep up the good work.

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    • That’s really good to hear, David. You are first one to read it, other than me and my daughter, Lia. And I am really glad it works. Next one won’t be till 2018. Sorry to keep you waiting, but I think you’ll like it. Thanks for the review. Allways appreciated.
      Derek

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  9. I read lots of free books on kindle. Most are pretty poor, some dreadful. Out of the last hundred, yours is the second best. Good characters,plot and quite well written. Really enjoyed it. Congratulations. No specific suggestions. Good,workmanlike job.

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    • Thank you, Dave. I aim to write a good story with good characters, so it’s good to get reader approval. I agree with you about free books. Lots are pretty poor. Self publishing is very easy these days, too easy, so the bad tends to smother the good. I know readers who have been so turned off by bad free books, that they won’t try them anymore, which is a pity for those of us trying to get some attention this way.

      There are seven now in the Jack of All Trades series. The first is permafree and the second is free if you join my list. They are my loss leaders, in the hope that readers will like the series enough they’ll be happy to buy the others. A simply strategy.

      Best of luck with your hunt among the free books!
      Derek

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  10. I have just finished Jack of all trades, well, this was quite different from the norm but must say I was totally hooked and couldn’t put it down and will definitely be reading the series.
    I must compliment you on your style of writing as you make your readers feel that they actually know the characters involved which I find very refreshing. Keep up the good work while I am busy getting engrossed in reading the complete series. Very impressed reader.
    With thanks from Sandy

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    • Glad you enjoyed the first of the series, Sandy. You have 6 more to get on with. This time of year can be a long grind, so a good time to get engrossed in a book. I try to tell a good story with interesting characters. My aim is to involve the reader. I look upon writing a book as creating a game between writer and reader. I have to get the reader to play, and then keep playing, as they have plenty of other things to do, by staying a step or two ahead and keeping the page by page interesting. Glad it worked for you.

      Derek

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