The Driftwood Girls, by Mark Douglas-Home

Cal McGill is the Sea Detective. He solves crimes with his knowledge of how currents and tides operate. I really enjoyed the first in the series, The Sea Detective, when I read it a few years ago.

A few years ago, I read this article, The Wetsuitman, about the mystery behind two bodies that had washed up on North Sea beaches in Norway and on the Dutch island of Texel. Straight away I thought of Cal McGill, the Sea Detective.

And so to the Driftwood Girls. I do not know whether Mark Douglas-Home had read about the ‘Wetsuitman’. I guess he probably had. In this story, two women had gone missing on opposite sides of the English Channel 23 years earlier, the body of one of them being found on Texel. The fact that their stories are connected does not become clear for quite a while, but the threads are slowly drawn together. The story starts with other things: a clandestine night time burial at sea in a Scottish sea loch, a missing sister, daughter of a long-missing mother, three apparently unconnected people who have made their lives on a Dutch island.

Possibly the ending is a little too neat. But overall, an excellent story, definitely the best since the first in the series. So I’m going to mark it 8 out of 10.

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