Review: ‘Written in Bones’ by James Oswald

Publication Date: 23rd February 2017

Published by: Penguin UK

I.S.B.N.: 9780718183677

Price: £12.99

Format: Hardback

 

Blurb

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.

My Review

It’s always difficult to jump into a series, and this is the seventh Inspector McLean novel. Reference to previous events can be confusing in such as case, but not in this book. The writing is clear, with enough information to make sense of these references.

The plot is intriguing – how did a man end up in a tree? How is he connected to a dead club owner? and why isn’t McLean getting help from senior officers? I really enjoyed the plot twists and the characters. There were some minor errors – a character changes names for a chapter – from Ruth to Joan and back again.

Overall, an enjoyable crime thriller.

3/5

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