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The Malice of Waves For five years Priest s Island has guarded the secret of Max Wheeler s disappearance Each anniversary the boy s family gathers at the scene to mourn his loss and to commission a new inquiry into the mystery So far a retired chief constable, a private detective, a forensic archaeologist and a former intelligence officer have failed to uncover what happened to fourteen year old Max Now Cal McGill, an oceanographer with expertise in tracking bodies at sea, has taken up the quest and finds himself caught between a father hell bent on vengeance, a family riven by tragedy and a community resentful at being accused of murder As Cal goes about his investigation he discovers an island that provokes dangerous passions in everyone that sets foot on it And he has a nagging worry if Max was murdered why shouldn t it happen again The Island of AdventureYoung Max Wheeler goes off to spend the night camping on uninhabited Priest s Island, a storm tossed island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland His rich father had bought the island as a playground for him a couple of years earlier, much to the annoyance of the townspeople on the neighbouring island of Eilean Dubh, who resented this intrusion into their traditional way of life Priest s Island had belonged for generations to a local family who had used The Island of AdventureYoung Max Wheeler goes off to spend the night camping on uninhabited Priest s Island, a storm tossed island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland His rich father had bought the island as a playground for him a couple of years earlier, much to the annoyance of the townspeople on the neighbouring island of Eilean Dubh, who resented this intrusion into their traditional way of life Priest s Island had belonged for generations to a local family who had used it for grazing their sheep When Max fails to return and no trace of him is found, Ewan, the local lad who would have inherited the island had it not been sold to the Wheelers, quickly becomes the chief suspect But no evidence has ever been found to allow him to be charged Five years on, Max s father has hired Cal McGill, an oceanographer and expert in tides and waves, in a last ditch effort to trace Max s body But Cal s appearance stirs old fears and resentments amongst the townspeople and soon danger stalksthan one inhabitantThis is the third in the Cal McGill series but the first I ve read It worked perfectly well as a standalone and I didn t feel I was missing anything from not having read the earlier books The mystery element of the plot is very good I didn t get close to the solution but, when it was revealed, felt that it was well within the bounds of credibility I did think the plotting lacked a little by failing to provide possible alternative explanations though there weren t too many red herrings sending me off in the wrong direction This meant that for quite a long time in the middle I felt the investigation element was rather underdeveloped neither Cal nor his police officer sidekick Helen Jamieson seemed to be doing very much other than treading water pun intended while hoping someone might let something slip In fact, Cal s specialism played very little part in the story always a problem when an amateur detective is given such a specific profession.However, the depiction of the isolated small town on the edge of nowhere is done very well although, oddly, it lacks any feeling of Scottishness no dialect, no Scottish traditions, not even Scottish cakes in the tea shop at the heart of the community It could as easily have been a small island community set anywhere in the world But the way they band together when one of their number is threatened feels very realistic, as does the way they all know everything about each other and make allowances for one another s quirks The weather plays a large part in the story, and Douglas Home gives excellent descriptions of the wildness of storms and how quickly these island communities can be cut off from the mainland There s a sub plot involving an egg collector a hobby that s now illegal in order to protect threatened bird species I found all the stuff about this added a real level of interest to the story it feels well researched and authentic, and sent me off to google images of some of the eggs and nests mentioned Since some of these collectors go to ridiculous lengths in pursuit of rare eggs, it also allows for some hair raisingly dangerous exploits and extra suspense that s also a pun, but if you want to know why, you ll have to read the book The writing is very good third person past tense hurrah In this episode we don t get to know too much about Cal s life there s a little history about his relationship with his father but not much else However we learnabout Helen Jamieson She s a police officer, refreshingly competent and angst free apart from her apparently unrequited longings for Cal, but she doesn t allow these to get in the way of having a good professional relationship with him I actually found myself thinking of her as the central character rather than Cal, so I hope she s a recurring character in the series Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot, and will happily look out forin this series Recommended.NB This book was provided for review by the publisher, Penguin UK.