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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 59 minutes
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- 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.
This is a really good novel; a mixture of fantasy in a very realistic, grim and gritty storyline. The characters of the police officers show them to be human beings with frailties that they have to overcome. It shows the reality of modern police work; and there is a great deal of sympathy for the work they have to do in often very trying circumstances. The whole novel is very well put together and the pace is just right for the type of storyline.
If I were to be very picky, I would highlight one minor flaw; courts in the UK do not use gavels! This is something that is often seen in American dramas and many writers make the mistake of thinking this represents all legal proceedings. But overall, this story has a superb plot, some great writing, fully rounded character development and a couple of interesting twists to keep the reader engaged throughout. This book might even make the basis of a really good TV drama.
I would definitely look out for more by this author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read 'Natural Causes', the first book in the Inspector McLean series more than 2 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it - I found it both exciting and well-written. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Graham of Watton
It’s several months after NATURAL CAUSES. In the run-up to Christmas DI Tony McLean is juggling assisting in an on-going drugs operation while investigating a series of mysterious... Read morePublished 1 month ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
I can certainly recommend it, you need a good memory! Love the style of writing, flashbacks, dreams, the author assumes the intelligence of the reader.Published 1 month ago by Barking Car
Really good thriller and crime procedural with a spooky twist - moving on to no 3 right nowPublished 1 month ago by C. L. Taylor