Bury Them Deep by James Oswald is book ten of The Inspector McLean crime fiction series.
Set in Scotland, this story begins with a missing person: Anya Renfrew has worked as a loyal and reliable police administration assistant for many years, but when she doesn’t turn up at work for an important new case, the amount of access that she has to securely held information is as much a concern as her absence.
Detective Inspector McLean is under a lot of pressure from his superiors to find Anya, as her loss is jeopardising the start of the new case. Added to this, a dangerous serial killer escapes from a local psychiatric detention centre and police fear he will seek revenge on those who caught him years ago.
This is the first book that I have read in this series. I liked the Scottish setting and the folk tale theme that weaved its way into the narrative; although horrific, it was very interesting. McLean was a likeable detective and his investigative methods were thorough in an old-school style. The narrative focused on the police procedures and the many leads which the case exposed, rather than a novel that was filled with unexpected twists. There was still plenty of tension as the story moved towards the final denouement; however, there were no surprises for me with the final reveal.
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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…