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Nothing to Hide

(DC Constance Fairchild #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  612 ratings  ·  111 reviews

The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers.



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

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Wildfire
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James Oswald's new series featuring DC Constance Fairchild has a barnstorming new addition with Con still suspended after the fallout from the 1st book, and returning to London to provide input into the trial of the hugely powerful and wealthy Roger DeVilliers and the corrupt Detective Superintendent Gordon Bailey, responsible for the murder of her old boss. Con has the forlorn hope that she will have ceased to be of interest to the tabloid gutter press, only to find their intense rabid scrutiny ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
DC Constance Fairchild is back in London… and back in trouble. Or maybe still in trouble, it’s hard to tell. It’s bad enough that her suspension’s not been lifted, that she’s on the receiving end of serious attitude from other police for rocking the boat, and that the gutter press won’t leave her alone, but now there’s a crime scene right outside her flat. She’s been told to leave it, to keep a low profile, but after finding some poor boy dying beneath the rubbish, she’s not about to let that st ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Constance Fairchild series by author James Oswald. I was really looking forward to this one following the first book 'No Time to Cry' which I thoroughly enjoyed. In all honesty the first half of this book was an improvement but I am not sure why I felt it just fizzled out.

DC Constance Fairchild is returning to her London home when she discovers a young man barely alive. His mutilated body is the latest such act in a strange unexplained ritualistic attack.

I really e
Bruce Hatton
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scottish-crime
In the second novel of this promising series Detective Constable Con Fairchild is still having to deal with the fallout from what happened in the first novel. Namely, her exposing a paedophile ring which numbered a wealthy businessman and senior police officer. As well as being regarded with suspicion, even hostility, from some of her fellow officers, she is continually being harassed by reporters from the gutter press who seem fixated on her privileged background.
Just when it seems as if things
I'm a huge fan of James Oswald's McLean novels and I also enjoyed the first Fairchild novel. The characters and the writing in Nothing to Hide are as good as ever but I found that they weren't really backed up by the plot, which never seemed to get going. It's slow-moving and bitty, with the best moments preserved for Con's brief stay in Edinburgh. Con doesn't seem to do very much, she just gets in the way. But, as I say, fine writing as always and how fabulous to see Madame Rose again! Review t ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
thanks to netgalley and the publishers for a free copy in return for an open and honest review.

enjoyed the latest in this new series and the dark nature of it as well. liked the links Oswald is gradually doing with both of his series with common characters. felt this one was darker than the first one in the series and kept a good pace as well. hope he continues with his series and keeps the dark nature which makes him an interesting crime thriller writer.
T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
I really, really wanted to love this. James Oswald is one of my favourite authors, and although I didn’t enjoy the first Con Fairchild book as much as his Inspector McLean series, I hoped that this second Con Fairchild book would be different.

It wasn’t, only more so.

I shall therefore attempt to unpack why this is a three-star review for a book by someone I consider to be a five-star author.

Con Fairchild, the main character, is from a rich aristocratic family: she’s actually Lady Consta
Joanna Park
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of this author’s books as they are always fantastic, gritty and dark stories which I really enjoy! This story had a bit of a modern feel to it as it included witch doctors and spice addicts which have both been in the news recently. This instantly intrigued me and also made the story seem very real as I knew that some of the things in this book could actually happen.

I loved Constance Fairchild, the main character, and the attitude she has to what other people think which was very
Mary Picken
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
More and more this series is feeling like it’s my happy place. Not, I hasten to add, because it is all sweetness and light; far from it. But I love James Oswald’s characters and in the Con Fairchild novels he’s got all the ingredients for a cracking crime novel with a difference and when he mixes them together he gets the balance and texture spot on.

Con Fairchild is Lady Constance Fairchild, though her title is not something she would dream of using. The tabloids refer to her as ‘the Posh Cop’ e
Elaine Tomasso
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank Netgalley and Headline for an advance copy of Nothing to Hide, the second novel to feature DC Con Fairchild of the Met.

