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Constance Fairchild, Book 2
Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
Series: Constance Fairchild, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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The new audiobook 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 limelight. Fate has other ideas.... 

Coming home to her London flat, Constance stumbles across a young man, bloodied, mutilated and barely alive. She calls it in and is quickly thrown into the middle of a nationwide investigation...It seems that the victim is just the latest in a string of similar ritualistic attacks. 

No matter that she is off-duty, no matter that there are those in the Met who would gladly see the back of her, Con can't shake her innate determination to bring the monsters responsible for this brutality to justice. 

Trouble always seems to find her, and even if she has nothing to hide, perhaps she has everything to lose....

©2019 James Oswald (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic Reviews

"'The new Ian Rankin." (Daily Record)

"Oswald's writing is a class above." (Express)

"Crime fiction's next big thing." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Another James Oswald terrific read

This Con Fairchild novel is a very worthy addition to the James Oswald stable. A very fine read indeed.

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Super plot, super narration

Loved this latest tale of Con and Co. It certainly kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. I had a few intakes of breath in some of the more exciting bits. Really enjoyed the addition of some of my favourite characters from the Inspector McLean series too. Great cross over. Rose Akron is just brilliant. More please Mr Oswald. SOON😉

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  • Simon
  • 27-07-2019

Slightly Lackluster for an Oswald Book

I've loved most of James Oswald's books up until now, his development of mystery and atmosphere and his patient and gradual hinting at and coaching the supernatural into the Inspector McLean series was a joy to behold. The first book in this series was also very decent with a very different lead character coming through a quite harrowing story.

Somehow despite all of his undoubted skill this didn't quite hit the mark for me. Several reasons, even though it starts with a bit of a punch to the guts due to the sheer awfulness of the crime uncovered it never quite manages to build the same level of intrigue. The bad guys don't quite ooze that charisma and underlying threat and London as a setting is clearly not close to Oswald's heart like Edinburgh is. On top of that there is the narration. Rose Akroyd makes a great Constance Fairchild and is a decent narrator but this contained a lot of big characters with strong accents and she isn't so strong there. It's being tough on her because some of the characters she is voicing have been done by Ian Hanmore who clearly has several advantages over her. Now, to be fair he couldn't do Fairchild as Ackroyd does her but outside of a few characters she struggled to give the characters impact.

So, it's not a bad story by any means, though things seemed to just happen to Fairchild through coincidence rather than design, and I probably will carry on with this series, it is worth it, it's just not that close to Oswald's best.

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  • Pinkped
  • 13-10-2019

lovely

enjoyed this book, looking forward to a king series. found it very entertaining, and was always looking forward to the next chapter.

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  • barbara
  • 14-09-2019

Loved it ..

Will be re listening to the first book now .. great story , narration was good too .. looking forward to Cons adventures in the next one ..

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  • Carol
  • 02-09-2019

Disappointing!

Tried several times to listen to this and just gave up - time to return it. I think a stronger narrator would have made a huge difference. Sadly Rose Akroyd lacks depth for creating different characters, her regional accents are weak and I feel like I've been whispered at by her the whole way through. Shall be looking forward to going back to Inspector Mclean.

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  • Ian and Gill Parsonage
  • 14-08-2019

James Oswald at his best

Lived it, especially liked the crossovers with his other series.
The narration is excellent.
Highly recommended.

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  • Jo
  • 30-07-2019

Slightly disappointed

Enjoyed the first book in this new series more. Although it was great to have characters from the Inspector McClean books included, the different narrator made them less interesting and just seem ‘wrong’! I really think these books need a different narrator as there is no excitement and I was almost relieved when it finished as I just wasn’t drawn in enough and frankly didn’t care what happened!
Please just stick to the original and the best!

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  • AJ
  • 28-09-2019

Too predicable and too slow

Sorry, usually enjoy James Oswald books, but this one feels like it was put together in a hurry. A bland story of which the motives were not fully explained. Not one of his best.

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  • Stephanie
  • 29-05-2020

Writer and Narrator in synch

What a partnership! I’ve loved all of James Oswald’s books which have been brought to life by narrators who are so attuned to them. Rose Akroyd is to the Constance books as Ian Hanmore is to the McLean books.
Rose made enough slight differences in the voices to make them easily recognisable yet still ‘fit for purpose’. Keeping that level of consistency throughout the book is marvellous.
Message to James: please keep going with both your characters as long as you can!
Thank you to all concerned..

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  • R. W. Haddow
  • 17-01-2020

Slow moving,

Bit slow moving, another crime book where female lead character feels persecuted and too much about her, won’t be buying another 😕

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  • Ms. Ruth Messenger
  • 30-11-2019

Comparison with inspector mcclean books

It’s not that I don’t like these Constance Fairchild books, they are perfectly okay and a good use of a credit... but they are just nowhere near as good as James Oswald’s Inspector McClean books. For example, Oswald clearly knows Edinburgh like the back of his hand but has he even visited London? He writes a male protagonist very well but can’t quite get his head around writing a female protagonist. The narrator doesn’t help as she can’t do a Scottish accent. So these books are okay, but I’d recommend you start with his others which are much better.