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Into the Thinnest of Air

Into the Thinnest of Air

A paranormal country house murder mystery

by Simon R. Green

Severn House Publishers

Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 01 Mar 2018


Simon R Green has a talent for writing novels that are fresh, funny and utterly unique. I can’t think of anyone who has so completely and successfully transformed the nature of the classic country house murder mystery. I have yet to be disappointed by any of his Ishmael Jones novels. They are all excellent - and Into the Thinnest of Air is no different.

Ishmael and Penny attend what they believe will be a quiet dinner at a soon to be opened Cornish Inn. Tyrone’s Castle has a rich history of murder and mystery, complete with smugglers, spirits and more than a few disappearances. What starts as a delicious if uncomfortable dinner becomes a night of tension and terror when the hostess disappears without a trace. And she is but the first to vanish. Of course no one expected Ishmael, and the hosts and attendees have no idea that solving unusual murders is bread and butter for Ishmael and Penny.

It’s amazing how Simon R Green keeps the reader glued to the page, despite the limited setting and cast. Into the Thinnest of Air is delightfully atmospheric, full of the chills that only the dark unknown can bring. The book will definitely appeal to fans of the series and newcomers alike. I highly recommend Into the Thinnest of Air to anyone looking for an urban fantasy that is unique.

5 / 5

I received Into the Thinnest of Air from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest intriguing Ishmael Jones mystery.

“It’s just a nice weekend, in a nice country inn. Nothing bad is going to happen …”

Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are attending the re-opening of Tyrone’s Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner that night, the guests entertain one another with ghost stories inspired by local legends and superstitions. But it would appear that the curse of Tyrone’s Castle has struck for real when one of their number disappears into thin air. And then another . . .

Is the inn really subject to an ancient curse? Sceptical of ghost stories, Ishmael believes the key to the mystery lies in the present rather than the past. But with no bodies, no evidence and no clues to go on, how can he prove it?

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