THE PATIENT By Tim Sullivan @AriesFiction @TimJRSullivan @midaspr #ThePatient #Blogtour

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No fingerprints. No weapon. No witnesses. Can DS Cross prove it was murder?

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. Now, this unusual detective is met with an even more unusual case.

When a young woman is found dead, the Bristol Crime Unit is quick to rule it a suicide: the woman had a long history of drug abuse. But her mother is convinced it was murder: her daughter had been clean for years and making strides in a new therapy programme.

As an outsider himself, DS Cross is drawn to cases involving the voiceless and the dispossessed. He is determined to defy his bosses and re-open the investigation, 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?


Do you like a good police procedural with great characters? A great plot? Twists and turns to keep you guessing? If the answer is yes to those questions then grab a copy of this. Because it has plenty to keep you engaged, from start to finish.

DS George Cross is on the Autistic spectrum, but when he is looking for clues and solving crimes it helps him. The only problem is he doesn’t always tell his colleagues his thoughts. But in this book I get the impression they are getting a little more used to his ways of working and thinking.

When George finds a woman sat outside with a carrier bag on her head to protect her hair from the rain, he knows he has seen her hanging around for the last few days but he has no idea why. When he brings her back inside the Major Crime Unit some are not best pleased with him. When he asks her what she is there for Sandra Wilson jumps at the chance to inform him she is convinced her daughter was murdered but no one will listen. George takes a look at the file. Felicity (Flick) Wilson was a recovering drug addict with a young daughter who had been found dead in her home from what looked like a deliberate or accidental overdose. George goes over all the facts, the toxicology, the autopsy, the coroners report and everything points to an overdose as stated. George has to tell Flicks mum, Sandra, that the findings look to be correct.

But as Sandra points out she Flick had turned her life around, she had her daughter, Daisy, why would she end her life with the baby in the next room. A few things still niggle George so he digs a little deeper. Looking at the ex boyfriend who is still an addict, Flick had said it would never work because he couldn’t give up the drugs. He didn’t believe Flick would have taken her life, he also made one comment which made George think, they had never injected.

DI Campbell is really not happy that George has reopened this case as he had closed it. He doesn’t like George full stop. This story gets more complex than just Flicks death, there are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing. With some great twists and turns that keep the story flowing. But also some side stories as we learn of George’s father, Raymond’s hoarding habit but as he has a broken hip and and he isn’t allowed out of hospital until it is safe for him to return home. George decides he will have him at his but Raymond would rather stay in a home for people with Dementia than live with George. Each have their own habits that neither really want to have to live together even for a short period. George moves his dad into a better home which Raymond knew he would do anyway. He then gets friends of Mackenzie’s to help empty his dads place for him, she has had to explain to them what George is like. It doesn’t take them long to get used to him.

It seems that his partner Ottey, police staff Mackenzie and his boss DI Carson are sympathetic towards George having got used to his ways, they try to pull him up on things he should and shouldn’t do like saying thank you, some of it he takes on board some he doesn’t. But I loved the dynamics of these as a team. It works. They work. I loved the characterisation it just works so well.

This is book three in this series but it is easy enough to read as a stand-alone but I am definitely going have to go back to books one and two to see how the relationship between George and the others has grown, as I am sure it has from a few things that were said in this book. I can’t wait to see what the next book has in store for George.

This is a well written, plotted police procedural that I think lots of crime readers will enjoy. For me liking characters is a big part of a story, this one works well, despite George’s faults he is very likeable, believable as are the other officers, friends and family. The story holds your attention completely, with plenty of twists and turns, characters that aren’t so nice, that you suspect but then wonder about. The team work doggedly to catch the killer, to get to the truth. I like the style of writing and I think George is a character I’m going to be following from now.

A really engrossing read, it will grip you from the first page to the last and I definitely need the next book after the ending of this one. I think having George on the autistic spectrum comes across so well, his intelligence is clear, the condition makes him a better detective, he loves puzzles, he is patient but he doesn’t always understand nuances. Overall what the author has done is add a completely different dimension to the usual police procedurals and it works well. You feel for George, you like George .


Tim Sullivan is a crime writer, screenwriter and director, whose film credits include A Handful of Dust, Coronation Street, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, Jack and Sarah, and Cold Feet. His crime series featuring a socially awkward but brilliantly persistent DS George Cross has topped the book charts and been widely acclaimed. He is currently the UK chair of the Writers’ Guild of America (West).

Tim lives in North London with his wife Rachel, the Emmy award winning producer of The Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman.

To find out more about the author, visit

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