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The body of a prominent Scottish MP is discovered outside his home, a remote house in North East Fife. In a horrifying attack, Andrew Weatherly has killed his wife and two young daughters, before turning his gun on himself. The question on everyone's lips is why would this successful and wealthy man commit such a gruesome crime? Inspector Tony McLean is surprised to find him The body of a prominent Scottish MP is discovered outside his home, a remote house in North East Fife. In a horrifying attack, Andrew Weatherly has killed his wife and two young daughters, before turning his gun on himself. The question on everyone's lips is why would this successful and wealthy man commit such a gruesome crime? Inspector Tony McLean is surprised to find himself at the centre of this high profile investigation. The deeper he digs, the more McLean realizes he is being used in a game between shadowy factions from the world of power and privilege. Pressure is on to wrap up the case. That would go against everything McLean believes in . . . but to carry on will threaten the lives of his closest friends and colleagues.


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The body of a prominent Scottish MP is discovered outside his home, a remote house in North East Fife. In a horrifying attack, Andrew Weatherly has killed his wife and two young daughters, before turning his gun on himself. The question on everyone's lips is why would this successful and wealthy man commit such a gruesome crime? Inspector Tony McLean is surprised to find him The body of a prominent Scottish MP is discovered outside his home, a remote house in North East Fife. In a horrifying attack, Andrew Weatherly has killed his wife and two young daughters, before turning his gun on himself. The question on everyone's lips is why would this successful and wealthy man commit such a gruesome crime? Inspector Tony McLean is surprised to find himself at the centre of this high profile investigation. The deeper he digs, the more McLean realizes he is being used in a game between shadowy factions from the world of power and privilege. Pressure is on to wrap up the case. That would go against everything McLean believes in . . . but to carry on will threaten the lives of his closest friends and colleagues.

30 review for Dead Men's Bones

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is the fourth in the Inspector Tony McLean series set in Edinburgh. Tony is still recovering from what happened to him in the last book and he is to get no respite in this one. The body of a completely tattooed man is discovered in the river. Then there is the high profile case of the powerful SMP Andrew Weatherly who gruesomely shoots his wife, Morag, and murders his two young daughters prior to turning the gun on himself. All of which is captured on video. The thought that runs through yo This is the fourth in the Inspector Tony McLean series set in Edinburgh. Tony is still recovering from what happened to him in the last book and he is to get no respite in this one. The body of a completely tattooed man is discovered in the river. Then there is the high profile case of the powerful SMP Andrew Weatherly who gruesomely shoots his wife, Morag, and murders his two young daughters prior to turning the gun on himself. All of which is captured on video. The thought that runs through your mind is what on earth triggered this ghastly set of events? Elements of the police and other influential figures want to shut down any investigation but there are those who want to see this pursued. However, there is a heavy cost to Tony and the police team, like DS Ritchie, for trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. Then there is the mysterious Mrs Saifre. The two cases turn out to have connections. The trademark supernatural angle to the series emerges only at the end. Thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    'Dead Men's Bones' is the 4th book in the Inspector Mclean series by author James Oswald. I obtained all 7 books in this series and started reading them with the intention to slot them in between the other books I have on my list to read. However having read the first one I wanted to learn more about the characters in this series and so it went on, I have now just started the 6th book with the likelihood that I will then go on to the 7th. I do enjoy these types of series and like all the sub plo 'Dead Men's Bones' is the 4th book in the Inspector Mclean series by author James Oswald. I obtained all 7 books in this series and started reading them with the intention to slot them in between the other books I have on my list to read. However having read the first one I wanted to learn more about the characters in this series and so it went on, I have now just started the 6th book with the likelihood that I will then go on to the 7th. I do enjoy these types of series and like all the sub plots, development of characters and the general familiarity of it all. I would highly recommend that these books are read in the order they were intended as there are many sub plots and happenings that may not make sense to a reader starting halfway through. In this book influential politician Andrew Weatherly shoots his wife and two young daughters before he turned the gun on himself. The question is why a successful politician would suddenly snap with tragic circumstances. Inspector Tony McLean leads the case that threatens the lives of his friends and colleagues. I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin UK for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lewis

    Great book until the ending. A superb plot line, with excellent characters and dialogue coming to an abrupt end with no answers to any of the questions posed in the book! Coupled with a very feeble insinuation that the villain is the devil and that the answers lie in the supernatural the ending feels like the author ran out of any good way to finish the story. Thought I had found a good author to read, but just like the tosh Dean Koontz writes everything is explained by the devil or dark forces Great book until the ending. A superb plot line, with excellent characters and dialogue coming to an abrupt end with no answers to any of the questions posed in the book! Coupled with a very feeble insinuation that the villain is the devil and that the answers lie in the supernatural the ending feels like the author ran out of any good way to finish the story. Thought I had found a good author to read, but just like the tosh Dean Koontz writes everything is explained by the devil or dark forces at work which are ideas I would expect a child to be insulted by. I will return to Ian Rankin and good old Rebus for books written by a classy writer with endings that are logical, strong and which leave you satisfied and content when finishing the book. For anyone reading this book, the first 448 pages are very good, whereas the last ten are sadly, drivel.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Staniforth

    I read this book as a ‘pick-it-for-me’ challenge, and I’m glad that was my reason for reading. Had I selected it by any other means, I likely would have given up on it a quarter of the way through. It’s not badly written; it just wasn’t my kind of thing. It is the first police procedural that I’ve read, and though I’ve watched them and loved them on TV, as a book I found that aspect of the story a little boring. So, as I say, I’m glad I had a reason for not giving up on it, because this story get I read this book as a ‘pick-it-for-me’ challenge, and I’m glad that was my reason for reading. Had I selected it by any other means, I likely would have given up on it a quarter of the way through. It’s not badly written; it just wasn’t my kind of thing. It is the first police procedural that I’ve read, and though I’ve watched them and loved them on TV, as a book I found that aspect of the story a little boring. So, as I say, I’m glad I had a reason for not giving up on it, because this story gets better and better with every chapter. The characters grow and grow, the plot thickens and becomes more intriguing, and there’s some great use of language. Had the first quarter of the book gripped me as much as the last quarter it may have been a five, definitely a four and a half. I’m now really looking forward to reading the next book in the McLean series. Recommended.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    ‘Of course Andrew had enemies. He was a politician, and one with views a lot of people thought extreme. He wasn’t a fan of independence, for one thing. Not shy of saying so, I think you’ll agree.’ In the depths of a Scottish winter, Inspector Tony McLean is assigned to the investigation of the deaths of a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Andrew Weatherly, caught on security camera at his home in Fife, drugging then smothering his daughters and shooting his wife, before turning the rifle on hims ‘Of course Andrew had enemies. He was a politician, and one with views a lot of people thought extreme. He wasn’t a fan of independence, for one thing. Not shy of saying so, I think you’ll agree.’ In the depths of a Scottish winter, Inspector Tony McLean is assigned to the investigation of the deaths of a Member of the Scottish Parliament, Andrew Weatherly, caught on security camera at his home in Fife, drugging then smothering his daughters and shooting his wife, before turning the rifle on himself. McLean is surprised to find his one-time mentor, Detective Superintendent Tennant of the local police, is the Senior Investigating Officer, who observes with a keen Scottish wit that the case ‘…is way too important to leave to people who know what they are doing.’ As McLean’s team interviews staff and business associates to try and establish a motive for the killings a second case is under investigation, the death of a naked man covered in a full body tattoo, found wedged in the rocks of the River Esk. The PM is performed by Edinburgh pathologist Angus Cadwallader, who also handles the PM’s for the Weatherly’s. Most of the man’s tattoos are recent, but older one’s lead to the military… Pressure is applied from on high for the Weatherly case to be wrapped up as quietly as possible and handed over to the Procurator Fiscal, in a cover up to avoid media speculation over Weatherly’s lifestyle and proclivities, but McLean receives visits and incriminating evidence from Special Branch, who want the investigation to continue. McLean attends the funeral for the family and the wake, meeting the mysterious Mrs. Saifre. I found the first half of the book entertaining; the characters well-formed, police procedural and forensics fascinating, the rich wit and linguistic flourishes, comments on the recent restructuring from the old divisions to Police Scotland, the psychologist and physiotherapist attending to McLean’s injuries, the workers at soup kitchens for the homeless, Mrs. McCutcheon’s cat exercising its authority over the large house McLean inherited from his grandmother. But then the story morphed into modern day gothic, with satanic influences, ritual killings and burials which was unexpected and for me, a tad disappointing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald. Meet Inspector Tony McLean. You may think he's just another Detective Inspector, but then his cases are far from average. This case(s) is one that only McLean could chase and solve with or without the normal conclusion. Then again you can't have everything. This was the 4th book in the Inspector McLean series and my favorite. Guiding me(the reader) effortlessly through the passage of time as Tony conducts his investigation through two cases that become intertwine Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald. Meet Inspector Tony McLean. You may think he's just another Detective Inspector, but then his cases are far from average. This case(s) is one that only McLean could chase and solve with or without the normal conclusion. Then again you can't have everything. This was the 4th book in the Inspector McLean series and my favorite. Guiding me(the reader) effortlessly through the passage of time as Tony conducts his investigation through two cases that become intertwined as the story evolves. How much is Tony willing to risk to unearth the truth that lies beneath the an old abandoned mental asylum? And will that risk take down his own team in the process? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nick Davies

    Somewhere between a four and a five, probably the former is fairer - due to a bit of an annoying supernatural element in the denouement which felt slightly unsatisfying in the sense of not properly tying the story up. James Oswald comes close to the heights of my favourite Scottish noir gritty crime thrillers (Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina, perchance Craig Russell and Craig Robertson too) in writing absorbing, realistic, complex and intelligent thrillers, with a great sense of atmosphere and a dec Somewhere between a four and a five, probably the former is fairer - due to a bit of an annoying supernatural element in the denouement which felt slightly unsatisfying in the sense of not properly tying the story up. James Oswald comes close to the heights of my favourite Scottish noir gritty crime thrillers (Stuart MacBride, Denise Mina, perchance Craig Russell and Craig Robertson too) in writing absorbing, realistic, complex and intelligent thrillers, with a great sense of atmosphere and a decent balance between action and description of the crimes being carried out and the police trying to solve them. The plot of this one is particularly clever, keeping me guessing and introducing a number of aspects for the reader to slowly work out and feel clever about - a mystery tattooed body found in a river, and a powerful Scottish politician involved in a murder suicide. But yes, it ended up with a bit of a rushed and unusual conclusion. I was left a little miffed by this. It didn't spoil it all, forsure, but it was a bit "Oh.." at the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Barlow

    I've been really enjoying these books, I quite like the supernatural twist on the detective stories and I really like Tony McClean. I didn't like the way this one ended. Great storyline, edge of you seat stuff just like the previous books but the ending was disappointing. I just felt that Oswald ran out of ideas, like he'd brought in the devil as a baddie but then thought...hang on a minute, how is Tony McLean going to beat the Devil?... We're supposed to believe that this truly evil, powerful a I've been really enjoying these books, I quite like the supernatural twist on the detective stories and I really like Tony McClean. I didn't like the way this one ended. Great storyline, edge of you seat stuff just like the previous books but the ending was disappointing. I just felt that Oswald ran out of ideas, like he'd brought in the devil as a baddie but then thought...hang on a minute, how is Tony McLean going to beat the Devil?... We're supposed to believe that this truly evil, powerful and dangerous beast just walks away and leaves town after being turned down and told off? Maybe it won't be the last we see of Mrs Saifre but it just felt a bit rushed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I can think of three adjectives to describe this entire series...sometimes funny, frequently scary, and always otherworldly. It has quickly become one of my favorites. We follow Detective Inspector Tony McLean as he conducts his investigation through two cases that become intertwined. To solve both cases he must unearth the truth that lies beneath an old abandoned mental asylum thus putting his own team at risk in the process. This series will appeal to those that like a mystery with just a touc I can think of three adjectives to describe this entire series...sometimes funny, frequently scary, and always otherworldly. It has quickly become one of my favorites. We follow Detective Inspector Tony McLean as he conducts his investigation through two cases that become intertwined. To solve both cases he must unearth the truth that lies beneath an old abandoned mental asylum thus putting his own team at risk in the process. This series will appeal to those that like a mystery with just a touch of the supernatural.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Rose

