Murder in the Dark

Severn House. (Ishmael Jones, Bk. 6). Dec. 2018. 192p. ISBN 9780727888235. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781448301584. M
Ishmael Jones is an alien who crashed to Earth, landing in 1963 England. Now in human form, he works for the mysterious Organization as a field agent investigating unusual cases in return for protection. He and partner Penny Belcourt are sent to Brassknockers Hill near Bath after an archaeologist on a dig falls into a black hole in the side of the hill and disappears. The government sends in a team of scientists, for whom Ishmael and Penny are to act as security. But no one listens to Ishmael's warnings, and his extraordinary senses seem diminished in close proximity to the hole. Meanwhile, the hill lives up to its legends, as one by one scientists perish trying to enter while Ishmael watches in frustration. With no way to contact anyone outside their small circle, Ishmael will be lucky if he and Penny survive.
VERDICT Green follows up Into the Thinnest of Air with this latest blend of sf, mystery, and horror that features the author's trademark black humor and ratchets up the suspense with a compelling story line reminiscent of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
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