October 2016 Book of the Month.
The third in the gripping ‘Sea Detective Series’ continues to captivate, with the rather wonderful Cal McGill investigating the disappearance of a 14 year old boy from a small private island off the Scottish coast. Cal has changed the name of his company to the appropriate ‘Sea Detective Agency’ and becomes involved in two intertwined cases. Mark Douglas-Home marks the loneliness of remote village life, of close knit communities where secrets told, are secrets exposed to the entire locality. The thoughts and feelings of villagers, a grieving family, police and Cal himself are given voice, all adding to the stewing pot of intrigue and mystery. The ocean depths come powerfully to life in the hands of Douglas-Home, the mysteries of the currents, the research undertaken, all absolutely fascinating… ensuring ‘The Malice of the Waves’ is another super read.
Five years ago, fourteen-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest's Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the closeknit local community, there are no secrets, except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead. But there is one man who is yet to take on the case: The Sea Detective. Cal McGill is an oceanographer and unique investigator who uses his knowledge of tides, winds and currents to solve mysteries no-one else can. However, Cal is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max's inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected, and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion. As Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large...Praise for the Sea Detective series: 'Raises the bar for Scottish crime fiction ...elegantly written and compelling. A thoroughly modern hero' The Scotsman 'Excellent' The Literary Review (Top Five Crime Books of the Year) 'Promises to be a fine series of detective novels' Sunday Times (Crime Book of the Month) 'A compelling protagonist' The Times Literary Supplement 'An always entertaining and gripping mystery...Infinitely better written than the majority of its competitors' Herald
|Publication date:||22nd September 2016|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
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 Sea Detective series. Click here to read the full reviews.
'Raises the bar ... elegantly written and compelling. A crime writer to watch' The Scotsman
'Always entertaining and gripping' The Herald
'A compelling protagonist' The Times Literary Supplement
'Excellent' The Literary Review (Top Five Crime Novels of the Year)
Mark Douglas-Home is a journalist turned author, who was editor of the Herald and the Sunday Times Scotland. His career in journalism began as a student in South Africa where he edited the newspaper at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After the apartheid government banned a number of editions, he was deported from the country. He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.More About Mark Douglas-Home