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Introducing your new crime thriller fix: Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed. 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 d Introducing your new crime thriller fix: Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed. 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?


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Introducing your new crime thriller fix: Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed. 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 d Introducing your new crime thriller fix: Bristol detective DS George Cross, champion of the outsider, the voiceless and the dispossessed. 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?

30 review for The Patient

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    4.5 stars DS George Cross #3 Sandra Wilson is convinced her recovering addict daughter did not die of an overdose as a perfunctory police enquiry and a coroner decide. Luckily for her she attracts the attention of DS George Cross. First of all, I hadn’t read the previous two books but that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this well written novel. However, I do think I’ve missed a treat! I love the fascinating central protagonist as he’s autistic, his portrayal is outstanding and it makes a 4.5 stars DS George Cross #3 Sandra Wilson is convinced her recovering addict daughter did not die of an overdose as a perfunctory police enquiry and a coroner decide. Luckily for her she attracts the attention of DS George Cross. First of all, I hadn’t read the previous two books but that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of this well written novel. However, I do think I’ve missed a treat! I love the fascinating central protagonist as he’s autistic, his portrayal is outstanding and it makes a refreshing change to have someone on the spectrum integral to the storytelling. I enjoy his interactions with those around him, some are sympathetic (his partner Ottey, police staff Mackenzie and boss DI Carson) and those who are not. His condition is what makes him such a good detective, he loves puzzles, he’s patient but obviously doesn’t always understand nuances. The characterisation is excellent throughout - a shout out for his father Raymond and Esther Moffatt, a retired police officer. I feel the author shows respect for his characters. The plot is well thought out, the case goes in surprising directions as George and the team doggedly pursue the truth. It has all the ingredients of a compelling and hard to put down mystery as the case takes unexpected twists and turns and focuses on a controversial topic which is thought provoking. I really like the outcome and the actual ending is wonderful. This is a gripping read with superbly crafted central character, it added something extra, a different dimension to the usual Police procedurals. This book makes you feel something and kudos to the author for that. Tim Sullivan is a must read author from now on. With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Head of Zeus for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    Tim Sullivan’s “THE PATIENT” is the third in the DS Cross series, following “The Dentist” and “The Cyclist”. Any of these can be read as a standalone, which I did with this book. George Cross has Autistic Spectrum Disorder which means his social interactions and communications isn’t the norm for a Detective Sergeant but his skill at solving crime and making deductions is second to none. Even though he irritates some of his colleagues with this talent, his boss cannot dismiss his conviction rate Tim Sullivan’s “THE PATIENT” is the third in the DS Cross series, following “The Dentist” and “The Cyclist”. Any of these can be read as a standalone, which I did with this book. George Cross has Autistic Spectrum Disorder which means his social interactions and communications isn’t the norm for a Detective Sergeant but his skill at solving crime and making deductions is second to none. Even though he irritates some of his colleagues with this talent, his boss cannot dismiss his conviction rate and admits, although unconventional, his record speaks for itself. He’s an adorable character with his regular and fastidious routines. His one liner retorts, which while they can come across as rude (but never intentionally) can sometimes be well placed. The storyline in itself is simple and these are the best cases for George. “The Patient” features an open and shut but unexplained case of a suicidal overdose, which the mother of the victim is convinced is murder. It takes someone like George to look at the case from his unusual angle and start discovering clues that she may well be right. There is also a sensitive subject running throughout that would certainly keep book groups debating all night. Along with his personal relationship with his elderly dad recovering from a fall and his organ playing at the local church, we see a remarkable character that I fell in love with instantly. I definitely want to read the first two in this thrilling series and recommend crime readers to look up DS George Cross without hesitation. I really couldn’t fault this book, I enjoyed it from start to finish - which reminds me the final paragraph really caught my breath and I hope this develops further in a future story. A truly wonderful all round book, with well developed characters and an absolute star in George Cross! #ThePatient - 5 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    Briefly - I can't claim to have "loved" this but I did enjoy it! In full This book features Bristol detective DS George Cross. He is a member of the Major Crimes Unit there. He is also on the Autism spectrum which can make him quite difficult to work with. However it gives him some qualities that make for a good detective. He engages with a civilian woman who has been around the MCU offices for three days to find out why she is there. She raises concerns she has with the death of her daughter bein Briefly - I can't claim to have "loved" this but I did enjoy it! In full This book features Bristol detective DS George Cross. He is a member of the Major Crimes Unit there. He is also on the Autism spectrum which can make him quite difficult to work with. However it gives him some qualities that make for a good detective. He engages with a civilian woman who has been around the MCU offices for three days to find out why she is there. She raises concerns she has with the death of her daughter being considered suicide. While initially sceptical Cross feels that it might be worth another look at the case. However he does need to get his boss to agree to re-opening the case. The book follows the twists and turns of this case with Cross. Helping him are Ottey, also a DS and Cross's police partner, and Mackenzie who is a police staff member. Both of these seem to have become accustomed to dealing with Cross's autism quite well. I found it a little odd that a staff member would get so involved in the investigation however it worked well enough in the story. These three main characters all came over well enough and were developed too. The remaining characters were possibly a little weaker. The case itself interesting and the general story line was well worked for me. There were quite a few twists and turns as far as the direction of the case and possible suspects were concerned. I confess that few of them came as a real surprise to me but that didn't affect my enjoyment. I enjoyed getting to know Cross as a character. He felt fairly "valid" most of the time however my experience of autism is somewhat limited. I enjoyed this read and I will read the previous two books when I get the chance. I think this lacked a little tension for me as a police story. This does seem readable as a standalone book however I think an understanding of the characters would improve by starting at the beginning. I hope there will be further books in this series - I for one will be a reader of them! Note - I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review https://viewson.org.uk/police/the-pat...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The third of the George Cross mysteries published, The Patient by Tim Sullivan features the curt police detective who follows the facts. When the Bristol Crime Unit rule a young woman’s death suicide, DS Cross cannot stop himself investigating. Showing his persistent curiosity and pursuit for truth, he comes to realise it was murder. Yet, with no real suspects or clear ways to advance the investigation, George’s problem-solving skills will be sorely tested. Despite his lack of interpersonal dyna The third of the George Cross mysteries published, The Patient by Tim Sullivan features the curt police detective who follows the facts. When the Bristol Crime Unit rule a young woman’s death suicide, DS Cross cannot stop himself investigating. Showing his persistent curiosity and pursuit for truth, he comes to realise it was murder. Yet, with no real suspects or clear ways to advance the investigation, George’s problem-solving skills will be sorely tested. Despite his lack of interpersonal dynamics, his small team investigates the woman’s life in an attempt to resolve the enigmatic mystery. Having not read the earlier books was no barrier to enjoying this delightful new crime fighter. It was a joy to read such a substantive police procedural with many a twist making for a four-and-a-half-star rating. With thanks to Head of Zeus and the author, for an advanced review copy. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and freely given, without pressure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    Flick, a young mom and a former drug addict is found dead and the case is ruled like suicide, but her mother is convinced that it is murder. DS Cross is starting to investigate this case. I like detective Cross, how he sees everything. Thanks to. Netgalley for this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grace J Reviewerlady

