Broken Ghosts

The news is out! The lovely people at Wildfire Books have taken on the task of publishing my odd little standalone novel, Broken Ghosts. It’ll be out in September, so more details in due course. For now, here’s the press release in The Bookseller – https://www.thebookseller.com/rights/wildfire-snaps-up-stunning-gothic-novel-by-james-oswald

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Cover image of novel For Our Sins by James Oswald, with quote "The New Ian Rankin - Daily Record" alongside.


The days are ticking down now to the publication of Inspector McLean book 13 – For Our Sins. You lucky people will be able to find out what’s happened to Tony and his colleagues in the almost two years since All That Lives ended on a bombshell. UK readers have been able to pre-order the […]

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For a while now I’ve been losing interest in Social Media. I closed down all my facebook accounts over five years ago, and while I have a Tumblr, a Mastodon and a Bluesky, I don’t really use them. Twitter was, until recently, my sole outlet for random mutterings, book news and videos of coos. It’s […]

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Black Patterdale terrier, mouth open as he pants to reveal white teeth and pink tongue. He is lying in thick, sticky mud and quite clearly delighted with himself.

End of an era

Today I have had to say goodbye to my black Patterdale terrier, Tegid. Technically my partner’s dog, he has been pretty much my constant companion for the past thirteen and a half years. I bought him for her birthday, back in July 2010. We’d not long lost our previous Patterdale, Mortimer, and missed having a […]

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Testing time again

Please ignore this post if you see it, although if you do see it I’ll be very pleased because it will mean the bloody website’s working again. This should appear in Events and the general blog. Here’s hoping.

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It’s all happening now!

I’m all too aware that I’ve been neglecting this place of late. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything, and often it’s the website that gets overlooked. And so it is, the last post here was back in February. Sorry about that, but there are some interesting things coming […]

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A few places you can find me…

So, the publicity for the new book is beginning to fall into place. There’s a launch event on publication day, February 23rd. Half six at Waterstones West End in Edinburgh. Tickets are free and available in store. I’ll be chatting with Russel D McLean about things and stuff. I’ll also be at Toppings in St […]

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Written in Bones Launch!

The clock is ticking down now, and we’ll soon be launching the seventh (eek!) book in the Detective Inspector McLean series. Written in Bones sees Tony McLean investigating perhaps the most unusual case of his career, when the body of a man is found high up in the bare winter branches of a tree on […]

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More places you will find me.

Rubbish as I am at updating these pages, I’ve been very remiss of late in telling you all where I will be and when. It’s quite possible that nobody really cares, of course. But just in case you do, here’s my schedule for the end of 2016 – the year that keeps on giving. Wednesday […]

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Everyone’s a winner, baby*

*well, not quite. More than five hundred of you entered the great competition to win signed editions of all six Tony McLean novels. I’d love to give you all a set, but sadly my publishers said that was too expensive. Thanks to everyone who entered – keep your eyes peeled for more competitions to come. […]

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