We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

The latest book in the Sunday Times bestselling phenomenon that is the Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

The charred remains of an elderly woman are discovered in a burned out gamekeepers cottage, hidden away in woodland to the west of Edinburgh.

What is at first assumed to be a tragic accident begins to take on a more sinister aspect as Detective Inspector Tony McLean digs deeper.

There is far more to the victim than her humble surroundings suggest . . .

Praise for James Oswald:

‘The new Ian Rankin Daily Record

Creepy, gritty and gruesomeSunday Mirror

‘Crime fiction’s next big thingSunday Telegraph

Reviews

Crime fiction's next big thing
Sunday Telegraph
Oswald's writing is in a class above most
Daily Express
Creepy, gritty and gruesome
Sunday Mirror
The new Ian Rankin
Daily Record
Hugely enjoyable
Mirror
Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers
Daily Mail

The Inspector McLean Series