The Sea Detective

by Mark Douglas-Home | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1405923563 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Flutterbies9 of Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on 5/17/2017
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Flutterbies9 from Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Picked up at Tesco charity book swap, an unusual occurrence as normally I'm depositing books - as I indeed I was on this occasion too! Oh, perhaps it was at the church coffee morning this was picked up (both on the same day this time), I'll ask Mr Flutterbies9.

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....".

Journal Entry 2 by Flutterbies9 at Meare, Somerset United Kingdom on Friday, May 19, 2017
This book has already had two readers as both Mr Flutterbies9 and myself have read this.

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)

Journal Entry 3 by Flutterbies9 at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (5/25/2017 UTC) at RABCK, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom


Sent off to another reader who may well find this entertaining as well as being based where she lives!

Enjoy .

Journal Entry 4 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, June 04, 2017
Thanks both to Flutterbies9 and honorary bookcrosser ‘Mr Flutterbies9’ who suggested rainbow3 will be keen to lay hands on this auspicious start to a thrilling new investigatory series ingeniously crafted round an exclusive and unusual profession! You bet! MV Hjaltland as it motored up the East Coast of Scotland from Aberdeen arriving in Kirkwall at 23:10 on Sat would have been a neat maritime release location, but no way was this leaving my paws without being read! So it awaits my attention back in Aberdeen for a couple of weeks at least! Thanks Flutterbies9 this arrived on Mon 29 May but not had a minute to give it a JE till now when I’m in Dounby, Orkney!

THE SEA DETECTIVE by MARK DOUGLAS-HOME (2015) | ISBN: 9781405923569 | Publisher: Penguin

Journal Entry 5 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, September 04, 2017
OK this book is travelling - in some senses – though it’s not left my hands. We are now together in Edinburgh where I have both, secured further interested readers for it* and as of today picked it up to start in on it!

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!

Further interested readers*

Journal Entry 6 by rainbow3 at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, December 18, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (12/17/2017 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


Rollicking good read, gripping plotting I thought this was brilliant and… other notes MIA so that will have to do! Offering special thanks to Flutterbies9 who directed this my way in the first place!

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!

Journal Entry 7 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, December 18, 2017
Passed to me at the Old Gang Meetup.

Journal Entry 8 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 05, 2018
I agree with everything Flutterbies9 and Mr Flutterbies9 said so I'm not going to repeat their review. I will add that I found the ending and epilogue very sad.

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)

Journal Entry 9 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, December 07, 2018

Released 3 mos ago (12/9/2018 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


Taking to the Old Gang Christmas Meetup for Cassandra2020.

Journal Entry 10 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Picked up at the Old Gang pre-Christmas meetup. I don't actually remember showing interest in a mini-bookray, but the blurb looks interesting so happy to read it sometime soon.


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