Can’t-Wait Wednesday – 8th April, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #CWC #WOW


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week’s Can’t-Wait offering – The Dark Side of the Road – Book 1 of the Ishmael Jones series by Simon R. Green – Release date 1st May, 2020

#paranormalcrime #thriller #whodunit

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 they strike again.

I am a fan of this series – see my reviews of Very Important Corpses, Death Shall Come, Into the Thinnest of Air, Murder in the Dark, Till Sudden Death Do Us Part and Night Train to Murder – but as I’d crashed midway into this series (again!!!), I’ve never got around to reading the first book. Until now! It is being rereleased, and I’m delighted to discover how dear old Ishmael was introduced to the world. It’s a gem of a series, with some really spooky moments, but with an undertow of dark humour that doesn’t always take itself completely seriously. So I’m really looking forward to tucking into this one.

19 responses »

  1. Please ignore my above link-it linked up to my old website that has been moved over to my new one and is no longer in use-sorry.

    I hope that you enjoy this book and the cover is great!

  2. Always nice to have a prompt to revisit where things began. I’m a huge fan of his Deathstalker series and have enjoyed the few Secret Histories books I’ve read, but I haven’t dabbled in this one yet.

    • Thank you, Katherine – but not TOO creepy. There is also humour there:). I’m sorry I’m not commenting on your site right now – for some reason, Blogger won’t let me comment as a visitor and I cannot find a way around it. Grrr!

  3. How exciting! I am glad they are re-releasing this one just in time for you to read it, Sarah. It does sound good. I hope you enjoy it! Stay safe and well.

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