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The Malice of Waves

by Mark Douglas-Home

Part of the The Sea Detective Series

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LoveReading View on The Malice of Waves

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.

Liz Robinson

The Malice of Waves Synopsis

Five years ago, fourteen-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from a remote Scottish island. None of the six police and private investigations have been able to shed any light on what happened.

But unable to let go, Max's family call in Cal McGill - known as 'The Sea Detective' - hoping he'll force the sea to give up its secrets.

Yet Cal finds he is an outsider to a broken family, and an unwelcome stranger in a village which has endured years of suspicion.

Cal knows that a violent storm is approaching. But what he doesn't know is that when it cuts off the island, a killer will see their chance . . .

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The Malice of Waves 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 Sea Detective series. Click here to read the full reviews.

  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book was a breath of fresh air in the genre of crime fiction. Original and gripping I am sure that Cal McGill is set to become the next Inspector Rebus.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a unique mystery, not the usual murder mystery, and the hero is just perfect.'
  • Joan Sidwell - 'Different from the usual books of the detective genre, there is no doubt that Mark Douglas-Home knows his subject and can describe it very well.'
  • Margaret Freeman - 'A great book that held me captivated throughout. It’s a gripping and emotional story. I loved it.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I love stories about the sea and so the plot interested me, the maritime history and mysteries was fascinating.'
  • Nicola Underwood - 'Interesting read with a different style of detective.'
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'There was so much happening throughout and I found myself so absorbed I didn’t want to put it down... escapism at its best.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Riveting and kept me on edge.'
  • Helen Lowry - 'There is enough going on, with the background history of the island families, the characters and the Scottish scenery to keep your interest and I do recommend this book.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'Intelligent Scottish detective thriller.'
  • Susan Burton - 'Well written and graphical book.'
  • Lynne Morgan - 'I really enjoyed reading this book, it is so well written, full of suspense and mystery – I would recommend it to everyone!'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'The author manages to make this book a contemporary mystery but also parts historical and even with a little humour thrown in.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Just when you thought the book shelves had all possible types of detectives, up pops Cal McGill, a private investigator with a bias to applying his expertise in oceanography to help solve crime.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'With a brilliantly woven story line, Mark Douglas-Home is definitely a writer to follow...a thoughtful and compelling story leaving you wanting more, highly recommended.'
  • Kathryn Whitfield - 'Exciting mystery with a unique storyline... I have never read anything like it before, will definitely be reading the next book.'
  • Dana Captainino  - 'This is the best book I have read in ages.  It is different, exciting and keeps you on tenterhooks right until the end. '
  • Glenda Worth  - 'The Sea Detective was a great read with an unusual investigator whose knowledge is based around oceanography, currents, winds and shipping records. The story investigates corruption and violence.'
  • Ed Robson - 'The Sea Detective is a decent novel that brings a fresh and interesting angle to crime detection...Overall, I’m glad I read it – but I’m not tempted to seek out the next.'
  • Maz Tucker  - 'Great book, never read any of this author before, but I really enjoyed this and will go and look for some of his other books.'

The Malice of Waves Press 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)

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405923613
Publication date: 22/09/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718182755
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405923613
Publication date: 22nd September 2016
Author: Mark Douglas-Home
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Mark Douglas-Home

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.

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