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Natural Causes (Inspector McLean Series #1)
     

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean Series #1)

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by James Oswald
 

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A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a room that has lain sealed for the last sixty years. Her remains are carefully arranged in what seems to have been a macabre ritual.

For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean, this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority, but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly

Overview


A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a room that has lain sealed for the last sixty years. Her remains are carefully arranged in what seems to have been a macabre ritual.

For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean, this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority, but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death. Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings—deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh's police at a loss.

McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational theory. And one that will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . .

Natural Causes is a chilling and exciting start to a brand new series of mysteries: The Detective Inspector MacLean novels.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544319486
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Inspector McLean Series , #1
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
198,154
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author


JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels by night. During the day he runs a 350 acre livestock farm in North East Fife, Scotland where he raises Highland cattle and sheep.

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Natural Causes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Wilkinson122 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I had a very hard time putting it down. I wish there were more books like this on the free lists for B & N - besides all the smut and xxx-rated pornography. I had to weed through about 2,000 book titles to find this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me intrigued from the start. A little confusing - I did have to backtrack at times thinking I missed something. Good free book - I can deal with the occasional grammar errors. Will read more by this author. Cozy reader
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really like the magic/supernatural aspect, but it wasn't too intrusive, and the rest of the story was superb...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was extremely surprised by this book. It's almost 900 pages and I could not put this book down! A gripping story right from the start. Can't wait for the second book about McLean. He's a very interesting character and this is the beginning of a new, exciting detective series! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a good read. It keeps you intrigued and interested the entire time. I would recommend this book. AND it's FREE! I liked the author and will lokk him up for other books that he writes.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this is a wonderful book that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. The story is well written with lots of depth and it moves along at exactly the right pace to keep you intrigued. The characters are smart, entertaining, sometimes funny and just totally believable. I have not read a story as well-rounded and entertaining as this since the Jack Nightingale trilogy. I am extremely pleased to have found NATURAL CAUSES and very much look forward to starting its sequel, THE BOOK OF SOULS, right now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you adjust to the Scottish verbal quirks, which is really no time at all, the story flows along at a satisfying pace. There are twists and blind alleys, and supernatural overtones. Think Law & Order UK, with vengeful spirits.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line and flow of action and characters. Good plot and some things are finished with your imagination. Written by an English (as in UK) author therefore some of the grammar is slightly different from what is seen in American novels. Definitely recommended for its mystery and crime solving.
shapes More than 1 year ago
Read thid in 2 nights, Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am pleasantly surprised by this free book. It was very good and i loved all the characters, though there were so many, i had trouble keeping track of who was whom good guy or bad guy. My only complaint is that the whole book could have been written without the "real" evil spirits. Belief in spirits is one thing and that can work, but the author lost the integrity of the mystery for me when the spirits became real. It truly is a shame because aside from that, this was good enough that i woukd have purchased others-but because of it, i probably won't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 800 plus pages go by quickly. Will certainly read another in this series.
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I read a lot, and am finding it hard to find books I like anymore. Glad I found this author, now I've got some more reading to do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really surprised so many liked this book. I struggled to get through it, primarily because I deeply disliked the terribly cliched protagonist. He was both self-satisfied and superficial, the sterotypical young, over-educated cop probably advanced too fast, always sure he has all the answers and his superiors are stupid. In real life, that kind of guy gets put in his place by the realities of life; sometimes he'll be right, more often he won't. In bad fiction, however, the writer arranges all events to prove the obnoxious hero right in all things. And then, of course, she makes him a milliinaire. I can't tell you hiw tired I am of that particular trope. The way many authors imagine it, most of the police work solely for love of the job. This author doubled the tedious tropes by making the guy live n cheap student apartments, so we get the old fave, the hero who has bucks but disdains them. Ho and hum. Then there is his entire lack of grief or any evidence of affection for his grandmother. I found all the author's attempts to have this character demonstrate normal emotiins both off-putting and unbelievable. I guess that was my primary problem with this book; I simply couldn't believe in the characters as human beings. They are one dimensiinal assemblages of characteristics, not living characters, amd that destroys what little value there was in the plot.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Before writing down my own review of Natural Causes, I browsed through some of the reviews on Goodreads, and noticed that other reviewers complained about the supernatural aspect of the book, claiming it’s used as a deus ex machina. To each their own, but the supernatural tidbits of this book were actually my favorite, and had they not been included, I probably would’ve rated the book a four. Either way, don’t just ditch the book because it mentions the supernatural. Hardly enough police procedurals do this, and do it in a way as convincing as in this book. On to the plot. Coinciding with the murder of prominent society members, DI Anthony McLean’s police department stumbles upon a cold case in the form of a young girl’s body tied to the basement floor of a dilipidated building with her organs removed and placed into alcoves around her body. That alone had me hooked. From the start there are clues to some kind of devil worship, and it’s up to McLean and his team to find out what’s going on, to connect the dots and solve this young girl’s murder. But on top of that, McLean has to deal with his grandma’s passing, classify some violent suicides that may or may not be linked to the murders, and solve the recent string of murders haunting town. Tony, or Anthony, is brilliant. He’s the kind of flawed protagonist who manages to walk the line between flawed and too flawed. The entire police department is filled with colorful figures who bring something different to the table. The plot is fast-paced, the writing is solid, and if I didn’t need at least some hours of sleep, I would’ve read this book in one sitting: even if it meant staying up all night. I also loved it when the characters talked Scottish, and when some Scottish customs were discussed and added. Fans of supernatural thrillers and police procedurals will love this. It’s the kind of book I’ve been waiting ages for, one that successfully merges these two genres.
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Great storyline, good characters, a real page turner..will read the next book in series.
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