    What a fantastic novel! So good, in fact, that I’ve already purchased the first two in series. When DS George Cross comes across a woman who has been asked to leave the police station, he wants – or rather needs – to find out why. Sandra’s daughter’s death has been investigated and ruled suicide – but she knows that she most definitely did not take her own life; however, getting someone to listen to her is proving almost impossible – until George listens. DS George Cross is different from other de What a fantastic novel! So good, in fact, that I’ve already purchased the first two in series. When DS George Cross comes across a woman who has been asked to leave the police station, he wants – or rather needs – to find out why. Sandra’s daughter’s death has been investigated and ruled suicide – but she knows that she most definitely did not take her own life; however, getting someone to listen to her is proving almost impossible – until George listens. DS George Cross is different from other detectives; he doesn’t join in the usual office banter. In fact, he doesn’t really understand it. He is committed to doing his job to the best of his abilities and doesn’t rely on anything else but facts – which explains why he has the highest conviction rate among his contemporaries. I found myself at ease with George and his methods quite quickly – after all, I’ve watched The Big Bang Theory and am familiar with Sheldon Cooper’s foibles! When he decides to investigate the death of Sandra’s daughter, he upsets the colleague who already put the case to bed. DS Cross’s methods of investigation are completely enthralling and I was glued to the page from beginning to end. This is a riveting, engrossing read and I so enjoyed it. Plenty going on with lots to consider kept me hooked to the very end. Tim Sullivan is most definitely an author to keep an eye on! No doubt about it, this is fully worth all five glowing stars and my highest recommendation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    I really enjoyed this book, once again DI George Cross has entertained me for an afternoon. George is on the spectrum and to many his personality is challenging but really he is just a man that works off details and he likes life to be in order, he is not particularly keen on change. He is a brilliant detective and it is the small details that he turns over in his head until he finds the answers that will solve the crime he is working on. A woman's daughter has in her mind, been murdered but unfo I really enjoyed this book, once again DI George Cross has entertained me for an afternoon. George is on the spectrum and to many his personality is challenging but really he is just a man that works off details and he likes life to be in order, he is not particularly keen on change. He is a brilliant detective and it is the small details that he turns over in his head until he finds the answers that will solve the crime he is working on. A woman's daughter has in her mind, been murdered but unfortunately she is not being believed. George sees her sitting in the pouring rain outside of the police station and takes her inside to hear her story. He does have his reservations as to what may be going on but after speaking with her there are a couple of things that make him think she may be right. This sets off a great story that had me completely engaged and wondering how it was all going to work out. A cast of interesting characters help move things along. I would definitely recommend this read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    4.45 stars, probably my favorite in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    The Patient focuses on an investigation led by George Cross into the apparent suicide of a recovering addict. The girl’s mother has been visiting the station repeatedly, adamant that her daughter was murdered. Nobody is willing to listen to her. George Cross meets with her and hears enough to be convinced there were anomalies in the initial investigation. And so begins our foray into the kind of story that you can’t help but find hard to believe. This may be due to me not having read the previous The Patient focuses on an investigation led by George Cross into the apparent suicide of a recovering addict. The girl’s mother has been visiting the station repeatedly, adamant that her daughter was murdered. Nobody is willing to listen to her. George Cross meets with her and hears enough to be convinced there were anomalies in the initial investigation. And so begins our foray into the kind of story that you can’t help but find hard to believe. This may be due to me not having read the previous two books in the series, but I found this hard to get into. The repeated comments about Cross and how he’s ‘different’ to others and tolerated by many of his workers felt patronising and potentially harmful in its depiction of autism. While I can see that Cross’s approach has certain benefits in his line of work, the way it was repeatedly flagged up didn’t sit comfortably with me. The thing that kept me from turning away from this was the actual scenario we were given. The focus on the investigation lent a wider focus to things, and this was enough to force me to overcome my irritation at the way Cross was presented. As the book progressed there seemed to be more genuine moments of character study and there are certainly signs of interesting relationships between Cross and his colleagues. The family element also offers an interesting diversion, leading to a potentially tense meeting in the future. The actual story around our victim had a number of red herrings thrown our way, and yet they allowed us the opportunity to see different facets to our team. Around the time that the case started to finally go somewhere, things moved onto a bigger stage with a rather distracting focus on assisted suicide. Although it was integral to the plot this did feel like something of a distraction and further opportunity to draw unnecessary attention to Cross’s approach/behaviour. All in all this is not an author I’d immediately pick up again. I may go back to book one in the series and see how Cross is depicted here, but I felt many harmful stereotypes being perpetuated and it lessened the impact of what could have been an intriguing puzzle. Thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this prior to publication.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Voluntarystress

