It’s my absolutely pleasure to be the closing stop on the blog tour for A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward, book 3 in the DC Connie Childs series.
Three bodies discovered.
A family obliterated.
All evidence seems to point to one murderer: the mother.
DC Connie Childs, determined to discover the truth about the fire-wrecked property on Cross Farm Lane, realises that a fourth body – one they cannot find – must hold the key to the mystery. But what Connie fails to realise is that her determination to unmask the murderer might cost her more than her health – this time she could lose the thing she cares about most: her career.
A Patient Fury is the third book in the DC Childs mystery series, featuring Detective Connie Childs, and let me tell you – this is a series that gets better with each book! One of the things I love about this series is how strong the mysteries are, they’re complex and they take centre stage, making this the perfect crime series for fans of plot-driven books. This latest instalment contains the strongest and most interesting mystery yet. I love the connections drawn between past events and the present day, with mysteries from the past, and mysteries in the present, this novel is basically a mystery lover’s dream! I found this novel to be a gripping read, brimming with suspense; I devoured it over the course of a day – I don’t want to be cliché but the short chapters really do create that “just one more chapter” feeling.
This novel contains some great character creation, not all are likeable, but all are distinct in their personalities. Some you like, some leave you unsettled – you just know there’s something off about them, and then there’s some you’re completely wrong about. As a main protagonist, I really like Connie Childs, a detective who knows her own mind and is not afraid to follow her instincts despite what others think. Who doesn’t love a strong female lead?! There’s a really interesting dynamic to this policing team. I’m a lover of character’s backstories when I read police procedurals; here the backstory of Connie (and others) is minimal, yet has me entirely interested and craving more because I find Connie a really interesting character. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know I always advocate for reading series in order, but the minimal character backstory in this series means this book can be enjoyed as a standalone.
Set in Derbyshire, if you’re looking for a plot-driven police procedural, then I highly recommend A Patient Fury. It’s is so well-plotted, filled with red herrings that will keep you guessing till the end. And speaking of the ending, this one was so clever, and shows that Ward really knows what’s she doing when it comes to crime fiction. Obviously, I’m not going to tell you how it ended but it was a so well-executed, the kind of ending that you want to talk to someone about because it was that good! Well-written, engaging, with a dark atmosphere, my favourite of the series so far, and I look forward to reading the next instalment.
*My thanks to the publisher (Faber & Faber) for providing me with a copy of this title and to Emma @ damppebbles for inviting me to participate in this blog tour*
THE DC CHILDS SERIES IN ORDER:
#1 In Bitter Chill
#2 A Deadly Thaw
#3 A Patient Fury
#4 The Shrouded Path (coming September 2018)
Sarah Ward is the author of three DC Childs novels, In Bitter Chill, A Deadly Thaw and A Patient Fury set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. The fourth in the series, The Shrouded Path, is out in September. On her website, Crimepieces (www.crimepieces.com), she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world. She is a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels. Sarah was a 2015 Amazon Rising Star and A Patient Fury was The Observer’s Thriller of the Month in 2017.
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