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Well of the Winds: 5 MP3 CD – Unabridged, 2 July 2019
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- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance; Unabridged edition (2 July 2019)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799700917
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799700913
- Dimensions : 17.15 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm
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An eerie first chapter sees a farmhouse abandoned like the Marie Celeste on the small island of Gairsay. Daley has taken a short leave of absence to deal with his demons and Brian Scott is standing in for him and he’s delighted to be going on a boat again when he gets the call about the missing family – we all know that boats and Brian Scott don’t have the best relationship!
Brian Scott’s character gets better with each book, his sense of humour is legend and despite the dark subject matters he never fails to make me laugh. His character really comes to the fore in this novel and I enjoyed him taking more of the centre stage. Daley is struggling with the personal events in his life and there was a real sense of gloom surrounding him throughout the book. Chief superintendent Carrie Symington isn’t having an easy time of things and it looks like her past is coming back to haunt her. I really enjoyed the easy relationship that has built up with her and Brian throughout this book and these two characters definitely stole the show for me in this novel!
This series is hailed as a police procedural but Denzil Meyrick manages to keep every book fresh by mixing the recipe up a little adding his own unique twist. And boy does this work; never dull or dreary the series promises something new every time and delivers and more! Well of the Winds is no exception with Special Branch, Secret Agents and Nazi sympathisers this is never a dull read! Past and present collide in what is a taut and excellently plotted tale and another outstanding installment in the DCI Daley series!
I’ve read and enjoyed every single one. This one though is the best yet! It’s absolutely awesome! And I don’t use the term awesome lightly.
As always from Denzil Meyrick we have the atmospheric and evocative descriptions of the beautiful locations around the Kintyre area of Scotland, and in particular Campbelltown which is the setting for the fictional town of Kinloch where Daley and Scott are based as part of the Police Scotland force. This time though in Well Of The Winds their work takes them off the mainland and away to the island of Gairsay (real name Gigha) where a family has disappeared leaving a very unusual scenario behind in the family farmhouse.
There are long kept secrets and mysteries going back to the time of World War Two. Special Branch and Mossad are involved. There’s funny business going on. It’s all very tense and hush hush and I felt distinctly uneasy and unnerved reading it. As if I should have signed the Official Secrets Act to be privy to this information and almost started looking over my shoulder each time I left the house! Such was the building of tension. It was dangerous for anyone to know anything about anything or they could disappear or meet with a sticky end it seems.
DCI Daley. recovering from his own personal tragedy, discovers an old journal that was written by a historic contemporary, an Inspector Urquhart during the war. His investigations and suspicions are linked to the present day goings on and disappearances and only a few people are left to help him with his inquiries.
There are wonderful elements of humour throughout the book that had me giggling and laughing out loud from DS Scott whose new sobriety seems to have sharpened his wits, enhanced his funny bone and made him funnier and drier (no pun intended) than ever. He also delivers a bit of Glaswegian rough justice to someone from Chief Superintendent Carrie Symington’s past who turns up on the island and harasses her.
I understand that during the course of his historic research into the background for this book Denzil Meyrick uncovered some disturbing facts, now all in the public domain, which makes the feel of the novel even more authentic and well quite frankly, a bit worrying.
The narrative moves between past and present seamlessly. Very well plotted and executed.
Already one of my favourite books of the year so far. Superb 5 ***** from me.
This time around DCI Daley and DS Scott find themselves caught up in an investigation which stems back over the decades, tying the community of Kinloch back to some very dark events of the past. Missing persons, wartime criminals and murder all form part of a story which is as surprising as it is shocking. Denzil Meyrick takes us back to some of the darkest periods in world history, infusing the Detectives present day investigation with a very unexpected but well maintained secret. It is a story that may shock to some degree but which is sadly believable, drawn as it is from actual history, and I really enjoyed the blend of past and present as one of Daley's predecessors comes to have great impact upon the present day investigation.
There is a real sense of melancholy which threads through this book, perhaps more so than some of its predecessors. The story leads on from the dramatic conclusion to the previous book, and sees Daley pushed to his emotional limits in a way we have not seen before. That's saying something as the author does love to push his characters to the edge. It puts the pressure on Scott to step in where Daley can't, and it will take all of his joviality and humour to break through the darkness surrounding Daley. In a way it is mood that is echoed in the undertones of the investigation and the blend of the two elements, the private and the professional, is most skilfully done.
All of our favourite characters are present once more, some of them placed in great jeopardy that will stun, and worry, hard core fans of the series. We also meet Iolo Harris, a man keeping more than the odd secret himself. I liked him. He was fun. Had the measure of those around him and the more we learn of him, the easier it is to understand. He adds a lightness to the story, and perhaps brings some perspective to Daley too. It's not all doom and gloom, the trademark dark humour and lighter community moments still there, although perhaps overshadowed by the clouds that hang around Jim Daley. He is, afterall, the heart of this series. When he suffers, we can feel it through the narrative and sometimes, no matter what happens, there will be wrong that can never truly be put right.
Haunting, memorable and thought provoking, this is one of my favourite books in the series so far.
The plot has two separate, but linked, story lines, one set in 1945 nearing the end of World War II and the other set in the present day and I really like the way we get to follow both the crime investigations in parallel. Besides each investigation being lead by a determined, dogged detective, they are both hampered by other interested parties intent on ensuring the truth will not be uncovered. As a result we encounter Nazi sympathisers, agents of the British Secret Services, a possible MOSSAD connection as well as links to modern day European political movements. Now, I should point out that while I rate this novel 5 stars, I feel one aspect of the plot was a little unnecessary. Obviously I don't want to provide any 'spoilers' but I think the plot would have been stronger if it had simply omitted the Unity Mitford 'connection'. While we are told in the postscript, that at least one theorist makes a case for it plausibility, there remains plenty of contrary evidence to 'disprove' it.
As I mentioned earlier, characterisation is another strength of this story. Each story-line has a host of realistic characters, many of whom have something to hide. In addition, for those of us who have read the earlier novels in the series, the demons plaguing each of our central characters are once again in evidence, although there is a wonderful twist for D.S. Brian Scott who instead of battling the demons of drink is now battling the demons of temperance, resulting in some truly wonderful scenes!
The majesty of North West Scotland shines through in this novel. Never having been there, the atmospheric setting for the story make it a 'must visit' location for my travel bucket list.
So, if you enjoy reading crime thrillers that are full of atmosphere, dark dastardly deeds, with an amazingly believable cast of characters, plenty of page-turning action scenes, and a plot that covers two different historical periods, then I think you will really enjoy 'Well of the Winds' (even if you haven't read any of the earlier books in the series) and I certainly recommend that is at least worth taking a 'peek inside' to give you a flavour of the delights that await within!
I like to see authors step out of their comfort zone and try something different so Well of the Winds is a brave attempt. It basically has two plotlines with the old investigation casting a long shadow into the present. DS Brian Scott travels to the nearby island of Gairsay to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Bremner family. In the meantime DCI Jim Daley is secretly given DI Urquart's diary from 1945 with his investigations into the Bremners. It's not long before they lose the case to Special Branch and the spooks.
I thoroughly enjoyed Well of the Winds and was hooked by both plotlines, turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what was coming next. The 2 plots fit together seamlessly with just enough reveals at a time to provide good pace and keep the reader engrossed. I'm not so sure about the ending which seems to be a bit far fetched but Mr Meyrick, in his afterword, points the reader in the direction of a newspaper article which posits the same theory. Mm, still not sure.
Jim Daley is not his usual sparkling self due to his grief over girlfriend Mary's death but Brian Scott is there to take up the slack. His cynical humour, unexpected wisdom and occasional bursts of gentlemanly conduct bring the novel to life.
Well of the Winds is a great novel which gets 5/5 from me for readability and 4/5 for plotting (just can't swallow my disbelief at the ending! Recommended.