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After studying politics, Denzil Meyrick worked as a police officer, distillery manager, freelance journalist, and company director. He is originally from Campbeltown in Argyll, but now lives with his wife Fiona on Loch Lomondside.
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An enthralling read from the provocative prologue through to the whammy of a final chapter. DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott have a nose for trouble, but Jim’s thoughts are elsewhere when a cruise ship carrying some of the worlds leading business people sails into Kinloch on a UK trade mission. This is the seventh in the cracking series of D.C.I Daley thrillers and if you’ve not read them, having been in at the start I can highly recommend beginning with Whisky From Small Glasses and enjoying the journey through to here. The prologue remained with me as I read. With several strands of the story weaving together, we also hear from an unknown person as he pours his feelings onto the page and plots destruction. While highly entertaining big action pieces take place, there are also some raw heartfelt moments closer to home. Denzil Meyrick allows enough information to escape to appeal to those who enjoy piecing together the evidence yet also uses multiple sleights of his writing hand to lay traps along the way. A Breath of Dying Embers is a rewarding, satisfying read and fabulous addition to the series.
Seven captivating short stories set in the rather wonderful world of DCI Daley, which can either serve as a revealing introduction to the series, or be enjoyed by existing fans. I love a good short story, and I adore this series, so was waiting expectantly with hands outstretched for ‘One Last Dram Before Midnight’. Denzil Meyrick unveils the past, divulges more information on certain characters (we see an entertaining glimpse of Hamish in his younger days), and hands us some thoroughly tricky crimes to solve. I have a real soft spot for DS Scott, and I was on the edge of my seat during one particular situation.‘One Last Dram Before Midnight’ contains Meyrick’s trademark dark police humour and plenty of gritty cases, a few ghostly whispers also caress the pages, ensuring a gathering of gutsy, compelling tales. ~ Liz Robinson
A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil Meyrick’s writing style has evolved over the course of this series, the tone of the previous two novels branched out beyond the intimacy of Kinloch. Here Daley and Scott are at their very best within their own world, even while Daley is in a pit of personal anguish. Chief Superintendent Symington comes into her own as we discover what makes her tick. I found raised eyebrows, wry smiles, and chuckles followed Meyrick’s trademark humour which attaches itself brilliantly to Scott. Actual echoes from the Second World War reverberate around this piece of fiction and create an intriguing note of tension. ‘Well of the Winds' has to be one of my favourites in this captivating series, if you’ve not yet met Daley and Scott, do sink into the pages and introduce yourself. ~ Liz Robinson
A galloping good crime thriller, with plenty of action, set in the beautifully described surroundings of the west coast of Scotland. ‘Rat Stone Serenade’ is the fourth in the ‘DCI Daley Series’, this could potentially be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel, however I really recommend starting at the beginning with ‘Whisky From Small Glasses’. Denzil Meyrick continues to keep the grounded and believable police environment intact, he also adds more than a whiff of the supernatural in this latest tale. Wonderfully steadfast DCI Daley has handed his notice in, and DS Scott is still battling the demon drink. In this case, they are surrounded by a snowstorm, the feuding family members from the worlds largest private company and a rising number of appallingly grisly deaths. The fast moving chapters keep you on your toes, the trademark dark humour balances the macabre and uncanny, surely there’s a plausible explanation… isn't there?
May 2015 Book of the Month. Blasting straight into action, some shockingly organised crime rages across the pages in this fast-paced, thrilling tale. Starting seven months on from ‘The Last Witness’ there have been some changes to DCI Daley’s world, including the newly formed Police Scotland. Snippets and whispers of information from the first books in the series come together to create a larger and more ferocious picture, as the likeable Daley finds himself pitted against some decidedly shady politics and brutal assassinations. The author rapidly changes between scenarios throughout a chapter and while the small costal town setting yet again plays a vibrantly crucial role, the outside world is invading, creating a tense and charged atmosphere. Pitting good old fashioned coppering against modern government intrigue and hired killers, Meyrick has added a new dimension to his gripping ‘DCI Daley Thriller’ series. ~ Liz Robinson
An authentically atmospheric and gutsy crime novel where the lurking tension and suspense gangs up to menace and harass your senses. There are definitely not any mundane murders on offer here, instead there is a chilling case that offers Daley a turbulent hunt for the killer. Along side Daley is his loyal sidekick, a close knit gossipy community, a prophesying local and a handful of overstretched investigating officers. Occasionally secondary characters are allowed to voice their thoughts which offers an interesting insight into Daley and may slightly alter the direction your thoughts are taking. The author not only knows his stuff but has the ability to paint a picture of the town and seascape, bringing the surroundings evocatively to life. Extorting grimaces and flinches, provoking scoffs and chuckles, this is an entirely captivating debut novel by a former officer. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... ‘From the first chapter, I was gripped. Written by ex-policeman Denzil Meyrick, this is an authentic and well-researched crime thriller based in small-town Scotland. Dark and unpredictable, the mood is lightened by the distinctive humour of Daley’s partner, DS Scott, and the eccentric habits of the town’s inhabitants. The fast-moving plot is full of twists and surprises, as Denzil deftly begins to draw the different strands together into a surprising and dramatic conclusion.’ Julie Fergusson, editor at Polygon
