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A Breath on Dying Embers

D.C.I Daley, Book 7
Narrated by: David Monteath
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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When the luxury cruiser, hastily renamed Great Britain, berths in Kinloch harbour, the pressure is on DCI Jim Daley. The UK Government are taking a high-powered group of businessmen and women on a tour of the British isles, golfing and seeing the sights, as part of a push for global trade. But when one of the crew goes missing, and an elderly local ornithologist disappears, will the pressure become too great?  

The arrival of a face from the past sends Daley’s world into a tailspin. And the lives of the passengers and crew of SS Great Britain, as well as the country’s economic future are in jeopardy. DS Brian Scott comes to the fore, and replete with a temporary promotion, is once more - most reluctantly, in his case - back at sea. 

Daley faces a life and death struggle, but is this his last throw of the dice?

©2019 Denzil Meyrick (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Brilliant

Its difficult to review without spoiling for others. So simply put, if you love this series this book won't disappoint. All our favourite characters with a brilliant twisting plot, along with the usual light relief from Brian (although Ella Scott is my new favourite) wrapped up in the perfect narration we have come to expect from David..

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Dying Embers? No Chance, Meyrick's on Fire!

Meyrick goes big again! He moves his stories into the sleepy town of Kinloch and it has become the centre of the world it seems! This time he ships in a world trade delegation on a luxury liner full of billionaires and even some minor royals. The stakes are high, Britain struggling to cope with current crises making these VIP guests and their cash vital to the nation's cause.

And where better to take them than Kinloch? What finer ambassadors could the world have than a uniform-stretching Jim Daley and the earthy wisdom of Brian Scott? Well, the obvious answer, of course, is the wonderful residents of Kinloch and Meyrick sets up some wonderful culture clashes as Hamish, Anna, Brian and his wife Ella who pretty much steal this show, impart their wonderful home-spun wisdom to these highly polished and urbane visitors from around the globe. If you've read these books this far I am sure you are a big Kinloch fan and Meyrick delivers them gloriously here!

The story itself, well, once you get over the scale of what Meyrick brings into Kinloch and maybe ignoring some less strong writing concerning some of the villains is thrilling enough. Naturally, there is the silky voice of David Monteath to read it to us, he is utterly superb at bringing the residents of Kinloch to life. I'm sure he'll forgive me for saying that maybe he's not so strong at the other varied accents the story throws at him but he does the key job of making each readily identifiable.

This is a book, that will have you laughing, keep you glued to the main story and provide a number of heartwarming moments as you listen to it unfold and Daley's personal story also takes some dramatic new twists. What's more, it delivers an ending that will make you hope that Meyrick is not going to take too long over writing the next one!

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Thoroughly enjoyable read and listen as expected

Going back to Kinloch always feels like a return to friends and family, Denzil Meyrick's rich characterisation makes his books an absolute pleasure to read, and to listen to. As usual David Monteath's reading is superb, he brings the characters to life in such a way it seems as though he has a genuine affection and empathy for them himself.
In this book, Meyrick visits some pretty dark themes, and DCI Daley is going through some very dark times, but as usual the characters of DS Brian Scott, Ella, Annie and Hamish make this a very funny read as well, he seems to be one of those authors that can bring a tear to your eye one minute and have you laughing out loud the next, at the same time taking you through a romping, page turning story line. Crime writing at its best, this comes highly recommended.

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Outstanding

David Monteath's narration is fantastic, he really brings the characters alive.

Another superb instalment of the DCI Daley series. What I love the most about Meyrick’s writing is the sense of place he creates. I feel I know the toon of Kinloch and its residents as well as I do my own village, you can almost smell the ozone wafting from the sea and want to join in with the chatter in the County Hotel. Just love the character of Brian Scott, definitely my favourite, his humour, dedication, compassion. The exchanges between him and his wife, Ella had me literally laughing out loud. Storyline comes from different angles making the reader wonder how they will coalesce. Couldn't stop listening. A must read/listen for every lover of crime fiction. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. If you’ve not come across this series before I encourage to make them your next listen/read.

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Wow!

The wait was well worth it! Twists and turns all the way through - I didn't guess who the 'baddie' was. David Monteath's narration is terrific - I get the book as well as the audio version, but love the audio best, hearing Brian's rants about things, and he and Ella in this book are terrific. No spoilers, but my first reaction when the book ended was 'nooo'. Shock. Dare I ask if there's another book?

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Top notch Scottish crime thriller

This is the seventh outing for DCI Daley. Things aren’t going well for Jim Daley. He’s worried about his health and even more worried when his estranged wife arrives in Kinloch battered and bruised with James jr in tow.
Meanwhile, a cruise ship filled with the rich and influential of the world docks in Kinloch with the aim of expanding British trade partnerships . But not everyone on board wants to see this visit become a resounding success.
Denzil Meyrick is at the top of his game. This book is fast-paced, gritty, but laced with laugh out loud humour, courtesy of the exchanges between the inimitable Sergeant Brian Scott and his long suffering wife Ellie.
The narration, by the sublime David Monteath is, as usual, superb.
Five stars doesn’t do justice to this book. It’s the 96th book I’ve read this year, almost exclusively crime books, and it’s head and shoulders above the rest. I hope number 8 is on the way, Mr Meyrick!

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One of the best in series

I have enjoyed all of the books in this series but this is one of the best so far. The attraction is as much about the characters as the plots. There is a believability in them as the traits are so well yet quietly observed. Im hoping its not the last in this series but the ending has me wondering "where next"

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A breath on dying embers

One of the best Audible books I've listened to and I've listened to a lot!!
The story was made so believable and in part humerous with Brian Scott and Hamish coming out with stories and quips.
I'm hoping the end of the story wasn't the demise of Daly im waiting in ernest for the next book.Thank you Denzil Meyrick .

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Loved this book

Great story line couldn’t stop listing.It made me laugh out loud a few times to really enjoyed it.The narrative is just fabulous could listen to him all day.

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Another enjoyable romp around the West Coast

Another page turner from Denzil narrated with a colourful selection of voices and accents. Good job all round.