    My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. I requested it because it was a police murder inquiry and more importantly, set in Bristol which has been my home for over fifty years. Unfortunately, although Bristol place names are mentioned, I didn’t get a Bristol feeling. I expected to walk around in the detective's footsteps and to be treated to evocative descriptions of places I knew. It could have been anywhere. As I read on I realised that what the author was My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. I requested it because it was a police murder inquiry and more importantly, set in Bristol which has been my home for over fifty years. Unfortunately, although Bristol place names are mentioned, I didn’t get a Bristol feeling. I expected to walk around in the detective's footsteps and to be treated to evocative descriptions of places I knew. It could have been anywhere. As I read on I realised that what the author was giving us was a pen portrait of a highly intelligent, fully functioning man, his lead character, Sergeant Cross, who is just on the autism spectrum. This is very skillfully done and, I believe, shows that the author has based his character on experience. He is totally believable. But I do think it unlikely that a character such as the sergeant would have passed the interview stage for the police service, let alone basic training before being sworn in. I congratulate the author on keeping his tale to an essential minimum of characters. Some authors fall into the trap of trying to make the story more interesting by overpopulating their narrative which only risks confusing their readers. There is however a tendency to over-explain things that probably don’t need explanation, This has the effect of slowing down the action. There are several improbable situations, but it would constitute spoilers to explain them all. But towards the end, a police officer gives her accompanying civilian staff colleague, (what was she doing there anyway ?), the satisfaction of handcuffing the suspect. Only police officers have the power of arrest and they have undergone detailed training in the use of Handcuffs which is regularly refreshed in routine trading. I’ve been trying to pinpoint exactly why I didn’t completely enjoy this book. A detective story. Tick. Set in Bristol. Tick. Probably because it lacked both pace and a spirit of place. This book has been difficult for me to review objectively because it turned out to be not what I was expecting ting. Would I read another of these tales? I’m not sure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Morrow

