DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community.
Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.
Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist, and director of several companies.
Beginning with Whisky From Small Glasses, The Last Witness and Dark Suits and Sad Songs, the DCI Daley series have all become Scottish Crime best sellers, with all three entering the Kindle top 10.
Whisky From Small Glasses reached number two in the store in the summer of 2015.
©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"Great story, well performed, just a wee bit too gory."
David Monteath does a fabulous job of differentiating characters by gender, geographical origin, social class, educational status and mother-tongue (Gaelic, Scots, English or Scots-English).
Meyrick describes the people and country of this slightly disguised Kintyre town with affection, mixed with cynicism- just as I regard the "Three Towns" on the Ayrshire coast, in which I grew up, with delight in the scenery of the island hills, the long sandy beaches, and beauty of the sunsets, the starry sky, without pollution by street-lighting, and despair at the loss of economic opportunity in post-Thatcher Scotland.
I'm just not that wild about so much sickening violence- that you can find on TV any day - and it seems to be a trend to site mega-crime in such places as St Andrews (TF Muir) Aberdeen (Stuart MacBride).
I stop listening/reading when it goes too far, when it reaches vomit point, no matter how accurate the description of the location, the inhabitants, the customs and language of that place.
I don't yet believe that the entire world is mostly evil, that the High-Heid-Yins of the Scottish Polis are in the pay of Russian/ex-USSR mafia. Meyrick's world is almost without hope (and even religion is topsy-turvy- one character's "memories" of a Free Kirk minister on Barra!!! - a Catholic island - show his unreliability - obvious suspect)
The dialogue is dead well good and well observed, Monteath presents it with skill, but, thank God, Scotland's not yet "bandit country".
"excellent introduction to a new series of books"
the tone and pace of the book
the setting and characters - I've been looking for new authors in-between my Rebus and Bosch books - given up with Jack Reacher (too perfect, too drawn out stories) - Jim Daley is a great addition
looking forward to the rest
"Great first novel."
Loved this first novel by Denzil Meyrick. Captures the atmosphere of Kinloch (Campbeltown) very well.
Great story building up to an exciting finale. Eexcellent audio by David Monteath. I feel I might bump into Dailey while strolling through the streets of Campbeltown.!!! Well done Denzil.
Looking forward toto "The Last Witness"
Best detective novel I've heard in a long time. Enough characters to keep you guessing and the anxious thrill of the chase. The violent imagery won't leave me for a while but a small price to pay.
"Geys better as you go on"
Started off slowly, but improved. Could not stop listening. Characters realistic after a while. Good
"good story with a twist at thebend"
a good story well read.
a good twist at the end.
look forward to listening to the second book in the series
"A welcome new discovery"
This is the first Denzil Meyrick novel I have read and I am sure it won't be the last. The plot was a little obvious, but overall it was well paced with brilliant characterisation.
But perhaps the finest feature of all was the simply masterful narration. Listening to David Montreath's impressive array of voices was an absolute joy from start to finish.
"Another great performance by David Monteath"
The narrator brings each character to life. His ability to create so many different personalities with their unique voices and accent is second to none.
The lead character. As much he is a trouble personality he is not as hopeless as many other police officers.
After a night of reconciliation the falling back into old behavioral patterns.
I did listen through it in 1 day.
A good solid crime story brought to life by a brilliant narrator. I am looking forward to next instalment.
"Finally! A great voice actor!"
This is exactly what you want from an Audiobook; a great story, well-written and brilliantly performed by someone who can actually 'do' accents.
Other books could be rescued by hiring this guy. Damien Boyd's books for instance. Fabulous stories, well-written, but narrated by someone who simply should have another career...
Looking forward to the next one already!
Good story, moves at pace but still has lots of clear description putting you right in the scene. Narrator is excellent
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