Dead Men’s Bones by James Oswald book review

Posted on August 5, 2014

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Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald (front cover)

Dead Men’s Bones by James Oswald (front cover) picture taken by me of my copy


Okay, I know I did a review recently for the Hangman’s Song by James Oswald, a week ago in fact, but I simply flew through this one and couldn’t put it down. It’s probably because I had a bit more time to read as well, something I am trying to make for myself.

I’ve stated all the way through the McLean book reviews I have done that I have loved them so far, but this one had everything in it except for one character I was hoping for who has been in these stories from the beginning. I’ll leave you to find out who so I don’t spoil it for you. All I will say is that it felt strange without this missing character and yet you could still feel them around as I burned pages whilst turning them so fast.

Dead Men’s Bones starts off with a man being tortured and escaping only to die anyway. The next thing you know our hero Detective Inspector Anthony McLean is investigating his death and it’s not long before he notices strange things about this body.

Not long after a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) runs amok, killing his wife and two kids as well as himself in the process. The question for McLean is, are these two cases connected and if so then how and why?

What follows is a cloak and dagger story of cover-ups, conspiracy and dodgy going’s-on in the corridors of power and beyond with McLean and his team seemingly being set up for an almighty fall.

I loved this book. I haven’t read this fast in a long while and I simply couldn’t put it down. I would start one chapter and then think ‘oh, what the hell, I’ll read another…’ Five or six chapters later and I was still going, positive I was meant to be somewhere else!

Dead Men's Bones by James Oswald (back cover)

Dead Men’s Bones by James Oswald (back cover) picture taken by me of my copy


I feel at a loss now as I have been with McLean and his team since May on a train up to Edinburgh ironically which is where the series is set. James Oswald is now writing his fifth in the series and is as yet untitled I think but whatever the title and its release date, I cannot wait for it to come out.

As ever, please buy from your local bookshop if possible. They are fast disappearing sadly and need all the help they can get in a market that is crushing them without remorse. Otherwise if you prefer the online way or downloads then you know where to go.

Read, Immerse and enjoy!

Where you can find his works and other things:

Devildog Publishing is his online book site where you can download his work
James Oswald’s Amazon page
The Penguin Publishers/author page
Twitter of course

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