The ninth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.
Her mummified body is hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. A room which feels as cold as the grave.
As a rowdy demonstration makes its slow and vocal way along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, Detective Chief Inspector Tony McLean’s team are on stand-by for any trouble.
The newly promoted McLean is distracted, inexplicably drawn to a dead-end mews street… and a door, slightly ajar, which leads to this poor girl’s final resting place.
But how long has she been there, in her sleep of death? The answers are far from what McLean or anyone else could expect.
The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case…
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes
Tony McLean has been promoted to Detective Chief Inspector, a role he didn’t really want, he’d rather be doing police work not paperwork….
So, he decides to take part in Operation Fundament, to keep an eye on a protest march, fascists and anti-fascists. In the melee he stumbles and notices a door that had been broken into. When he goes to check he finds the body of a young girl….it looks like it had been there for years, as it was desiccated……but after the post mortem it’s found the poor girl had only been dead a couple of days…so what had caused her to be ‘mummified’…..
Then a second body is found, another young girl in the same state……just who is killing these girls?
Tony is such a committed detective, his home life is suffering after a recent tragedy, and he and Emma barely speak to each other anymore….
But he just has to find out what is happening to these girls….
He is again dealing with the menacing Mrs Saifre…..she gave me the creeps that one, the marvellous Madame Rose and the mysterious Madame Jasmina….all mixed in with people trafficking, modern day slavery, the exploitation of migrant workers and murder. There’s also the ‘demon’, the mythical djinn….superstition or something else? Just be careful what you wish for !
A creepy, tense, emotional and totally compelling thriller….I loved every chilling minute….
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book and this is my honest, unbiased review.
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PRAISE FOR JAMES
“If you’re a fan of gripping and intelligent crime books, you won’t want to miss out on this one.”
“a superior crime series”
“Cold as the Grave is an excellent addition to a strong series.”
“The new Ian Rankin”
“Oswald’s writing is a class above”
“Crime fiction’s next big thing”
“Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. AS COLD AS THE GRAVE is the ninth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.
James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.