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The Sea Detective books in order: the complete series

Looking for Mark Douglas-Home’s Sea Detective books in order? Look no further!

Mark Douglas-Home’s protagonist Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves – ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records – McGill can track where objects have come from, or where they’ve gone. It’s a unique skill that can help solve all sorts of mysteries in a series that highly original, hugely entertaining and packed full of intrigue.

If you’re yet to pick up one of these brilliant books, you’re in for a treat – and if you’re unsure where to start, read on for all the Sea Detective books in order.

Mark Douglas-Home’s Sea Detective books in order:

The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home

1. The Sea Detective (2011)

When two severed feet wash up miles apart on two different islands off the coast of Scotland, forensic tests reveal that the feet belong to the same body.

As Cal McGill investigates, he unravels a web of corruption, exploitation and violence, which threatens many lives across the globe – very soon including his own…

The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea by Mark Douglas-Home

2. The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea (2013)

Twenty-six years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan’s daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life.

As McGill is drawn into Violet’s search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief, and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried…

The Malice of Waves by Mark Douglas-Home

3. The Malice of Waves (2015)

Five years ago, fourteen-year-old Max Wheeler disappeared from Priest’s Island, an isolated but bleakly beautiful place on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. In the closeknit local community, there are no secrets, except what happened to Max. None of the police or private investigations since have shed any light on what happened the night he went missing, presumed dead.

But there is one man who is yet to take on the case. However, Cal McGill is an unwelcome stranger who must navigate the tensions between Max’s inconsolable father, the broken family he has neglected, and the embittered locals, resentful after years of suspicion. And as Cal arrives, a violent storm approaches, threatening to completely cut off the island, with a possible murderer at large…

The Driftwood Girls by Mark Douglas-Home

4. The Driftwood Girls (2020)

Kate and Flora have always been haunted by a mystery – their mother, Christine, vanished without trace when they were children. But now Kate has a more urgent problem: Flora has disappeared too. In desperation, she searches Flora’s house, and finds a scrap of paper with a name scribbled on it: Cal McGill.

Can the Sea Detective find Flora? And might he even know the secret of what happened to their mother, all those years ago?

There you have it – Mark Douglas-Home’s Sea Detective books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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    Have read all 4 and can’t wait for more. Do you have a date for more books please

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