"A chilling mystery filled with underground secrets"
Reviewed by Shellie Surles
Posted May 7, 2017
Mystery Police Procedural
Detective Inspector Tony McLean is called to a crime scene
only to find that the victim is a missing reporter he had been
asked to look for. The unlikely favor was asked of him by
another reporter that he has a bad history with. Sadly he is
now going to have to work with her in order to find the
With the body being located deep in a series of underground
tunnels and no evidence being left, he must use all the
resources he has. DI McLean along with his unlikely ally
discover that the killer is sick, driven by dark compulsions
and believes he is taking his orders from God.
James Oswald creates an interesting, world mixing the
supernatural and the real, leaving you questioning if the
detective ever finds the whole truth.
Though PRAYER FOR THE DEAD has a slow start, if you hang in
there the end is shocking and worth the read. As always I get
quite a kick out of reading stories from overseas. Based in
Scotland, the detectives do not carry guns. You can't help but
wonder how many less injuries they would receive and how
differently the stories would end if they could just shoot the
PRAYER FOR THE DEAD has a good combination of mystery,
suspense and even some paranormal that will keep you
questioning to the end.
Detective Inspector Tony McLean is on the case when the
search for a missing journalist uncovers the scene of a
carefully staged murder. In a sealed chamber, deep in the
heart of Gilmerton Cove, a mysterious network of caves and
passages sprawling beneath Edinburgh, the body is discovered
in a seemingly macabre ritual of purification. But McLean
knew the dead man and can't shake off the suspicion that
there is far more to this case than meets the eye.
For one thing, the baffling lack of forensics at the crime
scene seems impossible. But that's just the first in a
series of revelations about this case that seems beyond
belief. Teamed with the most unlikely and unwelcome of
allies, McLean must track down a killer--driven by the
darkest compulsions and who will answer only to a higher
power--until it's his own blood on the altar.
Shocking and suspenseful, Prayer for the Dead, the
fifth installment in James Oswald's internationally
bestselling series, plunges readers into the bone-chilling
darkness of an underground world filled with ancient secrets.
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