Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home.
Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder.
Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body. As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and human trafficking, which threatens many lives across the globe - including his own....
©2015 Mark Douglas-Home (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
keeps you guessing
An interesting new character- who isn't a policeman - by a new author who very cleverly makes the various threads intertwine but come to their conclusions apart yet together.
Good to know this is the first of a series about Cal McGill.
Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try
This is an interesting slant on data gathering in detective work concerning the sea. As an introduction to our hero Cal, it was a very gripping opening case. I found the character of Helen Jamieson was almost stronger than the protagonist though; I hope she reappears in a later story.
I enjoyed too the narrator and will keep tracks of how this series develops.
I simply enjoyed the way that the diverse strands of the narrative combined in unexpected ways to build to a satisfying conclusion. Definitely an unusual story of pain and retribution, and possibly redemption on many levels
I will certainly investigate other titles by the author
If Mark Douglas-Home continues to write as well as this he's going to join the ranks of my favourite authors alongside Lee Child, Taylor Stevens, Tom Woods and Robert Crais. Fascinating weaving of separate storylines both influenced by Cal's interest and skill in plotting ocean currents. Horrific sex trafficking which needs as much exposure as possible as one plot together with his detective work to uncover the truth about his grandfather. I loved the fact that Cal is a bit of an eco warrior and there's a lot of humour in the writing of this novel. David Monteath is a wonderful narrator, skilled actor and I think he's about to join my shortlist of favourite narrators; though unlikely to topple Jeff Harding from top place he's definitely gone into my top ten with Hillary Huber, Daniel Philpott, Jonathan Keeble and Derek Perkins and others who all add to the pleasure that the audiobooks they read provide. I listen to about 5 books a week and only stop because I also love films and good tv series otherwise as a retired person, though still quite busy with my now very small animal sanctuary, I'd be plugged into my iPhone for about 18 hours a day!
I bought the second novel, The woman who walked into the sea, long before I finished this first Cal McGill novel as I knew within the very first few chapters that I was going to love this audiobook.
I hated this book. The narrator had a boring voice and the delivery was flat. The story was horrible, it was very disjointed and depressing and I disliked the attitude to women. Probably my worst buy since joining audible.
Well written with interesting and thoroughly flawed main character but its' just too long and padded out that's why I couldn't recommend it,
It is unusual and has promise for future episodes. Minus the padding please!
Yes, pretty good narration. I can't really understand the criticisms levelled here but purely a matter of taste isn't it?
Possibly a TV series because of the unusual nature of this sector of 'detective work'.
What a pity it wasn't either shorter-or filled up with more plot, more characters and more action. After all, the ingredients were all there just waiting to be exploited!
This was an interesting book - not at all what I had expected from the synopsis. A bit far fetched at times but fun the way all the different strands pull together. Depth of characters a bit shallow. Loved the narration. Overall I enjoyed it and would try other books by Mark Douglas-Home
"Simply a great book"
The Sea Detective was simply a great book from the beginning to the end. It was interesting from a scientific point of view to the emotions it evoked . The plot was riveting as well as the wonderful personality of the of the characters . It was a pleasure to read and one was reluctant to have it end. Well done in every aspect. No one should pass up the opportunity to listen to it. A good show all around. Mike
"Great New Series!"
Beautiful Scottish Isles.
This is a delightful new series and I love the main character. The idea of a scientist who studies ocean currents as a central character in a detective series is brilliant.The premise is so original and so well communicated it is very refreshing. I really enjoy his description of the various locations, they are evocative without being a travelogue. I also love the Helen character, although I fervently hopes she finds happiness some day.
Hard to decide, I think the main sea detective, but Helen is a close second, which is to say, I loved both the main characters.
Not extreme exactly, but when I finished the book, I was very glad that I knew it is the first in a series and there will be more to read by this author and about this character.
I read all three of the currently published books in rapid succession, so I hope Mr. Douglas-Home is working his fingers to the bone on the 4th!
"First in the series"
While I didn't find this gripping I did enjoy it. The story line of the child sex trade from India was harsh and made me wondering if it was factual. I liked learning about the ocean moment although the details got a little tedious at times. Liked Cal, the main character and loved David Monteath as always. I have the next two books in the series
"Disjointed, Flawed Non-Story"
This one is like listening to someone read the front page of the newspaper, jumping from story to story, column to column never finishing any. As a result, this one is terribly disjointed, hard to follow, and lacking ANY central plot or theory. Just not worthy. Not. Worthy. And it had such promise.
"Excellent Interweaving Themes"
Yes. The imagery is really good.
He captures the eccentricities of the hero.
When the woman Inspector gets control of the case.
Well written book with important social themes.
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