Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, #6)
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...

Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, #6) Details

TitleMurder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, #6)
Author
ReleaseDec 1st, 2018
PublisherSevern House Publishers
ISBN-139780727888235
Rating
GenreMystery, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Paranormal

Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, #6) Review

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: 'It makes you wonder if there’s anything left out there,' said Paul, his voice eerily calm. 'If the world has just gone away, or the dark has eaten everything up . . . If we're all that's left now, alone in the night.'ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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 despatc EXCERPT: 'It makes you wonder if there’s anything left out there,' said Paul, his voice eerily calm. 'If the world has just gone away, or the dark has eaten everything up . . . If we're all that's left now, alone in the night.'ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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... MY THOUGHTS: This is the second book that I have read and enjoyed in this very different series. I am not an alien/sci-fi aficionado, but I love this quirky series!The books are quick reads, entertaining and, although they nudge the boundaries of believability a little, mostly plausible. This is an excellent blend of many genres - and it works! Beautifully!The main characters complement each other, and the peripheral characters all have purpose and are solid additions to the plot. I never knew where the author was taking me, but it was a very enjoyable journey, and one that I made in one sitting. I have not read the whole series, nor the first book, but it hasn't impacted on my enjoyment or understanding whatsoever. I will be reading more in this series. 😊😊😊😊THE AUTHOR: Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Severn House Publishers via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Murder in the Dark by Simon R. Green for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    This book actually takes to readers away from the usual creepy haunted house/mansion etc theme. Instead, there is a hole. Yes sir, a killing hole! I always enjoy these books although, the very best of the Ismael Jones book is the brilliant DEAD MAN WALKING. Could be that it was the very first I read in the series or just something with the book's story that truly captivated me. Or both.MURDER IN THE DARK takes our paranormal crime-fighting duo Ismael and Penny to the lovely Somerset. Well, it wo This book actually takes to readers away from the usual creepy haunted house/mansion etc theme. Instead, there is a hole. Yes sir, a killing hole! I always enjoy these books although, the very best of the Ismael Jones book is the brilliant DEAD MAN WALKING. Could be that it was the very first I read in the series or just something with the book's story that truly captivated me. Or both.MURDER IN THE DARK takes our paranormal crime-fighting duo Ismael and Penny to the lovely Somerset. Well, it would be lovely if it wasn't for the deadly hole that has appeared there. An archaeologist has already disappeared through the hole and it doesn't take long for a scientist to disappear as well.One thing I liked about this book is that we got to learn more about Ismael Jones, this strange man. If you have read the previous books do you know what I mean. If not, well, what are you waiting for?MURDER IN THE DARK is an enjoyable paranormal mystery book. I did feel that the very last part was the most interesting about the book, although of course, I enjoyed the whole killing hole story and who would die next...I want to thank Severn House for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny Balcourt are on another case. This time, a strange black hole has opened up in a hillside in Somerset. A group of scientists have been sent to examine and study the phenomena. Jones has been called in because an archaeologist fell into the hole and disappeared. Upon arrival, they find that communication outside the site is limited to one phone call per day from the mysterious organization that sent them there. No cell phones. No radio communication. And only l Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny Balcourt are on another case. This time, a strange black hole has opened up in a hillside in Somerset. A group of scientists have been sent to examine and study the phenomena. Jones has been called in because an archaeologist fell into the hole and disappeared. Upon arrival, they find that communication outside the site is limited to one phone call per day from the mysterious organization that sent them there. No cell phones. No radio communication. And only limited internet. They understand very little about the pitch dark, strange hole they are here to study or about why everything surrounding their work is so secret. What's the truth about the absolute darkness on an isolated hillside?I love the Ishmael Jones series! Ishmael reminds me of an alien, much more spooky, Fox Mulder. Working for a mysterious government group called The Organization, Ishmael and Penny investigate all things alien, supernatural and downright dangerous. The stories are dark, strange and suspenseful. Murder in the Dark is the 6th book in this series. Simon Green tells a great spooky story. This series has never let me down. I like the shorter length of these novels. I can get in a great supernatural fix without a lot of extra fluff. Green jumps right into the action, sending Ishmael and Penny off to all corners of the world to investigate all sorts of strange, warped and usually top secret happenings. I like how the two main characters compliment each other. Where one is weak, the other is strong. They make a great team. Ishmael's background story is eerie in itself, which really makes the character perfect for this type of series.Murder in the Dark is an awesome addition to this series. I'm definitely going to keep reading. I like Simon Green's writing style. I still miss The Nightside series, but this new series is equally as enjoyable for me. I can't wait to find out what sort of trouble they will be in next! This is one series I would love to see made into a television series or even movies. It would have to be done true to Green's writing though. I don't want another Dresden Files debacle. I hate it when I get so excited about a film adaptation of a favorite series, only to discover they totally mangled the plot or characterizations!! Do it right, or leave it alone.Although it isn't completely necessary to read this series in order, to get the full background of characters and past events, it's probably best to start at the beginning rather than hopping in at book six. But, this story would be enjoyable even without all the background on The Organization and Ishmael & Penny.Great addition to this series! I look forward to their next adventure!