Inspector Tony McLean by James Oswald
Inspector McLean is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction/mystery novels by Scottish novelist James Oswald. Detective Inspector Tony McLean works in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

James Oswald began his Inspector McLean series in 2012 with the novel Natural Causes. The novel was shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger Prize. Oswald followed it up later the same year with The Book of Souls. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of James Oswald’s Inspector Tony McLean books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

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Publication Order of Inspector McLean Books

Natural Causes(2012)Description / Buy at
The Book of Souls(2012)Description / Buy at
The Hangman's Song(2014)Description / Buy at
Dead Men's Bones(2014)Description / Buy at
Prayer for the Dead(2015)Description / Buy at
The Damage Done(2016)Description / Buy at
Written in Bones(2017)Description / Buy at
The Gathering Dark(2018)Description / Buy at
Cold as the Grave(2019)Description / Buy at
Bury Them Deep(2020)Description / Buy at
What Will Burn(2021)Description / Buy at
All That Lives(2022)Description / Buy at
For Our Sins(2024)Description / Buy at

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Inspector Tony McLean Synopsis: In The Book of Souls by James Oswald, every year for a decade, a woman has been found somewhere in Edinburgh. She is always naked with her throat cut and her body cleaned. His final victim was his mistake – Kirsty Summers, finacee of Detective Constable Tony McLean. 12 years later, the Christmas Killer is murdered by a fellow inmate. And now, it’s Christmas again and there’s another young woman’s body left naked, washed and with a slit throat. Is a copycat killer at work? Did Tony McLean send the wrong man behind bars? Inspector McLean must revisit the worst case of his life before this killer strikes again.

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