The Book Of Souls (Inspector Mclean #2) by James Oswald #BookReview

The Book of Souls

Every year for ten years, a young woman’s body was found in Edinburgh at Christmas time: naked, throat slit, body washed clean. The final victim, Kirsty Summers, was Detective Constable Tony McLean’s fiancée. But the Christmas Killer made a mistake. In a cellar under a shop, McLean found a torture chamber and put an end to the brutal killing spree.

Twelve years later, and a fellow prisoner has just murdered the incarcerated Christmas Killer. But with the arrival of the festive season comes a body. A young woman: naked, washed, her throat cut.

Is this a copycat killer? Was the wrong man behind bars all this time? Or is there a more sinister, frightening explanation?

McLean must revisit the most disturbing case of his life and discover what he missed before the killer strikes again . . .

In this second book of the series we learn all the details of Tony McLean’s backstory.  Now we understand why he lives for his work and hasn’t had a relationship for 10 years.  Maybe now Anderson, the man who murdered his fiancé, has died, Tony can begin to live again.  Should he rekindle the spark he felt for forensic scientist, Emma? But happiness is not for him, the murders of young women have started again, and this time they follow each other in rapid succession. Had they jailed the wrong man or did the book about Anderson provoke a copy-cat?

Tony is determined to put work first, but when his home burns down he feels like giving up. Spunky Emma is no doormat, but she gives Tony a chance and despite the efforts of bullying DCI Duguid, McLean investigates every possibility, trying to prevent the death of any more young women. The story comes to a terrifying final chapter. Some of the plot was predictable but there is also mystery and intrigue. Another compelling read.

The Book of Souls on Amazon UK

James Oswald

James Oswald is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries. The first two of these, Natural Causes and The Book of Souls were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. Set in an Edinburgh not so different to the one we all know, Detective Inspector Tony McLean is the unlucky policeman who can see beneath the surface of ordinary criminal life to the dark, menacing evil that lurks beneath.

He has also introduced the world to Detective Constable Constance ‘Con’ Fairchild, whose first outing was in the acclaimed No Time To Cry.

As J D Oswald, James has also written a classic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Inspired by the language and folklore of Wales, it follows the adventures of a young dragon, Sir Benfro, in a land where his kind have been hunted near to extinction by men.