No Time To Cry

Written by James Oswald


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.




Superb – Recommend Wholeheartedly!   5 stars


I’m completely ashamed to say that this is my first book by this author. Quite how I haven’t crossed paths with such an accomplished crime writer before eludes me!

DC Constance Fairchild – Con to her friends – is a behind the scenes support on an undercover operation. When she follows up a message to go to the office set up for this purpose, she finds the body of her boss, Pete. What follows next is astonishing, amazing and quite different to anything I’ve come across before!

According to the extra details provided by the author, he usually writes crime series (and you can be sure I’ll be going looking) and this is a new venture. I’m full of hope that this will turn into another series as Con is a very brave and charismatic character who I really took to. I’d love to know what she does next. She’s savvy, capable and has a very enquiring mind. The characters are skilfully created and true to life. The writing in this novel is terrific, drawing in the reader until you realise you’ve been racing through the pages and getting in deeper and deeper all the time. Not an obvious outcome by any means, but certainly a very satisfactory one with no loose ends to annoy. A superb read, and one I recommend wholeheartedly.

My thanks to publishers Wildfire for approving my request via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wildfire
  • Publication Date: 26 July 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


41G7ttDvT7L._UX250_.jpgJames 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, ebook 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.



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