James Oswald
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James Oswald

James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 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. He has also introduced the world to Detective Constable Constance 'Con' Fairchild, whose first outing was in the acclaimed No Time To Cry. As J D Oswald, 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 whole series is now available in print, ebook and audio formats. 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 moved out of the caravan when Storm Gertrude blew the Dutch barn down on top of it, and now lives in a proper house with three dogs, two cats and a long-suffering partner. He farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.

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Best Sellers

    • Nothing to Hide

    • Constance Fairchild, Book 2
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 68

    The new book in the brilliant Constance Fairchild series, from one of Scotland's foremost crime writers....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Slightly Lackluster for an Oswald Book

    • By Simon on 27-07-19

    Regular price: £23.99

    • No Time to Cry

    • James Oswald, Book 1
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Rose Akroyd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 449
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 448

    From one of the UK's biggest crime writers - the man brought you the best-selling Inspector McLean novels - comes a phenomenal new series guaranteed to have your heart in your mouth....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oswald's Altered Mirror Images!

    • By Simon on 26-07-18

    Regular price: £29.99

    • Cold as the Grave

    • The Insepctor McLean Series, Book 9
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 470
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 443

    Her lifeless body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best One for a While!

    • By Simon on 10-02-19

    Regular price: £23.99

    • Natural Causes

    • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald's gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

    • By Patricia on 22-06-13

    Regular price: £22.00

    • The Book of Souls

    • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 2
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Book of Souls by James Oswald. Read by the actor Ian Hanmore....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Creepier and More Sinister . . . In A Good Way!

    • By Simon on 15-09-15

    Regular price: £22.00

    • Dead Men's Bones

    • Inspector McLean, Book 4
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

    Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellently written, narrated series

    • By caroline on 09-09-14

    Regular price: £22.00

    • The Hangman's Song

    • Inspector McLean, Book 3
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Hangman's Song, the third in the phenomenally successful Inspector McLean series....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A MUST AUDIO BOOK

    • By Animal lover on 05-03-14

    Regular price: £24.00

    • The Gathering Dark

    • Inspector McLean, Book 8
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 627
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 581
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585

    A truck driver loses control in central Edinburgh, ploughing into a crowded bus stop and spilling his vehicle's toxic load. The consequences are devastating....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Warmly Supernatural!

    • By Simon on 28-01-18

    Regular price: £23.99

    • The Damage Done

    • Inspector McLean 6
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,057

    McLean must investigate the seedy goings-on of an exclusive and secretive society catering to the rich and powerful of the city....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't want it to end!

    • By Louise on 06-06-16

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Written in Bones

    • Inspector McLean, Book 7
    • By: James Oswald
    • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 758
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 706
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 706

    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? Find out....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Tony M You've Been Gone Too Long

    • By Simon on 24-02-17

    Regular price: £21.99

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