James Oswald
James Oswald is a Scottish author of crime fiction and epic fantasy novels. He writes the Inspector McLean detective fiction series as well as the Ballad of Sir Benfro epic fantasy series. James has also written comic scripts, short stories and blogs. Aside from writing, he runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, Scotland where he raises Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.

James Oswald became a published novelist in 2012 with the novel Natural Causes, which launched his Inspector Tony McLean series. Later that year, he would also publish a follow-up, The Book of Souls and two books in the Ballad of Sir Benfro series – Dreamwalker and The Rose Cord. Below is a list of James Oswald’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Inspector McLean Books


Natural Causes(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Book of Souls(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hangman's Song(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dean Men's Bones(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Prayer for the Dead(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ballad Of Sir Benfro Books


Dreamwalker(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Rose Cord(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Cage(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Some editions of the Ballad of Sir Benfro series are published as by J.D. Oswald.

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James Oswald Synopsis: In Natural Causes by James Oswald, the body of a young girl has been discovered. It has been sitting in a room in a ritualistic manner for approximately sixty years. For Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean, this may not be the highest priority case, but it is haunting nonetheless. Meanwhile, a wave of brutal killings has hit Edinburgh and the police can’t figure out why. McLean thinks that the two may be connected. As irrational as the theory sounds, it may lead Inspector McLean to the heart of a terrifying ancient evil.

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