Book Review: The Estate

Book Review: The Estate

I confess I have tended to veer away from purchasing detective novels as they are often presented unimaginatively. Experience has proved them to be a little formulaic and I rarely warm the stereotypical maverick D.I. who operates according to their personal moral code with scant regard for the rules and no respect for their superiors.

However, when I got the chance to read a proof of The Estate I surprised myself by devouring it from cover to cover on one indulgent Saturday afternoon. I was attracted by the setting in rural Scotland and the fact that the central character is female. I enjoyed the dynamic between the detectives and the tension with the old flame. More than a thriller, I would describe the story as a mystery as there were so many potential culprits behind the systemic decimation of the dysfunctional Pallender family.

There is genuine tension as the reader is aware that most of the characters’ loyalties were not where they purported to be. Corruption within the police force was rife. I found myself rooting our increasingly isolated hero, desperately hoping that she would not be betrayed by someone whom she had mistakenly believed was worthy of her trust. If you are looking for an excuse to immerse yourself in page-turning narrative that will keep you guessing until the end look no further than The Estate.


Denzil Meyrick was educated in Argyll, then after studying politics, joined Strathclyde Police, serving in Glasgow. After being injured and developing back problems, he entered the business world, and has operated in many diverse roles, including director of a large engineering company and distillery manager, as well as owning a number of companies.

D. A. Meyrick has also worked as a freelance journalist in both print and on radio. He is the author of the popular D.C.I. Daley series (Transworld)


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