The Dark Side of the Road: A Country House Murder Mystery with a Supernatural Twist (First World Publication)

Simon R. Green (Author)


Introducing Ishmael Jones - a detective with a difference - in this compelling murder mystery.

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 before they strike again.

Product Details

$32.95  $30.31
Severn House Publishers
Publish Date
May 01, 2015
4.9 X 0.8 X 9.4 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author

Simon R. Green was born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, where he still lives. He is the author of more than fifty science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nightside, Secret Histories and Ghost Finders series.


"The suave, intelligent, hard-to-pin-down, British-accented Ishmael Jones, played by the reliable Scott McCormick, keeps strange hours because he leads a strange life. When his secretive boss, "the Colonel," sends him on an unexplained mission to an out-of-the-way English manor house, Jones's world gets even stranger. Plenty of layers of moody music and evocative background sounds such as screaming fires, monsters, and winds are provided as a group of "Clue" like characters searches every room for the killer among them. The producers of GraphicAudio are no strangers to mixing fantasy, horror, mystery, and superhero genres together. One could call this "graphic noir"--maybe not a pure genre, but pure horrific fun. B.P."--AudioFile
This novel "blew me away"! Seamless in exposition, convoluted in its mystery, extending clues cautiously, I found myself enrapt from Page 1. (I also discovered a new favorite author--yes, sometimes it only takes one story.)--M Forbes, reviewer
"Lighthearted, supernatural romp. Fans of the British TV series Torchwood will enjoy the irreverent, otherworldly protagonist"--Booklist
"Jones is most engaging when he smells blood, and readers will be anxious for a sequel"--Publishers Weekly
"A new book from Green is always a treat for SF and urban fantasy fans... His first foray into more traditional crime fiction (albeit with an otherworldly flavor) will delight mystery readers"--Library Journal Starred Review