Bury Them Deep by James Oswald – Book Review


The tenth book in the Sunday Times-bestselling Inspector McLean series, from one of Scotland’s most celebrated crime writers.

When a member of the Police Scotland team fails to clock-in for work, concern for her whereabouts is immediate… and the discovery of her burnt-out car in remote woodland to the south of Edinburgh sets off a desperate search for the missing woman.

Meanwhile, DCI Tony McLean and the team are preparing for a major anti-corruption operation – one which may raise the ire of more than a few powerful people in the city. 

Is Anya Reynolds’ disappearance a co-incidence or related to the case?

McLean’s investigations suggest that perhaps that Anya isn’t the first woman to have mysteriously vanished in these ancient hills. Once again, McLean can’t shake the feeling that there is a far greater evil at work here…

The truth far more chilling than a simple cold case… 




‘The new Ian Rankin’ Daily Record ‘Oswald’s writing is a class above’ Daily Express

‘Crime fiction’s next big thing’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Oswald is among the leaders in the new batch of excellent Scottish crime writers’ Daily Mail

‘A superior crime series’ Crime Squad





#10 in the Inspector McLean series and it can be read as a stand-alone, but in my opinion you are missing out on a brilliant series. (I’ve read and listened to them all)…

In this, Anya, a civilian administrator for the police, has gone missing. Usually reliable and consistent this causes concern. So Detective Inspector Tony Mclean begins an investigation.

When Anya’s car is found burned out, things get more serious. As Mclean searches her home they find the quiet, sensible woman they know at work has a very different personal life.

There are rumours and stories of women disappearing in the same area over many years….are they true? Is something sinister roaming Gladhouse Woods?

Tony is contracted by Norman Bale, a man purporting to be his childhood friend, but also a murderer. What links him to these disappearances, if anything? 

Tony’s personal life is tense too, with Emma quiet and fragile after their recent tragedy and Mclean isn’t sure how to help or deal with the emotions.

This is a fantastic read, it’s dark, gruesome and twisty, with some supernatural elements (as always) and great characters. Grumpy Bob is a real favourite

 Mclean ends up in a dangerous situation, but will he be able to put an end to these disappearances once and for all?  Utterly compelling and I loved every tension filled minute. Can’t wait for book #11.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour,  for the promotional materials and a free ecopy of the book. This is my honest, unbiased review.


You can buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/37NxMzf




JAMES OSWALD is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling Inspector McLean series of detective mysteries, as well as the new DC Constance Fairchild series. James’s first two books, NATURAL CAUSES and THE BOOK OF SOULS, were both short-listed for the prestigious CWA Debut Dagger Award. 

BURY THEM DEEP is the tenth book in the Inspector Mclean Series.

James farms Highland cows and Romney sheep by day, writes disturbing fiction by night.


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