The Dark Side of the Road : A Country House Murder Mystery with a Supernatural Twist
Overview - Ishmael Jones is someone who can t afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He s employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes he kills people. Read more...
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Ishmael Jones is someone who can t afford to be noticed, someone who lives under the radar, who drives on the dark side of the road. He s employed to search out secrets, investigate mysteries and shine a light in dark places. Sometimes he kills people. Invited by his employer, the enigmatic Colonel, to join him and his family for Christmas, Ishmael arrives at the grand but isolated Belcourt Manor in the midst of a blizzard to find that the Colonel has mysteriously disappeared. As he questions his fellow guests, Ishmael concludes that at least one of them not least Ishmael himself - is harbouring a dangerous secret, and that beneath the veneer of festive cheer lurk passion, jealousy, resentment and betrayal. As a storm sets in, sealing off the Manor from the rest of the world, Ishmael must unmask a ruthless murderer before they strike again."
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Veteran SF and fantasy author Green (Shadows Fall) introduces an unusual hard-boiled detective, Ishmael Jones (“Call me Ishmael”), in this brisk, breezy first in a new mystery series set in England. Jones’s boss, “the Colonel,” summons him to Belcourt Manor for a “personal favor” during the Christmas holidays. Jones drives from London through a blinding snowstorm to the manor, where he meets Jeeves, the butler, and the Colonel’s family and guests. Jones pays careful attention to the personal and professional troubles of this dysfunctional group, and his heightened senses soon indicate something foul is afoot. Once the occupants of Belcourt Manor are snowed in and phoneless, corpses start piling up. Convincing supernatural twists, witty chapter titles, and flirtations between Jones and the Colonel’s flinty stepsister, Penny, more than offset the book’s few didactic lapses. Jones is most engaging when he smells blood, and readers will be anxious for a sequel. (May)