Sunday Times bestseller Prayer for the Dead is the fifth novel in the bestselling Inspector McLean series by author James Oswald.
'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald
'Are you ready to be reborn?'
The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.
In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.
Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.
Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power . . .
'Are you ready for the mysteries to be revealed?'
Here we are, book 5 and back in the life of Inspector Tony McLean.
I only started this series at book 4. That wasn't intentional I didn't realise at the time I was reading the 4th book, so thought I'd just carry on from there.
In this book McLean is asked to investigate a missing reporter, by another reporter Jo Dalgleish. She is concerned that her colleague is missing. It turns out she has every reason to be concerned when he turns up dead.
Found in a cave.
He also has issues with Madam Rose, a fortune teller who turns up needing somewhere to stay.
I don't want to give to much of the story away, as I really don't want to spoil it for anyone who is yet to read it.
I really enjoyed this book. The way the story went was very well done.
I think had I read books 1 to 3 I may have more of McLean's background, but I don't think only starting at book 4 has done me any harm really.
McLean is a likeable character, and he's really growing on me. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in and being able to read the next book in this series. I have it waiting on my kindle to get started.
Dead Men's Bones
I started this book last night, only to realise I have all ready read it. But no worries, it refreshed my memory ready for the next book. I'm trying to play catch up on some of the series of books I have so this is my next series to catch up on.
Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector Mclean series set in Edinburgh.
But it is the first one I have read. i can safely say I will now be reading book 1,2 and 3.
I didn't feel like I couldn't follow things or follow the plot by not having read the previous books, but I enjoyed this one so much I want to read the others.
The book starts off with Detective Tony Mclean at the scene where the body of a naken man has been found by a local walking his dog.
Then there is a shooting at a farm house. It turns out that A MSP has killed his 2 children, his wife and then himself.
This is where Mclean begins his investigations into what has actually happened, he's told to do what he always does- dig deeper than is really necessary and complicate things- and that is exactly what he does.
It seems though that someone somewhere is trying to cover up, some want the case closed and forgotten about. Yet others want the truth out.
Can Mclean find out exactly what happened before any more bodies turn up. Or is is this just the beginning of what can only be a long journey to the truth.
Brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed every part of this book.
A family lies slaughtered in an isolated house in North East Fife . . .
Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself.
But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly?
For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realises he's being manipulated by shadowy factions.
Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean instead seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk . . .
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