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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E67KSLY
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The Book of Souls: An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 2 Audio Download – Unabridged
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Set six months on from the events of Natural Causes it finds McLean gradually coming to terms with the murder of his fiancée, not moving on but accepting the hole in his life. When Anderson - the Christmas Killer, responsible for her death - is himself killed in prison by a fellow inmate, it seems as if the demons can finally be put to rest. However, within hours of the funeral a woman's body is found, left in a culvert, bearing all the hallmarks of an Anderson victim, and McLean is faced with the prospect of a copycat continuing the man's work.
Meanwhile decommissioned factories around Edinburgh are burning down. Ten and counting, each locked up tighter than Fort Knox and stripped of combustible materials. The fire officer is at a loss as to the cause, but they keep burning and people keep dying. Are the construction companies developing the sites responsible? Or is something more sinister at work? Witnesses give strange accounts, akin to spontaneous combustion, like the buildings wanted to die. But that's just dementia and alcohol talking, surely.
As more young women turn up dead the pressure is on McLean from all angles.Read more ›
Yes there is an end, but we are left with unanswered questions all over the place and unexplained loose connections with the other crimes he is supposed to have solved at the same time.
Central to the plot is an alleged supernatural book and we learn later a ghost who helps Mc lean track it , I think !!
Detective fiction in my view has to be grounded in believeability and facts, and sadly this falls well short of anything vaguely resembling real life. Crime fiction it is not, by any stretch of generousity.
I will not be reading anymore and now, not even the first one !!
It gets 2 stars as it is well written but Mr Oswald really needs to get some decent story lines under his belt before he tries again.
I often suspect nearly everyone of being the killer, until more evidence is revealed, but this time I struggled. In desperation I even considered Dagwood's constant meddling was for a more sinister reason than his sheer incompetence and jealousy. Lucky I wasn't a policeman then.
The characters are becoming real people for me and I feel I can see them as they go about their working lives. This can cause some disappointments if the series is ever televised, but so few are that it probably won't matter. What's for certain is that I'm really looking forward to episode three.
would make great TV or film. Thanks for a great read.Hopefully MrOswald will have time and inclination to write some more.
I was not disappointed with 'The Book of Souls', In 'Natural Causes', writer James Oswald provides some hints that McLean had experienced a dark past, and we now discover what this is: several years ago his girlfriend was abducted, raped and murdered by a serial killer known by the media as 'the Christmas Killer'. Although McLean was successful in bringing the killer to justice, 10 years later, following the death in prison of 'the Christmas Killer', as series of copy-cat murders begins.
Set in Edinburgh, 'The Book of Souls' is an exciting story which should appeal to anyone who likes British crime thrillers. I shan't wait so long this time before buying the next book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unfortunately was certainly not in very good condition!
The front cover had peeled all round and was even ripped in places. The book was WELL used.
Hooked from the first page and working my way through the whole Inspector McClean series now. I would compare this series to the Peter James - Roy Grace books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N. Patterson
This book was first class. I read the first one for free and couldn't wait for this one to be released. It was worth the wait though.Published 2 months ago by s mciiandhu