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What Will Burn by James Oswald

What Will Burn

James Oswald

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Imprint: Wildfire
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Publication date: 18 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781472276148

The eleventh book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland's most celebrated crime writers.

3 stars out of 5
Allan Massie
13 Feb 2021

"Crime novels are entertainment, but they can, and should, go deeper than offering thrills"

This isn’t to say that the novel isn’t enjoyable. It is. Even the hocus-pocus is good fun, and Oswald develops his narrative pleasingly and with a professional zest. Individual scenes are excellent, the evocation of a changing Edinburgh pleasing. The story carries you along at a good pace, but one also slow enough to let you cherish the details, even if a few moments of carelessness might have been avoided by more careful editing. (You can’t, for instance, take the ashes away immediately after a cremation service.)