Penguin presents the new unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Dead Men's Bones, the new gripping thriller from James Oswald.
Morag Weatherly and her two young daughters have been shot by husband Andrew, an influential politician, before he turned the gun on himself. But what would cause a rich, successful man to snap so suddenly?
For Inspector Tony McLean, this apparently simple but high-profile case leads him into a world of power and privilege. And the deeper he digs, the more he realises he's being manipulated by shadowy factions.
Under pressure to wrap up the case, McLean instead seeks to uncover layers of truth - putting the lives of everyone he cares about at risk . . .
©2014 James Oswald (P)2014 Penguin Books Limited
The ultimate evil manifests itself in the form of the character Mrs Saifre in this novel. In the real world much evil is perpetrated under the guise of ritual and ceremony but is really just sick fantasies being satisfied, nearly always by rich and powerful people, with much effort being made to cover it up. This is essentially the basis for this story which is very good but could have wrapped up a bit better in the end. Perhaps the door has been left open deliberately for the return of Evil. As always Ian Hanmore makes the characters. I just love the work of this hard to beat duo. Hats off to James Oswald and team for staying with this excellent narrator. Very disappointing when listening to a series and the narrator is changed. Ruins it completely!
"saucy demon fails to recruit new sacrificial soul"
Trust an ex British SAS soldier to be a hero. And one does wonder who else was in the club and who exactly are the dark angels and why Geordy thought.he was the target.
The story lacks a kind of cohesion and is still lots of fun. I found myself keenly engaged and wanting to learn what comes next. The cat is wonderful. So is the Secret Service visitor.
Very well read by Ian Hanmore.
"Excellently written, narrated series"
After listening to some books which can only be described as ponderous drivel, it is truly wonderful to return to an author who actually knows how to write. A very good series, excellently narrated and a series which in my opinion will only get better.
Start from book 1 and you will become addicted. It helps if you are a fan of Scottish Crime, narrators and a story which often has a dark twist to it.
"Another great book in the series"
I really do like listening to Ian Hanmore - as with the others in the series this was very well narrated. I think you do need to read in order as previous details are mentioned and you need to be up to date to get the links.
More please - I really have thoroughly enjoyed this series and very disappointed to come to the end of this book.
I have read all the other James Oswald novels and so enjoyed them. This one not so good.
Firstly the narrative by Ian Hanmore was excellent as usual. His voice is fine and well tuned and aided the story delivery.
Oswald is a quality writer and produces well rounded believable characters. The supernatural element to the plot in this one is a bit all over the place Im afraid. It does not carry the story well and leaves the reader with no closure or satisfaction when the final act is finished.
I have found the supernatural elements to these books a great asset but when supernatural is being left as the total reasons for everything it becomes a little too unbelievable. I would read the next book as the others were so good. This one I could not recommend.
"Grumpy Bob and co keep marching on!"
James Oswald has found his place and this book keeps the series going once again benefiting from Hanmore's super smooth delivery. I really liked this one too but I can see that some might think that the supernatural element is perhaps allowed to dominate slightly too much. The story, excellent characters and the narration easily carried the delay for me though. The premise is excellent and the story develops at a very pleasing rate.
"Great story poor ending"
I was really hooked by this story, and found it difficult to put down, but the ending - lots of ends left untied, and a 'sort of' conclusion - left me feeling a bit frustrated. Maybe I'll listen again and see if I missed something along the way.
The story just romped along even though the ending was slightly unsatisfactory. Ian Hanmore does a fantastic job as narrator.
"James Oswald does it again"
Great story and characters - especially like the beautiful reading voice of Ian Hanmore
Grumpy Bob - he lives up to his name!
I just like Ian Hanmore's voice - his accent is melodic
No one moment
"Rapid and unsatisfactory ending"
I've listened to all the other Inspector McLean novels and thought that Dead Men's Bones was shaping up to be the best of them until it seemed to just suddenly finish. Given the adversary that McLean is up against I expected a bit more of a battle but it was all done and dusted in a few minutes - almost like Mr Oswald had suddenly remembered that he was off on holiday the next day and needed to get the book off to his publisher before he left.
I'm sure there will be other titles in this series and I'll probably get them but the plots are getting a bit samey and I know which characters are likely to end up dead or damaged within the first few pages as a result of supernatural machinations.
"Brilliant book, can't wait for the next one"
The story and the brilliant narration of Ian Hanmore. As always there is a supernatural plot. This one reminded me a bit of Steven Kings needful things.
The other world plots
Mrs McCutchins cat!
"The creaking of the floor will increase."
This is a multi review of a guilty pleasure. Inspector McLean novels are very entertaining and full of character, first is Edinburgh real streets and fictional ones and the inhabitants of this city, the scottish element of language, CSI on steroids, and the police department the inspector loves and hates, all make for a real treat especially if you know this ancient metropolis old and new streets.
McLean is a very likeable character, obsessed and persecuted by his superiors and the power that be in the city, political and darker ones, he has no financial needs and is more dangerous and obsessed than most police characters, do not get too close to him death walks by his side with no mercy for any one.
This cases are not your everyday procedural faire but all tainted with a twist of the occult, it really should not work but it does and is a great deal of fun to jump into this world. you could read any of this stories on their own, as a matter of fact I sartet from the second book not knowing it was a series, it was just as much fun. Now I would not recommend to read this in a lonly large house, while the wind makes noise, you will begin by hearing voices and the creaking of the floor will increase as the clock approached midnight, apart from that a great read any other time.
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