Ghosts in the Gloaming

A Tale from Kinloch

Denzil Meyrick author


Publisher:Birlinn General

Published:6th Oct '22


Available for immediate dispatch.

Ghosts in the Gloaming cover

From the author of the bestselling D.C.I. Daley series comes a thrilling new tall tale from Kinloch.

It’s December 1968. Having cheated Sandy Hoynes out of a rowing race and navigation certificate when they were young, Dreich MacCallum makes an unexpected return to Kinloch. 

With the Girl Maggie up on the slip awaiting urgent repairs, Hoynes takes to his bed, the memory of it all too much. When first mate Hamish persuades his skipper to get up and put the fishing boat back into the water, there are unexpected consequences that put Hoynes’ liberty and reputation at risk. 

Has Dreich won the day again? 

But the spirits of the past have yet to have their say. Upon whom will the winter sun set? 

'Splendidly absurd. A rare delight... a book that regularly had me laughing out loud. Meyrick has a delightfully light touch... what fiction is all about'

-- Allan Massie * The Scotsman *

'Another captivating escape to days long gone from the pen of Meyrick… best known for his incisive crime writing and rich, dark humour... a magical "wee” read’

* Sunday Post *

'Denzil Meyrick proves once again that he can eloquently tackle genres outside of crime… steeped with imagery from the stunning coastal setting and told with evocative language and a hint of Meyrick’s signature humour'

* Scottish Field *

'What an atmosphere… for the reader there is a lovely sense of contained escape with it being a novella'

* BBC Radio Scotland Afternoon Show *

'Denzil Meyrick's tales set in Kinloch are reminiscent of both Compton Mackenzie's comic novels and Neil Munro's Para Handy, while not trying to imitate either... a thoroughly entertaining book'

-- Graham Drew * Dundee Courier *

'With a blend of humour, mythology, rivalry and even tenderness, Denzil Meyrick has rounded off the series in style, bringing a smile to the face and a tear to the eye.'

* JenMedBookReviews *

'a gentle, Whisky Galore-esque chuckle'

-- Barbara Henderson * Highland News and Media *

'Reminiscent of both Compton Mackenzie's comic novels and Neil Munro’s Para Handy, while not trying to imitate either… this entertaining novella stands on its own'

* Scots Magazine, Book of the Month *

'Heartwarming and humorous – switch off and allow yourself to be transported to Kinloch and spend a happy afternoon in the company of real characters of a bygone age’

* Journal of the Law Society of Scotland *

'Quite simply, a joy to read and a book we'd wholeheartedly recommend'

-- Ken Lussey * Undiscovered Scotla

ISBN: 9781846976155

Dimensions: 205mm x 135mm x 15mm

Weight: 272g

160 pages