    The Patient is a solid police investigation procedural from Tim Sullivan. Sullivan's protagonist, DS George Cross is faced with a somewhat mysterious, sudden and unexplained death of a young mother in suburban Bristol. When Cross deploys his meticulous and logical mind to the circumstances, you soon appreciate that there are a few potential culprits in the spotlight. There's the woman's junkie-ex, there's her revolting employee and there's her arrogant therapist. People everywhere have skeletons The Patient is a solid police investigation procedural from Tim Sullivan. Sullivan's protagonist, DS George Cross is faced with a somewhat mysterious, sudden and unexplained death of a young mother in suburban Bristol. When Cross deploys his meticulous and logical mind to the circumstances, you soon appreciate that there are a few potential culprits in the spotlight. There's the woman's junkie-ex, there's her revolting employee and there's her arrogant therapist. People everywhere have skeletons in their closets right? I found the exploration of Cross's position on the autism spectrum to be really interesting and relevant as to the career he excels in. Around him is the chaos and uncertainty in crimes committed, but as soon as he gets involved he craves order, logic, understanding and will not stop until equilibrium is restored. Cross is described 'hovering around the periphery of a case' and as 'an expert in bait'. Through his colleagues Ottey and Mackenzie, you see Cross grow in understanding how best to interact with others, and they learn through the eyes of this 'eccentric, often infuriating creature'. There are some really tender and funny moments between them. You learn that there are a lot of similarities between Cross and his elderly dad. It's through their interactions that you see a genuine love and affection in their own unique ways. As the novel progresses, you're made to believe that each of the main suspects are guilty in turn. Without giving anything away, I didn't really see the final few twists and the overall ending coming. I must say there are trigger warnings for suicide and assisted dying, so please be aware if these are topics you wish to avoid. I can definitely see The Patient as a TV series - but for now enjoy reading it on the page when it's published by Head of Zeus on 3 March. I'm on the blogtour on 8 March so watch out on my Twitter and Instagram then.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kim Melbourne

    This author is a first for me but definetly wont be the last. DS George Cross absolutly made this book.. straight talking, honest to the brink of being rude, mixed with humour...just brilliant. The police are approached by Sandra, the mother of Flick, who has had a previous history of drug abuse and has committed suicide. However Sandra is convinced her daughter was murdered and begs for the case to be reopened. A further review by the coroner is enough for George to reopen the case, believing th This author is a first for me but definetly wont be the last. DS George Cross absolutly made this book.. straight talking, honest to the brink of being rude, mixed with humour...just brilliant. The police are approached by Sandra, the mother of Flick, who has had a previous history of drug abuse and has committed suicide. However Sandra is convinced her daughter was murdered and begs for the case to be reopened. A further review by the coroner is enough for George to reopen the case, believing this was a case of murder. His investigation leads him down the path of investigating not only Flicks close relationships, but also her former employer who on the face of it is helping the community by employing recovering addicts but is actually re destroying these peoples efforts. Flicks therapist is a support for Sandra, however George is convinced he is not as ethical as he should be. A fantastic read, with an underlying strand of how difficult it can be for vulnerable people to go back down the wrong path under the wrong influences. A twisty end that i did not predict. Highly recommend a read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shell

    I can hardly believe it is possible that Tim Sullivan has written a 3rd book which is even better than the first 2. After reading this book George Cross is now firmly my number one crime series and I read a lot of crime. It is George's personality that makes the series so compelling. He is so unique and it is a delight to see how this affects his detective skills, his dealings with the public, his friends and colleagues and, as I reader I find myself championing everything he does and cringing f I can hardly believe it is possible that Tim Sullivan has written a 3rd book which is even better than the first 2. After reading this book George Cross is now firmly my number one crime series and I read a lot of crime. It is George's personality that makes the series so compelling. He is so unique and it is a delight to see how this affects his detective skills, his dealings with the public, his friends and colleagues and, as I reader I find myself championing everything he does and cringing for him when he gets it wrong. I doubled over laughing at times, got out the tissues on more than one occasion and loved every minute of this wonderful book. So excited to see there will be another one out later this year, especially as we have been left with a teaser during this one. So refreshingly different and emotionally engaging. There is a change of reader for this 3rd audio book, but not to fear, he does an excellent job and fairly quickly I had forgotten it wasn't the same bloke. Well chosen by the publisher. I feel that the audio versions of this series added a lot to my enjoyment, really bringing George to life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jade Doodes

    I really enjoyed this book, it held my attention completely the entire way through. The main character DS George Cross has Autism spectrum disorder and I do think characters like this are important in providing representation. The story itself is heart-wrenching at times and continuously throws curveballs to keep you guessing what’s going to happen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackthedad

    Thanks to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for an advanced reader copy. If you want a synopsis, click on the book. The main character is a very talented Detective who has Aspergers and can be honest to the point of offending someone. I was hooked by page 10. This is a great, easy read with good characters, twists, humour and a satisfying end. An easy five stars. Now, where are the first two DS Cross books?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Susan Burlew

    This is the third book about DS George Cross. Very good at solving crime, not so good with social skills. His partner is still trying to figure him out. His boss is all about politics. This story was about a series of recovering addicts dying from an overdose. Interesting case with a few big surprises. I'm looking forward to book four! This is the third book about DS George Cross. Very good at solving crime, not so good with social skills. His partner is still trying to figure him out. His boss is all about politics. This story was about a series of recovering addicts dying from an overdose. Interesting case with a few big surprises. I'm looking forward to book four!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ramya Abhinand

