2016 Reviews · crime · mystery · Scotland · suspense · thriller

Book Snippet: The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

sea detective

Book blurb:

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 have come from, or where they’ve gone. It’s a unique skill that can help solve all sorts of mysteries.

Such as when two severed feet wash up miles apart on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Most strangely, forensic tests reveal that the feet belong to the same body.

As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and violence, which threatens many lives across the globe – very soon including his own…

4.5 stars
*Book snippets are small reviews only, designed to showcase books of interest that I have read.

It’s always a great feeling when you thoroughly enjoy a book, it is even better when you discover that the said book is the first in a series. The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas–Home is a Scotland set, crime based mystery novel. The novel features a not so average detective, Cal McGill who is an oceanographer. Cal’s interest and expertise lies in tracing the origins in debris discovered in the ocean. He solves cases based on his understanding of the patterns of the ocean’s tides and wind currents. This first novel takes on a number of subplots for Cal to tackle, but in no means was it confusing. Integrated within The Sea Detective is an interesting thread on murder of a young Bengali girl and a paedophile ring linked to this case. For this case, Cal is joined by an enigmatic female DC named Helen Jamieson. In addition, there is a thread involving Cal’s own personal investigation into a genealogical mystery surrounding his Grandfather’s death in World War II. The Sea Detective is a highly original crime based novel, defined by a strong style of writing, that reflects the author’s decorated background in journalism. This is a book that had me captivated from cover to cover and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series, The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea.

The Sea Detective is to be published in November 2016 by Penguin Books Australia




2 thoughts on “Book Snippet: The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

  1. I totally agree Mrs B! I couldn’t put it down once I started and felt like I was a part of the story being able to visualise Eilean Iasgaich and the Scottish coastline clearly through the wonderful writing 🙂


  2. That is so good to hear, I’m glad you enjoyed my recommendation.I agree he does do setting very well and all in all it was a great story tying together multiple plotlines. I have just ordered the second one from The Book Depository as I’ve had no luck getting it in the shops. I can’t wait for it to arrive!


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