Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R. Green
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EXCERPT: Black Rock Towen and its surroundings have a long-standing reputation as a place where people go missing. Never any clues or even a warning. They just disappear without a trace when no one’s looking.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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?

MY THOUGHTS: I came into this book, #5 in the Ishmael Jones series, completely ignorant of Jones’s background. Had I known his background, I probably never would have picked this book to read. And that would have been a great pity, because I would have missed out on a amusing, well written mystery with just a touch of something extra. For Ishmael is an alien who, stranded on earth, has taken on human form with, of course, a few idiosyncrasies.

The author, Simon R Green, has done a magnificent job in portraying this group of people who, with the exception of Ishmael and Penny, were old friends reuniting after many years separation. But while all appears friendly on the surface, there are little jibes and digs with more barbs than could be expected from real friends. There is an underlying animosity that no one is willing to admit to, until the innkeeper’s wife vanishes. Green’s dialogue is superb, as is his talent for creating a creepy atmosphere. And while I would rather have not read about an alien, that aspect didn’t weigh heavily on the plot.

This variation on a locked room mystery was an entertaining read and, yes, I would read other books in this series and by this author. This book is well able to be read as a stand-alone mystery. 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Severn House via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Into the Thinnest Air by Simon R Green for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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