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.
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By Simon on 20-06-2018
Meyrick Eases off the Throttle a Little
Having thrown just about everything imaginable into the previous book in this series Meyrick eases off a little with this plot bringing it just that bit closer to planet Earth and it's all the better for it. Of course, we know by now that poor DCI Daley will not be asked to investigate some simple murder or abduction, there is once again International intrigue and some rather exotic characters are attracted to Kinloch.
It's really good stuff but as an aside I can't help wondering if Meyrick underestimates the fabulous characters he has created and how well they co-exist with his beautifully realised Kinloch with its ever fruity denizens always on hand to offer their own special brand of help and advice. Does the town really need to host International organisations and top level law enforcement agencies to make it interesting? I'd be happy with Daley and his team battling some more localised criminals occasionally!
Once again though the characters do shine throughout. Daley's new boss Symington gets significant added depth and she together with the wonderful DC Scott almost steal the show here. At times in this one you'll be cheering Scott on I promise! There is also a detective from the 1940s given prominence in this story. Given how depressed poor Daley is at the moment this is probably a clever move to have sidelined him just a little at this stage. It's something that makes the characters seem even more real without holding the story back with too much of Daley's depression..
As ever if I were to list the stars of the show it would be wrong to leave out David Monteath's silken Scottish purr at the microphone. He seems more comfortable on this one with less accents out of his comfort zone within the text. Finally of course I have to raise a glass for the hardy residents of Kinloch! Collectively they are genuinely wonderful and provide a real warmth to what after all are occasionally grisly or gritty stories.
One of the best in the series for me.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By L Hayes on 04-09-2017
A Thrilling Read
Denzil Meyrick gets better and better. Well of the Winds is cleverly written, bouncing between two different, yet related scenarios, periods of time and characters. This DCI Daley thriller kept me guessing right ro the end.
Brilliantly performed by David Monteath. I hope the DCI Daley series will continue. I have read books 1 to 5 back to back and have thoroughly hooked and would welcome a Book 6.
I would definitely recommend both Denzil Meyrick and the DCI Daley series.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful