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Whisky from Small Glasses: A DCI Daley Thriller (original 2012; edição 2014)

por Denzil Meyrick (Autor)

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D.C.I. 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 novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.… (mais)
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Título:Whisky from Small Glasses: A DCI Daley Thriller
Autores:Denzil Meyrick (Autor)
Informação:Polygon (2014), 368 pages
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Read in 2020, murder, Scotland, drugs,rural, infidelity, daughters, ( )
  jlid | Oct 8, 2020 |
In dem kleinen Ort Kinloch an der schottischen Küste wird eine Frauenleiche angespült. Die örtliche Polizei scheint überfordert und so wird Detective Chief Inspector Jim Daley aus Glasgow mit dem Fall betraut. Er und sein Partner Detective Constable Brian Scott haben aber nicht damit gerechnet, dass die Bewohner des Örtchens es ihnen so schwer machen. Den Ermittlern gegenüber sind sie sehr verschlossen, auch wenn es sonst ausgiebig Klatsch und Tratsch gibt. Irgendjemand scheint ein Interesse daran zu haben, den Ermittlern Knüppel zwischen die Beine zu werfen. Dennoch finden Delay und Scott einige unschöne Dinge heraus, kommen aber bei den Mordermittlungen lange nicht wirklich weiter – und es bleibt nicht bei dem einen Mord.
Der Schreibstil ist locker und flüssig zu lesen. Mir hatte schon das Prequel „Die Mädchen von Strathclyde“ gut gefallen, so dass ich dieses Buch lesen musste.
Es geht spannend zu und zum Ende hin wird es sogar rasant.
Mir waren Jim Daley und Brian Scott gleich sympathisch. Sie bilden ein eingespieltes Team und ergänzen sich perfekt. Daher kommen sie auch gut mit den Eigenheiten der eingeschworenen Gemeinschaft von Kinloch zurecht. In Delays Ehe läuft es nicht mehr so recht, doch er möchte die Beziehung zu seiner Frau gerne beibehalten. Aber die Frau eines Polizisten zu sein, ist nicht einfach und Liz leidet auch darunter. Dann taucht sie auch noch in Kinloch auf, aber Delay muss sich erst mal um den Fall kümmern, bevor er seine persönlichen Schwierigkeiten in Angriff nehmen kann.
Die Charaktere sind alles interessant und authentisch beschrieben. Sehr gut hat mir auch die Beschreibung der Örtlichkeiten gefallen.
Obwohl man recht früh ahnen konnte, wer der Täter ist, hat mich das Motiv dennoch überrascht.
Ein rasanter und spannender Krimi mit sympathischen Ermittlern, die ich gerne bei einem weiteren Fall begleiten möchte. ( )
  buecherwurm1310 | Dec 17, 2018 |
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. There's also more than enough intrigue, marital issues, and police politics to keep a reader amused.

Set in a seemingly fictional version of Kinloch, one hundred and fifty "long way round" miles from Glasgow, the area has recently come under the overall control of the Strathclyde Police. Superintendent John Donald, once footsore copper and compatriot of Daley's, now his boss, is determined to get these remote outposts to step into line, so a murder case seems like the perfect opportunity to send Daley and Scott off to the countryside, get a quick turnaround on the case, and show these yokels a thing or two about effective policing. Not exactly the best timing for Daley's personal life as his marriage to the serially unfaithful Liz is tanking rapidly, his waistline is expanding and his reserves of patience sorely tried. When Liz lobs into Kinloch with her suspect brother-in-law in tow, it's the last thing Daley wants or needs, although the arrival of his investigating buddy, friend and sounding board Brian Scott, him of the highly colourful turn of phrase, and pointed turn of snark, has given Daley the friend and support he needs.

Listening to this novel washing past was a very enjoyable experience. There is a hefty concentration on Daley's problems with his marriage, enough that I'd have normally expected to be rapidly over it, but it does kind of work here. The concentration on the case, the friendship between Daley and Scott, the idiotic behaviour of the local police chief, all sort of slot together, making everyone feel real, and conflicted, and trying hard. With the Daley's being away from home, in a place where they are unknown there is always the hope that they might eventually decide whether it's a yes or no on the marriage. With Daley and Scott being in town, even though the body count does grow, there's always a feeling that there might not be Donald's longed for quick turnaround, but a resolution to the murders will be found. All the while there is the real feeling that Kinloch and it's people are working their way into Daley's admiration and life.

There is much more to these murders than originally thought, and things quickly go from a murder investigation to sorting out an international drug-trafficking ring, and at that point the investigative side of the novel does get a bit ropey, although where it's heading becomes obvious at the end. Write this one off to a major amount of set up for the rest of the series and you should be able to forgive things getting a bit messy, to say nothing of some very heavy darning to pull some threads into place.

Having now listened to the first couple of books in the series, I think I'll stick with them in audio format as the dialogue, the place names, even the thought patterns of the characters are quintessentially Scottish and part of the enjoyment was hearing it in just the right accent.

https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/whiskey-small-glasses-denzil-meyrick ( )
  austcrimefiction | Oct 10, 2018 |
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 a Scottish brogue. This was challenging to read at first and took a few "re-reads" through a few of the conversations, but it is easily picked up the further along I went.

HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who likes murder mysteries or just a great book! ( )
  ssimon2000 | May 7, 2018 |
Glasgow-based DCI Daley is called in to investigate the suspicious death of a woman in the fictional west coast town of Kinloch and discovers a town where everyone appears to know everyone else's business, including every move the police make. It appears the town is a hotbed of drug abuse and prostitution which runs deep even within the apparently law-abiding parts of the community. Daley is under pressure to solve the case when his wife decides to come and stay, adding to the pressure. Clever plotting, authentic and well-drawn characters and often humerous dialogue is an effective counter-point to the often violent activity in Kinloch. Recommended and I'll look forward to further books in the series. ( )
  edwardsgt | Apr 6, 2018 |
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D.C.I. 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 novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

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