Natural Causes

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A young girl’s mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over sixty years ago.

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, almost supernatural theory.

And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil.

Editorial Reviews

“Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers.”

Daily Mail

“A star of Scotland’s burgeoning crime fiction scene.”

Daily Record

“Crime fiction’s next big thing.”

Sunday Telegraph

Author Biography

James Oswald is the Sunday Times (London) bestselling author of the Edinburgh based Detective Inspector McLean novels, the first two of which were shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger award for best unpublished author. He also writes the epic fantasy series the Ballad of Sir Benfro. In his spare time he farms 350 acres in North East Fife, Scotland, where he raises pedigree Highland cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep.

Reader Biography

Ian Hanmore, a Scottish actor, has played supporting roles in various films and television series. He is best known for his role as Father Angelo in Doctor Who and as the warlock Pyat Pree in Game of Thrones.

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