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com I would love to review this but the book ended up on page 274 The problem There are supposed to be 304 pages so it just end in the climax in mid sentence no less The back part of the book is missing I have contacted Book Depository and hope they will do something I d like to know how it ends. In brief enjoyable.In fullI came across this book about Cal McGill, the sea detective , and found it was the third in the series I m always concerned about starting reading part way through a series however the premise was intriguing so I decided to give it a try and I m glad I did Five years ago a 14 year old boy has gone missing from a Hebridean island His father has been obsessed by the disappearance He continues to suspect a closeknit community on the closest occupied island of concea In brief enjoyable.In fullI came across this book about Cal McGill, the sea detective , and found it was the third in the series I m always concerned about starting reading part way through a series however the premise was intriguing so I decided to give it a try and I m glad I did Five years ago a 14 year old boy has gone missing from a Hebridean island His father has been obsessed by the disappearance He continues to suspect a closeknit community on the closest occupied island of concealing the truth Cal McGill comes on to the scene in his role as an oceanographer He seeks to find where a body may have ended up I found the start held my attention and was entertaining always assuming you find the idea of using a dead pig in the sea to try and work out where a human body may have gone.The writing is easy to read and has a well written feel to it The characters of both the investigators and the island community, emerge and feel fairly well rounded and interesting In particular the character of Cal, somewhat understated, I thought was very good indeed As with so many of the literary investigators he is a loner and, in Cal s case, someone who is happier watching and trying to understand the sea rather than anything else He also seems to be quite a good listener The other character , which is very well worked and utilised, is the setting evocative writing paints a good picture of windswept isolation I do have one or two reservations about this story I found the family of the boy who went missing, the Wheelers, less well developed sadly I get the fact that the father is simply obsessed and overwhelmed by the disappearance of his son and that that is very much part of the story however the other siblings, three girls, did not really emerge as people until late in the book The other reservation is over the character and storyline surrounding Stanley Pryke this didn t really work for me I d prefer not to give anything away about the details of the story and anyway I enjoyed the book.I intend to readof Cal McGill who I found an interesting and fairly original character in a well written story.http viewson.org.uk fiction malice The Malice of Waves is the third book in Mark Douglas Hume s The Sea Detective Mystery series and I think it is my favourite It has an interesting opening scene as Cal sinks a dead pig into the sea off Priest s Island a fictional island to try to work out where the tides, underwater currents and eddies might have taken Max s body It s really a cold case enquiry and there is no new evidence to help him discover the truth Each year on the anniversary of Max s disappearance, his family hold a The Malice of Waves is the third book in Mark Douglas Hume s The Sea Detective Mystery series and I think it is my favourite It has an interesting opening scene as Cal sinks a dead pig into the sea off Priest s Island a fictional island to try to work out where the tides, underwater currents and eddies might have taken Max s body It s really a cold case enquiry and there is no new evidence to help him discover the truth Each year on the anniversary of Max s disappearance, his family hold a memorial service on the island His father is convinced that the villagers are complicit in his son s murder.The Malice of Waves is just as much a story of the villagers as it is of the Wheeler family and the setting of Priest s Island, beautifully described by Douglas Hume, is also a major part of the book The location came to life as I read the book, making it easy to visualise the scenes It s well written and easy to read, leading me effortlessly into the mystery The police are also present on the island as DS Helen Jamieson is staying undercover in the village, helping Cal with his investigations I like the insight into Helen s unspoken feelings for Cal Both her and Cal are strong, independent characters and the other characters are well depicted too.Interwoven into the main story is Pinkie Pyke s story He is a collector of birds eggs, but his interest is into rare erythristic bird eggs, those with pink or reddish colouring and there is a raven s nest on the island.The Malice of Waves is a fascinating book, not only an engrossing mystery, but also a study of the sea, of birds eggs I had never heard of erythristic eggs before , of obsessions and of the way people cope, or don t cope with grief I loved it Set in the Outer Hebrides on the fictional islands of Eilean Dubh and Priest s island the latter bought by an outsider, Wheeler Wheeler is a grieving father who has turned inward from his daughters following the loss of his only son, Max aged 14, five years before Each year on the anniversary of Max s disappearance, the family returns, the father brooding that his killer is harboured by the close knit community on Eilean Dubh and employs private investigators This year he recruits