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A very pleasing continuation of this enjoyable crime/supernatural detectve series.
on 31 July 2014
Another very good read in the Inspector McLean series. Enjoyed Natural Causes and thought the Book of Souls was even better. This one just about kept to that standard, although for those who had not read the previous book, the references to Emma and the souls from the 'book' would have been confusing. I do understand those readers who would rather have their detective fiction without the supernatural background - but I find it quite refreshing - not least because it is not treading too much on the toes of Rankin's superb Rebus. I thought the stories linked in nicely and it was definitely a page-turner for me - even though I'd sussed out the identity of the 'person' behind the suicides early on. My only minor concern is the increasingly pantomime villain character of 'Dagwood'. I think James Oswald needs to start thinking how to develop this relationship with him and McLean, so by Book 21 they are still not arguing with each other over a desk or in front of senior colleague. Looking forward to Book 4 - to follow up some of the unresolved issues, and enjoy James Oswald's increasingly confident storytelling and flowing dialogue, which continues to develop favourably. I strongly recommend this series for crime fans who like a touch of 'supernatural' atmosphere hiding at the back - but read them in order and promptly after each other - to maintain the thread running thorough them.