Whisky from Small Glasses: A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community.
Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.
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.
Beginning with Whisky From Small Glasses, The Last Witness and Dark Suits and Sad Songs, the DCI Daley series have all become Scottish Crime best sellers, with all three entering the Kindle top 10.
Whisky From Small Glasses reached number two in the store in the summer of 2015.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 35 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||13 October 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 3,519 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
117 in Police Procedural Mysteries
603 in Police Procedurals (Books)
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The characters were excellently drawn and in spite of the Scottish "dialect" I had no trouble understanding what was going on. I did identify the murderer, but it took me a long time to do so, such is the skill of Mr Meyrick.
I am looking forward to reading the others in this series and have to say "Well, done!" to the author.
Jim Daley, the protagonist, is very relateable as the cop sent from Glasgow to the tiny community of Kinloch to solve a grizzly murder. And the supporting characters are a delightful bunch of eccentrics. The reader is excellent in the Audible version and just listening to him and to the descriptions of Kintyre made me nostalgic for Scotland.
All in all, most satisfying.
I am now on to listening to Book 2 of the series which is just as enjoyable.
Top reviews from other countries
There is the usual mix of likeable and not so likeable characters, all with realistic personal traits and habits and flaws, contained within a story that has drama, humour, personal and professional relationships, and a narrative that moves along well. And, of course, the "well, I never expected that" sort of surprises.
My only reservation, which does not affect the rating, but which is still mildly irritating, is the use of non-standard spelling in an attempt to represent a mixture of accent and dialect pronunciation. The problem with this is that unless you know what convention for non-standard spelling the writer is using you can never be sure exactly what pronunciation is intended. So to do so calls attention to something that is surely not of great significance.
Does this stop me wanting to read further DCI Daley stories? No, I've already started the next one, so clearly not.
But is it irritating? Oh, yes!
Due to a merging of police forces, Daley finds himself being posted to the back of beyond when the body of a woman is discovered of a on the shore in a tiny little town on the peninsula of Scotland’s rugged west coast. Quirky, insular and firmly set in the past is his first impression of the town where everyone appears to know everyone else’s business; almost before they do.
There is an array of interesting characters, some more likeable than others, and Daley, although making lots of new friends, and discovering a shadier side of life to the place, seems to be getting nowhere with the investigation. Then things start to hot up.
This is a cracker of a read. The characters, the interplay between them and descriptions of the setting and action are exceptionally well presented. Even the lingo—a heavy vernacular—enhances the feel of the place. The content is balanced perfectly between the characters and their personal story and the plot, with its steady unfolding of facts that lead ultimately to the discovery of the murderer.
I’m looking forward to reading more by this author!
I am about a quarter of the way through the second book and liking it as much. Believe me, this is some kind of miracle... my central core of avidly anticipated books from crime writers has grown by one. There is hope for the crime world yet! (only 4 stars because of the dialect... no other reason. Southerners may well find it difficult.)