oceanogr Set in the Outer Hebrides on the fictional islands of Eilean Dubh and Priest s island the latter bought by an outsider, Wheeler Wheeler is a grieving father who has turned inward from his daughters following the loss of his only son, Max aged 14, five years before Each year on the anniversary of Max s disappearance, the family returns, the father brooding that his killer is harboured by the close knit community on Eilean Dubh and employs private investigators This year he recruits oceanographer The Sea Detective Cal McGill to check the surrounding sea.This, the third book in the Sea Detective series, is exceptionally well written and accomplished Yet for me there is too much emphasis on human frailty and relationships and too little of the dramatic landscapes and the power of the Atlantic storms and currentsSo strong the sea bottom will be scoured daily, the sand and silt will shift and churn Even boulders will be dislodged4stars The Malice of Waves is the third instalment in the sea detective series It s not easy to find a fresh angle in crime fiction, but Douglas Home manages to carve out a little niche with an oceanographer who specialises in tracking bodies lost at sea In this case Cal McGill is drafted in to help find out what happened to a boy who disappeared from a small island five year s previously His presence in the local community is resented and family are hardly welcoming either He s joined in the Outer The Malice of Waves is the third instalment in the sea detective series It s not easy to find a fresh angle in crime fiction, but Douglas Home manages to carve out a little niche with an oceanographer who specialises in tracking bodies lost at sea In this case Cal McGill is drafted in to help find out what happened to a boy who disappeared from a small island five year s previously His presence in the local community is resented and family are hardly welcoming either He s joined in the Outer Hebrides by Helen Jamieson, a police officer pretending to an ordinary member of the public trying to get over a failed relationship While Cal rubs the locals and family up the wrong way while trying to get a handle on the local currents, Helen makes friends with the locals by the hanging around the local tea shop Douglas Home creates a strong sense of place and immerses the reader in the tense relations between the locals and family There s nice characterisation of the villagers and the Wheeler family, with both Cal and Helen being appealing leads The pace is steady and unrushed and the plot has plenty of blinds and misdirection While the main thread is nicely constructed, the plotline with Pinkee Pryke, a poacher of bird eggs, felt like a plot device and was a little underdeveloped and not fully resolved Overall, an engaging and atmospheric detective story I love this series Unless lightning strikes twice, it will be my find of 2016 Although I didn t find The Malice of Waves to be quite as mesmerizing as the first two books, it s still an excellent read and not to be missed Douglas Home changes it up a bit for this third book, and it s all to do with the villagers on Priest s Island The settings for the author s books are wonderful You can hear and watch the sea birds wheeling in the sky overhead You can smell the salt air and be hypnotize I love this series Unless lightning strikes twice, it will be my find of 2016 Although I didn t find The Malice of Waves to be quite as mesmerizing as the first two books, it s still an excellent read and not to be missed Douglas Home changes it up a bit for this third book, and it s all to do with the villagers on Priest s Island The settings for the author s books are wonderful You can hear and watch the sea birds wheeling in the sky overhead You can smell the salt air and be hypnotized by the crashing of the waves The locations come to life, but they are fictional, and I like Douglas Home s reasons for making them so My reason for inventing places is to avoid imposing a fictional plot on an island community that has a rich and interesting history of its own Fictional or not, the landscape is breathtaking and an important part of the books While Cal s work with the tides does help to prove or disprove various theories as to what happened to the young boy s body, once again there is an environmental element to the story in the character of Pinkie Wise, a man who is obsessed with collecting rare birds eggs Pinkie has a small but pivotal role in The Malice of Waves One of my favorite characters, Detective Sergeant Helen Jamieson, makes her second appearance in the series, and it was a welcome one I hope to seeof this intelligent, fierce young woman Both Helen and Cal are unconventional, complex characters one of the reasons why I like these books so much.A strong theme throughout the book is how grief affects different people, and how it can rip families apart I think I was so strongly opposed to the elder Wheeler s behavior that I completely forgot to keep track of the clues planted all along the way as to the killer s identity I noticed them, but the lure of the story was too strong for me to put them all together Hopefully I won t have to turn in my amateur sleuth badge If you love strong characters teamed with engrossing mysteries and evocative settings, Mark Douglas Home s the Sea Detective novels are perfect for you They are best read in order, so please begin with The Sea Detective one of my Best Reads of 2016 The Malice of Waves is the third book in the Sea Detective Series I love this series