    NOt bad..The story is exciting. It is beautifully written with loads of thrills. Riveting as well as has a heart-wrenching story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lauren lorenzo

    I cried, I laughed, it is books like The Patient by Tim Sullivan that reminds me why I love reading, why I always say books are my first love. Days later and I am still thinking about this book. You know when you find a book where you love each character, Cross, Ottey, Carson, Mackenzie and Raymond just likeable people who you root for and want the best for them, a great mystery and don't know where it is taking you. What a book! What a series! When Cross is in that interrogation room, I am alwa I cried, I laughed, it is books like The Patient by Tim Sullivan that reminds me why I love reading, why I always say books are my first love. Days later and I am still thinking about this book. You know when you find a book where you love each character, Cross, Ottey, Carson, Mackenzie and Raymond just likeable people who you root for and want the best for them, a great mystery and don't know where it is taking you. What a book! What a series! When Cross is in that interrogation room, I am always gobsmacked and gives me goosebumps. That last chapter just made me cry, as Carson said that George is an enigma but such a special man too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    When is a suicide not a suicide? When there is something key missing from the crime scene. In Flick Wilson’s case, it takes a mother’s tenacity to get her daughter’s apparent suicide looked at more closely than originally done so for that missing piece to be found but she got the right detective on the case. I’d never met DS George Cross before reading The Patient. He is an unusual kind of detective, v matter of fact. a creature of routine but he “has a nose for crime”. His methods of investigati When is a suicide not a suicide? When there is something key missing from the crime scene. In Flick Wilson’s case, it takes a mother’s tenacity to get her daughter’s apparent suicide looked at more closely than originally done so for that missing piece to be found but she got the right detective on the case. I’d never met DS George Cross before reading The Patient. He is an unusual kind of detective, v matter of fact. a creature of routine but he “has a nose for crime”. His methods of investigation are by the book, though his colleagues have learnt to manage his mannerisms. He’s what one character describes as a “bit of an enigma” – by definition an enigma is “a person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand.” Cross is definitely that! But I was so drawn to DS George Cross, at the end of chapter two I went and downloaded the first two in the series. What Cross uncovers isn’t just murder, it’s a big pile of deception on a whole new scale. I was glued to the second half of the book as piece by piece the jigsaw built itself to reveal one hell of a twisted picture. And oh the last paragraph 😱😱 Tim Sullivan, I need book 4… STAT!!!! The Patient is one seriously brilliant crime thriller. I really enjoyed getting to know Cross and his quirks. He’s one hell of a detective and I need to see more from him. This is one series I’m disappointed I didn’t know about before but I am so glad I’ve discovered it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    'The Patient' is the third book in the highly enjoyable new detective series by Tim Sullivan. Our main protagonist is called 'DI George Brunel Cross', a single-minded and determined detective, who struggles to develop his relationship with his colleagues. It quickly becomes evident (is actually stated in the text) that Cross has Asperger's Syndrome and is on the higher level of the spectrum with an unusual ability to decipher clues and see through the minefield of paperwork, to find the single o 'The Patient' is the third book in the highly enjoyable new detective series by Tim Sullivan. Our main protagonist is called 'DI George Brunel Cross', a single-minded and determined detective, who struggles to develop his relationship with his colleagues. It quickly becomes evident (is actually stated in the text) that Cross has Asperger's Syndrome and is on the higher level of the spectrum with an unusual ability to decipher clues and see through the minefield of paperwork, to find the single outstanding piece of data that can point the team in the right direction. Highlighting an illness such as Asperger's in a key character can often lead to the use of clichés but thankfully Sullivan is an accomplished author/screenwriter and too sensible to fall into this trap. Cross both acknowledges his struggles and how he attempts to cope with the world around him, while his father and colleagues (Reg, Ottey and Alice), outline their methods of helping him - and indeed, helping each other to cope with Cross. This can lead to some mildly amusing scenes as Cross’s colleagues ponder if “he is pulling their leg” or simply being himself. Cross makes for a pleasant change from the usual maverick police office and is also refreshing to have an Autistic character taking centre stage in a positive manner. Since the first book in the series (‘The Dentist’, which I recommend that you read), the character of Cross has been developed and we have seen the character make many advances in learning how to work (or ‘deal with’ as Cross may say) with the people around him. Initially, I was concerned that the character would change too much but fortunately, the growth of the character fits with the storyline and also suits him. Indeed there are many comic moments, but also sweet ones as Cross tries to adapt his attitude and I laughed out laugh when he plays a joke on Alice. This time around, Cross discovers a grieving woman in the police carpark and tries to assist her. She is convinced that her daughter has not committed suicide but was in fact murdered. Cross becomes convinced by her story and decides to investigate – unfortunately this action puts Cross in direction opposition with a colleague who previously investigated and closed the case. There are some hints towards the eventual solution, but there are plenty of twists remaining to keep the reader on their toes. And I would love to see this series adapted for television. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was an enjoyable police investigation procedural and is the third book in the DS Cross series (my first), which is completely standalone and you don’t need to have read the others first. The actual crime was intriguing and shone a light on subjects such as suicide, assisted dying and drug addiction. However what made this book for me wasn’t the investigaton, but the lead character, DS Cross. He is clearly on the autism spectrum and the author did such a brilliant job at showing this with the This was an enjoyable police investigation procedural and is the third book in the DS Cross series (my first), which is completely standalone and you don’t need to have read the others first. The actual crime was intriguing and shone a light on subjects such as suicide, assisted dying and drug addiction. However what made this book for me wasn’t the investigaton, but the lead character, DS Cross. He is clearly on the autism spectrum and the author did such a brilliant job at showing this with the characters way of questioning suspects, his lack of knowledge on correct social interactions etc. I’m a big fan of books which include autistic characters and DS Cross was one of my favourites. Despite DS Cross and the brilliant supporting characters who I warmed to instantly, I did find the plot a little lacking. It just didn’t excite me that much, however near the end it did surprise me with a twist as I thought I’d cracked the case. Overall if you’re looking for a police procedural with a unique lead detective then this is the book for you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mary Pilkington