Still suspended Con has been out of London for months to escape the relentless pursuit of the paparazzi but now she has returned home to prepare for the court case responsible for her suspension. A quick trip to the communal bins leads her to find a badly injured youth and an encounter with DCI Bain of the NCA who informs her that this ritualistic attack is
Trevor Snape
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Constance Fairchild series. If you have not read the first book in the series, why not? You are missing a treat, buy it now and read it before tackling this one, it will make this book come to life. However, you can read this book as a standalone and you will still really enjoy it and sit on tender hooks waiting for the next one. There are loads of snippets which will remind the reader of the first book and even Oswald's previous series, the Inspector Tony Mclean s ...more
Mairead Hearne (
Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose….

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed No Time To Cry by James Oswald, I was delighted to finally get the opportunity to read the second book in this fantastic crime fiction series, Nothing to Hide.

Published by Wildfire in July 2019, Nothing to Hide sees the return of DC Constance Fairchild. James Oswald, ‘one of Scotland’s foremost crime writers,’ would be familiar to many for his bestsell
Elspeth Cooper
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another cracking read. I love Con's voice, and it was nice to see a few cameos from old faces (characters that will be familiar to fans of Oswald's Inspector McLean series). I need more Cat, though.

Get to it, James. Chop chop.
E.M. Swift-Hook
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
A Tense, Present Tense, Police Thriller

DC Con Fairchild is recovering her balance, her health and her career following a high profile case which has left her the focus of media attention and forced her into hiding to escape that. Returning to London from a Highland retreat she finds herself confronted by a mutilated young man, barely alive and almost on her doorstep. Although she's supposed to be suspended from work, work seems not to be willing to suspend itself from her and she is pulled into
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the second book in the series which features DC Constance Fairchild which is written by James Oswald and I have taken to this series just like the Inspector McLean series, I love it!

In this book, DC Constance Fairchild is still suspended from duty after her last case ended. She is attempting to stay out of the limelight after the high-profile arrest of one of Britain’s wealthiest men in that case but the press have different ideas. When she returns to her flat in London, she finds a youn
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing To Hide is the second book in the Constance Fairchild series. And, this book picks up were No Time To Cry left. (I'll be honest this is my first foray into the works of James Oswald, but I've since read up about him and his previous works)

Now this book can be read as a standalone. However, given the fact that Constance (or Con as she likes to be called) is still off-duty due to her role in the previous case. There is a lot of references to the first book. It doesn't detract from the sto
Lel Budge
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pigeonhole
This is the second book in James Oswald’s series featuring DC Constance Fairchild.

Con is suspended, while awaiting the trial of Roger DeVilliers, a paedophile, and the corrupt detective Bailey.

She is being harassed by the media, with paparazzi camped on her doorstep and she is known as the ‘posh’ cop. Returning home after a break in Scotland, she finds the mutilated body of a young man, he’s still breathing…so she is back in the thick of it again.

Poor Con is still the pariah to other cops, so sh
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With thanks to the publisher for the copy received via Pigeonhole. Nothing To Hide is a follow up novel that I couldn’t wait to read after loving No Time To Cry. It could be read as a standalone novel but I do recommend you read them in order.

Con has been suspended from her job following the events of book one and is treated with disdain by both her colleagues and the press. Neither of who can accept that she is Lady Constance, even though she has no interest in the title, has little time for he
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book in the series, but first of mine, the book featured a braveheart DC Constance Fairchild who was back home just to stumble upon a badly mutilated boy, barely breathing. Soon embroiled in the investigation, her discoveries led to roads unknown and facts anew.

