A body is found in a tree in the Meadows, Edinburgh's beautiful public park. The forensics suggest that the corpse has fallen from a height - but was it an accident or a shocking message?
The dead man had led quite a life - a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin and, most recently, the head of a celebrated charity.
As McLean investigates, his search takes him from the city's underworld - crossing paths with some of the most dangerous and the most vulnerable people in society - before taking him to the heart of a shadowy conspiracy stretching back years....
©2017 James Oswald (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
A man with a child in his ears - @ShutterSpin.
This is one series where I always look forwards to the next instalment. The mixture of strong characters, police procedural and elements of the supernatural all infused with Ian Hanmore's smooth as velvet narration are all ingredients for a fine audiobook experience. Another odd case confronts Inspector McLean with a body appearing to have been dropped from a great height making for a tough assignment.
After the dizzying heights and dramatic crescendo that Oswald achieved in the previous instalment "The Damage Done" it was always going to be a tough act to follow and I think it has proved that way. Much of this book felt a just a little more staid and ordinary than the previous ones until the concluding hours of the book. Most of the it feels like the characters being given a much deserved break from their earlier physical and metaphysical exertions. Personally I luxuriated happily listening to the purring Hanmore and enjoying the characters as much as the story even if the ending and the way the mystery of the original crime was resolved was a little unimpressive to my ears.
I see some reviews on Amazon are strongly hinting that this book could be taken as a stand-alone novel. I suppose that it could be and still be enjoyed but this series is so good that I would urge anyone considering that to instead start from the beginning. The back story of the characters and the premise of the series are so strong that this one is well worth investing in.
So not the best of the series but still enough for me to feel that I have had my McLean fix for the year!
Retired drug and alcohol worker. Due to a spinal injury I unfortunately had to retire earlier than hoped for. I have always enjoyed reading
I counted the days, excited about the release of James Oswalds latest book. I was not disappointed only sorry that I have finished it. It was full of twists and turns keeping me absorbed and guessing throughout the whole book. I feel I know the character's each with their own individual personalities. James Oswald can write his books without acts of brutal violence, blood and gore that can be quite horrific to read/listen to. Also, although there is some cursing, it is appropriate within the character and not just endless bad language that is totally unnecessary. Ian Hanmore was again faultless in his narration. Roll on the next book.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This was a little disappointing. Having enjoyed the others in this series I felt that this story was not one of the better ones.
I thought the narrator was good so it was a good and enjoyable story to listen to, but one that could be skimmed with not great loss to the tale.
Kildonan by the sea
This is much more a procedural than any of inspector McLean have been, the supernatural is more of a malevolence that sometimes takes form but is very based on reality and human weakness not so much on evil powers or supernatural forces. That is the only weakness I see in this series the avoidance of commitment to a supernatural or a reality based story line, but then again that is in large part the charm of this series.
The plot was well developed and the characters were as always interesting and well drawn.
As engaging as ever...we meet some new faces, say goodbye to a few and hello again to some old ones! Another gripping tale that keeps Tony on his toes!
Well read as ever, with familiar characters and evil doers making a reappearance. Twists and turns, life in peril, and emotions we can all understand. But that ending? Oh my, the wait for the next book will be torture!
I have all this series of books and can honestly say the characters feel like old friends and I really look forward to dipping into their strange complicated work and home lives.
This book however isn't the best of the series so I strongly advise you start at the beginning and listen to all the books in order and I sincerely believe you will be as hooked as I am. If you like crime/thriller with a large splash of the occult and sense of humour these are the books for you.
Just when I was starting to think that maybe this would be the last of the Inspector McLean books I would listen to I was once again glued. The detecting was more main stream than in the past with the weird limited (more or less) to a 'dragon' dropping a body in a tree to start the story off. I enjoyed the story and the characters and, as always, Ian Hanmore's reading.
The narration is as good as usual, but the story relies a bit too much on previous books, I won't say things are getting a bit stale....yet.... but come on James you can and have done better work.
Absolutely - however it would need to be as good as previous work by the author - or it would be getting returned.
any thing to do with Mrs MacCutchens cat
Overall the book was ok, all the well known characters were there, the narrator seemed like an old friend,..... However so did the story line
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