Natural Causes

by James Oswald

Edinborough Detective Inspector Tony McLean is drawn into a set of cases separated by six decades, but connected by a macabre and brutal ritual killing in the first entry of the Detective Inspector MacLean series of mysteries.

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544317871
  • ISBN-10: 0544317874
  • Pages: 458
  • Publication Date: 10/08/2013
  • Carton Quantity: 1

About the book

A young girl's mutilated body is discovered in a room that has lain sealed for the last sixty years. Her remains are carefully arranged in what seems to have been a macabre ritual. 


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 theory. And one that will lead McLean closer to the heart of a terrifying and ancient evil . . . 


Natural Causes is a chilling and exciting start to a brand new series of mysteries: The Detective Inspector MacLean novels. 


About the author
James Oswald

JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels by night. During the day he runs a 350 acre livestock farm in North East Fife, Scotland where he raises Highland cattle and sheep.


"Crime fiction's next big thing."—The Sunday Telegraph


"Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers."—Daily Mail


'The hallmarks of Val McDermid or Ian Rankin."—The Herald