A Dark Matter

A Dark Matter

Meet the Skelfs: well-known Edinburgh family, proprietors of a long-established funeral-home business, and private investigators. When patriarch Jim dies, it’s left to his wife Dorothy, daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah to take charge of both businesses, kicking off an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman, suggesting that Jim wasn’t the husband she thought he was. Hannah’s best friend Mel has vanished from university, and the simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker than any of them could have imagined. As the women struggle to come to terms with their grief, and the demands of the business threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past emerge, which change everything. A compelling, tense and shocking thriller and a darkly funny and warm portrait of a family in turmoil, A Dark Matter introduces a cast of unforgettable characters, marking the start of an addictive new series.

Title:A Dark Matter
ISBN:9781912374984
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    A Dark Matter Reviews

  • Kim ~ It?s All About the Thrill

    So you say you are going to take over the family business...hmmm you sure you can handle that?! A Dark Matter, is in fact dark indeed. Dark in all my favorite ways. It was a gritty, humorous at times ...

  • Fictionophile

    We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral py...

  • Lisa

    This was great even though it has quite a melancholic and introspective tone, it also has an intense familial feeling of strength and hope. It is a story of contradictions, death and family; but funda...

  • Linda Strong

    They call this a darkly funny mystery/crime fiction. They called it right. Being first in a series, this novel is more character oriented, with suspense coming in farther along in the book.Three gener...

  • Rachel Hall

    Muted execution of a mouth-wateringly original set-up with three generations of one family tackling death & crime.A Dark Matter introduces the Skelf family and three generations of women whose surname...

  • Liz Barnsley

    Doug JohnstoneÔÇÖs latest offering is a deliciously dark drama crime mash up featuring the Skelfs, an engaging and quirky family unit that runs a funeral home and private investigator service. It has ...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    This is a spectacular start to a new series! I read a review from a lovely Goodreads friend earlier this year and knew this was one to read sooner rather than later.The Skelf family has long been the ...

  • Laura Rash

    A fantastic and truly original whodunnit with three tales going all at once! Loved the characters, the whole premise of this book and hope there are more in a series to come. Many thanks to Orenda for...

  • The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).

    A Dark Matter starts with the funeral of the patriarch of the Skelf family, Jim Skelf, burning, charring and turning him from a man into ashes and dust in the wind. For forty-five years Jim ran Skelf ...

  • The Book Review CafÚ

    When I picked up A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone, I felt a frisson of excitement, (Breakers one of his previous book is sitting solidly on my list of top reads of 2019) as you are never sure what road...