The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

The Sea Detective is Cal McGill, an oceanographer who can track sea currents, winds and various other things to solve mysteries. The blurb talks about how two feet from the same body can wash up in different places but that’s only a very small part of what this book is about. Cal also tries to work out what happened to his grandfather during WWII and helps a young girl to find out what happened to her friend.

This book is billed as a crime novel but it’s more of an investigative story and it’s a bit different from most of the books out there. I really enjoyed the fact that Cal solved mysteries of the sea and it’s a very well-written story. There are several sub-plots running through it and I thought they all came together well. The only thing that grated slightly was the author’s portrayal of an overweight female detective which seemed to me to be how a man would see it but I still liked her character so it didn’t spoil anything for me. I’m excited about reading the second in the series featuring Cal McGill now, The Woman Who Walked into the Sea.

Nicola Smith
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The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home
978-1-405-92356-9|Penguin pbk Nov 2015

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