    I did like this until close to the end. I can't really explain why without a spoiler. So, I will say that amnesia, supernatural happenings and wild coincidence always strike me as a lazy way of getting out of a tricky situation. Without reading the rest of the books I can't really say if the author is using one or more as an slackers way to wrap up the story. However , with some reservations I will probably read the previous three books, as I just picked this up and it is part of series and the el I did like this until close to the end. I can't really explain why without a spoiler. So, I will say that amnesia, supernatural happenings and wild coincidence always strike me as a lazy way of getting out of a tricky situation. Without reading the rest of the books I can't really say if the author is using one or more as an slackers way to wrap up the story. However , with some reservations I will probably read the previous three books, as I just picked this up and it is part of series and the elements that bugged might not be a theme. I would say these need to be read in order because there is quite a lot of previous history mentioned, which I skimmed because it added nothing to the story overall.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charlene Intriago

    I really like this series. After the fourth book, I've got all the characters down and I like how the author starts the books. This time there's a dead body covered in tattoos and a man who has killed himself - along with his family. But, there's always something supernatural in these books. And our main inspector Tony McLean seems to have a dark cloud hanging over him and at times anyone who comes into contact with him. Still not sure I like that supernatural aspect, but I'm ready for the next I really like this series. After the fourth book, I've got all the characters down and I like how the author starts the books. This time there's a dead body covered in tattoos and a man who has killed himself - along with his family. But, there's always something supernatural in these books. And our main inspector Tony McLean seems to have a dark cloud hanging over him and at times anyone who comes into contact with him. Still not sure I like that supernatural aspect, but I'm ready for the next book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicki - I Love Reading

    Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector Mclean series set in Edinburgh. But it is the first one I have read. i can safely say I will now be reading book 1,2 and 3. I didn't feel like I couldn't follow things or follow the plot by not having read the previous books, but I enjoyed this one so much I want to read the others. The book starts off with Detective Tony Mclean at the scene where the body of a naken man has been found by a local walking his dog. Then there Dead Men's Bones is the fourth novel in James Oswald's phenomenal Inspector Mclean series set in Edinburgh. But it is the first one I have read. i can safely say I will now be reading book 1,2 and 3. I didn't feel like I couldn't follow things or follow the plot by not having read the previous books, but I enjoyed this one so much I want to read the others. The book starts off with Detective Tony Mclean at the scene where the body of a naken man has been found by a local walking his dog. Then there is a shooting at a farm house. It turns out that A MSP has killed his 2 children, his wife and then himself. This is where Mclean begins his investigations into what has actually happened, he's told to do what he always does- dig deeper than is really necessary and complicate things- and that is exactly what he does. It seems though that someone somewhere is trying to cover up, some want the case closed and forgotten about. Yet others want the truth out. Can Mclean find out exactly what happened before any more bodies turn up. Or is is this just the beginning of what can only be a long journey to the truth. Brilliantly written and thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed every part of this book. Book Description. A family lies slaughtered in an isolated house in North East Fife . . . 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 . . .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicii

    Once more an excellent book by James Oswald. Can't wait for the next instalment.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Claire Derz

