May 26, 2022
Excavation of the medieval cemetery at South Leith Parish Church as part of the Trams to Newhaven project inspired James Oswald’s latest novel, All That Lives.

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In the twelfth book in his award-winning Edinburgh Seat Inspector McLane crime series, Oswald’s best-selling copper investigates the discovery of human remains in a historic cemetery, which was excavated from trams during excavations in New Haven. A case of art imitating life?

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“I read the news online but I didn’t want to know whose body it was, it wasn’t really important, but the discovery was a spark of an idea,” he says after thinking for a moment. “And the fact that it was found in Laith, where Madame Rose lives. Could they possibly be connected? I asked in surprise.”

Author James Oswald has created a parallel Edinburgh where crime and the supernatural meet.

In the latest episode of the ongoing series, two victims who had nothing to connect with, apart from the fact that someone buried them in the same way, draw Tony McLane’s attention. Although there is a turning point, the bodies were buried seven centuries apart.

The mystery begins when a tram line is erected at South Lathe Cemetery, revealing a mysterious body – some suspect it was a horrific sacrifice, intended for a specific purpose.

When another body, that of a woman who went missing 30 years ago, is found, the similarity between her death and the death of an ancient woman reveals something even more disturbing.

In the investigation, McLane found himself torn between a worrying trend of violent drug-related killings in and around the capital, and uncovered what really matched the corpses. When a third body is discovered, however, he begins to doubt the dark purpose of the game, and whoever puts them there is far from finished.

All those lives

All That Lives Discovers Oswald, who also starred in the famous DC Constance Fair Child series, is once again breathing life into its parallel current Edinburgh, a place where crime and supernatural are not just each other. Are present but often interconnected.

In this world, over the last decade, regular characters such as retired desk sergeant Grumpy Bob, the aforementioned mystic Madame Rose, DS Jenny Harrison and her nickname, the diabetic Mrs. Safari have become more familiar to readers than ever before. Come in front of it. Extremely unexpected moments to keep ticking the action and turning the pages.

“Characters are the most important thing and work well in the fiction of the series because you have time for each one to give his life,” the author said when asked about the popularity of his creations i
n the book. Later they appear in books, evolve and grow. As they do.

Oswald goes on to say, “That’s what readers really like, that’s why soap operas are so popular, people like to live someone else’s life for a while, so if you nail your characters,” So the story naturally comes from that. “

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All lives are born from this point of view. With his cast, he just had to decide what he wanted from the plot.

He recalls, “It all came down to the discovery of a body in a pit in South Laith Kirk while digging for tram work. It was a wonderful idea for a story. I told all my characters, over 11 Prepare the previous books, just throw them away and ask them, ‘What does that mean?’

Published on Thursday, February 17, All Date Lives has reviewed the entire historical Lathe cemetery throughout the book, which was conceived, prepared, written and will be published long before the end of the tram works that affected it.

“In their defense, I write very soon …,” laughs the author, who raises Highland cows and Romanian sheep during the day on his farm near Newburgh.

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Meet James Oswald, author of The Supernatural Crime, called “The New Ian Rankin.”

Readers were first introduced to the cast of McLane’s Edinburgh and his good, bad, and weird characters in the 2012 novel Natural Cause, which was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Award, as That was the second in the series, The Book. Of souls

More than a dozen books, his creations have made Edinburgh a police force that can be recognized immediately but we are a little shaken by it.

Looking back, Oswald reflects, “I never had a big story for books in my mind, I don’t know what’s going to happen in Inspector McLane Book 16, but I like to leave things open and Chances are I can pick it up in a later book to run after. It’s a series, so I always think there must be something next.

He continues, “Inside an individual book, I’ll remember things from previous books, usually because someone tweeted me a question and I go away, ‘Oh, I remember that now. ‘ It’s the kind of idea that I write. I don’t plan too much, although I like a good set opening scene. I write the best when I set it up. “

That said, and without a hitch, McLane admits that the end of All Date Lives’ Cliff Hanger has put him in a predicament, he wants to relax with a predicament.

“I may have made my life a little harder there. It’s not Tony McLane’s last book, but I’m going to meet a lot of people who will ask me, ‘Is this the last book?’ However, this is the last book in my current deal with Wildfire.

He assures his readers, “A book will be 13 and a book will be 14, because it would be unfortunate to leave it on book 13.”

This does not mean that Oswald, who is growing up, does not have other new projects in the pipeline. He is considering a possible spin-off novel featuring DS Jenny Harrison but is concerned that readers may see it as Inspector McLane’s novel without McLane, another Scottish crime series with all new characters. Is also “flashing out” ideas for.

“After Morris, Lewis will understand how to give Jenny Harrison her own book. So I can try to do more,” he thinks.

James Oswald’s All Date Lives appeared in Hardback from Wildfire on Thursday, February 17, priced at. 16.99.

Meet the Author: An Evening with James Oswald, Waterstone West End, Princes Street, Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m., Tickets Here

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