I think it’s safe to say that I am a fan of Denzil Meyrick’s books. I’ve read every one of his DCI Daley series and I’m now reading the newest recently published book in the series Well Of The Winds.
Already I’m loving the book! The author himself has very kindly agreed to do a guest post for my blog. So here is Denzil Meyrick’s talking about Well Of The Winds
In his time, DCI Jim Daley has faced all sorts of hazards since giving up the city and taking the long road to Kinloch. From gangsters to madmen, the big man and his intrepid colleague DS Brian Scott have seen it all. On land and sea, or with the sun on their backs, they’ve been equal to the task. But are they now?
I would like to thank the readers of this blog for getting behind Daley and his adventures. As you know, it’s been a rollercoaster for the big man, not least in his personal life. Many will be waiting to find out what happened after the cliff-hanger in The Rat Stone Serenade.
But, back to this book.
This time, they have to solve a case from the past to make sense of the present.
The Bremner family go missing from their farm on the idyllic island of Gairsay, just off the coast of Kintyre. Pots boil on the stove, their breakfast is on the table, but of the Bremners, there is no sign.
On investigation, Daley and his redoubtable assistant DS Brian Scott, discover there is much more to the family than meets the eye.
When Daley comes into possession of a journal written by one of his predecessors in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he realises that answers can only be found if he can solve a crime dating back to the end of World War II.
In this book we see our Kintyre setting as it was in the 1940s, just as the Nazis were facing defeat. Wartime Kinloch is a very different place, the loch crammed with large Royal Navy battleships, the town packed with military personnel, as the locals do their bit to aid the war effort.
As Daley unravels this case though, he finds hidden secrets that have resonance in the modern world.
I thoroughly enjoyed writing Well of the Winds, researching the Second World War and its impact on Campbeltown, the real Kinloch. Strategically, it was perfectly positioned: not far from the battleground that was the Atlantic; easy routes to the Baltic via the North of Scotland; safe haven and easy access to the river Clyde, as well as the west coast English ports and beyond. Then, Campbeltown bustled with soldiers, sailors and airmen.
But not all were keen to aid the allies. A dark underbelly hides a number of groups and individuals who had very different ideas on the shape of the world when the war was over.
With Scott and their new boss Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington continuing the investigation on Gairsay, Daley is left to ponder the case back in Kinloch.
At its heart, lies a secret from the real world. A theory I weave into the fictional plot.
Though it has been in the public domain for years, its discovery still has the power to shock.
It shocked me!
I hope you’ll all enjoy Well of the Winds. You may be interested to know that we’ll be publishing an anthology of all the existing novellas and short stories, plus some new ones, all hitherto only available as ebooks, in print form. The title will be One Last Dram Before Midnight, to be published in October.
To follow Denzil Meyrick on Twitter @Lochlomonden
About The Author
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, then The Last Witness, Dark Suits and Sad Songs and The Rat Stone Serenade, the DCI Daley series have all become Scottish Crime bestsellers. Whisky from Small Glasses reached #2 in the UK Kindle store in 2016.
Most recent short story, Single End, was published in November 2016, and itself became a Kindle bestseller.
The much anticipated fifth Daley novel, Well of the Winds, was published in April 2017 by Polygon.