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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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  • Jane
  • 01-25-18

never disappoints me

I love these books !
and I love this narrator . just downloaded his next one and I know I won't be disappointed!

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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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  • 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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  • H. Baker
  • 05-15-17

Excellent as always

I love these McLean books and this one did not disappoint. It's dark and moody. I hope these books just keep coming

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  • Naomi
  • 05-09-18

Another Wonderful Inspector McLean Novel

I loved this book. The story was good with a bit of a twist at the end. Well written and beautifully read.

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  • Nick Scarborough
  • 04-07-18

Very good

Thought it was very creepy, to start with then the plot and the reasons. Came about that was good

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  • Hurtlejolt
  • 03-31-18

Not the author's best work

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You know how it is when an author has an annoying habit, and it starts to spoil your enjoyment of their books? Well somebody please tell James Oswald to stop having McLean's junior officers constantly tripping over their dialogue, whenever speaking to McLean about a colleague: "Yes sir, John's.....er.....Constable Smith is questioning them now". Once in a while yes, but not every bloody time!

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  • Anthony Buncher
  • 02-28-18

Another good read

If you could sum up Written in Bones in three words, what would they be?

Cracking good read

Who was your favorite character and why?

McLean, dogged individuality to get the case cracked

What about Ian Hanmore’s performance did you like?

Excellent character portrayal

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Empathy with McLean with an occasional laugh

Any additional comments?

Really enjoy this series. Great plots well written. Well read by Ian Hanmore. Keep me hooked to the end.

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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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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 01-15-18

Another cracker

I loved this book. Once again dragged in and spat out the end bedraggled and wanting more more more please Mr Oswald.

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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.