Review of the captivating book – Nothing to Hide by James Oswald @SirBenfro @Wildfirebks @headlinepg #RandomThingsTours @annecater #Bookreview #BlogTour #CrimeFiction #Thriller #NothingToHide

Nothing to Hide
By James Oswald
Rated: 5 stars *****

I was so excited and delighted when I received an invitation by Random Things to review the latest Constance Fairchild book – Nothing to Hide by James Oswald as part of a blog tour. The book did not disappoint and kept me engaged. Today I present my review on the first day of Scottish Book Week. For those of you not in Scotland, it is a hugely important event for books to be promoted, reading to be encouraged. There are events happening online and in libraries and other places that have lovely books. Support authors and these events if you can, everyone appreciates it when you do.

Nothing To Hide Blog tour Poster

About the Author

Nothing to Hide James OswaldJames 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. James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes
disturbing fiction by night.

Website ~ http://jamesoswald.co.uk
Twitter ~ @SirBenfro

 

Blurb

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 . . .

Review

Nothing To Hide CoverHaving the latest crime thriller by James Oswald in my hands to review was always, for me, going to be exciting. His writing lives up to all the hype that surrounds him. His writing is most definitely up there with Ian Rankin and Val McDermid.

The detective in this book is not McLean,  but Constance Fairchild, who is currently suspended from duty. It is as good as any McLean book. This is a new series from James Oswald.

Perthshire, Edinburgh, London; the book covers some ground when there are nationwide, killings, brutal murders that bear all the hallmarks of them being ritualistic.  So many lives are in danger and DI Constance Fairchild is not immune to this danger either.

Lady DC Constance Fairchild (not that she really uses Lady), is an interesting, strong character, who isn’t afraid of breaking a rule or two. The workforce doesn’t always like her and rib her for being posh and the press seem to almost hound her after her previous case. She is, whilst being suspended,  waiting to be able to testify at the trial of wealthy businessman Roger De Villiers and all seems like it’s going to be straightforward, but that doesn’t last as other events occur.

Out and about, members of  “The Church of the Coming Light”, part of the Danes Estate, is stumbled upon. It highlights some of the social deprivation here and that there are people trying to help. In this case it is people who are taking the drug most commonly known as Spice. I really like that it is highlighted that people can and do help to try to make things better, through charitable works. but it shouldn’t be necessary, indicating, quite rightly that lives ought to be better and ones with hope, not such despair. There does however seem something sinister about the group on first glance, plus the name indicates it isn’t going to be a mainstream church. Then there’s the odd Reverend, Doctor Edward Masters with his connections is high places. I then got very intrigued as to who Polly Cho is, who Stokes reckons Constance should talk to before he takes very unwell. Readers then really get to know what sort of people they are.
This sort of cultish world interests me, intrigues me, disturbs me and is something that still exists today in some form or another. All the ingredients are there that make it a “want to read book”. The tension that is built up is excellent.

It is interesting getting to know all the characters whom DC Fairchild is, one way or another, in contact with and it is interesting getting an insight into the workforce and their world.

I could not put this book down. I found myself being pulled further and further into getting to know the characters and also into the uneasiness of the killings and the sinister “church”. The book has a great mix of intrigue and familiarity of the surroundings. Even if you have not been to the UK before, it still will all make sense. The book is the second of the Constance Fairchild series, but can also be read as a stand-alone book as there is enough back-story to grasp onto, to catch up, if you’ve not read the first one. If you haven’t ever thought of reading James Oswald’s books, I recommend you give them a try. You just may find that you become hooked and if you’ve read his McLean books, then also try out this new exciting series from him. You won’t be left disappointed.

With thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to the blog tour. Thanks to Wild Fire Books and Headline for sending a copy of the book. Thanks to James Oswald (who is active on Twitter).

Rebel – A Free Book as part of Book Week Scotland @BookWeekScot @LoveBooksGroup #review #newbook Pick up Rebel at your local library!

Rebel – A Book Week Scotland Book
Review – 4 Stars ****

It’s now half-way through Book Week Scotland. Anyone can be part of it, even if you cannot make it to one of the many events happening around the country. Within libraries, there is a FREE BOOK called Rebel by the Scottish Book Trust and is funded by the National Lottery. It is free and you can keep it. Rebel can be collected at your local library this week.

Bookweek Scotland Book

Blurb and Extra Info From the Book

Everybody rebels. It’s part of what makes us human: to occasionally do the things we know we shouldn’t, say the things we know will provoke a fight against things we believe are unjust. Rebellion incites opposition and change, allows us to find our own individual voices and inspires future generations to challenge convention and expectation.

