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The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick
  

The Rat Stone Serenade

Part of the The D.C.I. Daley Series Series
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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? ~ 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 the first title in the D.C.I Daley series, Whisky From Small Glasses. Read their full reviews here.

  • 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

The Rat Stone Serenade by Denzil Meyrick

It's December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual 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. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming - but for whom and from what?

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

'a macabre jigsaw which ends with a thrilling denouement' - Women Together Magazine; 'a first class, fast-moving thriller, brilliantly atmospheric, all in a setting in which the cold of the winter is not the only chill!' - crimereview.co.uk; 'Striking characters and shifting plots vibrate with energy' - The Library Journal; 'Compelling new Scottish Crime' - The Strand Magazine 'Added authenticity ... the characters seem real. If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald, you'll love Meyrick' - The Sunday Mail; 'Scotland's best new crime writer' - Waterstones'


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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Publication date

14th April 2016

Author

Denzil Meyrick

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Publisher

Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781846973406

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