D.C.I. Daley made his first appearance in Whisky from Small Glasses. In this follow up by an ex-Strathclyde Police officer, a mighty felon, once believed to have been killed in the back of a police ambulance, appears to have risen from the grave. He now seems embarked on a vendetta spree against his previous antagonists, including cops and villains. Mostly set in the colourful setting of Kinloch, a small, close-knit country community, a bucolic place with its share of deeply-buried secrets, closely modelled on Campbelltown, this tense thriller is full of quirky characters, has a sly vein of dark humour running through it and particularly colloquial dialogue as well as a a strong main sleuth whose character never feels less than real. An attractive new talent on the Tartan Noir scene. A Maxim Jakubowski selected title. Love Reading's view: Following in the tradition of great Scottish crime writers, Denzil Meyrick has turned out a cracking, tenacious thriller of a read. If you favour the authentic and credible, you are in safe hands as Meyrick is a former Police Officer. The characters are so convincing; the humour, the traditional detective work, the camaraderie all blaze from the pages and the small town gossip, alliances and feuds add to the flavour. Home life is secondary, the case is everything and the Detectives need to be on their mettle as a monster of a man returns from the grave set on revenge. You don’t have to have read the first in the ‘DCI Daley Thriller’ series, but if you do read out of sequence, will most likely find yourself hunting down ‘Whisky From Small Glasses’ as this is a compelling and impressive novel. ~ Liz Robinson A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... ‘From the first chapter, I was gripped. Written by ex-policeman Denzil Meyrick, this is an authentic and well-researched crime thriller based in small-town Scotland. Dark and unpredictable, the mood is lightened by the distinctive humour of Daley’s partner, DS Scott, and the eccentric habits of the town’s inhabitants. The fast-moving plot is full of twists and surprises, as Denzil deftly begins to draw the different strands together into a surprising and dramatic conclusion.’ Julie Fergusson, editor
Things are getting back to normal at Kinloch police office, but a cast of New Jersey gangsters, upmarket Edinburgh lawyers, wily locals and a shipwreck from long ago are about to complicate matters for Daley's team. When rich American hotelier Alice Wenger arrives in Kinloch there are more than a few raised eyebrows. Her real name is Alison Doig, and as a teenager she disappeared over thirty years ago under mysterious circumstances. Many presumed her dead. The Doig family have a dark history, with rumours of wrecking, smuggling and stolen gold. This is not going to be a happy family reunion and they will have to fight to conceal their past.
The latest instalment in the bestselling DCI Daley series. Perfect for fans of Stuart MacBride and Ann Cleeves. When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the 'Midweek Murderer', a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s. DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right - to confront a nightmare from his past and solve a crime he failed to as a young detective. However, when Police Scotland's Cold Case Unit arrive, they bring yet more ghosts to Kinloch...
When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the `Midweek Murderer', a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s. DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right - to confront a nightmare from his past and solve a crime he failed to as a young detective. However, when Police Scotland's Cold Case Unit arrive, they bring yet more ghosts to Kinloch. A tale of death, betrayal, Viking treasure and revenge set in the thin places where past, present and future collide.
It's December, and the Shannon family are heading to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their AGM. Shannon International is one of the world's biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago, Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home - and his descendants have been cursed ever since. When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. But ghosts of the past are coming to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming - but for whom and from what?
As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later, the postman on the Isle of Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family have vanished from their farm. There's a pot on the stove and food on the table, but of the Bremners there is no sign. When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises Gairsay has many secrets. Assisted by his indomitable deputy, DS Brian Scott, and new boss, Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington, Daley must solve a wartime murder to reveal not only the shocking events of the past, but new horrors of the present.
When a body is found in a whisky barrel buried on Dalintober beach, it appears that a notorious local crime, committed over a century ago, has finally been solved. DCI Daley discovers that, despite the passage of time, the legacy of murder still resonates within the community, and as he tries to make sense of the case, the tortured screams of a man who died long ago echo across Kinloch.
It's July 1968, and redoubtable fishing-boat skipper Sandy Hoynes has his daughter's wedding to pay for - but where are all the fish? He and the crew of the Girl Maggie come to the conclusion that a new-fangled supersonic jet which is being tested in the skies over Kinloch is scaring off the herring. First mate Hamish, first encountered in the DCI Daley novels, comes up with a cunning plan to bring the laws of nature back into balance. But as the wily crew go about their work, little do they know that they face the forces of law and order in the shape of a vindictive fishery officer, an exciseman who suspects Hoynes of smuggling illicit whisky, and the local police sergeant who is about to become Hoynes's son-in-law. Meyrick takes us back to the halcyon days of light-hearted Scottish fiction, following in the footsteps of Compton Mackenzie and Neil Munro, with hilarious encounters involving the US Navy, Russian trawlermen and even some ghostly pipers.
It's 1989, and Jim Daley is now a fully fledged detective constable, working in the heart of Glasgow. When ruthless gangster James Machie's accountant, known as the Magician, is found stabbed to death in a multi-storey car park, it's clear that all is not well within Machie's organisation. Meanwhile Daley's friend and colleague DC Brian Scott has been having some problems of his own. To save his job, Scott is persuaded to revisit his past in an attempt to uncover the identity of a corrupt police officer. But there's a problem. To do so, he must confront Machie and his cohorts. Brian Scott is soon embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse with his childhood friends. As Daley seeks out his old mentor, Ian Burns, to help save his friend and find out who is telling the truth, it becomes a desperate race against time.
Glasgow, 1986. Only a few months into his new job, Constable Jim Daley is walking the beat. When he is called to investigate a break-in, he finds a young woman lying dead in her squalid flat. But how and why did she die? In a race against time, Daley is seconded to the CID to help catch a possible serial killer, under the guidance of his new friend, DC Brian Scott. But the police are not the only ones searching for the killer... Jim Daley tackles his first serious crime on the mean streets of Glasgow, in an investigation that will change his life for ever.
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 novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.
When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown. When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it's about survival.