No Time To Cry by James Oswald [review]

No Time To Cry

Title: No Time To Cry
Author: James Oswald
Series: DC Constance Fairchild
Publisher: Headline

[Synopsis]

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.

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[My Review]

Gripping, complex, and interesting (and featuring a brilliant new detective), this looks like the start of what’s set to be a brilliant new series by James Oswald. I haven’t read his Inspector McLean series but have heard great things, so I’m glad this lived up to that as such an enjoyable read.

Main character Constance (DC Fairchild) is brilliant – fiesty, inependent but with a sensitive side too, she’s a brilliant character to follow and, though she can be spiky and angry at times (and who could blame her), Constance is likable and smart. She made the novel for me.

The plot is interesting and offered up a great mix of characters (some far less likable than others!), and the setting is great – I always enjoy books set in London and, although there weren’t any references to concrete locations, the London in No Time To Cry still felt very real. The slightly supernatural element (I won’t give anything else away) was, luckily, very ‘slight’ so I had no problem with it. I’m not usually a fan of mixing crime with any sort-of-supernatural elements but, as this was only a very small part and the story was so well crafted, I didn’t mind it at all.

I raced through this novel in no time and am looking forward to future releases!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to the Headline for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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