    Rubbish, dont waste your time!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I normally like Oswald's Inspector McClean novels quite a bit, but the supernatural elements of this one just didn't work for me. It seemed like a lazy way to deal with the issues and the ending.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    What is it about Tony McLean and these crimes he has to solve that simply drag me in a way that I find it impossible to stop before I've turned the last page and read the last words? These books are so engaging and intriguing and I want more! The blurb might make you think that this book is only about a politician's dead body (and those of his family's), but it's actually about a lot more. There's more than meets the eye at first glance and all of it has been written in a way that I find un-putdo What is it about Tony McLean and these crimes he has to solve that simply drag me in a way that I find it impossible to stop before I've turned the last page and read the last words? These books are so engaging and intriguing and I want more! The blurb might make you think that this book is only about a politician's dead body (and those of his family's), but it's actually about a lot more. There's more than meets the eye at first glance and all of it has been written in a way that I find un-putdownable. Where on Earth is that 5th book now? Although all that much doesn't happen in Tony's personal life in this book, the reader still gets small glimpses into his past and unfortunately for this particular reader right here, the reader is left wanting more of Emma. You know, the love interest in the previous three books who is quite rarely mentioned in this book, let alone seen? I do hope that I will see more of her in the next book. The Book Challengers blog // The Book Challengers Instagram // The Book Challengers Twitter

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I read the first two books in the series awhile ago and put it down; recently, I started up again and have really enjoyed the storylines and characters. Inspector Tony McLean is a good man and, despite the mutterings of his supervisor, Detective Superintendent Duguid, a good detective as well. Tony is tenacious and has a reputation for unearthing evidence instead of sweeping it under the carpet and tying up cases neatly but prematurely. I love his squad, from weathered, older Grumpy Bob to DC Ma I read the first two books in the series awhile ago and put it down; recently, I started up again and have really enjoyed the storylines and characters. Inspector Tony McLean is a good man and, despite the mutterings of his supervisor, Detective Superintendent Duguid, a good detective as well. Tony is tenacious and has a reputation for unearthing evidence instead of sweeping it under the carpet and tying up cases neatly but prematurely. I love his squad, from weathered, older Grumpy Bob to DC MacBride, tech-savvy and perpetually red about the ears, to DC Gregg, the enthusiastic newest member. McLean is protective and supportive of all of them, particularly DS Ritchie, who suffers a lot physically and emotionally in this series entry. Oswald does a terrific job of melding the police procedural elements with the supernatural elements in his books; as McLean thinks when he's summarizing the case, "At least that was the irrational explanation; a rational one was still a work in progress" (337). There's always a sense of menace and evil in retreat from the forces of good, but lurking just beyond the fringes with the possibility of return if McLean's team isn't vigilant. I'm not usually crazy about introducing the supernatural into a police procedural, but this is one of a very few series where it's done exceptionally well. Looking forward to the next book (I'm way behind)!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Richard Brand

    This is another interesting reads. It does not end very satisfactory in my mind. There are lots of what might be "magical realism" in here as envelopes appear from "higher ups" visits from strangers in the night. The chief villain is a women with "super seductive evil powers". The bodies that are found are multilated in the mouth. The dead are supposed to have been sacrificed for more than a hundred years but never know to whom they were sacrificed and not sure who was doing the sacrificing. Thi This is another interesting reads. It does not end very satisfactory in my mind. There are lots of what might be "magical realism" in here as envelopes appear from "higher ups" visits from strangers in the night. The chief villain is a women with "super seductive evil powers". The bodies that are found are multilated in the mouth. The dead are supposed to have been sacrificed for more than a hundred years but never know to whom they were sacrificed and not sure who was doing the sacrificing. This is the fourth and if you have read the first there were changes in things happened the other two that are not explained in this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was lucky enough to receive all 7 books currently available in the series and I'm so very happy about that! It's become one of my favourite series and I am so invested in these characters now!! This series is well written, funny and a little gruesome at times but always well within the story and the character development is wonderful. My original plan was to marathon the entire series, an idea I had after reading the first one but I ultimately decided on trying to break it up to make it last lon I was lucky enough to receive all 7 books currently available in the series and I'm so very happy about that! It's become one of my favourite series and I am so invested in these characters now!! This series is well written, funny and a little gruesome at times but always well within the story and the character development is wonderful. My original plan was to marathon the entire series, an idea I had after reading the first one but I ultimately decided on trying to break it up to make it last longer, it didn't work out that way though and now I'm sad that I've read them all and have to wait for the next book in the series :( I like to go into the books not knowing too much about the plot and then take lots of notes than all end up being spoilery so I'm happy to leave you with the info I've given plus to say again, I bloody LOVE this series!! *Huge thanks to James Oswald, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and NetGalley for this copy which I chose to read and all opinions are my own*

