No Sweet Sorrow

A D.C.I. Daley novel

A Waterstones Paperback of the Year 2023



A potent new drug has hit the streets of Kinloch, and DCI Daley and Scott are struggling to catch the notorious gang behind this evil trade.

After a party of Oxford students arrives in town for a camping trip before a Himalayan expedition, one of the group seeks out an illegal high and is violently assaulted. However, these students are well connected, and this brings further unexpected problems for Daley. Ultimately, he and Scott will discover crimes as disturbing in nature as anything they have ever confronted.

‘If you haven’t read Meyrick, now is the time’ – The Times


  • ‘All Meyrick’s strengths and hallmarks are present and correct… No Sweet Sorrow won’t disappoint’ – Alastair Mabbot, The Herald
  • ‘Denzil Meyrick’s latest Kinloch novel makes for an engrossing read’ – Allan Massie, The Scotsman
  • ‘Tense, exciting, rooted in the very real issues faced by rural communities, No Sweet Sorrow will keep you guessing ’til the end’ – Mary Pickern Live and Deadly
  • ‘A great read’ – LoveReading
  • ‘So addictive… another clear winner… heartily recommended’ FIVE STAR verified Amazon review
  • ‘Another Belter!’ FIVE STAR Verified Amazon review
  • ‘I didn’t just read this book, I was ‘in’ the book’ FIVE STAR Verified Amazon review
  • ‘I read LOADS of crime fiction, and even with my favourite authors, I find after a while they become formulaic, but not with DM, every time I read his books , I think it better than the one before. My absolute favourite crime writer, oh and the humour….’ Waterstones Bookseller FIVE STARS
  • ‘If you have’t read this series and you like thrillers, you are missing out big time. One minute you cry with laughter, the next you are holding your breath for dear life’ – Waterstones BooksellerFIVE STARS
  • Enthralling, exciting & will have you reading till midnight like the books before. Love the characters Denzil Meyrick creates taking us on a journey of policing, drama, plot twists & crimes in a landscape that is so descriptive you feel like you are there and with very real & identifiable life stories amongst it… If you’ve not read any of Denzil Meyrick’s books get started now! – Waterstones Book Buyer FIVE STARS
  • ‘It has to be a 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, gripping, topical, funny and thrilling. Bravo Mr Meyrick, may you write faster so I can read book number 12 soon! – Waterstones Book Buyer FIVE STARS
  • ‘Few have created a world so complete … this is crime writing at its very best’ – Socts Whay Hae


Praise for previous D.C.I. Daley novels

  • ‘Universal truths… an unbuttoned sense of humour… engaging and eventful’  – Wall Street Journal
  • ‘’Good atmospheric writing [with] moments of chilling horror’ – Alan Massie, The Scotsman
  • ‘You’ll have a blast with these’ – Ian Rankin
  • ‘Spellbinding…. one of the UK’s most loved crime writers’ – Sunday Post
  • ‘Touches of dark humour, multi-layered and compelling’ – Daily Record
  • ‘Absorbing… no run-of-the-mill tartan noir’ – The Times
  • ‘The right amount of authenticity… gritty writing,… most memorable’ – The Herald
  • ‘Satisfyingly twisted plot’ – Publishers Weekly
  • ‘The remote peninsula and the claustrophobic nature of small-town life are perfectly painted’ – Scotland on Sunday

D.C.I Daley books in order

  1. 1. Whisky from Small Glasses
  2. 2. The Last Witness
  3. 3. Dark Suits and Sad Songs
  4. 4. The Rat Stone Serenade
  5. 5. Well of the Winds
  6. 6. The Relentless Tide
  7. 7. A Breath on Dying Embers
  8. 8. Jeremiah’s Bell
  9. 9. For Any Other Truth
  10. 10. The Death of Remembrance
  11. 11. No Sweet Sorrow

Plus…. One Last Dram Before Midnight – The Complete D.C.I. Daley short stories



Publisher: Polygon
Published: 1 June 2023
ISBN: 9781846976377
eBook ISBN: 9781788855839
Formats: Pbk / eBook / Audio