These true stories give insight to the rebellious side of the people of Scotland and some of its most talented writers.

This book is a present to you from Scotland Book Trust in celebration of Book Week Scotland 19-25 November 2018. This book is unsuitable for those aged 14 and younger due to some of the mature content and strong language used in some of the pieces of

                                                Review


There are enough different ways of writing under this year’s theme Rebel to satisfy most people. The book is split into sub-groups or sections with between 5 and 9 pieces of small works in each. The book itself is 128 pages, so it’s nice and small for any reader over the advised age of 14. It’s a nice enough book that is well put together. There is a mix of fun, poignancy and issues that are all relatable to on some level or another in the writing, that is also interesting. It is good that the few Gaelic pieces have been translated into English too, making them more accessible.

     Split into 6 sections:

  • Yer No Tellin’ Me Whit Tae Dae (You’re not telling me what to do)
  • Solidarity
  • I’ll Show You a Rebel!
  • Patter (Banter)
  • Whit Did You Ca Me (What did you call me)
  • Am I a Rebel

Each section has between 5 and nine pieces of work within it. Each piece is only a page to a few pages long. There are a number of true stories, some pieces make a real statement about what is going on now with the closing of libraries and how they need to be supported. Other pieces are pure fun. There’s a real mix of story and poetry, all which are true all telling what Rebel means to the writers who have contributed to this book.

10 of the best pieces in my opinion, in no particular order, are:

The Cold War by Michelle Frost.

The book actually kicks off with this. It isn’t Cold War as you may initially think. It actually takes place in a classroom. I love the thought, descriptions and analysis given within this, especially of a teacher mentioned within it. You really get a sense of the atmosphere.

Rebel Boots by Amy Moreno.

A poem about her big clunky boots and how to fashion can be rebellious but changes as we age, and yet there’s still a little bit of that rebellious, stubborn side to stay young within all of us

Fairy Cakes by Zoe Sutherland.

A paragraph of relatable fun of making fairy cakes. It’s cute and sweet, just like fairy cakes.

Rebel by Sara Sheriden

It’s about being a reader and a writer and well…. she tells of doing something rather different from using words to make a point. It’s a very well written quick read. It sets the scene well, the imagery well and gets to the point fast. There’s also an interesting sentence that let’s readers get a short glimpse at the type of books she writes and doesn’t write.

Rover by Todd Sharkey

Sometimes stuff happens in life, even if you’re a guy and it is okay to show emotions and it’s okay to be supported is the message that comes across. This is very well-written from the usual male response of being fine to the issue to the willingness to want to support a friend. It’s an important read for any male (and even females). The descriptions of the setting and scenery are vivid and brilliantly well-conceived. There’s a real poignancy about this piece of writing.

Hell Bent by Jayne Baldwin

A quick story about clothing and trying to go out. Read the story to see if Lizzie, who has heard all the disapproving comments before about her attire and find out if she goes out dressed in a particular way or not and if it is really outrageous! It’s written with action from the beginning and runs with it until the end in a way, most will find familiar.

The Revolt of the Socks by Jo Clifford

I love this title. It’s quirky and fun. It has the most fabulous, most important message contained within it and that is: To Be Yourself. This made me smile. (This isn’t in the story, nor the book, but just came to mind. There’s a fabulous, well-known quote I take with me through life by Oscar Wilde that is “Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken”. That’s what popped into my mind as soon as I finished reading this.

The Book by Kathleen MacDonald

It’s a short poem that has as a sense of humour.

The Right to Read by Angie Walker

It reflects on what is going on with library closures. It gets the point about why libraries are so important very well. It’s a quick read that leaps off the page. It is after all something that not just Scotland, but the whole of the UK faces daily and has been for a few years now.

Let’s Build a Morgue by Professor Dame Sue Black

It is about exactly that. This is an interesting piece about a morgue and how the mortuary became fully funded with the assistance of crime writers like Val McDermid. The first Theil cadaveric facility in the UK came into being in Dundee University and has many accolades now attached to it and is used as a training facility for surgeons. It’s a fascinating quick read!

There are of course many more stories and poems within the 128 paged book, all tackling the main theme of Rebel for readers to explore.

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Title: Rebel by various authors
Publisher: Scottish Book Trust
Pages: 128
Purchase Point: Free to pick up at your library and keep.