I’ve read and enjoyed every single one. This one though is the best yet! It’s absolutely awesome! And I don’t use the term awesome lightly.
As always from Denzil Meyrick we have the atmospheric and evocative descriptions of the beautiful locations around the Kintyre area of Scotland, and in particular Campbelltown which is the setting for the fictional town of Kinloch where Daley and Scott are based as part of the Police Scotland force. This time though in Well Of The Winds their work takes them off the mainland and away to the island of Gairsay (real name Gigha) where a family has disappeared leaving a very unusual scenario behind in the family farmhouse.
There are long kept secrets and mysteries going back to the time of World War Two. Special Branch and Mossad are involved. There’s funny business going on. It’s all very tense and hush hush and I felt distinctly uneasy and unnerved reading it. As if I should have signed the Official Secrets Act to be privy to this information and almost started looking over my shoulder each time I left the house! Such was the building of tension. It was dangerous for anyone to know anything about anything or they could disappear or meet with a sticky end it seems.
DCI Daley. recovering from his own personal tragedy, discovers an old journal that was written by a historic contemporary, an Inspector Urquhart during the war. His investigations and suspicions are linked to the present day goings on and disappearances and only a few people are left to help him with his inquiries.
There are wonderful elements of humour throughout the book that had me giggling and laughing out loud from DS Scott whose new sobriety seems to have sharpened his wits, enhanced his funny bone and made him funnier and drier (no pun intended) than ever. He also delivers a bit of Glaswegian rough justice to someone from Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington’s past who turns up on the island and harasses her.
I understand that during the course of his historic research into the background for this book Denzil Meyrick uncovered some disturbing facts, now all in the public domain, which makes the feel of the novel even more authentic and well quite frankly, a bit worrying.
The narrative moves between past and present seamlessly. Very well plotted and executed.
Already one of my favourite books of the year so far. Superb 5 ***** from me.
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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, will be published in April 2017 by Polygon.