Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)
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?

Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5) Details

TitleInto the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)
Author
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherSevern House Publishers
ISBN-139780727887573
Rating
GenreMystery, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5) Review

  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are back in their 5th adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny wants a relaxing weekend with her love....a nice, relaxing break at a country inn run by friends of her father. She hasn't seen Albert & Olivia Calvert for 20 years. They wanted to invite Penny's father to the grand opening of their restored period inn in Cornwall. When they discover her father has died, they invite Penny to join in the pre-opening private dinner. The Calverts are banking on Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are back in their 5th adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny wants a relaxing weekend with her love....a nice, relaxing break at a country inn run by friends of her father. She hasn't seen Albert & Olivia Calvert for 20 years. They wanted to invite Penny's father to the grand opening of their restored period inn in Cornwall. When they discover her father has died, they invite Penny to join in the pre-opening private dinner. The Calverts are banking on the rather sordid history of the inn as a smuggler's den and the site of strange disappearances and multiple murders. They know tourists will love the dark history of the building, so they've put all their savings into restoring it. Strange things start happening almost immediately though.....it appears the inn's deadly past isn't going to let Ishmael and Penny have their relaxing weekend. One by one, the dinner guests start disappearing into thin air...even from locked rooms with no apparent other exits. Are the stories of an unleashed demon, a gate to hell and evil voices true?? The Nightside series made me a huge Simon R. Green fan. When I first heard about this strange supernatural investigator series, I jumped right on the Ishmael Jones bandwagon. After five great creepy tales so far, I'm so glad I did. The stories are always creepy-cool reads with weird twists, gruesome legends and frightening creatures. This story is a dark, scary locked room mystery. There's not a lot of fluff here.....the action moves relatively quickly, twisting this way and that, until the awesome conclusion. I find it funny that the one person in the room adamantly against believing in the supernatural is the one who is almost supernatural himself. Ishmael Jones is actually an alien being. He crashed onto the earth decades before. His ship changed his physical makeup to appear human in order for him to be safe on the planet until he could be found and rescued. He doesn't know much about his prior life -- where he is from, where the ship is, who might be coming to get him.....he can't remember. But he does have some cool skills that come with being an alien. That's why The Organization retains him as an investigator. Mad, mad skills. But his true nature has to remain secret. It's a bit like the X-Files might be if Fox Mulder were an alien and Dana Scully his human girlfriend. If there's something slightly weird going on.....it's a good bet that Ishmael and Penny will be sent to check it out. I felt a bit sorry for Penny this time.....she just wanted a weekend of peace. And they ended up chin-deep in weirdness anyway. I guess it comes with the territory.Another winning story in the creepy-cool Ishmael Jones series. It's a quick read with lots of dark goings on....a secluded inn, tales of smugglers and demons, and disappearing guests. Poof....gone. Wicked! Loved it! For more information on the author and his books, check out his website: http://simonrgreen.co.uk/**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Severn House via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own....like this one....~Simon R. Green Rocks!~**
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    As this is book 5 in the series and I have read them all have I started to see a pattern to these tales. Well, you only have to read two books to see a pattern. Ishmael Jones and Penny travel to a remote place and in the castle/old mansion, etc. weird shit happens and many people die horribly.THE WHOLE REVIEW WILL GO LIVE ON PUB.DATE!
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  • CTHULHU Down the Chimney 2Night The Haunted Reading Room
    January 1, 1970
    Review: INTO THE THINNEST AIR by Simon R. Green(An Ishmael Jones Mystery)Anytime I start a story which begins "Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones." I am over the moon because I am about to embark on a science fiction-paranormal adventure guaranteed to carry me away, in delighted absorption. Mr. Green has a magical talent, immediately suspending disbelief. I love every novel in this series. This time, Ishmael and Penny visit a really isolated inn in Cornwall, situated at the cliff's edge, site of ugl Review: INTO THE THINNEST AIR by Simon R. Green(An Ishmael Jones Mystery)Anytime I start a story which begins "Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones." I am over the moon because I am about to embark on a science fiction-paranormal adventure guaranteed to carry me away, in delighted absorption. Mr. Green has a magical talent, immediately suspending disbelief. I love every novel in this series. This time, Ishmael and Penny visit a really isolated inn in Cornwall, situated at the cliff's edge, site of ugly historic murders and many divergent spooky tales. As the evening continues, events transpire apparently proving the tales to be true. Ishmael and Penny persevere to the end, finding opportunities to deliver poetic justice.
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  • Leonie Byrne
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Simon R Green for my ARC of Into the Thinnest of Air which is Book 5 in the Ishmael Jones series. Penny and Ishmael are off to a fancy dinner with some of Penny's father's friends in Cornwall. Having just acquired The Castle, an inn fraught with rumour of the supernatural, Albert & Olivia are hosting a dinner party to be staged exactly like the one where hundreds of years ago, the innkeeper killed all his diners because of voices he was hearing in hi Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Simon R Green for my ARC of Into the Thinnest of Air which is Book 5 in the Ishmael Jones series. Penny and Ishmael are off to a fancy dinner with some of Penny's father's friends in Cornwall. Having just acquired The Castle, an inn fraught with rumour of the supernatural, Albert & Olivia are hosting a dinner party to be staged exactly like the one where hundreds of years ago, the innkeeper killed all his diners because of voices he was hearing in his head. But things start to go wrong when one by one, the guests are picked off and disappear, but only when left alone. Most of them think the explanation lies within the supernatural world of ghosts and bogeymen, but Ishmael just isn't convinced... What I absolutely adore about the Ishmael Jones series is something I can't really put my finger on. But since reading book 3 last year I've been hooked. I've tried to describe them to my partner but I get as far as 'well it's about an alien who has become a sort of detective in the human world' and then realise I'm not doing it justice. So all I can suggest is reading them for yourselves to really get the feel of why they're so great, they're such easy reads, designed to be devoured in one sitting. They're funny, I love the relationship between Penny and Ishmael, I love that Ishmael can do loads of cool stuff because he's an alien, but I also love that Penny, a human woman can also kick ass! I really need to get the 1st and 2nd Books read now.
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  • Joanne Hurley
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read "Into The Thinnest Of Air" by Simon R. Green.I have read many of Mr. Green's other series: The Nightside, Secret Histories, etc. I have to admit that I had previously only read the first book of this series, but I decided that I could fill in the backstory to this one at a later date.Into The Thinnest Of Air is, basically, a locked-room mystery in the vein of the best Agatha Christie novels. A group of friends and two outsiders (I Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read "Into The Thinnest Of Air" by Simon R. Green.I have read many of Mr. Green's other series: The Nightside, Secret Histories, etc. I have to admit that I had previously only read the first book of this series, but I decided that I could fill in the backstory to this one at a later date.Into The Thinnest Of Air is, basically, a locked-room mystery in the vein of the best Agatha Christie novels. A group of friends and two outsiders (Ishmael Jones and his girlfriend Penny - who has a backstory of sorts with the other characters through her family) gather to celebrate the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers, that has a sordid history of murder and disappearances. The couple who have brought it back to life were previously involved with the Castle, but their efforts went bust and a lot of people lost everything (and they had to leave).During the course of the dinner, people begin to vanish - one from the kitchen where she is all alone, one from the bathroom where again.... Ishmael is stumped. Various scenarios are presented - demonic kidnapping, alien abduction - but in the end the simplest explanation turns out to be the one.The plot held me throughout the book, even though there was some repetition of storyline. I would definitely recommend to fans of Mr. Green's other novels or anyone looking for an entertaining mystery.
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