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    James Oswald(Author)

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Natural Causes is the first novel in the Detective Inspector McLean series, from Sunday Times best-selling author James Oswald.

A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago.

For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.

Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.

McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory.

And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .

Natural Causes is the opening to an electrifying series, for fans of Ian Rankin, Peter James and Stuart McBride.

Praise for James Oswald:

'A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene' Daily Record

'Crime fiction's next big thing' The Sunday Telegraph

'Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series' Daily Mail

'Fifty Shades of Hay' The Times

'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers' Daily Mail

'The new Ian Rankin' Daily Record

'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish' The Herald

'A good read' The Times

'An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series' Guardian

Crimefiction's next big thing (The Sunday Telegraph)Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with themeteoric rise of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series (Daily Mail)Fifty Shades of Hay (The Times)Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers (Daily Mail)The new Ian Rankin (Daily Record)The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish (The Herald)A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fictionscene (Daily Record)

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • James Oswald(Author)
  • Penguin (9 May 2013)
  • English
  • 2
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

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  • By Crime drama addict on 15 June 2017

    Thought I would try a new author. As an avid fan of Stuart Macbride (Logan McRae series only) and Peter James I have read all their books so far and am up to date until the next paperback in the series is available. I only read British crime writes as I can't stand the American over dramatised books, plus at least you can visualise the areas Brit writers base the stories in. This has an element of supernatural and some have found it unnecessary and not suited to the story. I found it worked well. I liked this Inspector McLean, there is also a character called Stuart Macbride this could be a little tribute to the author who apparently inspired James Oswald. Good characters, a bit of humour and lots of crime, some reference to violence and gore but not overdone. So far so good with this series, have ordered 2,3 & 4. I usually find that with a series it takes 2 -3 books to get used to a new writer and also to get the characters embedded in your mind by which time you get to know them all and their little ways

  • By P. J. A. Jennings on 7 May 2017

    Inspector McLean is similar to John Rebus in so many ways. They even work out of some of the same police stations, so they must have met! But in McLean's cases there is an element of the supernatural similar to the Dennis Wheatley character The Duke De Richleau. There is never sufficient overt supernatural activity to alert his superiors, but we know that not everything can be put down to natural causes.McLean may have become a multimillionaire over night on the death of his grandmother, but he's no dilettante. A clever, hard working detective given to flashes of inspiration and labouring under an obnoxious, lazy senior officer. He does not let his new found wealth change his way of life much or interfere with his work.One warning however, read these books in order. I found the third in the series, The Hangman's Song, first and read it. It contains multiple spoilers for the first two books.

  • By Sunshine on 22 August 2017

    This book was chosen for a book club read and i had assumed it was just a detective novel, which of course it is, but with a bit of a supernatural twist. I have to admit even with the gruesome start i was hooked from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.This is a fast paced story with a good plot, a few twists and turns and interesting characters. I did feel that there was too much description information in some areas and not enough in others. Some of the characters lacked depth and not enough detail to give you a clear picture of who they were.DI Tony McLean is a likable main character and we actually get to know him quite well but i feel there must be so much more to his back story, there was just too much missing. Not having the full story was a negative for me. Having said that, this is the first in the series so perhaps some of the characters will be more developed as the series continues.You are left guessing through most of the story and all the twists and turns with regards to the actual story are tied up at the end, but some of the personal details are left unclear and a little confusing. Once again, perhaps all comes together in the other books in the series.I would recommend this book and i am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.

  • By ozzie38 on 26 July 2017

    A thoroughly enjoyable story, introducing us to DI McLean & his team. I say this despite the unusual use of demonic possession, in a murder story, as the reason for the slaughter of the guilty as well as the innocent. It left this reader questioning the unresolved paedophilia possibility as a root cause, when seemingly introduced then forgotten about. It might seem that I am adding a critique against this novel, but nothing could be further from the truth. I found the storyline held my interest from the first page to the last. So much so that I have purchased the next 5 books in the series. Thank you, Mr. James Oswald, for all your work in giving your character life. An excellent read.

  • By zippie on 30 March 2017

    What a thrilling murder mystery. So many dead bodies kept popping up which kept you wondering who was behind it all. It kept me enthralled from beginning to end. It would make an excellent tv series. First time I have read this author but I'll definitely be buying again.

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