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Murder in the Dark

Murder in the Dark A paranormal mystery by Simon R. Green Severn House Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 01 Dec 2018


Beware of monsters - but you just might find that humans are more deadly. Penny and Ishmael are sent by the Organization to protect a group of scientists studying a hole that is not a hole. The question is, are they in danger from something from the other side of the hole, or from one of their crew. As always, the newest Ishmael Jones novel is deliciously creepy, with lashings of nebulous horror, plenty of bodies (who die in suspicious, possibly unnatural circumstances) and a dash of humor.

When an archaeologist falls into a hole and disappears, a group of scientists are sent to investigate the issue. Is it a doorway to another dimension? A path for potential invaders or a natural recurring event? Each of the scientists has their own pet theory, and squabbling as opposed to cooperation is the name of the game. Ishmael and Penny are an unwelcome distraction, at least until people begin to die.

Murder in the Dark is great fun to read. The witty exchanges between Ishmael and Penny are always a treat, and the nebulous horror that comes from not knowing whether the cause of death is human or supernatural is chilling. I definitely recommend Murder in the Dark, as well as Simon R Green’s other Ishmael Jones novels to anyone who likes mysteries served with a dash of Lovecraftian terror.

5 / 5

I received a copy of Murder in the Dark from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.

— Crittermom

Description The sudden appearance of a sinister black hole in the English countryside leads to a baffling murder investigation for Ishmael Jones. “The past is England’s dreaming, and not all of it sleeps soundly …” Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been despatched to assist a group of scientists who are investigating a mysterious black hole which has appeared on a Somerset hillside. Could it really be a doorway to another dimension, an opening into another world? When one of the scientists disappears into the hole – with fatal consequences – Ishmael must prove whether it was an accident – or murder. But with no clues, no witnesses and no apparent motive, he has little to go on. Is there an alien predator at large, or is an all-too-human killer responsible? Only one thing is certain: if Ishmael does not uncover the truth in time, more deaths will follow …

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