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Summary

Two victims. Nothing connects them, except that someone buried them in the exact same way. Seven hundred years apart.

An archaeological dig at the old South Leith parish kirkyard has turned up a mysterious body dating from around 700 years ago. Some suspect that this gruesome discovery is a sacrifice, placed there for a specific purpose.

Then a second body is unearthed. This victim went missing only 30 years ago - but the similarities between her death and the ancient woman's suggest something even more disturbing.

Drawn into the investigation, Inspector McLean finds himself torn between a worrying trend of violent drug-related deaths and uncovering what truly connects these bodies. When a third body is discovered, and too close for comfort, he begins to suspect dark purpose at play - and that whoever put them there is far from finished.

©2022 James Oswald (P)2022 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"The new Ian Rankin." (Daily Record)

"Crime fiction's next big thing." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • 20-02-22

Great writting

Great storyteller but this book was a little over long
Roll on the next one and trust there more pace
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A Good Story

I came across a negative reviews on Audible before I listened to this book but I needn’t have worried it was a good story beautifully read and I found myself reluctant to turn off to get on with my day. I really enjoy James Oswald‘s writing and I have read all the Tony McLean and Constance Fairchild series.

I didn’t find this dark as another review suggested, It was just typical of the Tony McLean series. I hope we have seen the last of Jane Louise D

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Fantastic again 👏 👏👏

The writing of James Oswald and the narrative from Ian Hanmore have done it once more.
This series of books featuring DCI/DI McLean is phenomenal - I will enjoy them several times.
Congratulations to all involved in the making of these audio books!

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another masterpiece by James oswald

another great read by this author I have read and reread all the Tony McClain books and eagerly await each new one and am never disappointed, story line,plot,people involved even the cats have a clever and creative involvement to the whole story which includes humour, mystic and suspense.Each character has a prominent part throughout and Ian Hanmore brings them to life as they each have their own voice and dialect , As the story unfolds they all get to bring the story to conclusion with clarity but which also leaves you with an air of suspense at the end .
I love the narrators voice I could listen to him all day, he makes each character believable and his smooth tones a various Scottish accents adds to the perception of each individual the only negative to say is I read it too quickly , couldn't put it down, and sorry it's finished and now wondering will there be another for Tony!!!

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Outstanding.

This is back to the weird and not so wonderful McLean world, I loved it, it was pretty clear what was happening from early on mind you but I welcomed the return to the weird. I'm not that fond of Ian Hanmore's narration though, I find him a little irritating, would prefer Angus King or Steve Worsley.

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Oswald on top form

Usual great story from one if my very fave authors.
Will our hero survive this?

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Sublime

I loved it . For me James Oswald teamed with Ian Hanmore narrating ., Inspector McClain & Madam Rose spell out a magical time .That summertime 5.30am Fresh coffee moment my 5pm G&T & sitting out late in the garden as the sun goes down … heaven .

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Another Brilliant Adventure!

It was another great adventure with Tony McLean and all the familiar characters including the perfect narrator that go together to make up a right good listen. Thanks to James Oswald yet again!

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Too supernatural

A decent detective story then the ghouls seeped in..the ending quite bizarre and unfinished.