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Prayer for the Dead The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder In a sealed chamber deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove a mysterious network of caves a

  • Title: Prayer for the Dead
  • Author: JamesOswald
  • ISBN: 9780718180195
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can t shake off the suspicion tThe search for a missing journalist is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder.In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can t shake off the suspicion that there is far to this case than meets the eye The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible But it is not the only thing about this case that McLean will find beyond belief.Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of allies, he must track down a killer driven by the darkest compulsions, who will answer only to a higher power.

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    1. Paromjit on said:

      This is the fifth of the DI Tony McLean series and it has an interesting set of storylines. Jo Dalgliesh has not seen her colleague, Ben Stevenson, a reporter for some time and reports him missing to Tony who reluctantly agrees to help. He is called out to the underground caves and passages beneath Edinburgh where there has been ritualistically killed dead body that has undergone gruesome purification acts. Oddly, there is absolutely no forensics. It is, of course, Ben Stevenson, and then more b [...]

    2. James on said:

      Why This BookAbout 6 months ago, I won a giveaway from the publisher, Crooked Lane. They accidentally shipped this book instead of the one I had won. Rather than pull it back, they let me keep the book, but I hadn't gotten to read it. On my quest to close out all ARCs, giveaways and books on my shelves before I download or buy anything new, Prayer for the Dead, the fifth book in the Inspector McLean thriller and mystery series, published in 2015, and written by James Oswald, was the oldest in m [...]

    3. Gary on said:

      'Prayer for the dead' is the 5th book in the Inspector McLean series by author James Oswald.Another good book in this series that continues to satisfy everything I enjoy in a Detective series.In this book a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove the victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake the suspicion that there is more to this case than meets the eye. [...]

    4. Sarah on said:

      The closer I get to the 7th book the more I want to savour reading each one but can't put them down and end up devouring them, to me that shows how good this series is, some book series I can put down and not pick up again for months, this one, refuses to do that the more I get into it!!Tony is still doing his job while having to put up with the arseholes he works with/for and the supernatural aspects floating around in his world do their very best to throw spanners, hammers and other tools in t [...]

    5. Ellen on said:

      Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald.The 5th in the Inspector McLean series and my 5th. Dalgliesh, that reporter that no officer trusts least of all Tony, needs his help in finding her coworker Ben Stevenson. It seems he's just gone and no one at the reporters office knows where to. This takes Tony into a realm of hidden chambers beneath the city and a ritualistic murder, but is all this ritualism as it really seems or just a coverd a cover to what. What lies behind this murder?McLean comes home [...]

    6. Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede on said:

      As much as I enjoyed listening to the fifth book in this series was I'm not really pleased with the narrator choice to whisper the killer's thoughts. It just sounded like he was mumbling and I was lucky if I could hear a word or two and understand what the heck the killer was doing.Now, I like Tony McLean, and I like the paranormal angle to the books in this series. But, this was not the strongest book in the series. The best part was towards the end when the story finally started to make sense. [...]

    7. Sharon Mccall on said:

      Another fantastic book in the Inspector McLean series by James Oswald and definitely worthy of its 5 starts.Tony McLean draws trouble like ducks are drawn to water and in Prayer for the Dead this is no less true.When reporter Jo Dalgleish asks him to look into a missing colleague you know its not going to go well and when the colleague turns up a victim of murder McLean is forced to work with the reporter he despises for her book on his dead fiancée. With no forensics to go on, more bodies turn [...]

    8. Gordon Johnston on said:

      A serial killer take with a lot of interesting aspects - but none of them are fully explained in a rather unsatisfactory ending. This is the first of the series I've read, and that made things difficult at times. Elements of backstory are dropped in with no explanation, so this is a series definitely best read in order. DI Tony McLean is a good character with plenty of nuance. He works hard, perhaps obsessing, and has some lovely humerus comments on his colleagues and superiors. The case develop [...]

