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No Time to Cry

(DC Constance Fairchild #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,427 ratings  ·  239 reviews
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 t

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 26th 2018 by Wildfire
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Oswald has branched out into a new series after his wonderful Edinburgh DI McLean books. His new protagonist is 30 year old DC Constance Fairchild, always Con and never Connie. Set in London, it is narrated in the first person and it does not take long before I was completely immersed in and intrigued by Con, she is compelling, independent, feisty and has a determination and audacity she is going to need to survive. Working undercover to target criminals from an office in a shabby part of ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book in the new series featuring DC Constance (Con) Fairchild by author James Oswald. I have read and enjoyed the popular Inspector McLean series by Oswald so was eagerly waiting to read this one and was not disappointed.
When undercover cop DC Constance Fairchild returns to their base she discovers the dead body of her boss and friend DI Pete Copperthwaite. He has been executed with a single shot to the head. Someone in the Met is determined to make sure that blame for the faile
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No Time to Cry by James Oswald.

It is on extremely rare occasion that have more than one series by the same author that I become entranced with. This is one of those extremely rare occasions. I started this book with doubts about it matching up to the Tony McLean series. Put all your doubts aside. This new series does not have to equal that first series as it stands alone.

Constance Fairchild(DC) and her partner Pete Copperthwaite (DI) are working undercover on as dangerous a mission/surveillance
Craig Sisterson
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, british, scottish
After eight books in his very good Inspector McLean series, Scottish author James Oswald takes crime readers in a new direction, with both a new series character and a new location: London instead of Edinburgh. There's no need for any trepidation from long-time fans, as Oswald demonstrates that he's a quality storyteller regardless of the hero or setting, not just an author wedded to a popular character.

We're dropped right into it straight away, as cop Constance (Con, never Connie) Fairchild goe
Well... This is flippin' brilliant! It took me a few chapters to grow accustomed to DC Constance Fairchild and then, BOOM!, I realised I'd fallen for her very deeply. This is a beautifully written, complex and thoroughly rewarding crime novel, which also displays that certain something extra that you'd expect from the author of the fantastic Inspector McLean series. I suspect I will love this new series every bit as much. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This new series was a slow grower on me but once I got past the first few chapters it really picked up a pace and I ended up sitting up late to finish it (read in one day in the end). Con's boss is executed on an undercover mission and she's been set up to take the blame but is also a target for the killers. She's also trying to track down her friend's missing sister. It could get complicated but it doesn't. It's easy to follow the twists and turns as Con flits between Yorkshire, Scotland and Lo ...more
I admit to being a bit dubious about reading the new James Oswald - the king of police thrillers with supernatural overtones set in Edinburgh now writing about the undercover police in London? Well have no fear, as he jumps down to the England capital with ease. His London is a vague one - no real locations to speak off but a nice sense of the city and its chaotic streets, back room offices of the met and the struggles of tailing someone in a crowds of millions.

I did like the character of Consta
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyed this crime thriller which is the start of a new series and Oswald doesn't disappoint at all. this novel is mainly set in London which is a change from the other oswalds books but do like the change of scenery. ...more
Julie Lacey
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to a new series.
The book begins with the discovery of a Detective’s body and Constance, or Con, is under suspicion as she was the one to find the body and worked closely with him.
Con is confused by everyone’s attitude towards her and when she is suspended, she is speechless.
Someone then tries to kill Con and she realises there’s more to Pete’s death than meets the eye.
Con is then approached by an old school friend who asks for her help to find her sister, who seems to h
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
DC Constance Fairchild is caught up and blamed for the death of her boss and mentor in a horrific tortured murder. She finds herself suspended from work and investigating the crime and the cover-up by herself.

This is a great police thriller and written very well. I have read some of this author before and this is less mystical than those ones, which is better in my opinion. (I didn't find that side of his writing very believable). This book however, is full of believable characters, fast pacy p
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I din't like it to begin with, but am glad I stuck with it. It's one of those that grow on you. The Inspector McLean series is much better, but I think this one has great potential. ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 sp
Des O'Neill
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a new character for James, Constance Fairchild, so I was happy to get in at the beginning and I am looking forward to her next adventure. This was a good story with plenty going on and more than a few interesting characters.
Jess Richardson
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A messed up story of blame culture with lots of crime going on. Good read but not amazing, a couple of nice twists in it
Deb Jones
I have thoroughly enjoyed James Oswald's writing. having read more than half of his Inspector Mclean series. The quality of writing and the tension/suspense is just as good in this book, but for some reason, I couldn't find myself liking the character of Constance Fairchild.

I'll read the second book in the series to see if I can warm up to her. If not, the flaw must be in me and not in the writing.
Todd Simpson
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant new series. I was already a big fan of James Oswald’s writing from his Tony McLean series which are all amazing books. This story really captured my attention in the first chapter. Con Fairchild is a great character, and she is certainly under pressure from everyone around her. I also enjoyed how many things were happening throughout the book, and I had no idea how the story was going to finish.
Detective Constable Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild wasn’t expecting to find her boss shot in the
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Headline for an advance copy of No Time to Cry, the first novel to feature DC Con(stance) Fairchild of the Met.

