Dead Men’s Bones by James Oswald – 4.5/10 (Kindle version)
I was promised great things again with this book, and thought it would be a good quick read, as I tend to get through detective and mystery thrillers quite quickly, but I found this to be fairly disappointing in the end. This is part of the Inspector McLean series (#4 to be precise), but reading reviews, I was ensured I wouldn’t feel lost by not having read the others. I didn’t exactly feel lost, but I felt I would have had a bit of a deeper connection with the characters had I read the other novels first.
Inspector Tony McLean, returning to work after an injury, is put onto two cases – that of a prominent MSP (Scottish MP – took me a while to figure that one out!) who has murdered his wife and two little girls before turning the gun on himself, and that of the naked body of a man, covered head to toe in recently done tattoos. The pressure on him to reveal the truth behind both cases becomes heavier as the book goes on, but unfortunately I found there were an excess of unnecessary things going on, conversations, for example, that just made me forget what exactly was happening before they started talking. It took me ages to get to a part of the book that started to interest me, but still, there was a lot of back and forth going on. In the end, I never even got the answers I really wanted, and felt a disappointed that not everything was properly explained – there were a lot of factors that could have been explored in a lot more depth rather than focusing on trivial things.
This book had excellent reviews on Goodreads, and I definitely feel in the minority that it didn’t speak to me. The storyline had promise, but didn’t resolve well enough for my liking or for the style of the book which was along the lines of one which usually gives a good explanation at the end. There were some good characters, but I have to say, the most interesting bit of the mysteries going on in the book that I wanted to find out about was the mystery illness that had struck McLean’s colleague. I probably wouldn’t recommend this on, but I would be interested in trying another James Oswald book in future to see why the reviews were so positive.
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