This series and the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series are my two favorite crime fiction series Why do I like this series so much I like books that are character driven and have a strong atmospheric location This series has both The plots are different and diverse.Cal McGill is an oceanographer who studies the tides and winds of the ocean to see where different items that were in the ocean turn up At t The Malice of Waves is the third book in the Sea Detective Series I love this series This series and the Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series are my two favorite crime fiction series Why do I like this series so much I like books that are character driven and have a strong atmospheric location This series has both The plots are different and diverse.Cal McGill is an oceanographer who studies the tides and winds of the ocean to see where different items that were in the ocean turn up At the beginning of this book Cal is placing Millie, a deceased pig, into the ocean near where he is looking into a disappearance from five years ago He want to see where Millie will turn up and Millie does turn up quite dramatically later on in the book Cal is quite likable and is different than most people His own comforts mean little to him as his main interest is the ocean He is also a caring person and is willing to take a back seat and listen to people What is different too about the books is that they aren t all about Cal but the people who are involved in the story line.Detective Sergeant Helen Jamieson makes a second appearance in this book She is a very intelligent policewoman who admires Cal She is undercover and is able to connect with a important character in the story I hope she is in future books.A fourteen year old boy named Max disappeared 5 years ago while he was alone on an isolated island that his dad purchased Every year on the date his son disappeared, his father has a memorial service for his child The village comes out and stands on the beach to show that they are caring people There are bad feelings between the villagers and the father of the missing boy The father feels the villagers know what happened to his son and are harbouring the murderer The father feels he knows who this person is Everybody has been affected by this disappearance Cal has been hired to see if he can find some answers as to where the body could have gone.The location as always plays an important role As a reader, I could hear the ocean birds, hear the waves crashing in, see the gray skies, and understand the loneliness of the land It was quite wonderful.I should mention the plot line in each book Every book has had a different plot line and each book is different from each other The plot line is very well written and quite thoughtful This is not a formula driven series Each book was a very good read If you are a new reader to this series, I would start with The Sea Detective which is the first book in the series You have some good reading ahead for you I am now waiting for the fourth book to be written and published. I really love Mark Douglas Home s Sea Detective series The idea of someone trying to discover what has happened through observation of tides currents is an unusual one but it is not all that makes his books so good The Malice of Waves has Cal going to an island off the west coast of Scotland to try and discover where the body of a young boy may be found Max disappeared five years ago and his father has lost hope of finding his son The boy s disappearance has cast a shadow over the local I really love Mark Douglas Home s Sea Detective series The idea of someone trying to discover what has happened through observation of tides currents is an unusual one but it is not all that makes his books so good The Malice of Waves has Cal going to an island off the west coast of Scotland to try and discover where the body of a young boy may be found Max disappeared five years ago and his father has lost hope of finding his son The boy s disappearance has cast a shadow over the local community The atmosphere of a small island is captured very well The characters are on the whole very believable and the pace of the narrative keeps the pages turning Although this is the third book in the series it really isn t necessary to have read the earlier ones to enjoy this one.A definite 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read review this book I can t wait for the next one in the series


About the Author: Mark Douglas-Home

Mark Douglas Home is a newspaper editor turned author The Sea Detective, his first novel, introduced a new kind of investigator to crime fiction the oceanographer Cal McGill who tracks floating objects, including dead bodies It received critical praise, becoming a Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month and was followed by The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea simply intoxicating, the Library Journal in America and The Malice of Waves really good stuff, full of atmosphere, Morning Star The fourth in the series, The Driftwood Girls, will be published in January 2020 Before writing books, Mark was editor of The Herald in Glasgow His career in journalism began as a student in South Africa where he edited the newspaper at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg After the apartheid government banned a number of editions, he was deported from the country He is married with two children and lives in Edinburgh.


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