Muse's Books (muse_books) wrote in 50bookchallenge,
Muse's Books
muse_books
50bookchallenge

Book 34: The Book of Souls by James Oswald

Book 34: The Book of Souls (Inspector McLean #2.
Author: James Oswald, 2013.
Genre: Police Procedural. Serial Killer. Crime Thriller. Occult.
Other Details: Paperback. 440 pages.

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 . . .
- synopsis from UK publisher's website.

Another strong outing for Inspector McLean. The supernatural elements were not quite as obvious as in the first yet still present. The old case sheds light on a personal tragedy for McLean, which explains why despite his relative youth and good looks he is so wary of personal relationships.

I am a little surprised that Oswald is being hailed as the 'new Ian Rankin' given the occult aspects of the plots to date. Still the stories are set in Scotland and are very gritty, which may account for the comparison. I found this very hard to put down and have pre-ordered Book 3 due out later this month.
Tags: british, crime fiction, occult, police drama
Subscribe

  • Book #14: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

    North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book opens with the heroine, Margaret Hale, being uprooted from her idyllic…

  • Book 5- Hamnet

    5. Hamnet, by Maggie O'Farrell. This was the February pick for the book club I'm in. I finished it pretty quickly, it was hard to put down. It's a…

  • January 2021 - Books 1 to 6

    1. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny Inspector Gamache is now retired in Three Pines when he’s recruited to help one of his friends find her…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments