DCI Da­ley digs up Gigha’s war se­crets

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DENZIL Meyrick’s fifth DCI Da­ley novel, The Well of the Winds, launched at the Gigha Ho­tel on Satur­day, on the He­bridean is­land where the crime thriller is set.

Around 50 peo­ple from Gigha, Camp­bel­town, Kin­tyre and fur­ther afield gath­ered to hear Meyrick dis­cuss the new book with au­thor and jour­nal­ist Freddy Gillies.

Meyrick, who grew up in Camp­bel­town but now lives with his wife Fiona on Loch Lomond­side, has sold more than 250,000 copies in the de­tec­tive series. His de­tec­tive pro­tag­o­nist DCI Jim Da­ley first ap­peared in Whisky from Small Glasses in 2012, and then The Last Wit­ness, Dark Suits and Sad Songs and The Rat Stone Ser­e­nade.

The lat­est thriller, based on his­tor­i­cal events, be­gins with the sud­den and mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance of a Gigha fam­ily; the case leads Jim Da­ley and his deputy DS Brian Scott to start look­ing into some cu­ri­ous go­ings-on in wartime Ar­gyll.

The book’s pub­lisher, Poly­gon, ex­plains: ‘Ar­gyll, peren­ni­ally re­mote yet abuzz with mil­i­tary ac­tiv­ity in the 1940s, is a land­scape that hoards se­crets. In the kind of tight-knit com­mu­ni­ties in which peo­ple know each other’s busi­ness but let each other alone, Da­ley’s tena­cious nose for a story un­cov­ers a tale of world-his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance.

‘On the small is­land of Gair­say, off the Kin­tyre penin­sula, the lo­cal post man cum - po­lice and fire of­fi­cer dis­cov­ers that the Brem­ner fam­ily have van­ished from their farm. There’s a pot on the stove and food on the ta­ble, but no sign of three gen­er­a­tions of a fam­ily long-be­lieved to be Jewish refugees from Nazi Ger­many.

‘A World War II mys­tery is re­vealed as in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­gin and var­i­ous branches of the se­cu­rity ser­vices take an in­ter­est in the case. When DCI Da­ley comes into pos­ses­sion of a jour­nal writ­ten by his wartime pre­de­ces­sor in Kin­loch, In­spec­tor Wil­liam Urquhart, he soon re­alises Gair­say (a fic­tion­alised Isle of Gigha) has many se­crets.

‘As­sisted by his in­domitable deputy, DS Brian Scott, and new boss, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Car­rie Syming­ton, Da­ley finds that he must solve a wartime mur­der to re­veal not only the shock­ing events of the past, but new hor­rors of the present.’

Satur­day’s book launch on Gigha heard sales of Meyrick novella, Dal­in­to­ber Moon, have raised more than £3,000 for the Dalt­in­to­ber Beach restora­tion pro­ject in Camp­bel­town.

Photo by Ray­mond Hosie Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Denzil Meyrick who has con­trib­uted £3,000 to restor­ing Dal­in­to­ber beach with the or­gan­iser of the pro­ject and long time pal Jamie McLean.

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