    9. Claire Bailey on said:

      I have a feeling that I'll look back on my rating of this book and think it too harsh. That said, I don't think I'd ever read it again so I couldn't rate it higher or as a must read.I enjoyed this novel as much as I disliked it. I liked the familiarity of the characters, the funny quips and jibes between the ranking officers and the general pace of the story. But equally the storylines are often over complex for what is required and there's far too much 'faff' in between key scenes.For every loo [...]

    10. Vicii on said:

      Once again an amazingly good novel from Mr Oswald. I really love the juxtaposition between the science and the paranormal in his books. I am one of those people that loves hard facts and needs to know how things work but sometimes, just sometimes, I can see that it's not quite as simple as that and these books do bring out that "other side" to things.There's not really much more that I can say as I never do reviews in the way of explaining what happens, I tend to leave that to people who can wri [...]

    11. Daphne Sharpe on said:

      Book 5 and Tony is still 'making things complicated' for Duguid( Dagwood) and the other lazy OIC's in this hugely readable series of detective novels. There is still a fantastic mixture of police procedure and paranormal experiences, my favourite characters of Grumpy Bob and Angus Cadwallader are backing up Tony as more inventive murders are discovered, dialysis machine? Seriously?! We see more of Madame Rose and understand that Tony has a very powerful protector, which compensates for the negat [...]

    12. BookwormDH on said:

      It's been a while since I've read one of James Oswald's novels and delved into the world of Inspector Ian McLean. What can I say? I just love this series, have done right from the beginning. Prayer For The Dead doesn't just match up to the previous books, it somehow exceeds them. A truly fantastic story-line. Keeping with the usual police procedural, but also bordering into the spooky and paranormal. The strong characters remain and the tongue-in-cheek humor is just pure genius. Laugh-out-loud s [...]

    13. Janet on said:

      'Are you ready to be reborn?'The search for a missing journalist Ben Stevenson is called off as a body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh. Inspector Tony McLean knew the dead man, and can't shake off the suspicion that there is far more to this case than meets the eye. The baffling lack of forensics at the crime scene seems impossible. But it is not th [...]

    14. Nancy Ellis on said:

      I love this series! Tony and his associates are wonderful characters, the plots are amazing, and the villains are spectacularly creepy. Each book gets better and better.

    15. Mystereity Reviews on said:

      See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews‘You’re going to make it complicated again, aren’t you McLean?’In Prayer for the Dead, Tony investigates the seemingly ritualistic murder of a reporter in the historic Gilmerton Caves in Edinburgh, Scotland. With no evidence left at the scene, the investigation flounders amid several more murders possibly related to the first and Tony finds he has no choice but to reluctantly team up with a colleague of the victim, Jo Dalgleish, herself [...]

    16. Jennifer on said:

      I find myself completely obsessed with this series by James Oswald. I love the hint-nay thread, of the paranormal which lurks a bit like a spiders web hanging around the dusty dark corners of each story, tantalising, mysterious and just out of reach. It reminds me of our unconscious and how that skulks just out of sight like the bottom of an iceberg waiting to influence the outcome of our own personal narratives. We know it exists but just how, why and what will happen is hanging in the balance [...]

    17. Daniela Kraml on said:

      I came across James Oswald via his friend Stuart MacBride. I think it was in the acknowledgements of one of his books, and as it looked like he was talking about a fellow crime writer, I looked him up. Boy was that a smart move! I don't know why, but I like Scottish writers, and James Oswald's no exception.Like the Inspector McLean novels before it is primarily a police procedure, but with supernatural overtures. I know this sounds strange, but funny enough, it works. I've not encountered anythi [...]

