BURY THEM DEEP By James Oswald


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 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 Renfrew’s disappearance a coincidence or related to the case?

McLeans 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….


I have loved reading the Inspector McLean novels, so was thrilled to be reading this one a little earlier than the publishing date. If you haven’t read any of this series I would highly recommend you grab the earlier books now.

Set in Edinburgh, a heatwave is hitting, which for Edinburgh is unusual, school holidays, meaning bored children in the streets. With the day landscapes there are fires, some natural, some deliberate.

This time McLean is involved with a very tightly controlled operation known as Caterwaul, a highly vetted, political sensitive investigation, partnered with the Americans and the National Crime Agency, involving the targeting of some major figures in the business world for fraud and money laundering.

A member of the team Anya Renfrew, a normally reliable, long serving member, fails to turn up at the beginning, this triggers some paranoia and suspicion.

McLean doesn’t feel that her not turning up is to do with the investigation, but his gut tells him something is not right. He is charged with the investigation of finding her. When interviewing her work colleagues he finds she is a very private person, no one knows a great deal about her at all. Then it becomes apparent that Anya was living a secret double life, this rattles the cages of senior management. Her car is found burnt out in a remote area of Gladhouse woods and reservoir, this area already has a sinister history of missing women, going back years.

The coincidental arrival of three American billionaire tech guys, provides a security nightmare, along with a fire on the moors, reveals dead remains some of which are recent. McLean finds himself in some danger as he searches for the truth about Anya.

McLeans personal life with his partner Emma is still in turmoil after recent tragic events, but when she shows an interest in studying Forensic Anthropology with Professor Harriet Turner, who he knows, it gives hope that things will improve.

McLean also has to face the horror of meeting childhood friend and multiple murderer, Norman Bale, who is in Bestingfield Secure Psychiatric Hospital for life, when it turns out he may have information on the missing Anya.

This is a dark, intense read, with some supernatural elements, secret cults with some gruesome traditions with historical backgrounds. There is so much going on that the reader is engaged from start to finish.

A gripping read, another great story from James Oswald, can’t wait to see what the next book brings. This definitely deserves a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Wildfire for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

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