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Whisky from Small Glasses

(DCI Daley #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,013 ratings  ·  259 reviews
When the body of a young woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the west coast of Scotland, D.C.I. Jim Daley is despatched from Glasgow to lead the investigation. Far from home, and his troubled marriage, it seems that Daley’s biggest obstacle will be managing the difficult local police chief; but when the prime suspect is gruesomely murdered, the inquiry begins to stal
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 12th 2014 by Polygon
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The book “Whisky from Small Glasses” the first of the DCI Daley police procedural's by Denzil Meyrick is certainly competent yet fairly predictable for a police procedural with the added caveat that the book takes place in Scotland. This is new territory for me, not just the author but the location as well.

Denzil Merick was born 28 November 1965 in Glasgow Scotland. So he knows of the location of where he speaks. He also served as a police officer with Strathclyde Police. Strathclyde Police had
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book more than 3 stars would normally indicate. Inspector Jim Daley is a very relatable character and a good, solid copper. He is sent from Glasgow to the small town of Kinloch to lead the investigation into the murder of a young woman found washed up on a beach. His philandering wife ends up crashing the party and complicates life for the hapless Inspector.

This is not a fast-paced thriller, it is more character driven, and the characters are certainly a motely bunch. The plot was
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a series of books featuring D.C.I Jim Daley. One hundred and fifty miles from Glasgow, on Scotland’s rugged west coast, the body of a woman is found floating in the bay of a fishing village called Kinloch. Daley and his team, including Detective Sergeant Brian Scott, are called in to help with the case and discover a seemingly placid and close knit community, but one which has an undercurrent of hidden problems – from family secrets to drugs.

Although this is, obviously, a my
Rachel Hall
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Introducing DCI Jim Daley, Whisky from Small Glasses, is the first in Denzil Meyrick’s highly distinctive series, marked out by dark humour, a very unique setting and some central characters who make a huge impression. Indeed, this first novel is largely vibrant, with some great tongue in cheek humour and is centred around a rather macabre and ever expanding investigation. Combining a compelling and brutal crime with characters who feel like everyday folk rather than the usual dysfunctional dete ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It is great to discover a new police series set in a fresh and enjoyable location. DCI Daley and DS Scott are based in Glasgow but are temporarily assigned Kinloch.
For Kinloch, (fictional place), look up Kintyre and you'll have a perfect understanding of where this crime thriller is set.
The sense of place is beautifully captured in the writing of Meyrick. From the characters he draws and the authentic language he gives to them. A little challenging at first and distracting but having made it to
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a pleasure to read despite the predictability of some of the developments.
Outstanding first effort by D.A. Meyrick! (@Lochlomonden on Twitter)

The story is very compelling, with excellent character and story development, and it turns into a real page-turner at about the 2/3 point. I'm looking forward to many more books about DCI Daley and the town of Kinloch.

One interesting point that I've already mentioned in an earlier comment is how the author captured the different personalities through their dialogue: many of the locals and a few of the supporting cast "speak" in
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
WHISKEY FROM SMALL GLASSES is the first in the DI Jim Daley (yes he does go to the gym daily) and DS Brian Scott series, which I've started listening to, as opposed to reading, and very fine listening it is. Narrated by David Monteath, the series is now up to book 6.

Starting out with a good balance between introduction and set up of new characters, and an interesting investigation to be getting on with, WHISKEY FROM SMALL GLASSES comes with a unique setting and some dark humour into the bargain.
Peter Carroll
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The debut novel from D.A.Meyrick takes the reader to the fictional town of Kinloch in the west of Scotland, introducing the character of DCI Jim Daley, who will apparently go on to feature in future novels. We follow the cop as he tries to solve a series of brutal murders, uncovering corrupt officials, drug smuggling and sexual intrigue as he goes.

This is a well-woven tale, chock full of red herrings, building to a tense finale with a lovely, sinister twist to finish off. The characters are real
Mar 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
I found this very unpleasant reading, the level of gratuitous violence and the vast over use of swearing got in the way of the story. I also, sadly, found the plot very easy to predict.
Grace J Reviewerlady
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first became aware of Denzil Meyrick's novels via The UK Crime Book Club on Facebook, and have had his first book waiting on my ereader ever since. This was so worth waiting for, and I look forward to catching up with the rest of the DCI Daley series!

Jim Daley is in the Glasgow force; used to working in Paisley with all the resources to hand, it comes as a bit of a shock to the system to be sent to a rural location where the locals know what's happening almost before his team does. But murder
Babus Ahmed
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this crime thriller. From the name of this book you'd never guess where it would take you. It was fast paced, engaging, the characters larger than life and very likeable. I was kept guessing even though I was pretty sure I thought I knew who was the brutal murderer and it's set in a lovely seaside town in Scotland. Unlike a lot of very similar fast-paced thrillers, I laughed and cried through this one, as I came to care about many of the characters in play and was kept at the edge of my ...more
This is the first in the DCI Daley series but of course it's the second one I've read. While it was okay, for me something was missing though I can't quite put my finger on what it was, maybe it just didn't enthral me enough.The story line was alright although it didn't make the impact it could have & the killers "reasons" for killing seemed a poor finale to me.

