Denzil Meyrick

After studying politics, Denzil Meyrick worked as a police officer, distillery manager, freelance journalist, and company director. He is originally from Campbeltown in Argyll, but now lives on Loch Lomondside. He is the author of the million copy bestselling D.C.I. Daley series.

The hit series is now being adapted for TV by Ocean Independent. The show will be written and directed by leading Scottish playwright and screenwriter Anthony Neilson (BAFTA 2021 nominated Best Drama Series I Hate Suzie), and feature Game of Thrones and BAFTA Scotland award winning actor Rory McCann as D.C.I. Jim Daley.

As well as the D.C.I. Daley series, Denzil is also the author of the stand-alone gangland thriller, Terms of Restitution, and two nostalgic and humorous short novels, A Large Measure of Snow and A Toast to the Old Stones. See his full list of publications below!


Books by Denzil

One million DCI Daley novels sold across all editions.

‘As an ex-detective, ex-procurator fiscal depute and now an advocate, I was reluctant to buy another Scottish crime series. I was tired of the plastic and sanitised fictional detectives portrayed in crime novels set in Scotland, where clearly the author had no idea of the workings of the Scottish police or legal system.

I should have had no such fears with regards to Mr Meyrick’s DCI Daley novels. I have now read all the books in the series and love the characters. I feel I have even worked with some of them. I am always sad when I come to the end of his books. It’s like being separated from friends. I am looking forward to meeting up with them again’

Joe Cahill, Advocate

Praise for Terms of Restitution

‘A rollicking rollercoaster of violence, misplaced loyalties and some very unexpected interventions that combine to produce one of the most satisfying gangland thrillers of the year

Irish Independent

Meyrick’s breaking the mould with the latest offering straight out of the underworld of Paisley and the gritty streets of London’

Sunday Post

A winning combination of fisticuffs and philosophy’

Mark Sanderson, Times and Sunday Times Crime Club

Immerse yourself in the Tales from Kinloch

‘superb, feel good, laugh out loud… just wonderful

Waterstones, Horsham

‘A Para Handy-style tale celebrating the bygone boats and banter of [Campbeltown’s] busy fishing port … Brimming with bonhomie, bristling with banter and laced with a healthy dose of fantasy

Sunday Post

‘It sings with the evocation of time, place and people, and the humour and truth behind fishermen’s tall tales’

Kirsty McLuckie, The Scotsman

The DCI Daley Series in Order

  • Paperback | Pub: 29 Jan 2015
    £8.99

    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…

  • Paperback | Pub: 17 Jun 2014
    £8.99

    James Machie was a man with a genius for violence, his criminal empire spreading beyond Glasgow into the UK and mainland Europe. Fortunately, James Machie is dead, assassinated in the back of a prison ambulance following his trial and conviction….

  • Paperback | Pub: 27 Apr 2015
    £8.99

    When a senior Edinburgh Civil Servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch Harbour, D.C.I. Jim Daley comes face-to-face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It’s…

  • Paperback | Pub: 23 Mar 2016
    £8.99

    It’s December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world’s biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in…

  • Paperback | Pub: 20 Mar 2017
    £8.99

    As the Second World War nears its end, a man is stabbed to death on the shoreline of Kinloch, in the shadow of the great warships in the harbour. Many years later, the postman on Gairsay, a tiny island off the coast of Kintyre, discovers that the…

  • Paperback | Pub: 06 Sep 2018
    £8.99

    One of the Scotsman‘s Books of 2018 When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside – a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled – their delight…

  • Paperback | Pub: 11 Jul 2019
    £8.99

    LONGLISTED FOR THE MCILVANNEY PRIZE 2019 From the pen of the biggest selling crime writer published in Scotland… When the luxury cruiser, hastily renamed Great Britain, berths in Kinloch harbour, the pressure is on DCI Jim Daley. The UK…

  • Paperback | Pub: 04 Jun 2020
    £8.99

    Voted Culture NL’s Book of the Year for 2020 Teenager Alison Doig disappeared from Kinloch over thirty years ago under mysterious circumstances. Her reclusive family still live in a remote part of the Kintyre peninsula, amidst rumours of…

  • Paperback | Pub: 03 Jun 2021
    £8.99

    A SUNDAY POST TOP PICK FOR SUMMER READING ‘This latest DCI Daley thriller is deftly plotted and peopled with sympathetically drawn local characters and satisfyingly nuanced local wrongdoers’ – Irish Independent When a light aircraft…

  • Paperback | Pub: 02 Jun 2022
    £8.99

    The ghosts of the past will not be silenced. Glasgow, 1983, and a beat constable walks away from a bar where he knows a crime is about to be committed. It is a decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life. In the present, an old fisherman…