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Natural Causes: Inspector McLean 1 (Inspector Mclean Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

James Oswald
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Book Description

Natural Causes is the first novel from James Oswald in the Detective Inspector McLean series.



A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.



For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.



Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.



McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory.



And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .



James Oswald's Detective Inspector McLean appears here for the first time. Natural Causes is the opening to an electrifying new series. Subsequent titles include The Book of Souls and The Hangman's Song. Fans of Ian Rankin, Peter James and Stuart MacBride will love James Oswald's work.



Praise for James Oswald:



'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 EL 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



James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first two in the series, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls, are available from Penguin, with the third title, The Hangman's Song, forthcoming for 2014. He has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro as well as comic scripts and short stories. In his spare time James runs a 350 acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.



http://jamesoswald.co.uk/



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Review

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

Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of EL 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 star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene (Daily Record)

About the Author

James Oswald is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels. Currently there are two available, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls. He has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir BenfroIn 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. http://jamesoswald.co.uk/

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8U3BRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (830 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,821 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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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read 10 Sept. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I tend to buy books by authors I know and trust to deliver a good read. I knew absolutely nothing about this author, but the book was free, the genre one I enjoy so what did I have to lose?
I'm very glad I did. The style owes much to Stuart Macbride whose quirky humour is always fun to read. It was always going to be difficult to write a detective novel on Rebus patch, but James Oswald has managed to bring a different view of Edinburgh to the reader through his Inspector Mclean creation. The main character is beautifully crafted. In fact characterisation throughout is excellent, and the many stranded plot is skillfully weaved together to a climax that delivers the goods. I did not find the opening gory, a little graphic perhaps but it did the job of pulling the reader in, and tied in perfectly with the plot climax.
Overall the book was thoroughly enjoyable, and of a standard that sent me looking for more from this author. I was therefore very surprised to discover that James Oswald was unpublished. I'm glad he had the faith in his writing to publish himself, and did not lose heart. I enjoyed this enough to look for other novels by this author, and be prepared to pay for them. This was a very good read. I look forward to the next Inspector Mclean story.
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135 of 141 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate opening chapter 1 Aug. 2012
By EGR
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I see that all the one star reviews are complaining about the opening chapter. I must admit that I initially decided not to get this book after reading the opening in the "Look Inside" feature.

Still, as it was free, and had a number of positive reviews, I decided to take a chance. In fact the opening chapter feels completely out of step with the rest of the book, which is a fairly decent detective novel. Some reviewers have complained of supernatural elements in the story, but they are written subtly enough that you can choose to treat them as real or imaginary, as suits. (John Locke does a similar thing in some of his excellent Donovan Creed and Emmett Love stories - although that's not to imply that James Oswald is in a class with John Locke!).

So, a decent read, which would have been better with a less graphic opening. Good enough that I'm going to take a chance and pay for the second book in the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well written crime thriller 6 Oct. 2012
By wren
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This book was recommended to me and as it was free I downloaded it. The opening is shocking. There's no getting away from that. Was it a ploy to draw the reader in? I don't know. What I do know is this is a well written crime novel and no more gory than other crime novels I've read.

I like James Oswalds style, it's fast paced and easy to read which keeps the plot moving along nicely. I never felt bogged down with unnecessary padding.

Inspector Mclean is an interesting and complex character and his collegues are well rounded and believable.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series and hope that Mr Oswald will give Inspector Mclean many more cases to solve.
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144 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and well written 15 Mar. 2012
By Betty
Format:Kindle Edition
Natural causes starts off with a shocking scene which grabs your attention. The story then develops into a most enjoyable crime novel, with a hint of horror/fantasy. The characters are interesting and the main character likeable. The story is set in Edinburgh with lots of wee references to the city. I for one am very much looking forward to the next in this series. I would certainly recommend this book - I was gripped from the beginning and couldn't put it down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please 26 May 2012
By M. King
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I can understand the author selling this for free to get his name out there but still can't overcome the nagging feeling that I've cheated somebody out of some well earned wages in getting this great book for nothing.

Basically its a very good Edinburgh based crime story with some very overt supernatural strings in the background.

The chief protagonist Inspector McLean is a well drawn and likeable character who feels like a real person and does pretty much what you'd expect a real person to do in his circumstances. No stupid or illogical acts here just to drive the plot along.

There are hints to a significant back-story of which I'm sure we'll hear more in future books -- and James can charge for those if they are anywhere near as good as this one.

The nearest thing I can compare this to tonally, at a stretch , is the John Connolly "Charlie Parker" stories , so I'm safe in saying that, if you like those stories you'll like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling read 23 Sept. 2012
By debby
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book (despite the graphic start) - innovative mix of detective story with just a subtle hint of the supernatural. Normally refuse to pay more than 20p for a kindle book (mean, me?? :-)) but actually spent proper money to buy the 2nd in the McLean series after reading this one. Can't wait for number 3.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more!!! 18 May 2012
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I want more! The charaters are very believeable and the writing had me hooked from page 1. A very gory start to the story but it takes off very quickly with plenty of twists and turns. Set in Edinburgh, which is a city i have yet to visit, James Oswald describes the city in a way that i could almost say i knew where he was. I hope that this is the start of a long series of books. More please Mr Oswald!
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gruesome but compulsive reading 8 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was concerned at the first chapter that I would not be able to stay the course, it was somewhat disturbing to say the least. I am happy to have stuck with it and really enjoyed the development of the characters and the turns in the story. The body count is very high, the descriptions graphic but it kept me fully engrossed - a real page clicker!!
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