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A body is found in a tree in the Meadows, Edinburgh's beautiful public park. The forensics suggest that the corpse has fallen from a height - but was it an accident or a shocking message?

The dead man had led quite a life - a disgraced ex-cop turned criminal kingpin and, most recently, the head of a celebrated charity.

As McLean investigates, his search takes him from the city's underworld - crossing paths with some of the most dangerous and the most vulnerable people in society - before taking him to the heart of a shadowy conspiracy stretching back years....

©2017 James Oswald (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Simon
  • 02-24-17

Tony M You've Been Gone Too Long

This is one series where I always look forwards to the next instalment.  The mixture of strong characters, police procedural and elements of the supernatural all infused with Ian Hanmore's smooth as velvet narration are all ingredients for a fine audiobook experience.  Another odd case confronts Inspector McLean with a body appearing to have been dropped from a great height making for a tough assignment.

After the dizzying heights and dramatic crescendo that Oswald achieved in the previous instalment "The Damage Done" it was always going to be a tough act to follow and I think it has proved that way.  Much of this book felt a just a little more staid and ordinary than the previous ones until the concluding hours of the book.  Most of the it feels like the characters being given a much deserved break from their earlier physical and metaphysical exertions.  Personally I luxuriated happily listening to the purring Hanmore and enjoying the characters as much as the story even if the ending and the way the mystery of the original crime was resolved was a little unimpressive to my ears.

I see some reviews on Amazon are strongly hinting that this book could be taken as a stand-alone novel.  I suppose that it could be and still be enjoyed but this series is so good that I would urge anyone considering that to instead start from the beginning.  The back story of the characters and the premise of the series are so strong that this one is well worth investing in.

So not the best of the series but still enough for me to feel that I have had my McLean fix for the year!

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  • Marjory L.
  • 02-26-17

Bravo

I counted the days, excited about the release of James Oswalds latest book. I was not disappointed only sorry that I have finished it. It was full of twists and turns keeping me absorbed and guessing throughout the whole book. I feel I know the character's each with their own individual personalities. James Oswald can write his books without acts of brutal violence, blood and gore that can be quite horrific to read/listen to. Also, although there is some cursing, it is appropriate within the character and not just endless bad language that is totally unnecessary. Ian Hanmore was again faultless in his narration. Roll on the next book.

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  • gundog-uk
  • 03-06-17

Another great mcclean book

Loved the narration Hanmore on form as always, great little twists and turns. Really enjoyed

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  • Gwendraith
  • 09-16-17

Excellent as always.

Great story that kept me entertained and guessing. Good plot and characters and the odd bit of humour.

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  • Penny
  • 07-28-17

Another great read from the faultless James Oswald

I love James Oswald's books and read by the wonderful Ian Hanmore makes them irresistible.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-21-17

The Last One I shall read....

What did you like best about Written in Bones? What did you like least?

The story itself is always entertaining and original in the Insp MacLean novels but even this one lost the plot in more than one spot.

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As I have bought all the previous MacLean books, I thought I should try this one too even though they have been gradually getting on my nerves. I will never listen to another. Firstly, I do not feel that Oswald really does enough in depth research. He concentrates on the storyline which has been the only thing that has kept me going, but the background and everything else that goes into a book is just not there. I wondered that right from the start. I am a Nurse for my sins and the first book has his grandmother dying after years on a ventilator after a stroke! This would NEVER happen and I really do not know what he thought this would bring to the storyline. But, I passed it over anyway. But all through the books his medical knowledge and that of the NHS is sadly lacking in research. As are some of the aspects of modern policing. Senior Officers get where they are on merit these days. Every senior officer portrayed is a blustering buffoon with no idea of man management or leadership. No Police Force could exist with men like those portrayed in charge. And MacLean himself is sometimes a complete idiot when it comes to being a Police Officer. I am afraid I have just got fed up with shouting at the recording when it gets ridiculous. Good Luck to all those who do like him though.

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  • jk
  • 04-17-17

Brilliant!!

Thoroughly enjoyed this next chapter in Tony McLeans Life !

A great listen, as usual though I am sorry it is finished!!

Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Mrs J Clarke
  • 04-14-17

Loved it as Usual

Excellent storyline, good meeting up with familiar characters. Beautifully narrated and can't wait for the next one.

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  • Charles Siswick
  • 04-05-17

Love this series but.....

This is probably the weakest in the series so far. Still very well performed but the story itself was weak. A lot less of the supernatural element here which previously made these books a little different to the norm. Started off well but became a run of the mill corruption tale. No doubt things will be back on track for the next in the series which promises to be interesting given the ending in this one.

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  • Donna
  • 04-01-17

my favourite detective by far

Would you consider the audio edition of Written in Bones to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of Written in Bones?

When everything comes together and u have that aaaahhh moment.

Have you listened to any of Ian Hanmore’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Ian Hanmore has a brilliant voice. He envelopes the read with his performance. He gives the characters a personality of their own. I personally can relate to them as individuals in the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When inspector Mclean finds out who is responsible for the crime and why.

Any additional comments?

More please.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Margaret
  • 04-01-17

Can't Wait For The Next Book

Great characters. Great story line. Oswald has a true gift. What's next for our hero?

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  • M.
  • 10-23-17

Pull in as always

Oswald manages to create a crazy plausible story that has you pulled in within the first couple of chapters .
Hanmore builds on this with perfect narration and accents that take me back to my home town so so easily !

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  • Melitta
  • 06-05-17

Yeah, go on, read it

Narrator fabulous. Storyline always intriguing. Good read. Have and will read more from this author.