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Summary

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.

©2017 Denzil Meyrick (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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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.

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  • L Hayes
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  • 04-09-17

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.

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Excellent

Would you consider the audio edition of Well of the Winds to be better than the print version?

I prefer the audio versions

What was one of the most memorable moments of Well of the Winds?

The interactions between the main fractions at work in this tale are brilliant.

Which character – as performed by David Monteath – was your favourite?

Hamish

Any additional comments?

An other excellent novel following the twists and turns of D.C.I Daily's life and career. The interaction of the main characters wants to make you believe that they are based on real people and are drawn from the experiences or observations made by the authors time in the Police.

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Gripping

Another fantastic book by Denzil Meyrick and superbly narrated by David Monteath. I do hope there will be another one!

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The best story of the series yet

This is a cleverly woven story, engaging right from the start and reflecting the current rise of nationalism across Europe. The characters have matured from book to book, and parallels between the 1945 Inspector Urquhart and DCI Daley were very well drawn. I for one, did not guess the conclusion beforehand. While useful to understand the characterisation , it’s not essential to hear the other books in the series beforehand.

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Big improvement on last in series

This is much better than previous in the series..the one dimensional Mary is written out and much more believable and interesting story here..good listen.

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DCI Daley & ww2

A return to a well woven parallel tale of 1945 & the present day. Excellent with the usual mix of sleuthing & highland humour.

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Top notch

Thoroughly enjoyable tale from a master story teller. I'm not going to spoil it by précis, but it just shows how events from the past affect the future. As I tell my kids, secrets always have s way of bubbling to the surface.
Enjoy!

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another good listen

another good listen from Denzil Meyrick, found it difficult to put down and thoroughly enjoyed it

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Best yet

Thoroughly enjoyed this book - a fan anyway but found this particularly absorbing. A great listen!

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