Tim Sullivan: The Dentist

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for The Dentist. My review is written with thanks to Emma Welton for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book.


An outsider himself, DS George Cross is drawn to this case. The discovery of the dead man’s connection to an old cold case then pulls Cross in further. Convinced this is where the answer to the murder lies, he sets about solving another that someone has spent the past fifteen years thinking they’ve got away with.

Cross’ relentless obsession with logic, detail and patterns is what makes him so irritatingly brilliant. It doesn’t exactly make him popular with colleagues or his superiors, though. He has numerous enemies in the force wanting to see him fail.

Red flags are soon raised as suspicious inconsistencies and errors in the original detective’s investigation come to light. Now retired, this ex-cop has powerful friends in the force and a long-standing dislike of Cross.

Set in picturesque Bristol in the Southwest of England, it’s not long before the city reveals its dark underbelly, in a case of intriguing twists and turns whose result astonishes even those involved.

Difficult and awkward, maybe. But Cross has the best conviction rate in Avon & Somerset Police. By far. Will this case put an end to that?


I always like getting stuck into a new detective series, and this series featuring Detective Sergeant George Cross is no different. Cross is a different kind of detective, and I was intrigued by what his Aspergers’ brain could bring to the case he is investigating. Sullivan’s research of this area is impeccable and I appreciated his observations of the way Aspergers’ affected Cross’ behaviour. Cross’ unique way of working also affected the methods used within his team and I enjoyed finding out more about the way he related to them. Ottey and Mackenzie are both intriguing characters in their own right and I look forward to seeing how they develop in future instalments.

The Dentist is set in Bristol. Although I am not familiar with the area, Sullivan’s descriptions of places gave me a very clear picture of the location and allowed me to see in my mind’s eye exactly what was happening.

The plot of The Dentist is quite complex, but just like Cross himself, I enjoyed putting the puzzle together. I found the victim’s back story really interesting and wanted to find out what had happened. It’s not a straightforward case, but I enjoyed all the twists and turns and surprises along the way.

I was thrilled to discover that the second novel in the series, The Cyclist, was published yesterday and it was an immediate addition to my ever growing to-be-read pile!

The Dentist is available from Amazon.

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