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)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Book of Souls (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Hangman's Song (2014)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Dead Men's Bones (2014)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Prayer for the Dead (2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Damage Done (2016)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Written in Bones (2017)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Gathering Dark (2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Cold as the Grave (2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Bury Them Deep (2020)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
What Will Burn (2021)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
All That Lives (2022)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

Publication Order of DC Constance Fairchild Books

No Time to Cry (2018)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Nothing to Hide (2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Nowhere to Run (2021)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Ballad of Sir Benfro Books

Dreamwalker (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Rose Cord (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Golden Cage (2012)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Broken World (2015)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
The Obsidian Throne (2016)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dead Simple(2017)Amazon UK | Amazon.com
Exit Wounds(2019)Amazon UK | Amazon.com

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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