Book reviews, Crime thriller

Nothing To Hide by James Oswald -Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland’s foremost crime writers. 

‘THE NEW IAN RANKIN’ Daily Record 

‘OSWALD’S WRITING IS A CLASS ABOVE’ Express

Suspended from duty after her last case ended in the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men, DC Constance Fairchild is trying to stay away from the limelight. Fate has other ideas . . .

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation . . . It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks.

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can’t shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice.

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose . . .(Courtesy of Goodreads)

‘CRIME FICTION’S NEXT BIG THING’ Sunday Telegraph 

‘A WONDERFUL, FAST-PACED THRILLER’ Michael Wood

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MY REVIEW

This is the second book in James Oswald’s series featuring DC Constance Fairchild.

Con is suspended, while awaiting the trial of Roger DeVilliers, a paedophile, and the corrupt detective Bailey.

She is being harassed by the media, with paparazzi camped on her doorstep and she is known as the ‘posh’ cop.  Returning home after a break in Scotland, she finds the mutilated body of a young man, he’s still breathing…so she is back in the thick of it again.

Poor Con is still the pariah to other cops, so she sent back to Scotland to do a little investigation there, away from the press.  DC Karen Eve, is helping and they form a slightly fragile friendship. We also meet the marvellous character, Rose, who I have to admit is one of my favourites…..with her air of mystery and glamour…I’d love to read more about her. ( I have read other of James Oswald’s novels that also feature Madam Rose…).

Meanwhile Con is also dealing with her brothers impending wedding and meets her mother, who is now part of The Church of the coming light and the disturbing Reverend Dr Masters…..

When further bodies turn up, also mutilated, Con finds herself in danger in a claustrophobic drama….

Can they find out the link between the victims, and why they are being so horrifically mutilated? 

I really like Con, she’s strong, independent and certainly feisty and dogged in her determination to find the truth. I’ll certainly be looking out for the next in the series.

I would like to thank the Pigeonhole, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this book for free, this is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

 

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

 

Book reviews, Crime thriller, Horror, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Cold As The Grave by James Oswald – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB

The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

Her mummified body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave.

As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean’s team are on stand-by for any trouble.

The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street… and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl’s final resting place.

But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect.

The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case…

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MY REVIEW

 

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes

 

Tony McLean has been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, a role he didn’t really want, he’d rather be doing police work not paperwork….

So, he decides to take part in Operation Fundament, to keep an eye on a protest march, fascists and anti-fascists.  In the melee he stumbles and notices a door that had been broken into. When he goes to check he finds the body of a young girl….it looks like it had been there for years, as it was desiccated……but after the post mortem it’s found the poor girl had only been dead a couple of days…so what had caused her to be ‘mummified’…..

Then a second body is found, another young girl in the same state……just who is killing these girls?

Tony is such a committed detective, his home life is suffering after a recent tragedy, and he and Emma barely speak to each other anymore….

But he just has to find out what is happening to these girls….

He is again dealing with the menacing Mrs Saifre…..she gave me the creeps that one, the marvellous Madame Rose and the mysterious Madame Jasmina….all mixed in with people trafficking, modern day slavery, the exploitation of migrant workers and murder. There’s also the ‘demon’, the mythical djinn….superstition or something else? Just be careful what you wish for !

A creepy, tense, emotional and totally compelling thriller….I loved every chilling minute….

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book  and this is my honest, unbiased review.

 

You can buy a copy here

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PRAISE FOR JAMES

 

“If you’re a fan of gripping and intelligent crime books, you won’t want to miss out on this one.”

CultureFly

 

“a superior crime series”

Crime Squad

 

“Cold as the Grave is an excellent addition to a strong series.”

Crime Review

“The new Ian Rankin”

Daily Record

 

“Oswald’s writing is a class above”

Daily Express

 

“Crime fiction’s next big thing”

Sunday Telegraph

 

“Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers”

Daily Mail

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.