Nothing to Hide (Constance Fairchild #2) by James Oswald #BookReview

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 . . .

My Review

Con Fairchild has done her best not to mention her wealthy family in her everyday life as a Detective Constable, but her major role in exposing the crimes of the famous and powerful Roger Villiers has exposed her to the tabloid press who delight in writing about her privileged childhood and taking photos of her at the worst times.

Still suspended from duties, her discovery of a horribly injured young man near to her home means that DCI Ed Bain reluctantly involves her in a new nationwide investigation. Con’s compulsion to act like a Dr Who heroine mean that she frequently finds herself in trouble and she adopts a disguise in order to avoid the media.

Spending time in Edinburgh, it is a delight to read of her meetings with Madame Rose and members of Tony McLean’s team (from James Oswald’s Inspector McLean series) Back home in London she works closely with DC Karen Eve and despite their very different backgrounds they come to trust and like each other.

There is more than a hint of the supernatural in Con’s confrontations with the Church of the Coming Light and she will be lucky to escape with her life if she doesn’t avoid their charismatic leader Dr Edward Masters. Despite some amusing interludes with Con’s friends and relations, the story builds up to a terrifying conclusion and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Nothing to Hide on Amazon UK

My Review of No Time to Cry the first DC Constance Fairchild story

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

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