**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Severn House via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    If you haven't yet discovered Simon R. Green's Ishmael Jones mysteries, Murder in the Dark is a good place to start. It's not quite as graphically violent as some of the earlier ones in the series. In fact, this one is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None with the addition of Green's trademark black humor.In 1963, Ishmael Jones crashed to Earth in an alien space ship. Now, he lives in England in human form and works as a field agent for the mysterious Organization, investiga If you haven't yet discovered Simon R. Green's Ishmael Jones mysteries, Murder in the Dark is a good place to start. It's not quite as graphically violent as some of the earlier ones in the series. In fact, this one is reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None with the addition of Green's trademark black humor.In 1963, Ishmael Jones crashed to Earth in an alien space ship. Now, he lives in England in human form and works as a field agent for the mysterious Organization, investigating weird and unusual cases. There are more than you would expect in an ancient country with a history packed with "monsters and mysteries". The latest mystery involves a mysterious hole in the side of Brassknockers Hill near Bath. Ishmael and his partner, Penny Belcourt, are dispatched with an urgent assignment to protect the scientists now working at the site. An archaeologist working at a dig fell into the hole and disappeared.Ishmael and Penny find an odd group of scientists who have been coerced into their latest work with a promise of grant funding. But, as usual with one of Ishmael's assignments, it goes wrong very early. When one scientist who is eager to investigate the hole jumps into it, it's one more sign that people can be stupid in slasher films and genre-blended novels. Ishmael admits, "It's always the ones who go off on their own who end up getting killed." In book after book, Ishmael warns people to stick together, but like all the others, the scientists don't listen, and they're picked off by the hole, one by one. Jones is getting a little frustrated.Ishmael's dry humor and his recognition that he has a hard time understanding human emotions is part of the appeal of this series. In this case, as the scientists die and Jones' extraordinary senses seem affected by some power in that black hole, he says, "I'm getting really tired of watching good people die on my watch because I couldn't solve the mystery fast enough."Looking for a blend of science fiction, horror and mystery, with a dash of humor? That's Simon R. Green's latest Ishmael Jones adventure, Murder in the Dark.
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  • Cats of Ulthar
    January 1, 1970
    Review: MURDER IN THE DARK by Simon R. GreenAnother totally gripping paranormal/sci-fi thriller from an author who consistently delivers engrossing, compelling. and thought-provoking paranormal fiction. MURDER IN THE DARK is the newest in the Ishmael Jones Series, about the secretive agent for a hush-hush covert organization in the UK. I totally admire Ishmael, who can do no wrong in my eyes, and find his background fascinating. This adventure was particularly scrumptious in that it includes som Review: MURDER IN THE DARK by Simon R. GreenAnother totally gripping paranormal/sci-fi thriller from an author who consistently delivers engrossing, compelling. and thought-provoking paranormal fiction. MURDER IN THE DARK is the newest in the Ishmael Jones Series, about the secretive agent for a hush-hush covert organization in the UK. I totally admire Ishmael, who can do no wrong in my eyes, and find his background fascinating. This adventure was particularly scrumptious in that it includes some revelations about Ishmael' s earlier history (and of course I managed to perceive Lovecraftian Mythos themes throughout). The denouement and conclusion are stunning, in an all-round superb novel.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    A new genre for me science fiction/ mystery. Ishmael Jones is not of this world and is protected by the Organisation. Ishmael and his assistant Penny are asked to act as security at a strange phenomenon. A large hole has appeared in the side of a hill and someone has disappeared down it .At first I thought I had made a mistake with this book as it is not my usual genre but I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. How can people get killed by a hole or are they ? Yes I know you who know A new genre for me science fiction/ mystery. Ishmael Jones is not of this world and is protected by the Organisation. Ishmael and his assistant Penny are asked to act as security at a strange phenomenon. A large hole has appeared in the side of a hill and someone has disappeared down it .At first I thought I had made a mistake with this book as it is not my usual genre but I am glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised. How can people get killed by a hole or are they ? Yes I know you who know me think I have flipped or suffering from book overload. But honestly I enjoyed this book in fact I might even go as far to say that this author may just have to be my guilty pleasure. I would like to thank the author Simon R. Green, Severn House UK and Net.galley for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for giving an honest review.
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  • Maxine
    January 1, 1970
    Strange holes that seem to defy all the laws of physics have been appearing and disappearing in the English countryside. During a scientific investigation of the most recent appearance, an archaeologist disappears into the hole and doesn't return. Now Ismael, alien (as in not of this world alien) investigator and his partner and girlfriend, Penny have been sent by his boss at The Organization to investigate while protecting the rest of the scientific team. Ismael had thought it would be easy to Strange holes that seem to defy all the laws of physics have been appearing and disappearing in the English countryside. During a scientific investigation of the most recent appearance, an archaeologist disappears into the hole and doesn't return. Now Ismael, alien (as in not of this world alien) investigator and his partner and girlfriend, Penny have been sent by his boss at The Organization to investigate while protecting the rest of the scientific team. Ismael had thought it would be easy to keep a bunch of nerdy scientists safe. Turns out, though, scientists are a competitive, not to mention unruly and rebellious bunch who don't follow instructions well. Then another scientist leaps into the hole seemingly deliberately only to have his lifeless body dragged out - there are no signs of violence but his face is 'contorted into an expression of utter terror'. On top of that, someone or something seems to be stalking the camp in the dark. And, if all this isn't enough, all links to the outside world seem to be severed. Ismael realizes that if anyone is to survive, he must solve the mystery of the hole quickly. As he delves deeper into the mystery (literally), he begins to suspect that his presence at the hole may not be an accident - it may be linked in some way to his alien origin.Murder in the Dark by Simon R. Green is the sixth book in his Ismael Jones Mystery series but only the second one I have read. There are plenty of interesting plot twists and a nice touch of humour and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Green is able to meld different genres and make them work well together - in this case, although it is called a paranormal mystery, it is more scifi and murder mystery. Overall, a fun read with some pretty dark overtones and I recommend it to fans of this or his other series.Thanks to Netgalley and Severn House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    MURDER IN THE DARK By Simon R. GreenThis book is about a half man half alien by the name of Ishmael Jones. He is given orders to investigate a huge black hole where an archaeologist has already disappeared. He takes along his partner Penny. While she is not happy with this adventure she tags along. Ishmael learns that others are getting killed inside this hole on the mountain and he must find out what or who is the cause. There are no witnesses and not one clue and he wonders if it is alien or h MURDER IN THE DARK By Simon R. GreenThis book is about a half man half alien by the name of Ishmael Jones. He is given orders to investigate a huge black hole where an archaeologist has already disappeared. He takes along his partner Penny. While she is not happy with this adventure she tags along. Ishmael learns that others are getting killed inside this hole on the mountain and he must find out what or who is the cause. There are no witnesses and not one clue and he wonders if it is alien or human doing. This is one in a series of books about Ishmael but you would not need to read the others to catch on. The writer does a great job with history of the characters so that the reader catches up quickly. I felt that it was a little more sci-fi for me but still a great mystery and the ending was the best of all. It came together perfect and had me still reeling over it long after I finished it. Thank you to netgalley as well as the Thor/publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.I give it a 4.75 out of 5 but for the sake of this rating I will round it up to 5.
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  • Jannelies
    January 1, 1970
    I filed this book under 'Science Fiction' because although it is set up as a mystery, it is actually more SF. Which is great because Simon R. Green is one of my favorite SF authors. Usually he writes books full of very, very strange characters, planets, spaceships and the like. I can really recommend them, because they are also full of humor, science and even romance.Back to Murder in the dark. The title says it all: people get murdered in the dark. On a cold dark hillside, a group of scientists I filed this book under 'Science Fiction' because although it is set up as a mystery, it is actually more SF. Which is great because Simon R. Green is one of my favorite SF authors. Usually he writes books full of very, very strange characters, planets, spaceships and the like. I can really recommend them, because they are also full of humor, science and even romance.Back to Murder in the dark. The title says it all: people get murdered in the dark. On a cold dark hillside, a group of scientists meet their fate. Or not? Ishmael comes to the rescue although even he is rather surprised as to what appears to be the solution - and who the killer is.A very nice read. Thank you Netgalley for this book.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    This was creepy. I read it under a blanket half the time because I was alone in my house. I loved the end twist and how were are finding out more and more about Ishmael with each story. Penny is awesome and I can't wait for the next installment.
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