Prayer for the Dead



Yes, it’s almost time for the next book in the Inspector McLean series. Prayer for the Dead is published on February 12th here in the UK, and it’s the first time I’m going to be in hardback.

Prayer for the Dead by James Oswald

I’ll be doing a mini-tour to promote the book, and signing stock in as many bookshops as I can find. Here’s a provisional timetable, though I would recommend checking the links just in case times/venues have to change.

Details of all my Waterstones appearances can be found on the events page here.

12th February

Launch Event – Waterstones George Street, Edinburgh. 6.30-8.30pm

14th February

Signing and chat – Waterstones Perth. 1-2pm

19th February

Signing, reading, author talk – Waterstones Dundee. 6.30pm

20th February

Signing, reading, author talk – Waterstones St Andrews. 6.30pm

21st February 2015

Signing and chat – Waterstones Dunfermline. 2pm

In conversation with the author – Waterstones Kirkcaldy. 7pm

24th February 2015

Signing, reading, author talk – Waterstones Aberdeen. 7pm

25th February 2015

Signing and chat – Waterstones Stirling. 3pm

26th February 2015

In conversation with the author – Carnegie Library, Ayr. 7pm

27th February 2015

Signing and chat – Waterstones Argyll Street, Glasgow. 1-2pm

In conversation with the author – Waterstones Newton Mearns. 7pm

28th February 2015

Signing and chat – Waterstones Inverness. 12.30pm


In addition to all these events, I will be signing stock at WHSmith in each of these towns, so check with your local shop if you’re after a signed copy.

I am frequently asked about events south of the border. While I’d love to come to every town and meet all my readers, there simply isn’t enough time to do that, run the farm and write the next book. I will be going to a few literary festivals this year – check back for updates – and I do try to visit book shops whenever I’m travelling. Otherwise, speak to your local bookshop – if there’s enough demand I’ll come pay you a visit!

12 Responses to Prayer for the Dead

  1. Carol February 3, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    What about your readers south of the border?

    • jameso February 3, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

      I’d love to do a more far-reaching tour, Carol, but it’s difficult for me to get away from the farm for long. I also don’t draw sufficient crowds in the shires for my publishers to feel it worth the cost. I hope to get to a few more literary festivals during the year, and I always try to pop into local bookshops if I’m away from home. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

  2. Carol February 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

    Thanks for replying. You definitely need some more publicity down here in “the Shires”. Can’t remember how I first found Natural Causes but i loved it and everything since. Can’t wait for the new one!

  3. Shirley February 5, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Understand the reasons but confess disappointment. I suspect your publisher might be wrong though. There’s always the Huddersfield Literature Festival….

    • jameso February 9, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

      I expect I’m too lowbrow for that!

  4. Don Gatford February 17, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    I too like Shirley live near to Huddersfield. I got to read your first book after speaking with Stuart MacBride. Reading Natural Causes at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it. Was going to ask are you doing Harrogate or Stirling “Bloody Scotland” this year? I hope to be going to one or the other. I also wished to know if your first books which are in paperback are going to be published in hardback as I really only collect hardback although I also have the works of Alan Guthrie which some of are only available in paperback. Thanks for a great read . Don

    • jameso February 17, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Hi Don,

      I’m really pleased to hear you’re enjoying Natural Causes. Alas, no plans for hardback versions of the first four books that I know of. I’ll be at Harrogate and Bloody Scotland, so hopefully meet you at one or the other (or both!)

  5. keith February 18, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    I’m really looking forward to this next book. I originally caught sight of “dead men’s bones” at the airport in August 2014. I read this on the beach in Egypt in a week it’s pure brilliance. Have since read the others (from the beginning) and I’m totally hooked. Keep up the fantastic work. I’ll be out tomorrow buying this next instalment.

    • jameso February 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

      Thanks Keith!

  6. Ann Robertson April 20, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    I read the first book after a discussion with RussellEx Water stones in Dundee, I have now read the rest back to back, literally just finished Prayer for the Dead 5mins ago & had to find out if & when the next ones coming, can’t wait. Ann from Dundee

    • jameso April 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

      Hi Ann. That’s a beer or two I owe Russel then! Really pleased to hear you’ve liked the books, and thanks for letting me know. I’m working on the next one at the moment – due out Feb 2016.


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