The Dark Side of the Road

Severn House. May 2015. 208p. ISBN 9780727883889. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9781780106274 M
OrangeReviewStarIshmael Jones is an agent for the Colonel, who heads an ultrasecret British intelligence agency. Invited down to the Colonel's family manor in Cornwall for the Christmas holidays, Ishmael travels through a ferocious (almost unnatural) winter storm to arrive at a traditional English house party, except his host is nowhere to be found. When the Colonel's body is discovered the next day buried in a snowman, Ishmael interviews the other guests to find the culprit. And then, other bodies turn up as the guests are picked off one by one. Secrets swim beneath the surface of this story that masquerades as an Agatha Christie-style country house mystery, not the least of which is Ishmael's true identity.
VERDICT A new book from Green is always a treat for sf and urban fantasy fans, because they know that in his fictional worlds things are never quite what they seem until it's too late. His first foray into more traditional crime fiction (albeit with an otherworldy flavor) will delight mystery readers, especially those who relish a bit of genre blending. It also offers a wonderfully creepy new path for Green's devotees to pursue as he wraps up the "Eddie Drood" and "Nightside" series.
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