Denzil Meyrick at Pentlands Book Festival – Book Week Scotland


While entrance is free, donations are appreciated (£2 per person suggested) and can be made at the event.

We welcome another great exponent of ‘Tartan Noir’, whose latest book in the DCI Daley series, A Breath on Dying Embers, was published this year. Million-selling Denzil Meyrick’s first job in the police gives his tales authenticity. His years in managing a distillery, as a businessman andjournalist give depth. But his unique mix of darkness and humour underpins everything. In this conversation we’ll cover his life, writing, latest book, and what he’s planning for his cast of characters in ‘Kinloch’ the town that looks exceeding like his home town of Campbeltown. It may be impossible to find out how he contrives his ingenious plots – but we’ll try – and also discover why he pays homage to Agatha Christie.

This, the eighth book in the series, starts when the luxury cruiser, hastily renamed Great Britain, berths in Kinloch harbour. The UK Government is taking a high-powered group of businessmen and women on a tour of the British Isles, golfing and seeing the sights, as part of a push for global trade. But when one of the crew goes missing, and an elderly local ornithologist disappears, will the pressure become too great?

The arrival of a face from the past sends Daley’s world into a tailspin, and the lives of the passengers and crew of SS Great Britain, as well as the country’s economic future, are in jeopardy. DS Brian Scott comes to the fore and, replete with a temporary promotion, is once more – most reluctantly, in this case – back at sea.

Daley faces a life and death struggle…

Blackwell’s Bookshop, in support of The Pentlands Book Festival, will be offering price discounts on related titles to participants and ticket holders.

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Monday 25 Nov 2019
Pentlands Book Festival, Currie Library, Edinburgh. Scotland