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

Dark Suits and Sad Songs A DCI Daley Thriller

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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.'

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Synopsis

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

Reviews

'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.

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Book Info

Publication date

14th May 2015

Author

Denzil Meyrick

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
378 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
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Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781846973154

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