Out of interest I checked out my review of the second book "The Last Witness" which I really liked. To be frank if I'd read the book
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly enjoyable albeit a wee bit far fetched at times. The depiction of scheming or all-knowing teuchters is pure "Whisky Galore" and quite unfair but the author gets away with it thanks to a great plot which gets the pages turning faster than you can get a dram into the glass....well, almost!
David Gooch
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable book about a DI sent up to a part of Scotland from the city to investigate a murder.
As you expect a couple more bodies turn up and on the way through there are a few twists and turns.

The first thing getting used to was the use of the broad Scottish for some of the characters. Once you get your head around it reads ok but it does take a couple of reads the first time it hits you to work it out (if your not Scottish). The story line is ok and the twist and turns as the DI tri
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, 2017-reads
I don't know why but I forgot to add the book to my list of books I read in 2017.

I like to discover crime fiction series new to me.
This debut novel was an entertaining read.
It is set in the fictional town of Kinloch on the West Coast of Scotland.
I liked the setting and the characters a lot.
The author delivered a story with twist and turns, sadness and humour, and and not to forget horrid crime scenes.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am a fan of crime thrillers, and this book did not disappoint! There is humour, sadness, gruesome crime scenes, twists and turns, all with the backdrop of evocative Scottish scenery. A thoroughly good read!!!
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a little gem of a find. New (to me anyway) Scottish author - crime series set in Kinloch with idyllic surroundings and quirky characters, a flawed but interesting detective and his trusty sidekick with quite a caustic wit. Definitely a series to get stuck into.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good read and I look forward to reading more by this author.
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Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
The first in a series I really hoped I was going to love but.... However I will try another and see if I like more. Scottish detective thriller which boded well and I like the author's book titles. Well written but quite slow paced. The main characters are not hugely likeable. DCI Daley is, as his superior believes quite a weak man. His wife is irritating and spends a fair amount of time with her breasts poking out from bedclothes. At the end of the book is the suggestion of higher corruption- w ...more
Agnes Stewart
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A huge well done to an old colleague!! Whisky from Small Glasses is set in the fictional town of Kinloch on the West Coast of Scotland. There are many things in the book I recognise from the place I call home. I loved the characters, particularly the main man Jim Daley. A brilliant debut, and one I thoroughly recommend! I can't wait for the next installment due out in Spring I believe. Well done Mr D A Meyrick, Well done!!!
Mar 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2019, crime, 1-star
Laboured and clumsy police procedural. Depressingly clunky, poorly written and edited. Full of cliche and cumbersome adverbs. The author never uses a simple word when something more intrusive comes to mind. 'Recalcitrant' appears three times in the first half alone. Every time we meet poor Liz Daley, the only major female character in the book who is not a murder victim, her prominent, full breasts are thrust in our face by the author."
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love new Scottish writers and this debut novel did not disappoint. Good, solid crime writing with likeable and well-drafted characters. Really hope to see more from this writer.
Gillian Crichton
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Would make a great TV crime drama.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Pages - 368

Publisher - Polygon

Source - Waterstones

Blurb from Goodreads

When the body of a young woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the west coast of Scotland, D.C.I. Jim Daley is despatched from Glasgow to lead the investigation. Far from home, and his troubled marriage, it seems that Daley’s biggest obstacle will be managing the difficult local police chief; but when the prime suspect is gruesomely murdered, the inquiry begins to stall. As the body count rise
Kath Middleton
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DCI Jim Daley is sent from Glasgow to investigate a body on the west coast. The area is another world to Jim and his sidekick – and then more bodies turn up. What I enjoyed about this book was that the main character felt absolutely real. He had his own burdens without being the caricature ‘maverick cop’ so fashionable now. The story works through a haze of gossip in the small community and Jim and his colleagues have to deal with a death for which he blames himself. This is the first in a serie ...more
Mary Johnson
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I am usually averse to books where the dialogue is written in the vernacular but in this book, it felt appropriate. The lead character and those close to him are well developed but the storyline ultimately didn’t quite do it for me. I had guessed the murderer well before the end but not from a rich seam of clues - just predictable. I drifted in my concentration because of the vast range of backstories for respective locals and got lost somewhere along the way. The island and its population were ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
DCI Jim Daley is sent to investigate a body of a woman who washed up on the beach on the West coast of Scotland. Soon there are four dead bodies to deal with in this close-knit community. The story is infused with intrigue and dark humor. Mix in love, betrayal, fear and a plot that moves quickly and you have great mystery which will keep the pages turning. Authentic Scottish atmosphere and dialect for those who love Scottish mysteries.
C.S. Daley
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I bought this book last year while I was in Scotland. I spent hours in the bookstores looking for crime novels set in Scotland by authors I didn't know. I ended up buying this and a bunch of James Oswald. I got lucky on both counts. I loved this book. The setting, the characters, and the plot all went down smooth. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of his own companies, such as a public bar an

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