The Sea Detective
4 journalers for this copy...
Synopsis : "Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder.
Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body. As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and human trafficking, which threatens many lives across the globe - including his own....".
Mr Flutterbies9 chose this one at a church coffee shop morning and read it almost straight away. At first he was a little underwhelmed but got more into it as the pages progressively turned under his fingers and ended saying "you really must read this, good storyline rolls along nicely after the first 100 or so pages and familiar places for you as an added bonus".
This is an unusual angle for a 'detective' story and I rather enjoyed this book on the whole. It did take a while to get going as characters were introduced and situations explained but a solid basis has been laid for future stories. The main character, Cal, is an oceanographer and is a very individual quirky type of principled, stubborn, determined character and although not what I would call a 'detective', he has many of the known characteristics that one possesses. The second main character in this book is Helen who comes across as another determined, principled and individual character who looks like becoming Cal's contact into the police. For me it is great to have such a Scottish flavour (place and politics!) about the storyline - though I'm glad of the map of where the invented place should occur as that is not where I had envisaged from either the descriptions or the assumptions of moving across the landscape and what you can see from where!! (ie. it may well make sense from an ocean movement point of view but not from the scenery or proximity to Glasgow points - very much a telescoped west of Scotland !).
The book is also unusual in that the Asian girls story is sympathetically told and the resolutions to the mystery of the body parts floating in from the sea and how it may have occurred seem much more rooted in today's detection methods. I would happily read the next from this author to see how the back stories progress.
There is a plan for this book ....(to be continued very soon)
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THE SEA DETECTIVE by MARK DOUGLAS-HOME (2015) | ISBN: 9781405923569 | Publisher: Penguin
What an auspicious start to a book series, locked into the storytelling in the first paragraph, hooked into the plot before page thirty, and truly delighted with the humour by page sixty and keen to sign up to read anything - anything at all - by Douglas-Home. However, I am especially thrilled to know that this book is first of a series from this writer. What joy! I simply had to phone to thank those concerned today for putting this book my way. I sense I will not be putting it down again till it is finished!
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Sunday was the Edinburgh BookCrossers Xmas Bash at The Filmhouse and so I took the opportunity to pass this to Earthcaroleanne, and so the wee book ray begins!
I'm sorry, I didn't realise this was a mini-bookring or I would have read it sooner. I only read previous journal entries once I've read the book because I don't want to risk spoilers - or even know the plot. I was saving it for a themed bookring but I can't add it now. Fortunately it's the Edinburgh Christmas meetup on Sunday so I'll pass it to Cassandra2020 (a year later)