Con has been working on an undercover sting when she walks into the fake office and finds her boss, DI Pete Copperthwaite tied to a chair and shot dead. Con is immediately suspended pending an investigation but is bewildered as to why she is being scapegoated and even more so when someone tries to kill her.

I thoroughly enjoyed No Time to Cry which is
David Gooch
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say that having read the Inspector McLean series I went into this new series with a new lead character with slight trepidation but need not have worried as a good author is always a good author.

This book is about a female undercover officer in the met, DC Constance (Con) Fairchild. It follows her story and is read in the first person through her. It starts with her undercover op going awry as her boss on the op is killed and she finds him. Pulled from the case and now under suspicion o
Joanna Park
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Time To Cry is a fantastic start to a new series by James Oswald, an author I’ve heard lots about but have never read until now.

The story starts straight away with one of the most hard hitting openings I’ve read. I felt immediately drawn into the story and the action, intrigued as to what happenned. What follows is a very action packed, dark novel which is quite gruesome in places. Oswald definitely knows how to set a scene and the graphic descriptions made the story seem very real. I definit
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My Rating ~ 4.5*

Undercover ops are always dangerous, but DC Constance Fairchild never expected things to go this wrong.

Constance Fairchild has worked for over five years in the police department. Now a Detective Constable working undercover, Constance’s choice of occupation has never pleased her family. Coming from wealth, Constance was private schooled and it was always thought by her father that she would marry within their circle and she would become a good wife. But this was never the li
Andy Angel
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oswald's best yet

I've been reading James Oswald's other series ,The Inspector McLean books, over the last month and thoroughly enjoyed them. This, the first in a new series, is next level stuff though.

When Con Fairchild is suspended after her boss is killed when an undercover op goes wrong things feel bad enough. No one in her department trusts her anymore. A chance meeting with an old friend leads Con to investigate the disappearance of her sister and things go from bad to worse - hitmen, corru
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Constance Fairchild’s life is turned upside down when she discovers the body of her boss in their undercover premises. She also has her suspicions confirmed that he was her only friend amongst the team that she works with. To make matters worse, she is also suspended, accused of being responsible for his death. With too much time on her hands she gets involved in the disappearance of somebody who she knows from home.
Con, she hates being called Connie, is a very strong character. You often read a
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime_fiction
Constance gets caught up in a mess; her boss is dead, the whole police department and internal affairs) are trying to blame it on her, and then there is the family friend begging her to find her missing sister... (And that's before she get's abducted) actually she has very few people on her side - mostly the ghost of her former boss.
It's a good start to a new series, the talking ghost keeps a low profile, so it's proper crime fiction, not veering off into fantasy or scifi (thank you!)
Kelly Daniel
Oct 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
The reason the author takes pains to introduce his motivation behind the novel becomes increasingly significant the further you read. Retrospectively, the introduction reads as a preemptive apology and not one I'm happy to accept after several hours of enduring utter garbage. What James Oswald doesn't state is that in writing a novel around a female protagonist his true motivation was to construct the worst chick-lit that you are ever likely to read. If this is 'crime for girls' then Oswald's at ...more
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent start to a brand new series from James Oswald. He is a terrific writer and is up there with the likes of Anne Cleeves and Ian Rankin.
DC Constance Fairchild receives a text from her boss to go to the office, the office that is actually a front for a sting operation they are in the middle of. When Con arrives Pete, her boss is dead, shot through the head execution style. Con soon becomes the main suspect and is suspended from duty. When someone tries to kill her, Con decides she
Paul Frost
Dec 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not sure why this book has so many good ratings. It feels like the writer had a reasonably good idea for a short novel & an outline of an idea for another & just stitched the two together incredibly poorly to create a single disappointing novel.
Kevin Nowbaveh
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Dire. I got to the, ‘Boarding school and being rich is such a bore,’ and decided to give up. I will finish the book, but I’d rather have root canal work done.
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let's get this out of the way: I think James Oswald could write a shopping list and it would be a four-to-five star read. The man's just that good. He can do characterisation, he can do plot, and he makes it look easy.

I shall now stop gushing and tell you what I didn't like about the book, since that's often more interesting.

Firstly, it was really easy to tell who the goodies and baddies were. This is because all the male characters (except the dead guy) were baddies (or at least a bit wet, so y
Dee-Cee  It's all about the books
No Time To Cry is the first book in a new series by James Oswald and oh boy what a cracker it is. Set in London we’re introduced to the main character DC Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild as she finds the body of her boss DI Pete Copperthwaite, he’s not only her boss but a good friend as well, so as you can imagine she’s devastated. Before Con has a chance to find out what’s happening she’s suspended and under investigation.
Con comes from a privileged background but has worked hard to distance herself
Bruce Hatton
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-crime
I’ve always enjoyed reading the author’s series of books centered around Edinburgh-based DI Tony McLean. Even though this book features a new protagonist, the standard of writing is as high as ever.
Whilst they both are conducting an undercover operation, Detective Constable Constance “Con” Fairchild discovers the murdered body of her boss and best friend DI Pete Copperthwaite. To make matters even worse, Con is suspended from duty and subjected to an internal investigation, suggesting that, in s
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