• Natural Causes

  • An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Series: Inspector McLean, Book 1
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (18 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of James Oswald’s gripping new Inspector McLean crime thriller Natural Causes, read by the actor Ian Hanmore.
A young girl’s mutilated body is discovered in a sealed room. Her remains are carefully arranged, in what seems to have been a cruel and macabre ritual, which appears to have taken place over 60 years ago. For newly appointed Edinburgh Detective Inspector Tony McLean this baffling cold case ought to be a low priority - but he is haunted by the young victim and her grisly death.
Meanwhile, the city is horrified by a series of bloody killings. Deaths for which there appears to be neither rhyme nor reason, and which leave Edinburgh’s police at a loss. McLean is convinced that these deaths are somehow connected to the terrible ceremonial killing of the girl, all those years ago. It is an irrational, almost supernatural theory. And one which will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil…
©2013 James Oswald (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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3 out of 5 stars
By Anniebligh on 07-17-14

Read well by Ian Hanmore


Waiting on Audible to release 'dead men's bones' . book4.

There are a couple of stories running through this series and they can be read or heard separately.
Not brilliant 5 stars at this time, though I expect that if the series continue with the same reader, the series may rank high 4 or 5.

Forget any Ian Rankin references from the reviewers/publishers.I am beginning to think quite a few reviewers are illiterate. (And have no idea why there will only ever be one Ian Rankin.) I get a tad sus whenever I read silly remarks like,,the new ,, etc.
On the surface there is a fairly preictable plot, a current day Batman with an Alpha and a few good fellas and girls. Then read on.
No shrinking rooms or damsels tied to railway tracks yet,

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4 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on 06-22-13

Is Edinburgh turning into Midsummer?

Another Tartan Noir writer. Does so much crime happen in civilised Edinburgh? Wasn't sure about the occult element in this book at first but I think in the end Mr Oswald carried it off. I liked the background story of Insp McLean woven into the body of the plot. I liked the the fact that he is a "nice " young man. The reader had a rather monotone voice whic at first I didn't like but it grew on me. if you can't drop of at night he has a very soothing ,almost hypnotic tone. Persevere with this one if you don't quite take to it at first. I am looking forward to the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joanne on 07-23-13

A Gripping Listen

An excellent, gripping book. I really enjoyed the fact the lead detective was not the usual run of the mill. The story kept me held right to the last page/listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 03-20-17

Great read

This is an exciting find. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series. The narrator is excellent and it was a great story with good characters. I like the moral tone of a caring thoughtful protagonist who has friends and the potential for a relationship. There has to be a bad copper in there as a foil,but he is a bit of a clown as well as being a bully . N o gratuitous sex scenes is a big thumbs up for me and difficult scenes of gruesome murder handled well. I loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-03-16

Good plot, well read

Storyline different and interesting. wtiere writer has a flair for descrptive prose without getting lost in side story detail.

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