  21. 4 out of 5

    David Stimpson

    Another Great Novel from James Oswald

  22. 5 out of 5

    DeeDee Rice

    Wish I had started with book 1. Me. Oswald does a superb job in setting up a series of crimes and builds suspense and Detective McLean unravels it bit by bit. This is a series hat you need to read in order.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tony Talbot

    Plain-clothes Inspector Tony McLean is assigned two seemingly unrelated murder cases: A tattooed man found in a river and the death of a Scottish politician. Of course, the cases soon become related... This was a loaner from a neighbour, and it reminded me why I never got into police-procedurals that much. The cookie-cutter plots are always like this: 1) Grizzled Cop(tm) has seen too many things, and has a lot of personal baggage 2) Said Grizzled Cop(tm) is always breaking the rules, but always com Plain-clothes Inspector Tony McLean is assigned two seemingly unrelated murder cases: A tattooed man found in a river and the death of a Scottish politician. Of course, the cases soon become related... This was a loaner from a neighbour, and it reminded me why I never got into police-procedurals that much. The cookie-cutter plots are always like this: 1) Grizzled Cop(tm) has seen too many things, and has a lot of personal baggage 2) Said Grizzled Cop(tm) is always breaking the rules, but always comes out with a result 3) Senior officers despise / don't respect Grizzled Cop(tm), but let him have free reign anyway 4) Grizzled Cop(tm) has a loyal, small band of friends who support him all the way; everyone else is an enemy or an obstacle. That's about it. Authors can write story after story based on those attributes and laugh all the way to the bank. (Although, to be fair, Isaac Asimov made a career out of the Three Laws of Robotics...) The writing was good, the characters everything you expected them to be and the locations nicely described. It's like a comfy pair of slippers; you know exactly where you left them, and where they'll be when you get home. No custard in the toe or nails in the heel. It wasn't that hard to figure out where it was all going. What made this one more bearable happened about three-quarters of the way through, when the story took a screaming supernatural left turn. It should have bounced me out of the story, but that's when it broke the cookie-cutter mould and started to fly. It was subtly amusing the way the author played the...occurences...in logical terms, allowing the supernatural elements to be all subtextual. (view spoiler)[ The word we're all looking for when we hear the word supernatural cult - devil worship - doesn't pop up until three pages from the end. (hide spoiler)]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Ellis

    Hooray! Mrs. McCutcheon's cat is fine!!! The previous book left us hanging as to the condition of the cat following a vicious attack. Thankfully, all is well, so I was able to concentrate on the latest trouble to descend upon Tony. As his Sergeant Ritchie says, it starts to get weird very quickly after they begin their investigation of the tattooed man and the Weatherly case. The body of the man washes up in the river. He had been tattooed over his whole body in the recent past but had managed t Hooray! Mrs. McCutcheon's cat is fine!!! The previous book left us hanging as to the condition of the cat following a vicious attack. Thankfully, all is well, so I was able to concentrate on the latest trouble to descend upon Tony. As his Sergeant Ritchie says, it starts to get weird very quickly after they begin their investigation of the tattooed man and the Weatherly case. The body of the man washes up in the river. He had been tattooed over his whole body in the recent past but had managed to escape his captors and in his running had run right off a cliff into the water. Not obviously related to the Weatherly case, but as we know from Oswald's previous books, everything is related! Andrew Weatherly murdered his wife and daughters, then turned the gun on himself. What was it that made this man who had everything commit such a horrific crime? As always, Oswald keeps us totally involved with the story, not wanting to put the book down for a minute. Such wonderful character development and exciting story lines! Can't wait to read the next one!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daphne Sharpe