    If you are a fan of cosy mysteries this may well be one for you albeit with a harder edge. Themes of drug and sexual abuse perhaps make it less than cosy. However the gem is DS George Cross, an old fashioned, pedantic policeman cycling around on a bicycle but it soon becomes clear that he may well be “on the spectrum”. This is in fact the charm of the story, his approach and his interactions with colleagues and the public. This is part of a series. I haven’t read the earlier ones but that didn’t If you are a fan of cosy mysteries this may well be one for you albeit with a harder edge. Themes of drug and sexual abuse perhaps make it less than cosy. However the gem is DS George Cross, an old fashioned, pedantic policeman cycling around on a bicycle but it soon becomes clear that he may well be “on the spectrum”. This is in fact the charm of the story, his approach and his interactions with colleagues and the public. This is part of a series. I haven’t read the earlier ones but that didn’t make any difference. It is a credit to the author that he crafted a story and interwove a background with the reader feeling they have missed out. The second half of the book is primarily suspect interviews which possible would work better on film and became a little tedious. Overall an enjoyable read to pass away an afternoon or evening. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for an ARC in exchange for this review

  23. 4 out of 5

    S McK

    Brilliant! A fantastic detective story with a dogged investigation by DS Cross and his team. I loved the characters and how they understood Cross' idiosyncrasies, his attention to detail and how he chased the evidence to ensure the correct conclusion. Some poignant moments when Cross was taking care of his father and a revelation at the end of the book, which I'd like to see develop further. It had me gripped from the start and I could see it as a TV series, playing out before my eyes. I enjoyed it Brilliant! A fantastic detective story with a dogged investigation by DS Cross and his team. I loved the characters and how they understood Cross' idiosyncrasies, his attention to detail and how he chased the evidence to ensure the correct conclusion. Some poignant moments when Cross was taking care of his father and a revelation at the end of the book, which I'd like to see develop further. It had me gripped from the start and I could see it as a TV series, playing out before my eyes. I enjoyed it so much that I found Tim's other books and I'm eager to read them! I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Louise Andrews

    Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC copy in return for a review. This was a good thriller about a police inspector who realises there’s more to a case than originally thought. He suffers with his relationships with colleagues as he has autistic spectrum disorder, but is a brilliant policeman. The story centres around a young woman who has apparently committed suicide despite being a recovering addict with everything to live for. I struggled at first with the very staccato sentences but as the book we Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC copy in return for a review. This was a good thriller about a police inspector who realises there’s more to a case than originally thought. He suffers with his relationships with colleagues as he has autistic spectrum disorder, but is a brilliant policeman. The story centres around a young woman who has apparently committed suicide despite being a recovering addict with everything to live for. I struggled at first with the very staccato sentences but as the book went on I realised it suited the story perfectly. I’d read another in this series of books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Absolutely loved this book. In my opinion it's the best one yet, and I'd highly recommend the DS Cross series to anyone who enjoys a police procedural. All of the main characters are being really nicely developed, and this is a series I hope continues. Tim Sullivan has been my best reading find of 2020, and I hope 2021 brings him the success he deserves. Absolutely loved this book. In my opinion it's the best one yet, and I'd highly recommend the DS Cross series to anyone who enjoys a police procedural. All of the main characters are being really nicely developed, and this is a series I hope continues. Tim Sullivan has been my best reading find of 2020, and I hope 2021 brings him the success he deserves.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    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 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 .

