Author Denzil’s deal with Italian publishing giants

Whisky From Small Glasses, the first book in Denzil Meyrick's DCI Daley series, has been translated and released in Italy.
Whisky From Small Glasses, the first book in Denzil Meyrick's DCI Daley series, has been translated and released in Italy.

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Italian murder mystery fans can now delve into the first instalment in the multi-million selling DCI Daley book series, set in the fictional town of Kinloch, based on Campbeltown.

Whisky From Small Glasses, the first book in the series penned by Campbeltown man Denzil Meyrick, has just been released in translation by Italian publishing giants Mondadori, and is now for sale across the country in print and ebook editions.

This marks the latest remarkable chapter for the award-winning book series which has already been released by Harper Collins in Germany and Austria, with more countries expected to follow.

‘Italy is a huge market for crime novels, and I’m delighted we’ve done the deal,’ said Denzil, now resident on Loch Lomondside. ‘Hopefully, the more places and languages people can find the books, the more they’ll want to visit Kintyre.’

Meyrick’s agent, Jo Bell of Bell Lomax Moreton, London, added: ‘It’s another milestone for Denzil’s superb writing. We’re over the moon.’

Through lockdown, Denzil has kept himself busy, penning no less than three more titles.

The ninth Daley thriller, For Any Other Truth, will be published in June, followed by standalone gangster novel Terms of Restitution, set in Paisley, out this September.

Denzil’s UK publisher Polygon will complete the trio with A Toast To The Old Stones, a follow-up to last Christmas’s nostalgic hit 1960s comic novella featuring a young Hamish and Sandy Hoynes from the DCI Daley series. It will be out in October.

‘It’s an exciting time,’ Denzil added. ‘We’re all looking forward to things getting back to something approaching normal. And there’s maybe a surprise or two in store as far as Daley is concerned.

‘I’ve been very touched by readers who contacted me during lockdown to say the books helped them get through. It’s nice to be even a small comfort at such a vexing time.’