Top positive review
Crime writing at its very best
23 September 2018
As a huge fan of Denzil Meyrick's books, I was desperate to read this one and it certainly didn't disappoint. In fact I think he's surpassed himself because this is his best one yet.
The wonderful descriptions of the area in and around Kinloch are to die for literally in this case as the fictional town is the setting for the discovery of three bodies up on a newly dug archeological site near the town. After the bodies are identified as belonging to missing victims in an old murder inquiry dating back to the mid 90's, DCI Jim Daley and his friend DS Brian Scott are an integral part of the investigating team of police officers. Unfortunately an old retired enemy of Daley reappears as a civilian investigator for the Cold Case inquiry.
With ancient castles and Viking hoards included in the tale Meyrick works his usual storytelling magic to bring the characters to life in the beautiful area of the area around Campbeltown, his home town and the real setting of his books.
I love the characters in his books - Daley and Scott, Hamish and Annie and the small town atmosphere where gossip is currency and where the truth never gets in the way of a good story.
In this book we're taken right back in parts to Glasgow 1994, right at the heart of the original Midweek Murder case as it became known colloquially or The Grab a Granny Murders to the less literate. Jim Daley was involved in that investigation back then too and echoes of that time and characters come back to haunt him.
DS Brian Scott, now enjoying an evangelical sobriety is worried about his recently bereaved old friend and feels he might be headed down a path he once followed himself which almost ended his life and nearly destroyed his sanity.
I thoroughly enjoyed this absorbing read and the only downside is that I now have to wait for the next one in the series.
Denzil Meyrick is a top notch writer. If Val McDermid is the Queen of crime fiction, then Denzil Meyrick is most definitely the King!
Compelling. Beautifully descriptive. Crime writing at its very best.