My first book by James Oswald, the suspense soon built up slowly as pages turned. The book was written with great precision with Con as the center stage, who attracted trouble which helped her to solve the difficult crime. The othe
Colin Garrow
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Following her suspension in her previous case, DC Constance Fairchild wants to stay out of the spotlight, but returning to her London flat she discovers a barely alive young man whose body is horribly mutilated. Though the possibility of a shift to a different department is in the offing for her, Fairchild finds her status as the ‘posh cop’ keeps getting in the way. Then, when another body is discovered in Edinburgh, she begins to see that links to a mysterious religious group might hold the key ...more
Simon Pert
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another slice of James Oswald magic, could not put the second installment of Constance Fairchild down and eagerly wait for more.
From start to frenetic finished a joy to read and a shame to finish the book.

Hats off James've done it again
Kim Slaney
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was able to read this book as part of pigeonhole slave a day. The book starts off well, though I didn’t know it was the second book in a series. Was interested in what happened in that book, but continued anyway. Wish I hadn’t, the book lack interest in places and you were taken to Scotland for no reason. The last chapter brought it all together, however it was very predictable from the start.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I love James Oswald books but the second book in the Constance Fairchild series has been a great disappointment. Its was very slow to read and the culprit was almost signposted very early in the book.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1920 a mysterious unknown body from the battlefields of the First World War was buried in front of thousands of people in Westminster Abbey. Seen as deeply symbolic of the thousands of lost men from Britain, many families believed there was a chance that the body feted by a king was their loved one who had been listed as Missing in Action. The identity of the man so buried is the subject of this beautifully written novel set in three time frames; 1917 as a soldier, Daniel Dawkins, strives to ...more
Stevie Robinson
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is something I love about authors who sneak mentions of their other works into books.

Stephen King does it all the time with his Castlerock based stories. When it happens it’s like bumping into old friends you haven’t seen in years.

James Oswald fills this book with easter eggs and references to his hugely successful Inspector McLean Series. Locations and characters that will fill McLean fans with unbridled joy when they pop up. Yet Oswald still manages to do it in a throwaway, blink or you’
Apr 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
For a crime story, this could be direct from Girls Own Annual, Adventure Stories.
It also seems pitched to younger demographic.
Plenty of 'fuck' , the allpurpose word.
Cover note advertising claims "hallmarks of Val McDermid Ian Rankin" - publishers need to print something on a cover to attract buyers who might believe such a claim.
This book is ridiculous.
Featuring the lead character, 'Poor Me', little Constance, this book consists of overly-done and boring endless repeating self-talk, endles
Jacqueline  sharp
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book can be read as a stand-alone book but I would recommend you read the first in the series before reading this one (No Time to Cry) a lot more of the story will make sense especially relating to Izzy, who is Cons half sister as well as other references that pop up all the way through the story. However that is just my personal opinion.

Lady Constance Fairchild or Con as she likes to be called, is a Detective Constable currently suspended from duty after the case she worked on in the previ
Karen Cole
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing To Hide is set a year after the events in the first book in the Constance Fairchild series, No Time To Cry and sees Con coming back to London after spending time in the Highlands, trying to hide from the intense media attention. However, her return to her flat quickly turns sour - and not just because of the smell emanating from her fridge. She discovers a severely injured young man who has been left for dead and calls the police - who make it very clear that her role in uncovering a net ...more
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there is anyone who deserves a little bit of a break, it is Con Fairchild. If there is anyone highly unlikely to get one, that would also be Con Fairchild. In the first of the series, Con found herself at the heart of a massive case, steeped in scandal, one which brought down not only a well known business men but also a number of her colleagues from the Met Police. Far from being hailed a hero, as star witness for the prosecution, she finds herself ostracised by her colleagues and forced int ...more
Jacob Collins
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nothing to Hide is the second book in James Oswald’s Constance Fairchild series, and it is a real corker. I thought the first book in this series was good, but I think the second is even better and I read it fast. It does deal with some very dark themes, and it pushes Constance or ‘Con’ as she prefers to be known; only her mother calls her Constance, to the brink.

When we last saw Constance, she had just uncovered a serious case of corruption within the police force after the death of her colleag
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