join us on facebook
Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Reader Reviewed
Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller

Part of the The D.C.I. Daley Series Series
Crime / Mystery   Books of the Month   Thriller / Suspense   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

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

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review thie first title in the DCI Daley Thriller Series, Whisky From Small Glasses.  You can read them below or click here for the full reviews.

  • Lynne Morgan - 'About intrigue, murder and suspense, this book is an excellent read and very difficult to put down.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'It was like putting on a perfect fitting glove, reading yet another page turner from Meyrick and totally perfect for a holiday read.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'A veritable gripping book with an element to suit everyone.'
  • Lorraine Blencoe - 'The dialects are, for the most part, brilliantly handled. There are some colourful characters and the setting works well, full of small-town intrigue.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'Fans of Stuart MacBride may enjoy this. I struggled with the dialect in places and struggled to finish the book.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'Strong characters, unusual but perfectly feasible events in the small Scottish town of Kinloch make it a real page turner from start to finish.'
  • Tania - 'A dark thriller full of intrigue, suspense and twists and turns...a real page turner and was very difficult to put down. I cannot wait to read the next book.'
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A re-issue of the first DCI Daley detective thriller. A must for all those who love a good plot. Dark, gritty but also told with humour.'
  • Jane Brown - 'The plot has so many twists and turns the reader needs to read on to the very end...This is a great gritty crime novel and deserves to be up there with the best.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'an easy read requiring not much thought but very enjoyable for that – I will definitely look out for number three in the series.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'I really enjoyed this book. It is a gripping, albeit sometimes gory, tale which keeps the reader guessing to the very end.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'This had me gripped from the start - a great crime novel...It's full of twists and turns - you think you know where the plot is heading - but you probably don't.'
  • Maz Tucker - 'Great First Novel, this is a really good thriller with lots of twists and turns. The author builds the main characters slowly and lets you really get to know them.'

Win Books from the Manon Bradshaw Thriller Series!

Persons Unknown, the second book in Susie Steiner's crime thriller series, is now out in paperback and to mark the publication we are giving away paperback copies of both Missing, Presumed and Persons Unknown to THREE lucky winners!

To have a chance of winning one of these fantastic prizes, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once.

The draw closes on 30 April 2018. The winners will be notified by 14 May 2018,

Good luck!

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 30/04/2018


Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller by Denzil Meyrick

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 on 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.

D.C.I. Daley series:
1. Whisky from Small Glasses
2. The Last Witness
3. Dark Suits and Sad Songs
4. The Rat Stone Serenade


'Touches of dark humour, multi-layered and compelling' - Daily Record

'The right amount of authenticity ... gritty writing ... most memorable' - Herald

'Has the ability to give even the least important person in the plot character and the skill to tell a good tale - Scots Magazine

'Soon to be mentioned in the same breath as authors such as Alex Gray, Denise Mina and Stuart Macbride... very impressive - Ian Baillie, Lennox Herald

About the Author

Denzil Meyrick

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.

Click here to read a Q&A with Denzil Meyrick.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

14th May 2015


Denzil Meyrick

More books by Denzil Meyrick
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...


Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General


378 pages


Crime / Mystery
Books of the Month
Thriller / Suspense
eBook Favourites

Thriller / suspense



Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.


The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


Love books. Love reading. Love reading books. And, here's the trick. Here's a website which caters for people like me.

Ian Harvey-brown

Because of Lovereading I have broadened my reading horizons with some really great books that I probably would never have chosen myself.

Susan Walsh

Lovereading is not only an amazing site, but it's one of my very favourites. It's like visiting a fascinating bookstore, but better.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett