The Book of Souls

The Book of Souls

Inspector McLean 2



'A gripping tale of mystery and intrigue' 5***** Reader Review
'Holds your attention and builds towards an excellent climax' 5***** Reader Review
'Enthralling . . . you won't be disappointed' 5***** Reader Review

Every year for ten years, a young woman's body was found in Edinburgh at Christmas time: naked, throat slit, body washed clean.

Ten years, ten women.

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 . . .

Praise for James Oswald:

'A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene'
Daily Record

'Crime fiction's next big thing'
The Sunday Telegraph

'Literary sensation...James' overnight success has drawn comparisons with the meteoric rise of EL James and her Fifty Shades of Grey series'
Daily Mail

'Fifty Shades of Hay'
The Times

'Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers'
Daily Mail

'The new Ian Rankin'
Daily Record

'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin: it's dark, violent, noirish'
The Herald

'A good read'
The Times

'An excellent start to what promises to be a fine series'


  • A star of Scotland's burgeoning crime fiction scene
    Daily Record

About the author

James Oswald

James Oswald is the author of the Inspector McLean series of crime novels. The first seven, Natural Causes, The Book of Souls, The Hangman's Song, Dead Men's Bones, Prayer for the Dead, The Damage Done and Written in Bones are available as Penguin paperbacks and ebooks. He has also written an epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, which is published by Penguin, as well as comic scripts and short stories.

In his spare time he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in north-east Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney sheep.
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