Dead Men's Bones

Dead Men's Bones

A Detective Inspector McLean Mystery

Book - 2014
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Inspector McLean's search for the truth underlying a murder investigation puts everyone he cares about at risk.
Publisher: London, England : Penguin Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781629538280
9781405917094
Branch Call Number: OSWAL
Characteristics: 458 pages ; 20 cm

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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

There’s never just one case at a time that Tony McLean is handed. Nor is it ever a couple of “normal” cases, easily solved, that land in his lap. First he finds himself ankle-deep in snow, peering into the gully of the River North Esk as the SOC officers retrieve the bod... Read More »


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sapl3 Apr 09, 2020

JOANNE'S MYSTERY PICKS

There’s never just one case at a time that Tony McLean is handed. Nor is it ever a couple of “normal” cases, easily solved, that land in his lap. First he finds himself ankle-deep in snow, peering into the gully of the River North Esk as the SOC officers retrieve the body of a man from the swirling, detritus-filled waters. Easy enough, he thinks, until he bends down to examine the man and discovers that not only is he naked, but his entire body is covered in tattoos with only a few traces of white skin visible. So begins Dead Men’s Bones, Oswald’s fourth book in his Tony McLean series. But before McLean can get back to the station, he’s alerted to a shooting at a farmhouse in north-east Fife. A prominent politician, Andrew Weatherly has shot and killed his wife, two daughters, and then has turned the gun on himself.

This novel is darker and more disturbing as Oswald brings in more facets of the occult and deviant behaviour. But Tony is never completely on his own tackling the forces of evil. He’s supported by a cast of wonderful characters from Grumpy Bob (DS Laird), Angus Cadwallader, the pathologist, and DS Ritchie, to Madame Rose and Detective Superintendent Duguid (a perfect foil to McLean). Not for the faint of heart!

Joanne gives Dead Men's Bones 4 daggers out of 5!

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beetlebaily
Apr 26, 2019

Very god writing. I really enjoyed it but the ending was totally unsatisfactory. In fact, rather absurd.

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rgally
Nov 19, 2018

James Oswald writes a good and twisty tale. The intertwining threads coming together in unexpected ways. The bad guy isn't always who you think it is and McLean doesn't always get the bad one.

Start can be a bit slow but it picks up in a most satisfactory way

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