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    This is my best news of January 2022 – I have found a new police procedural thriller writer in Tim Sullivan. Not only is this story very exciting, beautifully written and has a fantastic, bulging storyboard full of thrills and spills, blind alleyways and false starts but it is also a riveting and heart wrenching story. The Detective Sargent George Cross series is fresh, unique and a terrific read. What’s more there are two other ‘back catalogue’ books I can read, each story having totally differ This is my best news of January 2022 – I have found a new police procedural thriller writer in Tim Sullivan. Not only is this story very exciting, beautifully written and has a fantastic, bulging storyboard full of thrills and spills, blind alleyways and false starts but it is also a riveting and heart wrenching story. The Detective Sargent George Cross series is fresh, unique and a terrific read. What’s more there are two other ‘back catalogue’ books I can read, each story having totally different plots and civilian characters. However did I miss this? It must have been because of the lockdown pandemic that seized me and caught me on the hop. DS George Cross is a fantastic detective. He is quirky, likeable, driven, a lateral thinker and the champion of the underdog. Set in Bristol, George Cross is teamed up with Detective Ottey, a lady full of empathy. His boss is DCI Carson who values George as the evidence does not lie: George solves the most cases; he is thorough and doesn’t miss a trick. However he can be frustrating, single minded and is sometimes a darned nuisance. He is diagnosed as being within the Autistic Syndrome Disorder and sometimes appears rude and socially awkward. His partner Ottey is working hard to improve his attitude and he is beginning to understand some of the social niceties and is responding appropriately. This partnership is really compelling and makes good the misunderstandings that can be both comic and poignant. The story starts with George discovering a lady within the outside of the police compound. She is hunched up eating her sandwich lunch. He challenges her, but when he hears the bare bones of her story, he kindly invites her inside. He learns that she has already been turned away from his police station, and also all of the others she has been to in the city. She tells him that her daughter Flick has recently died and that the cause of death has been identified as suicide. She persuades him to look into the case again because Flick has been clear of drug use for well over two years because she is the single mother of a baby. She knows Flick would not do such a thing as leave her baby alone like that. Flick has made a new life for herself, is stable and happy. So just like that, George Cross agrees to reopen her case and prove that Flick was indeed the victim of a murderer. DCI Carson is against the case being reopened and so is the detective who handled the case initially, but George wades into a very complicated investigation that will prove them both wrong, but only IF he can catch the murderer. I found George Cross a very likeable character. He was dedicated, industrious and forward thinking. His manner did at times seem short-tempered and abrupt. Ottey was a good mentor for him, picking out instances and how they should have been handled politely, and George genuinely wanted to appear more approachable. He in turn showed her good policing. I loved the little thread where he was determined to help his Dad after a hospitalisation. His Dad was dead against going to live with his son. He knew George of old and how infuriating he could be. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from publisher Head of Zeus and through my membership of NetGalley, sent in return for an honest review. These are my own opinions without any outside influences. This novel is a great read. This is my 4.5* review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This is the first time I have read anything from this author, and as seems to be my usual, I am starting mid-series!!! This is the 3rd book in the DS Cross Mysteries series and yep, I wish I had started it from the beginning. Being introduced to Cross part way through a series was actually quite good in some respects as the characters already know him and his routines and ways. Although I do think the journey from the beginning to book 3 would definitely be interesting knowing what I now know. Cro This is the first time I have read anything from this author, and as seems to be my usual, I am starting mid-series!!! This is the 3rd book in the DS Cross Mysteries series and yep, I wish I had started it from the beginning. Being introduced to Cross part way through a series was actually quite good in some respects as the characters already know him and his routines and ways. Although I do think the journey from the beginning to book 3 would definitely be interesting knowing what I now know. Cross, is a brilliant character. He has a very analytical mind, in some ways reminiscent of Holmes in the way he does or says things that don't quite seem relevant to the rest of the team. The synopsis does mention Cross as having Asperger's, but as I had read the synopsis sometime ago I had, to be honest, forgotten what the synopsis was apart from knowing it was a police procedural. Having a character with Asperger's was great for several reasons, it kept the emotional side out of the way. I know this may sound harsh but it gave the analytical process and the way Cross approaches everything a clean, crisp and more structured way of investigating. The second reason was that it made for some interesting conversations between characters as well as showing how far he has presumably come from the beginning of the series. Thirdly it was great to see someone on the spectrum being positively assisted in the workplace. Now for the plot. This was brilliant, it was quite a complex one as investigated as suicide is then challenged. This in itself leads to other issues and becomes a subplot as such. The main plot has a great amount of intrigue, the process of Cross trying to work only with facts and not gut instinct is quite refreshing and the balance between the team supports Cross and his traits. I have to say the author, in my opinion, did a great job with Cross. His initial emotionless persona was solid, but there were some subtle inclusions that made him a very, very likeable character. The rest of the team add a great balance to this story, they are more traditional in their approach, but they also take on advice and adopt different styles to how they think. This for me gave various different perspectives during the investigation, questioning process and the feel of the story overall. There was also a more personal story within this one, and this again had me hooked. I think pretty much everything about this story had me hooked. The personal story brought in some additional characters and I admit to having a big lump a couple of times. Brilliant crime thriller story with a psychological aspect t it. A story that deals with mental health shows personal growth and is a cracking read. It is one I would definitely recommend, and I would also suggest that unlike me starting it from the beginning of the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline sharp

