Into the Thinnest of Air

Into the Thinnest of Air

Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest intriguing Ishmael Jones mystery. "It's just a nice weekend, in a nice country inn. Nothing bad is going to happen ..."Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are attending the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner that n...

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  • April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth The Haunted Reading Room

    Review: INTO THE THINNEST AIR by Simon R. Green

    (An Ishmael Jones Mystery)

    Anytime I start a story which begins "Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones." I am over the moon because I am about to embark on a science fiction-paranormal adventure guaranteed to carry me away, in delighted absorption. Mr. Green has a magical talent, immediately suspending disbelief. I love every novel in this series. This time, Ishmael and Penny visit a really isolated inn in Cornwall, situated at the cliff's edge, site of ugl

    Review: INTO THE THINNEST AIR by Simon R. Green

    (An Ishmael Jones Mystery)

    Anytime I start a story which begins "Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones." I am over the moon because I am about to embark on a science fiction-paranormal adventure guaranteed to carry me away, in delighted absorption. Mr. Green has a magical talent, immediately suspending disbelief. I love every novel in this series. This time, Ishmael and Penny visit a really isolated inn in Cornwall, situated at the cliff's edge, site of ugly historic murders and many divergent spooky tales. As the evening continues, events transpire apparently proving the tales to be true. Ishmael and Penny persevere to the end, finding opportunities to deliver poetic justice.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Black Rock Towen and its surroundings have a long-standing reputation as a place where people go missing. Never any clues or even a warning. They just disappear without a trace when no one's looking.

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest intriguing Ishmael Jones mystery.

    "It's just a nice weekend, in a nice country inn. Nothing bad is going to happen ..."

    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are attending the re-o

    EXCERPT: Black Rock Towen and its surroundings have a long-standing reputation as a place where people go missing. Never any clues or even a warning. They just disappear without a trace when no one's looking.

    ABOUT THIS BOOK: Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest intriguing Ishmael Jones mystery.

    "It's just a nice weekend, in a nice country inn. Nothing bad is going to happen ..."

    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are attending the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle, an ancient Cornish inn originally built by smugglers. Over dinner that night, the guests entertain one another with ghost stories inspired by local legends and superstitions. But it would appear that the curse of Tyrone's Castle has struck for real when one of their number disappears into thin air. And then another . . .

    Is the inn really subject to an ancient curse? Sceptical of ghost stories, Ishmael believes the key to the mystery lies in the present rather than the past. But with no bodies, no evidence and no clues to go on, how can he prove it?

    MY THOUGHTS: I came into this book, #5 in the Ishmael Jones series, completely ignorant of Jones's background. Had I known his background, I probably never would have picked this book to read. And that would have been a great pity, because I would have missed out on a amusing, well written mystery with just a touch of something extra. For Ishmael is an alien who, stranded on earth, has taken on human form with, of course, a few idiosyncrasies.

    The author, Simon R Green, has done a magnificent job in portraying this group of people who, with the exception of Ishmael and Penny, were old friends reuniting after many years separation. But while all appears friendly on the surface, there are little jibes and digs with more barbs than could be expected from real friends. There is an underlying animosity that no one is willing to admit to, until the innkeeper's wife vanishes. Green's dialogue is superb, as is his talent for creating a creepy atmosphere. And while I would rather have not read about an alien, that aspect didn’t weigh heavily on the plot.

    This variation on a locked room mystery was an entertaining read and, yes, I would read other books in this series and by this author. This book is well able to be read as a stand-alone mystery. 3.5 stars.

    Thank you to Severn House via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Into the Thinnest Air by Simon R Green for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

    Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.

