‘You’ll have a blast with these’ - Ian Rankin
‘A top talent, and one to be cherished' - Quintin Jardine
‘Spellbinding . . . one of the UK’s most loved crime writers’ - The Sunday Post
‘A compelling lead . . . satisfyingly twisted plot’ - Publishers Weekly
‘Touches of dark humour, multi-layered and compelling’ - Daily Record
‘Striking characters and shifting plots vibrate with energy’ - The Library Journal
‘Daley is a character complete with depths, currents and sudden changes of the Atlantic ocean that crashes against Kinloch’s harbour walls. The remote peninsula and the claustrophobic nature of small-town life are perfectly painted.’ - Scotland on Sunday
‘If you like Rankin, MacBride and Oswald, you’ll love Meyrick’ - The Sunday Mail
‘Energetic, wry, and full of jolts' - Waterstones
‘The right amount of authenticity . . . gritty writing . . . most memorable’ - The Herald
‘All three books have a strong sense of place, of city cops trying to fit in to a small, tightly knit rural environment’ - Russell Leadbetter, Evening Times
‘Meyrick has the ability to give even the least important person in the plot character and the skill to tell a good tale’ - Scots Magazine
‘Following in the tradition of great Scottish crime writers, Denzil Meyrick has turned out a cracking, tenacious thriller of a read. If you favour the authentic and credible, you are in safe hands’ - Lovereading
‘DCI Daley is shaping up to be the West Coast’s answer to Edinburgh’s Rebus’-Scottish Home and Country
‘Well crafted and engrossing . . . Meyrick is well into his rhythm’ - Journal of the Law Society of Scotland
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.
Denzil Meyrick was born in Glasgow and brought up in Campbeltown. After studying politics, he pursued a varied career including time spent as a police officer, freelance journalist and director of several companies in the leisure, engineering and marketing sectors. Denzil’s debut novel, Whisky from Small Glasses, was Waterstones Scottish Book of the Year in 2015, and in 2018 The Relentless Tide was one of the Scotsman’s Books of the Year. Denzil lives on Loch Lomond side with his wife Fiona.