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Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick

Well of the Winds

Part of the The D.C.I. Daley Series Series
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A stimulating, fascinating and so very readable addition to the ‘D.C.I. Daley Series’. The past is haunting the present as murder visits an island off the coast of Kintyre. Denzil Meyrick’s writing style has evolved over the course of this series, the tone of the previous two novels branched out beyond the intimacy of Kinloch. Here Daley and Scott are at their very best within their own world, even while Daley is in a pit of personal anguish. Chief Superintendent Symington comes into her own as we discover what makes her tick. I found raised eyebrows, wry smiles, and chuckles followed Meyrick’s trademark humour which attaches itself brilliantly to Scott. Actual echoes from the Second World War reverberate around this piece of fiction and create an intriguing note of tension. ‘Well of the Winds' has to be one of my favourites in this captivating series, if you’ve not yet met Daley and Scott, do sink into the pages and introduce yourself. ~ 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 this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Total page turner, full of story and real characters.  Brilliantly intriguing murder mystery.  Welcome back DCI Daley.'
  • Les Wood - 'A rumbustious, rollicking, fast paced story that keeps you gripped and loving every minute of the adventure.'
  • Ray Orgill - 'Another investigation by D.C.I. Daley and also featuring D.S. Brian Scott and their boss Chief Superintendent Symington...An investigation into various murders and espionage which will keep the readers guessing.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'An intriguing mystery/thriller with murder and mayhem galore.'
  • Sue Burton - 'Good interesting read and a great twist at the end.'
  • Judith Sharp - 'As a lover of crime fiction, I have just added a new name to my list of favourite authors.  Looking forward to reading other DCI Daley stories.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'I quite enjoyed this book. It moved from the events of 1945 to the current day to solve a mystery in both timelines.'
  • Carol Peace - 'A mystery that has you on the edge of your seat.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'Events from 1945 link a missing person enquiry from today - another exciting and highly recommended Daley and Scott thriller.'
  • Sheila Johnson - 'Familiar characters but good story.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Well of the Winds by Denzil Mayrick is a great read about war time on the Scottish islands, about policing these islands and the investigations of war crimes and present day life. Another great novel!'
  • Catherine Bryce - 'A gripping exciting read and is definitely one to put on your wish list to read!'
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'I hadn't read any of the previous books in the DCI Daley series but I will certainly go back and read the rest now...It held my attention throughout, to the extent that I was awake till 1am finishing it off!'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'A book I really enjoyed. This is the 5th in the DCI Daley series...Mr Meyrick is a writer of considerable skill, who pulled me through this tale with enough twists and turns, and wow moments to make sure I kept reading.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'The story was well set out and competently written, I have no hesitation in recommending anyone to read it.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'Not just your average "Who Done it", that when you get to the end, you will be thinking “What If...”'
  • Emily Curnow - 'A crime novel set in rural and remote Scotland that is so different from many others. Not only a modern day murder to investigate but a story of a war time Nazi Germany.... Highly recommended.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This book pulls you in deeper - into a past of the war and a present of danger, intrigue and mystery.'

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Well of the Winds by Denzil Meyrick

As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later, the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the Bremner family are missing from their farm. There's a pot on the stove and food on the table, but of the Bremners there is no sign.When DCI Daley comes into possession of a journal written by his wartime predecessor in Kinloch, Inspector William Urquhart, he soon realises that the Isle of Gairsay has many secrets. Assisted by his indomitable deputy, DS Brian Scott, and new boss, Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington, Daley must solve a wartime murder to uncover the shocking events of the past and the present.

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.

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6th April 2017


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Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited an imprint of Birlinn General


400 pages


Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
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Crime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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