    On the whole, I am still enjoying the exploits of Tony, Grumpy Bob and his willing team, and becoming more accustomed to the supernatural elements that invade these stories, this time in the form of Mrs Saifre, but I am sorry to say that on this occasion , I found the ending to be very weak, not plausible and a great disappointment. I found the conclusion to be too contrived and was wrapped up so hastily, none of the questions raised throughout this book were answered really well and it was almo On the whole, I am still enjoying the exploits of Tony, Grumpy Bob and his willing team, and becoming more accustomed to the supernatural elements that invade these stories, this time in the form of Mrs Saifre, but I am sorry to say that on this occasion , I found the ending to be very weak, not plausible and a great disappointment. I found the conclusion to be too contrived and was wrapped up so hastily, none of the questions raised throughout this book were answered really well and it was almost as if the author had introduced the Devil as an element and then ran out of steam, not being sure what to do next, was Tony going to defeat the Devil or will that be dealt with in book 5? I have the next book waiting for my attention, but will take a break from this series. I have only rated it as a 2 star read, the other books have been so much better. I'm afraid this time that the devil really is in the detail, unfortunately!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    This is the 4th Inspector McLean police procedural. A prominent politician kills himself and his wife and children. Everyone is searching for the motive. Then there is a death of a man covered in tattoos. Are they related and how? These books have a dark undertone and a touch of evil. James Oswald is a good writer and his characters are unique and well developed. He writes with a bit of humor which is always enjoyable. Mrs. McCutcheon's cat feels like a real personal friend to Tony and has sent This is the 4th Inspector McLean police procedural. A prominent politician kills himself and his wife and children. Everyone is searching for the motive. Then there is a death of a man covered in tattoos. Are they related and how? These books have a dark undertone and a touch of evil. James Oswald is a good writer and his characters are unique and well developed. He writes with a bit of humor which is always enjoyable. Mrs. McCutcheon's cat feels like a real personal friend to Tony and has sent out a troop of cats to help protect Tony. I liked this book but liked book 2 and 3 just a bit more. Can't wait to read the next in the series and I would highly recommend this series to those who love mystery with a supernatural twist.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Dead Men's Bones was interesting from the very beginning. It starts off strong and and has very few dull moments throughout the book. I loved that there were parts that seemed insignificant when they're first mentioned, but end up being a major part of the story. There were certain small details that I'd forgotten about, then got excited when there was suddenly a connection made. James Oswald is an incredible writer, and I definitely plan to read more of I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Dead Men's Bones was interesting from the very beginning. It starts off strong and and has very few dull moments throughout the book. I loved that there were parts that seemed insignificant when they're first mentioned, but end up being a major part of the story. There were certain small details that I'd forgotten about, then got excited when there was suddenly a connection made. James Oswald is an incredible writer, and I definitely plan to read more of his books. This made me want to read the other books in this series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susie James

    Picked up a copy of "Dead Men's Bones" at the local library and don't regret it. My first "Inspector McLean" ... a bit rough getting into it because of the lingo, but once I'd gotten into the rhythm, I was hooked. James Oswald has really written an excellent novel of crime and cults, love and the eternal evil of that old fallen angel, Satan. Brrrrrr. A biting and compelling view of the connection between hell and heaven ... on Earth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tom Greer

    A very well written novel set in Edinburgh with believable characters (mainly). The novel has a few problems though; first, the pace is rather slow and second, the ending is a disappointment and frankly ridiculous. Giving it 4 stars because of the quality of the writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clare Mog

    Hooked all the way through just a tad disappointed at the ending. However this is my first McLean book and it won't be my last.

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