    Are you looking for the next police procedural series that will have you hooked? Then look no further as DS George Cross is the next detective to watch out for. He is different to any of the other police procedural officers as George Cross is on the autistic spectrum, this makes him a good detective because he has patience, he looks for things others don’t see. He is very likeable and has become one of my new favourite detectives. The author has created someone unique here, although George is goo Are you looking for the next police procedural series that will have you hooked? Then look no further as DS George Cross is the next detective to watch out for. He is different to any of the other police procedural officers as George Cross is on the autistic spectrum, this makes him a good detective because he has patience, he looks for things others don’t see. He is very likeable and has become one of my new favourite detectives. The author has created someone unique here, although George is good at being a detective he’s not always great at social graces, he can feel uncomfortable. But his partner Ottey, police staff Mackenzie and his boss DI Carson are getting used to his ways. Ottey and Mackenzie occasionally pulling him up in saying thank you and some of the social graces. This is book 3 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. But I know that I for one will be getting books one and two to find out what the team thought of George initially. Sandra Wilson is convinced her daughter was murdered, but persuading the police of this fact is another matter. As a recovering drugs addict they see her death as a suicide or accidental overdose. But would Felicity (Flick) have done that after 18 months clean and with her young daughter in the room next to her? When George initially takes a look at the case he has to tell her that everything points to what the coroner has already said. But he enquires a little more, one of the things her ex boyfriend said didn’t make sense, Flick had dumped him as he was unable to stop using and she didn’t want her daughter around him, but one thing he said was that they had never injected, but Flick had died by a high dose of diamorphine injected. There are plenty of suspects to keep the reader guessing with twists and turns, but George’s doggedness gets to the truth at the end. I loved the characters in this book obviously there are always some you don’t like and you aren’t meant to like them but George and the team have something unique, well George is unique. I would highly recommend this book and maybe the series if you like to start from the beginning. The authors writing is just right, the plot flows, you connect with the characters, plenty of twists to keep the best armchair detectives guessing. But also some nice moments with George and his father as well as a retired detective that are very moving. I would like to thank #netgalley and #HeadofZeus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest fair and unbiased review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    'The Patient' is the third book in the highly enjoyable new detective series by Tim Sullivan. Our main protagonist is called 'DI George Brunel Cross', a single-minded and determined detective, who struggles to develop his relationship with his colleagues. It quickly becomes evident (is actually stated in the text) that Cross has Asperger's Syndrome and is on the higher level of the spectrum with an unusual ability to decipher clues and see through the minefield of paperwork, to find the single ou 'The Patient' is the third book in the highly enjoyable new detective series by Tim Sullivan. Our main protagonist is called 'DI George Brunel Cross', a single-minded and determined detective, who struggles to develop his relationship with his colleagues. It quickly becomes evident (is actually stated in the text) that Cross has Asperger's Syndrome and is on the higher level of the spectrum with an unusual ability to decipher clues and see through the minefield of paperwork, to find the single outstanding piece of data that can point the team in the right direction. Highlighting an illness such as Asperger's in a key character can often lead to the use of clichés but thankfully Sullivan is an accomplished author/screenwriter and too sensible to fall into this trap. Cross both acknowledges his struggles and how he attempts to cope with the world around him, while his father and colleagues (Reg, Ottey and Alice), outline their methods of helping him - and indeed, helping each other to cope with Cross. This can lead to some mildly amusing scenes as Cross’s colleagues ponder if “he is pulling their leg” or simply being himself. Cross makes for a pleasant change from the usual maverick police office and is also refreshing to have an Autistic character taking centre stage in a positive manner. Since the first book in the series (‘The Dentist’, which I recommend that you read), the character of Cross has been developed and we have seen the character make many advances in learning how to work (or ‘deal with’ as Cross may say) with the people around him. Initially, I was concerned that the character would change too much but fortunately, the growth of the character fits with the storyline and also suits him. Indeed there are many comic moments, but also sweet ones as Cross tries to adapt his attitude and I laughed out laugh when he plays a joke on Alice. This time around, Cross discovers a grieving woman in the police carpark and tries to assist her. She is convinced that her daughter has not committed suicide but was in fact murdered. Cross becomes convinced by her story and decides to investigate – unfortunately this action puts Cross in direction opposition with a colleague who previously investigated and closed the case. There are some hints towards the eventual solution, but there are plenty of twists remaining to keep the reader on their toes. And I would love to see this series adapted for television.

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