Undercover cops 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.
It’s an absolute pleasure today to be sharing my review for No time To Cry by James Oswald as part of the blog tour. My thanks go to Anne Cater for the invite and to the publishers and author for the copy.
No Time To Cry is the first book in a new series by James Oswald and oh boy what a cracker it is. Set in London we’re introduced to the main character DC Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild as she finds the body of her boss DI Pete Copperthwaite, he’s not only her boss but a good friend as well, so as you can imagine she’s devastated. Before Con has a chance to find out what’s happening she’s suspended and under investigation.
Con comes from a privileged background but has worked hard to distance herself from that life. She doesn’t have any friends in the police force apart from Pete, so when he dies she finds herself alone and with no one to talk to and mull things over with but that doesn’t deter her and we see how determined and strong-minded she is.
Con is a fantastic character, from the very first meeting I was intrigued by her and after finishing the book I’m even more intrigued. Over the course of the book we find out a lot about Con but I’m really excited to see what else she has to tell us, to find out a bit more about this fantastic character.
No Time To Cry is one of those books that takes you on a journey along with the main character, it was easy to see it play out in my head like a film as I was reading which was particularly disturbing when the bad guys came along, serious shivers down the back with these guys, I warn you.
James Oswald has written a story that had me totally and utterly gripped and unable to put it down. From page one the tension had my blood pressure up and I don’t think it’s come down yet. With a few different threads through out I found it difficult to see how it was all going to come together but it does and it’s done spectacularly well.
There is nothing I can fault with this book apart from it came to an end. Even though it was a satisfactory ending I just wanted to keep on reading, I’d say that was the sign of a blooming good book, wouldn’t you? So roll on book two, I know I’ll definitely be buying it.
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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 shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. NO TIME TO CRY is the first book in James’s new Constance Fairchild series.
James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.