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
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.
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.
"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!
"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.
"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!
"The whispering is irritating"
Firstly I was disappointed with the narration, Ian Hanmore is an excellent narrator, he has done an excellent job with most of the story but the whispered parts, where the murderer is speaking, are just irritating and rather spoilt my enjoyment of the overall book.
Secondly, I may have missed it but the fantastic supernatural elements of the first four books, seems to be missing from this one, except for Madame Rose who has her own weird thing going on. I was disappointed with this lack but enjoyed the story overall despite this.
To sum up, good story line, supernatural element is missing which will probably suit some people, Ian Hanmore does his usual excellent job except for the whispering, which is why I've only given 3 stars for the narration but this is in no way a reflection of Ian Hanmore's overall performance, he is an excellent narrator when speaking normally.
"Great story shame about whispering"
Another good story well written and narrated - know what he was trying to do with the whispering just not sure it worked.
"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.
"Been up all night reading!¬"
Great story, love Mr Oswalds books.
I'm not saying you have to read it for yourselves!
Ian Hanmore is totally brilliant and yes I have listened to him on other novels, Stuart McBride for one.
YES YES and YES
"Spoilt by the over dramatic whispering"
The whispering bits. I found them so irritating I skipped past them and obviously missed out on the storyline
Tied up the loose ends, eg: Madam Rose, what was going on with her, we never did find out
By remembering that it is a plain book narration, which is all I, for one, want. It's no to going to be played live at the Old Vic
Apart from causing me intense irritation, it made me vow to check this author's books for future as to the involvement of the occult. I would have stopped listening but had nothing else in my library to listen to.
Personally I like a storyline that could be credible, even at a pinch, but it certainly seems there are a lot of people in Edinburgh involved in the weird occult.
"A Good Read"
Another good book but I didn't like the introduction of the killers activities or flashbacks in the audible flashbacks.
Hasn't put me off though.
Enjoyed the narration apart from the parts whispered. Surely the narration could have been done in a different voice rather than having to adjust the volume to cope with the lowered tone then having ears blasted when normal narration resumed. Spoiled the telling and reflects the low scores
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