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Series: Inspector McLean #7
Title: Written in Bones
Author: James Oswald
Publisher: Penguin UK, Michael Joseph
Published: February 23rd, 2017
This is a fantastic police crime thriller which grabs the reader and puts them right in the heart of the action from the very start! The author is skilled at bringing everything to life in the imagination of the reader – I could imagine most of the events unfolding before my very eyes, as if I actually witnessed them.
When a ten year old boy out walking his dog, runs home claiming that a body has been dropped from the sky and into a tree his Mum doesn’t believe him. When she checks, she reluctantly calls the police. Interviewed by DI Tony McLean, the boy is adamant that it was dropped but he couldn’t see what by, but it sounded like giant wings flapping- like a dragon! It turns out the boy is the son of a deceased leading figure in the criminal underworld. When the body that almost dropped on him turns out to be an ex-cop turned criminal mastermind turned local philanthropist Tony needs to investigate the deceased man’s past, venturing deeper into the dangerous underworld where secrets, deception and more will be uncovered in this fast paced plot.
This is a murder with a difference. The investigation is filled with intrigue, misdirection, deception and drama – and there’s even romance! I have no hesitation in recommending this to anyone who enjoys reading well written murder mysteries with great characters and filled with a plethora of twists to keep you guessing just how and why the initial murder was committed.
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
The roots of murder run deep . . .
When a body is found in a tree in The Meadows, Edinburgh’s scenic parkland, the forensics suggest the corpse has fallen from a great height.
Detective Inspector Tony McLean wonders whether it was an accident, or a murder designed to send a chilling message?
The dead man had led quite a life: a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin who reinvented himself as a celebrated philanthropist.
As McLean traces the victim’s journey, it takes him back to Edinburgh’s past, and through its underworld – crossing paths with some of its most dangerous and most vulnerable people.And waiting at the end of it all, is the truth behind a crime that cuts to the very heart of the city . . .
Inspector McLean is back in the next gripping instalment in James Oswald’s bestselling crime series.
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