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Whisky from Small Glasses (DCI Daley #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,789 Ratings  ·  170 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
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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
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
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
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017
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 bo
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
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
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.
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Raue Küste

Die Polizeistation von Kinloch an der schottischen Westküste scheint nicht ausreichend mit Personal und Material ausgestattet zu sein, um die Ermittlungen in einem Mordfall bewältigen zu können. Eine weibliche Leiche in desolatem Zustand wurde angespült und schon die Bergung gestaltet sich schwierig. DCI Jim Daley wird von Glasgow an den kleinen Küstenort beordert, um die Untersuchung zu unterstützen. Zunächst gilt es die Tote zu identifizieren und erste Informationen zu sammeln. Schne
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!!!
Liz Sharkie
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 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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.
Roger Neilson
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.
Gillian Crichton
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Would make a great TV crime drama.
Inhalt: Am Strand des schottischen Fischerdorfs Kinloch wird eine Frauenleiche angespült.
Schnell ist klar, dass hier ein Mord vorliegt und DCI Jim Daley von der Kriminalpolizei Glasgow wird mit den Entwicklungen beauftragt .
Dieses Verbrechen wird jedoch nicht das einzige bleiben…

Meine Meinung: Ich bin mir ein wenig unschlüssig, wie ich diesen Krimi beurteilen soll, denn einiges hat mir wirklich gefallen, anderes weniger.
Gut gelungen sind dem Autor die Charaktere. Man sieht die Personen fast vor
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
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.
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.
Jane Rose
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Another detective with a dysfunctional private life and a humorous sidekick. I saw the end coming (which I usually don’t). Not a bad read for all that- probably three and a half stars.
Colette Lamberth
This was a bit of a spur of the moment choice as I knew I would have time for listening but not for reading. Within the first couple of chapters I knew it was gong to be perfect for my taste. It even appealed to my sense of humour which not many of books do. Daley and Scott seem a bit of an unlikely partnership but it works. Great narration made it a pleasure to listen to it. I went straight onto book 2.
Lynn Shaw
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would say this is Rebus meets Hamish McBeth, but it is a nice read with strong, 3 dimensional characters. The setting (Cambeltown) is strong enough to count as a character in its own right.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whisky From Small Glasses slightly disappointed me. D.A.Meyrick clearly is a talented writer, and this is a decent story, but I felt this book dragged slightly for me as it sagged in the middle. Set in a town on Scotland's west coast which seemed based on the Kintyre area, Meyrick's central character DI Jim Daley has to solve a series of murders which end up involving him more personally.

I wanted to know more of Jim Daley, who is supposed to have a "volcanic temper" and has even been to anger ma
Jan Richardson
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, I liked the characters of Daley & Scott. Even liked Liz Daley & could see where she was coming from. The only downside for me was the writing of some of the dialect, had to keep translating it and it got annoying, hence 4 stars. Well worth a read, looking forward to the next in the series.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whisky from Small Glasses by Denzil Meyrick - Good

Always like a bit of Tartan Noir and this debut from the author was really rather good.

A body is washed up on a beach on the West of coast of Scotland: Kinloch. This remote area has recently been subsumed into Clydeside police division and DCI Jim Daley is despatched to investigate.

He finds himself in a close knit community where everyone knows everyone else's business but isn't necessarily going to share that with the Police let alone an incomer
Rob Kitchin
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Whisky in Small Glasses is the first in the DCI Daley series set in the West of Scotland. Daley is for the most part calm, collected and reasonable but he also has anger management issues that flair up when stressed. Given the state of his marriage, the pressure from his boss, and a difficult case, he’s never far from snapping. His sidekick is DS Brian Scott, a no-nonsense cop who’s reached his career ceiling. Together they make an interesting pair. Where the story suffers though is with respect ...more
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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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