I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the blog tour for the first in the new James Oswald series, “No Time To Cry” featuring DC Constance Fairchild. With thanks to Anne over at RandomThingsTours and the author and publishers for the invite and the ARC.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
From one of the UK’s biggest crime writers – the man brought you the bestselling Inspector McLean novels – comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth.
Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong.
Returning to their base of operations, an anonymous office in a shabby neighbourhood, she finds the bloodied body of her boss, and friend, DI Pete Copperthwaite. He’s been executed – a single shot to the head.
In the aftermath, it seems someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the wrecked operation falls squarely on Con’s shoulders. She is cut loose and cast out, angry and alone with her grief… right until the moment someone also tries to put a bullet through her head.
There’s no place to hide, and no time to cry.
Va Va Voom! There’s a new kid in town and her name is DC Constance Fairchild and I can see her shoot right up the ladder of #TopFemaleDetectives after reading this belter of a novel from James Oswald. This is a new series for this author and he certainly starts this one with a bang! Undercover Detective Con finds her DI brutally murdered at the site of an investigation they were leading. She is devastated but it seems like there are a whole host of officials pointing the blame firmly at her door. Suspended from duty and with nobody to back her up Con soon finds herself at the centre of an investigation of her own. Will Con be able to find out what really happened or is she destined to go the same way as her DI?
This was one of those reads that I struggled to put down to deal with the “adulting” that non-reading life demands! I was hooked, engrossed and totally immersed in the book right from the start. James Oswald created a host of characters so believable and intriguing that I found myself completely caught up in Con’s life. She is not the usual hard-bitten Met Detective, her background is a little bit different from most and it earned her few friends on the job. She was a real multi-dimensional character who demanded my attention and intrigue and she got it in buckets!
Con is, of course, the main protagonist of the novel but she is supported with a cast of fascinating characters, the good guys and the bad guys! Too many to mention but the father of an old school friend De Villiers is one that I will save my venom for in this review. What a wonderful talent the author has to develop and bring to life the bad guys in such a way that you are on the edge of your seat the whole time you are reading. Watching this plot unfold was like watching something magical happen in front of me. While I don’t want to say anything about it #NoSpoilers it was sheer genius that married up each little storyline and brought them together to create a heart-racing read like this one!
Oswald provides the reader with a distinctive #killerhook in No Time to Cry and it really does work and it works well! Am I going to tell you what it is, not a chance, you will just have to read it and find out for yourself! Just take heed of my warning: once you pick up this book abandon all plans for the rest of the day as it is going to be firmly glued to your fingers until you are done!
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About the author:
James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.
As J D Oswald, James has also written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. The whole series is now available in print, e-book and audio formats.
James has pursued a varied career – from Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He moved out of the caravan when Storm Gertrude blew the Dutch barn down on top of it, and now lives in a proper house with three dogs, two cats, and a long-suffering partner. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day writes disturbing fiction by night.