Written in Bones

Written in Bones by James Oswald is the seventh in the Inspector McLean series, somehow I read the first and then skipped to the seventh by mistake (I will have to go back and work my way through these as they are very good).

A body is found impaled on the top of a tree, how did it get there? Why was it placed there? As McLean teases out leads it becomes apparent that the case is in someway linked to the murky past of some of his senior officers who are keen to distance themselves from the investigation.

Oswald has been described as being in the style of Ian Rankin which is a somewhat simplistic comparison of another dark crime set in Edinburgh,  and McLean is certainly not yet as absorbing or well rounded a character as Rebus but if you like Rankin then this is well worth reading.

4/5

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