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Dead Men's Bones: Inspector McLean 4 (Inspector Mclean Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

James Oswald
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector McLean series set in Edinburgh and is already a Sunday Times Top Five bestseller.


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 realizes 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 . . .


The first three titles in the bestselling Inspector McLean series - Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, and The Hangman's Song, are all available as Penguin paperbacks and eBooks. Fans of Ian Rankin and Stuart MacBride will love James Oswald's writing.


Praise for the James Oswald and the Inspector McLean series:


'A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene' Daily Record


'Crime fiction's next big thing' The Sunday Telegraph


'Literary sensation . . .James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E. L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series' Daily Mail


'Fifty Shades of Hay' The Times


'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail


'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record


'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald


'A good read' The Times


'An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series' Guardian


'Classy, occasionally brutal, and with the odd suggestion of the supernatural, this will doubtless be another deserved hit. Oswald's writing is in a class above most in this genre' Daily Express


James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first three, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls and The Hangman's Song are also available as Penguin paperbacks and eBooks. He has written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories.


In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.



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There's a timely feel to this macabre police procedural, which also has shade of the supernatural. After a top politician shoots his family, Detective Tony McLean uncovers an establishment sex-abuse ring, operated at a mental hospital. Creepy, gritty and gruesome (Sunday Mirror)

The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish (The Herald)

Crime fiction's next big thing (The Sunday Telegraph)

Literary sensation . . . James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of E L James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series (Daily Mail)

Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers (Daily Mail)

Fifty Shades of Hay (The Times)

About the Author

James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first three, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls and The Hangman's Song are available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. His epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, is also published by Penguin.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 989 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1405917091
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I9PVKJS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.

James has also written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men. The first three books in the series are currently available on kindle.

James has pursued a varied career - from Wine Merchant to International Carriage Driving Course Builder via Call Centre Operative and professional Sheep Shit Sampler (true). He currently lives in a large caravan inside a Dutch Barn in Fife, with three dogs and two cats. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.



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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, going from strength to strength 8 July 2014
By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I read the first of this series featuring DI Tony McLean a couple of years ago when I was new to Kindle. It was self published, I was impressed by the quality of his writing and have followed his stories with keen interest since. I'm delighted to note that this one, fourth in the series, and his earlier books have been picked up for publication by Penguin and James Oswald may rightly be considered an established author. His is a difficult genre and comparisons with Rankin and McBride are inevitable, but unnecessary. Each have their place, appeal, similarities and differences. Oswald's Edinburgh series is a police procedural, crime thriller with a twist of the unexplained. It works for me. McLean's developed as an individual, as have his colleagues. The politics of policing a reorganised structure where former boundaries, job titles and expectations have changed is captured well. Allegiances are a thing of the past.

McLean is tasked with wrapping up a family murder/suicide. He's ordered to reach the required outcome. But he's the spanner thrown knowingly into the works. He's caught in power games played by senior colleagues. Corruption at senior level is rife, games are played right down the line. Add the mysterious death of a naked male, tattooed from head to foot ( but in the last couple of weeks), spooks, SAS, wealthy business people and a beguiling female with unusual strengths and you have all the ingredients for a first class tale.

