Cold as the Grave

This is the ninth book in the Tony McLean series and they just keep getting better and better.

Not entirely happy in his new role as DCI, Tony escapes from the growing pile of paperwork to help out at a far-right demonstration. He stumbles across the body of a child that looks almost mummified but, far from being a cold case, this is the beginning of a harrowing investigation into the treatment of refugees and illegal immigrants.

There is also the added element of the supernatural that makes this series so different, but in the hands of James Oswald is made to seem perfectly plausible.

The cast of characters are so well drawn and familiar that you sometimes forget they are fictional – Grumpy Bob, Madame Rose and, my favourite, Mrs McCutcheon’s cat. McLean’s old nemesis (Mrs Saifre) is back too, and he still does not trust her one little bit.

This is a dark and disturbing tale, told with great sensitivity and I look forward to reading the next one.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review