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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Look! I’m on the telly!

Those lovely people at BBC Scotland came out to the farm and interviewed me about my books. Of course, it wasn’t enough to just film me at my desk, where I write. No, they had to come outside and get shots with the livestock too. Those lucky sheep got about three times as much feed […]

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Real Scots read The Record

Those lovely people at The Daily Record interviewed me earlier in the week, and photographed me with my sheep and cows. The result is a very good article indeed in today’s paper. If you’re in Scotland, go out and buy a copy – they’ll be worth a fortune when I’m famous. If you don’t live […]

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It’s all kicking off now

Last week was a busy one. Not for me, I just looked after the cows and sheep as normal, did a little writing in the evenings and enjoyed the company of my better half, up from Wales for a few days. No, it was a busy week for the lovely Juliet Mushens, my newly-acquired agent […]

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Formatting ebooks is a funny old game. Download some offerings from top-flight publishers and big name authors and you’ll still sometimes get a book that looks like it was typed by a two-fingered toddler copying the monkey in the next cage. This is partly down to the impossible complexity of ebook creation, but mostly down […]

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What’s in a name?

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed a certain baby-faced Detective Constable Stuart MacBride pops up in Natural Causes and is firmly part of the team for The Book of Souls. Fans of gritty and darkly humorous crime fiction may also be aware that there is an author writing Aberdeen-based books who has a very similar name. […]

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The Golden Cage is here

There was a bit of a hiccup (hiccough?) earlier, when the book went live on Amazon but wasn’t available to buy. That’s been fixed now, and book three of The Ballad of Sir Benfro is available on the kindle. epub versions for nook, kobo etc., will be available soon. Keep your eyes peeled. The Golden […]

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Something for the Weekend, Sir?

It does seem rather strange to me that people will spend a thousand dollars or more on the latest MacBook Air, a hundred dollars a month on a broadband package, and yet refuse to pay for the music they listen to or the books they read. Pirating is theft, pure and simple, but it’s a […]

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The Book of Souls is here!

After what seems like months, but is in fact only a few weeks, the waiting is finally over. Yes, you lucky people, the second in the Detective Inspector McLean series, The Book of Souls, is finally here. Available exclusively on Amazon kindle, at least for now, you can get your copy here: Amazon UK Amazon […]

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The Countdown Begins

  It’s been a while coming, but the wait is almost over. Advance copies of the second Inspector McLean book, The Book of Souls, have gone out to a lucky few. The formatting is almostĀ done, the cover is ready. Just as soon as my beta readers have finished pointing out all the typos, it will […]

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