Hello! Today I’m delighted to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward, the third in the DC Connie Childs series, which is available now (links below).
About the book
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 my first encounter with DC Connie Childs, but it will not be my last. I have (stupidly) had A Deadly Thaw languishing on my kindle TBR for some time and, on the back of finishing this book, I have also downloaded In Bitter Chill in order to begin at the beginning.
A Patient Fury is a gripping and compelling read, beautifully written and extremely cleverly plotted. I love a complex, mutlti-layered, more-than-meets-the-eye mystery and that is exactly what Sarah Ward has created. I also love a dual timeline and more than one narrator and you get both here. I do wish I’d read the earlier books first though; there are no real spoilers here and everything makes sense, but there have clearly been issues between the recurring characters and dramatic events that I have missed out on so I would recommend anyone else who is new to DC Childs to start with In Bitter Chill.
Connie is a prickly but dedicated and determined character and you would totally want her on your side. I liked Sadler and Matthews also, and felt for Julia. (By the way, I don’t think you get nearly enough Julias in fiction… 😉 #justsaying) There were plenty of red herrings and some intriguing subplots and I basically mistrusted everyone. At one point, I thought I knew what the outcome was going to be but I was totally wrong and the creepy ending completely threw me.
Basically this is brilliant so just go out and buy it (or stay in and download it) and then buy the first two…and then pre-order the fourth one! I am definitely now #TeamConnie
Thank you so much to Faber & Faber, Sarah Ward and to Emma of #damppebblesblogtours for my spot on the blog tour and for my beautiful hardback copy of A Patient Fury. Look at it!! N.B. May contain gratuitous bunny-on-book action…
About the author
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, 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.
About the Blog Tour
Please check out the rest of the great bloggers on the tour for A Patient Fury:
Thank you to Faber & Faber, Sarah Ward and to Emma of #damppebblesblogtours for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour!