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Murder in the Dark

(Ishmael Jones #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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 hi
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Severn House Publishers
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
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
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
In the latest Ishmael Jones mystery, he and Penny take off in her vintage car for the countryside where a black hole has appeared on a lonely hillside. They are to supervise/protect scientists studying this unknown phenomenon. The disappearance of an archaeologist on a nearby dig precipitated this entire intervention and he wants to prevent any further “losses.”

Once again, Simon Green has completely captured my attention and interest with an Ishmael Jones story. There are differences of setting,
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
Cats of Ulthar
Review: MURDER IN THE DARK by Simon R. Green

Another 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
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This 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
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
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.
S.J. Higbee
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m not sure at what point I began to see the funny side of this adventure, but when I did, there was a fair amount that set me quietly chuckling. Green’s dark humour is more apparent and gory in his Deathstalker series, but I found this version more enjoyable.

If you are looking for foot-to-the-floor action adventure, then you’ll be disappointed. Apart from the body count, which rises alongside the tension as Ishmael tries to work out exactly who or what is annihilating the wretched team of scie
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I think I just had the emotional equivalent of a bodily function accident. Did NOT expect that entire ending. I mean holy crap Ishmael got some hardcore answers about himself. I mean vague enough but I'm confident the next book(s) will provide more. GAH this series is brilliantly amazing

Shout out to Graphic Audio for consistently elevating this series to lofty heights
Penny Noble
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of this author since I first started reading his Nightside series. When this series came up, I was very excited and dived right in. We are now at the sixth book, and I am on the fence about it. Don’t get me wrong: this book is well-written, has an interesting plot, has great characters (for the most part), and it moves along quickly (just like the previous books in the series). So, what’s my hesitation? Every book is starting to feel a little too much the same. I enjoy myself e ...more
Gayle Noble
The sixth instalment of Ishmael Jones sees our hero and Penny out of a 'locked room' mystery and outside. They are sent by the Colonel to investigate a mysterious hole which has appeared on a hillside in Somerset, where one scientist has already disappeared. Local lore tells of mysterious disappearances and of a "beast" which roams the countryside - is there something to these rumours?

It was an OK read and the humour was still there, but I felt it lacked the tension of previous outings. It seem
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's the first book I read in this series but not the first one by Simon R. Green.
I read it in one setting and I couldn't put it down.
I don't know if the genre is sci-fi, horror or paranormal thriller, I think it kept me reading feeling the growing creepiness and claustrophobia.
I loved the humour in this book as much as I loved Ishmael and Penny.
The mystery was good and the ending came as a surprise.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Severn Hou
Leonie Byrne
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley, Simon R Green and Severn House for my arc of Murder in the Dark.
The Ishmael Jones series is my absolute guilty pleasure. They're short, easy reading, interesting, comically funny and totally out there. The sort of stories that shouldn't work but totally do!

Murder in the Dark was no different. To summarise this series for people who haven't read it before; Ishmael Jones was previously an alien who landed on our planet by accident in a crashed spaceship. The machines on t
Joanne Hurley
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to #NetGalley and #SimonRGreen for the opportunity to read and review #MurderInTheDark, the new Ismael Jones and Penny Belcourt novel. It was a lot of fun to touch base with Ish and Penny again, having read others in the series.
Unlike the previous locked room mystery that In enjoyed reading in this series - Into the Thinnest of Air - this is the total opposite: people are disappearing into/being killed by a 'hole' that has appeared on a hill, almost in full view of others.
A scientific exp
Colin Hardy
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author is consistently good at weaving an interesting yarn. This is clearly another traditional whodunnit where the characters are revealed at the start and then one by one something happens that shifts the reader's loyalties. The Science fiction twist adds a different dimension as the alien presence provides another character that is added to the list of potential villains.

The writing style is easygoing and a pleasure to read. There are very limited scenes of tension. All violent acts happe
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Another science fiction/mystery title in the Ishmael Jones series. These are sort of a guilty pleasure for me, along the lines of the old horror movies I watched as a teen. Ishmael and his intrepid girlfriend Penny investigate paranormal "problems" for the mysterious Organization, and this time are tasked to protect a group investigating the disappearance of an archaeologist into a "hole," which may be a portal into another dimension. Of course, their success as protection is somewhat limited, b ...more
Kurt Rocourt
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, contests, novels
There are few things that bring a good mystery to the imagination. This book reminds me of some of those things. I had no idea where this book was going with all its twists and turns until the end. That it did not drag itself down into pointless plot twists was a relief. This is the kind of book that keeps the mystery to a mystery protagonist going. If you thought the characters were getting stale or just not moving forward this is the book that brings you back to why you read these books in the ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via Net Galley. Thank you! All opinions are my own.

Murder in the Dark is part of the Ishmael Jones series which I haven't read before. Still, I didn't find it difficult to follow and quickly caught up with the characters. I enjoyed this mixture of scifi and thriller quite a bit, a gripping story meets fascinating characters. This will very likely be not my first read of a Simon R. Green novel.
Lel Budge
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok

I read the blurb about this and thought it sounded original and interesting, which it was. However, when the first line of the first chapter after the prologue, was ‘Call me Ishmael....Ishmael Jones....I sighed a little. Still I carried on, but oh my was I fed up with the word was used at least half a dozen times in just sooo many pages....I felt it ruined the flow of the story...Ishmael Jones and Penny are likeable characters, but part of the secretive Organisation whose boss is the
Darius Ostrowski
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
A typical boogie man story, with the part of boogie man being played by a big black hole in the side of a hill. A bit disappointing both for this series and for this author, although the ending did add some interest to the series.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: british, mystery, paper, scifi
I love this series! The mix of scifi and mystery, always in some version of a country manor murder, is just great. I just wish it would be available in audio version; I own most of the rest of Green's series in audio and I'd love to listen to these repeatedly!
Anna Marie
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Ishmael and Penny are at it again, a mystery hole that leads to someplace else. Maybe or maybe not. The making of the scientists sent to study it, if they make it out alive. Will Ishmael be able to keep them alive? Who or what are trying to kill them? And why?
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Short read, but well written fun.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A mysterious hole that connects to another dimension, and a group of scientists in danger. Contains some fun hints about Ishmael's past.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Locked door murder mystery with no locks and no door! Green is always entertaining and this book is no exception. Good stuff, and looking forward to the next, as always.
Non Corporeal
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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.


Other books in the series

Ishmael Jones (6 books)
  • The Dark Side of the Road (Ishmael Jones, #1)
  • Dead Man Walking (Ishmael Jones, #2)
  • Very Important Corpses (Ishmael Jones, #3)
  • Death Shall Come
  • Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)