- Published: 20 March 2020 20 March 2020
You can’t really compare Nothing to Hide (and No Time to Cry) with the Inspector McLean series, apart from the fact they were all written by James Oswald; they are very different.
Con Fairchild is suspended from duty and lacks the focus of working on an active investigation, but trouble still seems to follow her around and get her into hot water with her superiors.
She is a bit of a loner with no partner (police or otherwise) or close friends to speak of, and the first person narrative emphasises this sense of isolation; Tony McLean, on the other hand, is very much part of a team.
What they do have in common is the use of humour to offset the gruesome nature of the crimes, a subtle hint of something supernatural and the appearance of the wonderfully eccentric Madame Rose.
After a while the appearance of the journalists and the refrain of ‘posh cop’ gets a bit annoying, which is presumably to show how it felt to Con as well. We get a bit more backstory to explain why she does not get on with her family.
You could read this as a standalone but would get a better understanding if you read No Time to Cry first. I really enjoyed Nothing to Hide and look forward to reading the next book in the series when hopefully Con will be reinstated and part of an active investigative team.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.