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A Breath on Dying Embers

D.C.I Daley, Book 7
Narrated by: David Monteath
Series: D.C.I. Daley, Book 7
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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When the luxury cruiser, hastily renamed Great Britain, berths in Kinloch harbour, the pressure is on DCI Jim Daley. The UK Government are 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 his case - back at sea. 

Daley faces a life and death struggle, but is this his last throw of the dice?

©2019 Denzil Meyrick (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Didn't want this book to end.

Another great addition to the DCI Daly seeies. The storyline keeps you guessing, the characters are authentic & the narrator- one of the best. Now the wait for Book number 8!

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Excellent

A rich vein of humour runs through this series. The story lines are pretty damn good as well. Narrator great as well. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 07-11-19

Brilliant

Its difficult to review without spoiling for others. So simply put, if you love this series this book won't disappoint. All our favourite characters with a brilliant twisting plot, along with the usual light relief from Brian (although Ella Scott is my new favourite) wrapped up in the perfect narration we have come to expect from David..

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  • Simon
  • 07-16-19

Dying Embers? No Chance, Meyrick's on Fire!

Meyrick goes big again! He moves his stories into the sleepy town of Kinloch and it has become the centre of the world it seems! This time he ships in a world trade delegation on a luxury liner full of billionaires and even some minor royals. The stakes are high, Britain struggling to cope with current crises making these VIP guests and their cash vital to the nation's cause.

And where better to take them than Kinloch? What finer ambassadors could the world have than a uniform-stretching Jim Daley and the earthy wisdom of Brian Scott? Well, the obvious answer, of course, is the wonderful residents of Kinloch and Meyrick sets up some wonderful culture clashes as Hamish, Anna, Brian and his wife Ella who pretty much steal this show, impart their wonderful home-spun wisdom to these highly polished and urbane visitors from around the globe. If you've read these books this far I am sure you are a big Kinloch fan and Meyrick delivers them gloriously here!

The story itself, well, once you get over the scale of what Meyrick brings into Kinloch and maybe ignoring some less strong writing concerning some of the villains is thrilling enough. Naturally, there is the silky voice of David Monteath to read it to us, he is utterly superb at bringing the residents of Kinloch to life. I'm sure he'll forgive me for saying that maybe he's not so strong at the other varied accents the story throws at him but he does the key job of making each readily identifiable.

This is a book, that will have you laughing, keep you glued to the main story and provide a number of heartwarming moments as you listen to it unfold and Daley's personal story also takes some dramatic new twists. What's more, it delivers an ending that will make you hope that Meyrick is not going to take too long over writing the next one!

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  • Vicstervic
  • 07-31-19

Another brilliant DCI Daley book

I have read all of these books and I just love this series. They are written with a good dose of humour but also cover some pretty serious subjects. This one being no exception.
David Monteath is also an excellent narrator, he does some great voices especially DS Scott who he just brings to life.

If you haven't read any of Meyrick's books before, go back to the beginning and enjoy!!!

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  • DartmoorDiva
  • 09-02-19

As uneven as a choppy loch

I’m not quite sure what was in the author’s mind with this book in this usually very good series. Jim Daly was never the most interesting character, while Brian Scott always had the best lines. Having decided to give Scott centre stage, he then seems to become a cartoon character and the so-called comic exchanges on the cruise ship are just laboured and not funny at all. Parts of the story are gripping and realistic, but at other times the domestic background issues are overplayed and the plot becomes increasingly bizarre. By the end I’m afraid I didn’t really care what happened to any of them.

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  • Sally
  • 08-27-19

Full on 5 stars across the board!

What can I say? I’m late to the party, having discovered this series of books only this year.
Wow. The characters are so well rounded, you feel like you know them. Jim and Brian have the deep friendship that comes from years of shared experiences, but it doesn’t stop there, the settings are stunningly described, the tension is superbly paced and the story, just wow.
I can highly recommend this book, no wait, the whole series, to any fan of the ‘tartan noir’ genre, it’s got a gritty humour I personally crave in a damn fine book.
Special mention to the audio narration, David Monteath as ever is the perfect foil, he brings the dialogue to life.
I have listened to all the series in audio book form, it’s been an incredible treat and ride so far!
Sally.

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  • John
  • 07-24-19

excellent

loved it
had me laughing out loud at points great story and an interesting end
one of the best so far.
the patter from ds (I) Scott was even better than normal
narration was great as ever

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  • Liz
  • 07-24-19

Welcome back - I missed you !

