Monday 28 February 2022

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ The Patient by Tim Sullivan

Head of Zeus
Aries Fiction
3 March 2022

DS Cross Mysteries #3

My thanks to the publishers and Midas PR for my copy of this book
and the invitation to the blog tour

DS George Cross can be rude, difficult, and awkward with people. But his unfailing logic and dogged pursuit of the truth means his conviction rate is the best on the force. An outsider himself, having been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder, DS Cross is especially drawn to cases concerning the voiceless and the dispossessed.

Now, Cross is untangling the truth about a young woman who died three days ago. With no fingerprints, no weapon and no witnesses, the Bristol Crime Unit are ready to close the case. The coroner rules suicide: the woman had a long history of drug abuse. But her mother is convinced it was murder: her daughter has been clean and sober for over two years.

DS Cross is determined to defy his bosses and re-open the case, even if it costs him his career. Soon he is mired in a labyrinth of potential suspects – but can he solve the case before his superiors shut it down for good?

πŸ“– My Review...

The Patient is the third book in the DS Cross series of thrillers and whilst I hadn't read the two previous books in the series I found this current story easy to pick up and soon became immersed in the world where Bristol Detective DS George Cross operates with such good intent. To say that he is something of  a maverick is what makes his character so compelling and in this shady crime world rather more believable.

The story starts with the investigation into the death of a young woman who seems to have taken her own life and yet her mother is convinced that there is more to her daughter's death and is determined to seek the truth. DS Cross is also doggedly determined to uncover the truth and, in his own inimitable style, he leaves no clue unchallenged in his quest for justice.

The story moves along at a quick pace, I enjoyed the short snappy chapters and the way that alongside DS Cross we become caught up in this complex investigation. The author has created a fine detective in DS Cross, I loved George's character from the beginning and whilst his awkwardness is endearing and made me smile, it also brings into focus the sharpness of his intellect and his determined ability to sift through the hidden aspects of this case with a fine eye for even the smallest detail. 

Whilst at the start I mentioned that I enjoyed the book without prior knowledge of the previous two stories, it is now my intention to go back to book one to watch the build up of DS Cross' character and the  fascinating way in which the author brings him to life.

πŸ“– Best read with...cups of tea and sweet cake

Tim Sullivan is an critically acclaimed TV and film screenwriter whose credits include Jack and Sarah, My Little Pony: A New Generation, Letters to Juliet and Cold Feet, masterfully writes his characters’ idiosyncrasies and keeps readers guessing with this addictive new crime thriller. Tim Sullivan is a self-publishing phenomenon whose bestselling titles The Dentist and The Cyclist were downloaded over 200,000 times before moving to Head of Zeus.

Perfect for fans of Ann Cleeves, Colin Dexter and Andrea Camilleri, The Patient is the third instalment in the DS Cross series.

Twitter @TimJRSullivan #ThePatient



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