Today I’m sharing my thoughts the DCI Daley short story collection, One Last Dram Before Midnight by Denzil Meyrick. Here’s what the book is all about:
About the Book
Bringing together six short stories – two of which are previously unpublished – One Last Dram Before Midnight is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of Denzil Meyrick. These tales take us from DCI Jim Daley’s early days pounding the beat in Glasgow as a young constable to a light-hearted whisky smuggling romp involving Hamish and some ghostly pipers.
Includes four previously eBook exclusive stories: Single End, Two One Three, Dalintober Moon and Empty Nets and Promises
One Last Dram Before Midnight is a brilliant collection of short stories linked to the DCI Daley series. I say linked because whilst a good number to tie back to DCI Daley and DS Scott, there is one in there which is very much Hamish’s story, set long before Daley and Scott had even heard of Kinloch.
It was nice to get these small tasters of Daley and Scott outside of their full length adventures, providing some more background to the pair in their earlier days on the beat and their first steps into the world of the Detectives. Seeing Scott caught in the crossfires of a less than orthodox investigation and Daley cultivating his long held feud with Donaldson just added more to my enjoyment of the stories as a whole. I listened to the audiobook version and they all kept me completely amused and entertained during a particularly tedious and data heavy shift at work.
If you are a fan of the series, or you just want to hear try a little taster of Daley, Scott and Hamish before diving into the full length books, then this is definitely a book I’d recommend. With half a dozen stories to choose from they make the perfect lunch break filler and are guaranteed to have you smiling, as well as keeping you on tenterhooks.
About the Author
Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of his own companies, such as a public bar and sales and marketing company. Denzil has also worked as a freelance journalist in both print and on radio.