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Prayer for the Dead

Inspector McLean, Book 5
Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
Series: Inspector McLean, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Prayer for the Dead, from the best-selling Inspector McLean series by Sunday Times best-selling author James Oswald, read by Ian Hanmore.

Are you ready to be reborn? The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.

Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.

Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power...

Are you ready for the mysteries to be revealed?

©2015 James Oswald (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Pip
  • 03-08-15

Another great book in the series

Another excellent book in the series excellently narrated as usual!

I do think they need to be read in order as there are lots of references to previous stories and McLean's background.

Hope there are more and read by Ian Hanmore- he is up there in my top 2 of narrators with Sean Barrett!

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  • Simon
  • 08-28-15

Nearly as good but not quite

I'm a genuine fan of what James Oswald has done with this series and I think that in Ian Hanmore he has paired up with a stylish narrator perfectly suited to the stories. The characters are easy to identify with and "Grumpy Bob" never ceases to put a smile on my face. This story though didn't engage me as much as the previous ones and while still enjoyable I hope for a stronger and more gripping plot next time. Still well worth a read and while I think I can imagine why people found the whispering irritating I think it was a good touch and added the right creepy notes. A matter of taste!

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  • lily
  • 06-15-16

whispering

Would you listen to Prayer for the Dead again? Why?

I enjoyed the book but the whispering really annoyed me, no way could you listen in the car I had to turn the volume up almost full blast to hear the whispers and when it went back to normal voice turn it down again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Prayer for the Dead?

it was all a good read

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narration was good

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  • sarah
  • 05-30-16

good but not as hood as others

this was a good storey, but it took along time to wrap it up and even then it was a bit poor. but i enjoy the mcclean series

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  • Daisymae
  • 04-24-16

Book 5

Another enthralling book in The Inspector McLean series. Ian Hanmore is a wonderful narrator bringing to life each character.

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  • Flint
  • 03-23-16

I had to keep reading

I've enjoyed all the books in this series but I liked Dead Men's Bones and this book better than the early books because McLean seemed stronger and his relationships with senior officers were more balance and believable.

I couldn't put this one down, it kept me interested right to the end. I found the whispered parts of the narration creepy and chilling, the narrator is excellent but perhaps I would have preferred a bit less of that voice in the book. The ending was the weakest part of the book, there was lots to think about and I wanted more answers.

I will definitely get the next book!

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  • Eileen
  • 03-05-16

Good story

Have to agree that the whispering is really annoying and I actually ended up skipping the chapters when the whispering started !!
Otherwise another enjoyable story, good characters and well read ( apart from whispering!!)

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 01-31-16

Another serial killer off the streets!

Another brilliant novel involving DI McLean and even though I guessed the protagonist two thirds through the book there was still some twists and turns along the way and some real "he's behind you" moments.

I love this author and this series and I am really looking forward to Book 6 as the novels just get better and better.

A special word also for the narrator Ian Hanmore who brings these books to life. Great diction and no annoying and uneccessary affectations!

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  • Amanda R
  • 03-06-15

Not as good as the last three

Beautifully narrated again by the velvet voice of Ian Hanmore. Unfortunately whilst there's nothing wrong with this book, it's not nearly as gripping or exciting as the last three. Feel a tad disappointed as I was so eagerly awaiting this title.

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  • Wras
  • 02-14-15

Easy to like but with no surprises



This series is like a comfortable pair of shoes, easy to like but with no surprises and there is part of the problem after five books, the one character we would like to know more about is inspector Mclean but we are fed crumbs and innuendo, by now I think we deserve a little bit more and a few more answers, or at least some plot development on the occult side of things. The X Files was like this all conspiracy but no conspirators. So I ask Where is the MEAT? When will some of the mysteries develop out of the shadow and into the plot proper and not as just insinuations?
The procedural side of the story is a strong as ever and the investigation is well described and plotted, the surrounding character apart from the bosses ( who are like a parody of management and stupidity ), all appear real and likeable. All that said I read this book in two seating and enjoyed it for what it is, but I think the writer needs to give us a bit more than a formula that works, it is getting old in book 5.

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  • michelle
  • 07-12-16

Repetitive

I've read the whole series and found the books are getting increasingly repetitive.
I find Mcleans constant belittlement by his inept superiors irritating and his constantly getting put upon and never having a life outside of work as frustrating.
The series started well but I feel it's losing its way.

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  • apple
  • 01-13-19

Always delivers

Very tight story which develops some interesting relationships to explore in future tales. Narration was perfectly done.

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  • soo jay
  • 07-06-18

The best so far.

I've been following DI Tony McLean from the beginning and this one did not dissapoint. Ian Hanmore again delivers a pitch-perfect reading and Oswald has all his characters developing beautifully. Creepy and suspenseful narrative without gratuitous gore. Just enough gore! :)

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  • patricia
  • 08-08-15

DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE AUDIO PRODUCTION

Have enjoyed the series up until this book. Fully endorse the comments made about the whispering and in addition that DIABOLICAL background noise behind the whispering made these sections of the book, for me, UTTERLY UNINTELLIGIBLE . I intend to read very carefully all reviews of books before I buy in the future as this book , for me was a waste of money.