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Bury Them Deep by James Oswald

Bury Them Deep

Inspector McLean 10

James Oswald

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2 reviews

Imprint: Wildfire
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication date: 20 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781472249968

The tenth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
20 Mar 2020

"we’re soon in typically scarifying Oswald territory"

McLean has been shunted into an unfulfilling managerial role when his colleague Anya Renfrew disappears. Anya was, it transpires, a woman with a tangled private life. And when her burnt-out car is discovered in an area rife with sinister folklore (dating back to the cannibalistic Sawney Bean clan), we’re soon in typically scarifying Oswald territory.


3 stars out of 5
18 Mar 2020

"His novels have a graceful flow, like a burn in autumn"

Oswald’s detectives are professionals. There’s less room for the kind of token office politics, petty disputes, and jostling coppers angling for promotion that fill the pages of other crime writers. But while this adds authenticity, especially in the era of the formica-bland Police Scotland national constabulary, it can make for some rather flat dialogue between characters. There is none of the deadpan humour that sets the likes of Ian Rankin or Quintin Jardine apart.