The pace is great and I enjoyed the strong sense of place. Edinburgh and environs are well described and although Oswald doesn't go down the route of dialect, the dialogue is definitely local. People 'blether' and 'guddle' and I found their voices very Scottish. Quietly so, in the main. The hint of the supernatural or unexplained is there but remains plausible.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I'm convinced this is a series with legs. It just gets better and better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book with your lights on 23 July 2014
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Read this book with your lights on.
In a huge fan of James Oswald and I was so excited to start the next book in the Inspector MacLean series. Dead Man's Bones is the fourth book and this one also has a touch of the paranormal lurking between the pages.
DI Tony MacLean is recovering from his near fatal hanging and shattered leg sustained in Hangman's Song and after returning to work he is asked to investigate the apparent murder suicide by a very influential politician. Tony is asked to close the investigation early on until he receives photos and information from a suspected Secret Service agent who prompts him to dig deeper. At the centre of it all is the very alluring Mrs Saifre who seems to be in all the wrong places at the right times. Mysteriously, after the case is closed, everyone even remotely connected to the Weatherly case seemed to fall fatally ill and Tony is left to fight for his life and the life of his team members.
This book is absolutely gripping and definitely keeps you on your toes. DI MacLean is such a likeable character and his compassion for everyone else coupled with his sense of justice leaves you wanting more. The danger around Mrs Saifre has been expertly woven in the story line and each mention of her leaves you with a sense of dread and foreboding. I can not wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Couldn't wait to read this new book as I'd read the previous books and enjoyed them and could see that with each book the author was growing better and better. The characters are becoming more rounded as they progress through each book and you begin to feel more and more that they are real people.The locations in and around Edinburgh are well described and as a "local" I can definitely say that althought the names may be changed slightly it's easy to work out where they are because of the accurate description of the areas.I love the continuity of his writing,referring to people,places or events from previous books means the reader can recall things they have read in earlier books and keep that link though the whole series so far,I'm also very happy that the cat has become a regular in each,being someone who has had cats for many years his descriptions of the behavior of this animal is just spot on! Hope the next book comes along very soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cat Bodyguards 23 July 2014
By bonjovi
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These books are getting better and better and annoying my Husband as I have tended to wake early to continue reading. Definitely a page turner and never sure what will happen. Not quite convinced by the ending but you will have to read and make up your own mind. If there was a disappointment, it was that there was no clue to the next in the series. No brief morsel to tempt you and no mention of when to expect the next book. My main thought is how these can been turned in TV shows and if the casting and scripts will ruin or totally alter the characters. No idea if this is being planned but look forward to seeing if this does occur. Just hope is will not be like the Banks books that have not been transferred very well (in our opinion).
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5.0 out of 5 stars My friend Inspector McLean 18 July 2014
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James Oswald has developed a character who feels like a friend. It is amazing how engrossed I become, not only in the plots but in the character. The McLean series is a must but whilst you can jump straight in a number 4 you'd be advised to start at the beginning. Dead Men's Bones is a work of fiction you feel you could believe in, start hunting the map to see if you can follow the search. The plots give a nice easy build, can be gory but nothing overly offensive, pulling in threads until you are just hanging on for the twist. Love them all. Love this one. Brilliant!!! I've read McBride, Rankin, Brookmyre and a host of other Scottish crime authors but Oswald is coming way out top. When's the next one due?
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Published 2 days ago by N White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
you have to read this series
Published 3 days ago by K. Algar
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff
Great read
Published 5 days ago by Roger Greenacre
5.0 out of 5 stars More nasty surprises in Scotland's capital
Another twisting turning Inspector Maclean novel with clues hard to find and the usual range of interesting characters plus some new ones. Can't wait for the next one!
Published 7 days ago by Ms. F. M. Mcowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping read
Can't wait for the next one in the series. . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 8 days ago by Tabbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Love this author and his work.
The combination of crime thriller and supernatural is ingenious. Can't wait to read more.
Published 10 days ago by Christine Seaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical whodunnit
James Oswald has to be one of my favorite authors I love the way he writes. Always a supernatural twist in his Inspector Mclean series. Read more
Published 13 days ago by firefly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good
This guy can't write enough of these stories for me. They are truly superb! James Oswald is up there with the very best of authors. Keep them coming!
Published 15 days ago by Awram
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
The Inspector McLean series get better with each book. The plot holds your interest and the stories are not the usual run of the mill.
Published 18 days ago by Sue Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars James Oswald does it again
James Oswald does it again, another great novel perfectly blending detective with the supernatural. I'm hooked on the Inspector McLean series.
Published 19 days ago by Kenny G
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