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Summary

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.

©2015 Denzil Meyrick (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Well written characters let down by tired tropes of female victims

The narrator does well and all the accents are enjoyable. The writing is pleasant - easy listening/reading - a light holiday read. The story is somewhat formulaic and the twists are heavily signposted but it's still engaging enough.

However, my gripe is that the women have so much less colour and depth than the men. They are there to be rescued or protected (exception of Annie, who is a side character at best). The gory and gruesome details of the female deaths are in gleeful detail compared to the flat description of the men's.

It's always annoying to have women's bodies sexually described constantly compared to the men being described in terms of age and fitness. The story is let down by the fact that half the population are only visible when having sex.

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An enjoyable and engaging detective novel

This is a new author for me, but I see that he has many books to his credit so I’m glad that I enjoyed this first book in the DCI Daley series that so far extends to 5 audio books. I welcome a new detective fiction author as two of the most successful, Peter Robinson and Peter James have, in my option, gone off the boil recently with stories padded out with sartorial descriptions and psychological navel-gazing at the expense of a pacy story. So it’s refreshing that the present author has stuck to the tried and tested formula and come up with a engaging story that cracks along in chronological time, concentrates on solving the crimes, has just the right amount of personal details about the characters to make them memorable and evokes the other worldliness of the setting on the West of Scotland. However, it is not just a formulaic detective story but one enhanced by a satirical humour bordering on being ‘Carry on Strathclyde Police’ with larger than life characters and amusing dialogue delivered in a variety of Scottish accents. The humour is a welcome antidote to the really gruesome crimes, that are fortunately not dwelt upon.

The narrator adds to the pleasure of this audio version as he comes up with a wide variety of accents that bring the characters to life and makes them easy to follow. As a Scot I thought he captured the nuances of Scottish accents admirably.

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Excellently read.

Good story, moves at pace but still has lots of clear description putting you right in the scene. Narrator is excellent

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Troubling descriptions

The story is fine but the descriptions of women are distracting and irritating, all we hear about is what their breasts are doing. Female characters got no character development beyond stereotypes either. It's a shame as the setting and mystery had promise.

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Edge of the seat.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story was Gripping with some very gruesome murders. However there was also some very amusing dry Scottish humour & the dialogue & characters lightened the darkness, so much so that I found myself chuckling away in places. The story kept my attention throughout, & all the characters were believable & had Depth. A great crime thriller, I have already purchased the next D. C. I Daley story. Recommended.

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Great first novel.

Loved this first novel by Denzil Meyrick. Captures the atmosphere of Kinloch (Campbeltown) very well.
Great story building up to an exciting finale. Eexcellent audio by David Monteath. I feel I might bump into Dailey while strolling through the streets of Campbeltown.!!! Well done Denzil.
Looking forward toto "The Last Witness"

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Exceptional Thriller!

Best detective novel I've heard in a long time. Enough characters to keep you guessing and the anxious thrill of the chase. The violent imagery won't leave me for a while but a small price to pay.

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Finally! A great voice actor!

This is exactly what you want from an Audiobook; a great story, well-written and brilliantly performed by someone who can actually 'do' accents.

Other books could be rescued by hiring this guy. Damien Boyd's books for instance. Fabulous stories, well-written, but narrated by someone who simply should have another career...

Looking forward to the next one already!

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excellent introduction to a new series of books

What made the experience of listening to Whisky from Small Glasses the most enjoyable?

the tone and pace of the book

What did you like best about this story?

the setting and characters - I've been looking for new authors in-between my Rebus and Bosch books - given up with Jack Reacher (too perfect, too drawn out stories) - Jim Daley is a great addition

Any additional comments?

looking forward to the rest

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Predictable

Yet another psycologically needy detective with a troubled relationship. Description of female protagonists belongs in the dark ages. The finale could be seen coming from a mile off. Will not be buying any more in the series. Very disappointing despite a terrific narrator.

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Boring

There was not any depth to the characters and it was strangely naive. I skipped bits just to get to the end.

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no ice

Where does Whisky from Small Glasses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is good well read good characters keeps you listening

What did you like best about this story?

the twists and closed community

Which scene was your favorite?

the old man and the sea near the end

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no just happy to listen and enjoy