At last they are back and so welcome! It’s wonderful to reunite with our old friends who are just as warm and funny as before.
Brilliant gripping story as usual. I’m not going to give anything away other than to tell you that if you have enjoyed the DCI Daley books, you will love this.

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  • Sweetpea
  • 07-14-19

Top notch Scottish crime thriller

This is the seventh outing for DCI Daley. Things aren’t going well for Jim Daley. He’s worried about his health and even more worried when his estranged wife arrives in Kinloch battered and bruised with James jr in tow.
Meanwhile, a cruise ship filled with the rich and influential of the world docks in Kinloch with the aim of expanding British trade partnerships . But not everyone on board wants to see this visit become a resounding success.
Denzil Meyrick is at the top of his game. This book is fast-paced, gritty, but laced with laugh out loud humour, courtesy of the exchanges between the inimitable Sergeant Brian Scott and his long suffering wife Ellie.
The narration, by the sublime David Monteath is, as usual, superb.
Five stars doesn’t do justice to this book. It’s the 96th book I’ve read this year, almost exclusively crime books, and it’s head and shoulders above the rest. I hope number 8 is on the way, Mr Meyrick!

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  • Frank
  • 10-05-19

Weak plot

It says a lot for Denzil Meyrick's story telling that I stayed with this book to the end despite realising what was going on after the first few chapters. It was fairly obvious and that's a shame as it would have been very gripping otherwise.

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  • Anne
  • 08-27-19

Enjoyable listen.

This had everything...exciting story..humour..great narration, very funny in places! recommend a listen, David Monteath excellent

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  • Kimberley
  • 07-27-19

Perhaps the best in the series

I love the DCI Daley series, the characters are are engaging and complex, the plots intriguing with a few unexpected twists David Montheath’s narration is wonderful. I have enjoyed each of the books but found this plot particularly interesting, and laughed out loud even more. I didn’t want it to end and was sad when it did

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-29-19

Another great story

Great storyline and great narration as usual. Hopefully more to come in this excellent series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-19

A Breath on Dying Embers

Very appropriate title for the book.
Interesting storyline with a few surprises left until the end.
It had a little bit of everything to keep the listener interested, conflict, betrayal, friendship, small town gossip and believable characters.
David Monteath was easy to listen to and did a great job.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this particular genre.

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  • Jennifer Muller
  • 07-24-19

Yet another DCI Daley gem.

A fantastic plot with plenty of twists and turns. Familiar characters are joined by some new additions to Kinloch and a ripping finale to keep you holding your breath.

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  • Bonita N. Jones
  • 07-18-19

Another absolutely enjoyable story.

He's done it again, another cracker of a tale from Mr Meyrick. Edge of seat, knuckle biting and very wary of who is going to be the next victim. Not any of our faves.....or are they. Fabulous book. Chop chop, next please

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  • Rae
  • 10-11-19

Designed to keep your interest

I love the characters but disappointed that Daly is painted as a man who would assault someone whose crime was to assault someone! Upholding the law? Being an example to others? Behaving the toward others as you would have them behave toward you and those you care for? So disappointing. Would be far more satisfying that the villain was brought to justice.

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  • Melle
  • 10-09-19

Unconvincing

I decided to give this series another go, but this effort was no better. DCI Daley hasn't become "real" and frankly, he isn't likeable at all. He doesn't feature greatly in this one but all appearances of him and his wife are uninteresting. The writer clearly doesn't have children as James Jnr says "Yay!" to everything he's told and is not remotely believable. The tone of the book is patchy - sometimes it attempts to funny and light-hearted and ends up bordering on farce. Other aspects are trying to be very serious and earnest. It's frustrating. I found the storyline didn't hold my interest and was muddied by numerous subplots and ideas. The characters are all two-dimensional and almost all unappealing. I won't be trying another one in this series.

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  • christine Fiske
  • 09-16-19

Simply the best

This would have to be one of the best books I have heard. Never suspected the ending . Narration was perfect . Can’t wait to hear the next in the series

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  • Mimosa
  • 09-15-19

Thank Goodness for another DCI Daley book!

Another great suspense story with so many little threads to remember and unravel, with all the old players involved. I could hardly put it down. I listened all hours of the day and night.
I just hope there's another one soon - don't leave me hanging like this!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-26-19

average

easy listening to. a little different. narration annoying at time.did finish endi g not what i expected