    18. Susan Angela Wallace on said:

      Prayer for the dead by James Oswald is a mystery and thriller and general fiction (adult) read. A body is found at the scene of a carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber deep in the heart of Gilmerton Cove. The victim has undergone a macabre ritual of purification.Absolutely fantastic read with brilliant characters. I loved the story and the characters. McLean is still my favourite character. Can't wait for next part. 5*. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book from netgalley

    19. Stephen on said:

      the latest in the series doesn't disappoint and the author develops further the characters in this the fifth in the series as supernatural meets the real world. this series is like the supernatural rankin of Edinburgh

    20. Jane on said:

      There's something awfully compelling about Oswald's writing that never fails at drawing me in even though the idea behind it is actually quite similar to the previous four books in the series. The execution is also somewhat similar in the aspect that I already knew to anticipate that Tony's going to get himself hurt by the end of the book, because he's miraculously found his killer and all of the crimes he seems to investigating somehow fit together into one bigger puzzle. Mind, that's not neces [...]

    21. Roy Szweda on said:

      My second of the JO series of scots whodunnits and somewhat more satisfying than the first but not in the MacBride league sorry to say. In fact I do not quite know what the fuss is about. Is it humour or laziness to pepper the character names like Dalgleish and co as per TV coppers? I found myself hurrying through it to reach the denouement which I thought rather unsatisfying. Well, it is a lot of pages maybe someone could get stuck in next time and cut it down a bit.No supernatural stuff here t [...]

    22. Franziska on said:

      This was the second book of the Inspector McLean series I've read, after The Book Of Souls, which is the second. (Don't ask me why I read #2 and then #5, not starting at the beginning and then skipping books but I've got #7 on my kindle too, so that one is probably going to be next). The Book Of Souls was quite good, but Prayer for the Dead unfortunately didn't win me over as much. It was quite an average read, not bad, not outstanding. It was a bit slow for me, and that's probably because for [...]

    23. Barbara on said:

      First of all I must say that unlike the declaration on the cover, Oswald is not the new Ian Rankin. He sets this series in Edinburgh but there are limited references to the city, and references that don't require really knowing the city. Nonetheless, this was a satisfying read beginning with a seemingly unsolvable murder. McLean is also battling with some developers who are renovating the building where his flat is located that was heavily damaged in a fire. There's something fishy about the dev [...]

    24. Charlene Intriago on said:

      This guy always gets the strangest cases! Bizarre, ritualistic murders causing Inspector McLean to work with one of his adversaries, a reporter named Jo Dagliesh, to help uncover any clues they can - and there aren't many. The first case involves a fellow reporter - Ben Stevenson. Dagliesh is keen to help wherever she can on this one. Then two more bodies turn up. The second one could be just a routine murder (is there such a thing), but that third death is just as bizarre as the first! McLean s [...]

    25. Stephen Howarth on said:

      I was looking forward to reading this, wanting a soulmate for Rebus. But I found it boring. McLean is boring - certainly no Rebus. The story was a little silly. It was hugely padded-out. Although, some of the other characters stood-out, and I loved the description of the underground thingy.

    26. David Brown on said:

      Possibly the weakest of the series so far - a rather muddled plot line with two many disparate elements and rather too much about housing and cars, neither of which interest me. A rather rushed ending

    27. Stacey on said:

      I struggled with rating this book, but finally had to admit I've grown to really dislike this series. I need more light with my shade, and plots that make more sense.

    28. Nick Davies on said:

      A good, solid addition to the series, this sees DI Tony McLean investigating the murder of a man found dead in a subterranean cove. I particularly enjoyed the characterisation (especially McLean’s interactions with colleagues - witty yet realistic) though there seemed to be a little more ‘soap opera’ interpersonal stuff in this one than in previous books. That said, I enjoyed an ambitious plot with less reliance on the supernatural than others in the series, and having recently visited Edi [...]

    29. SS on said:

      Prayer for the Dead is a police procedural that makes you respect the long hard days that police detectives invest in solving cases and bringing bad guys to justice, and the danger they face everyday as they do so. Each character in the book is a solidly dedicated person who shoves their personal lives into the background to solve a case, and they face the danger involved as if it were nothing more than swatting at a fly. It's all done in a fairly realistic manner. I found Prayer to be a cross b [...]

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