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  • Juli

    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are back in their 5th adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny wants a relaxing weekend with her love....a nice, relaxing break at a country inn run by friends of her father. She hasn't seen Albert & Olivia Calvert for 20 years. They wanted to invite Penny's father to the grand opening of their restored period inn in Cornwall. When they discover her father has died, they invite Penny to join in the pre-opening private dinner. The Calverts are banking on

    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are back in their 5th adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny wants a relaxing weekend with her love....a nice, relaxing break at a country inn run by friends of her father. She hasn't seen Albert & Olivia Calvert for 20 years. They wanted to invite Penny's father to the grand opening of their restored period inn in Cornwall. When they discover her father has died, they invite Penny to join in the pre-opening private dinner. The Calverts are banking on the rather sordid history of the inn as a smuggler's den and the site of strange disappearances and multiple murders. They know tourists will love the dark history of the building, so they've put all their savings into restoring it. Strange things start happening almost immediately though.....it appears the inn's deadly past isn't going to let Ishmael and Penny have their relaxing weekend. One by one, the dinner guests start disappearing into thin air...even from locked rooms with no apparent other exits. Are the stories of an unleashed demon, a gate to hell and evil voices true??

    The Nightside series made me a huge Simon R. Green fan. When I first heard about this strange supernatural investigator series, I jumped right on the Ishmael Jones bandwagon. After five great creepy tales so far, I'm so glad I did. The stories are always creepy-cool reads with weird twists, gruesome legends and frightening creatures. This story is a dark, scary locked room mystery. There's not a lot of fluff here.....the action moves relatively quickly, twisting this way and that, until the awesome conclusion. I find it funny that the one person in the room adamantly against believing in the supernatural is the one who is almost supernatural himself. Ishmael Jones is actually an alien being. He crashed onto the earth decades before. His ship changed his physical makeup to appear human in order for him to be safe on the planet until he could be found and rescued. He doesn't know much about his prior life -- where he is from, where the ship is, who might be coming to get him.....he can't remember. But he does have some cool skills that come with being an alien. That's why The Organization retains him as an investigator. Mad, mad skills. But his true nature has to remain secret. It's a bit like the X-Files might be if Fox Mulder were an alien and Dana Scully his human girlfriend. If there's something slightly weird going on.....it's a good bet that Ishmael and Penny will be sent to check it out. I felt a bit sorry for Penny this time.....she just wanted a weekend of peace. And they ended up chin-deep in weirdness anyway. I guess it comes with the territory.

    Another winning story in the creepy-cool Ishmael Jones series. It's a quick read with lots of dark goings on....a secluded inn, tales of smugglers and demons, and disappearing guests. Poof....gone. Wicked! Loved it!

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    **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Severn House via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own....like this one....~Simon R. Green Rocks!~**

  • Paromjit

    When I chose to read this, I didn't realise that it was the fifth in the Ishmael Jones series or that it was a paranormal mystery. However, this worked reasonably well as a standalone and it turned out to be a fun and entertaining read. There is reference to Moby Dick with the line 'Call me Ishmael', Ishmael is an alien who became stranded on earth, becoming acclimatised as a human, although the fact that he does not age has meant he stays nowhere for long. Things began to change when he become

    When I chose to read this, I didn't realise that it was the fifth in the Ishmael Jones series or that it was a paranormal mystery. However, this worked reasonably well as a standalone and it turned out to be a fun and entertaining read. There is reference to Moby Dick with the line 'Call me Ishmael', Ishmael is an alien who became stranded on earth, becoming acclimatised as a human, although the fact that he does not age has meant he stays nowhere for long. Things began to change when he become close to Penny and came to live with her. The book opens in Cornwall with a long ago Innkeeper of Tyrone's Castle who murders his Christmas dinner guests, claiming to hear voices in his head, resulting in him being hanged. In the present, Penny is taking up an invitation from Albert and Olivia Calvert, whom she hasn't seen in 20 years, for the re-opening of Tyrone's Castle. They are hoping to benefit from the tourist trade, planning to lure them in with the place's dark tragic history and ghost stories. Penny urges Ishmael to join her in a relaxing break from working for a covert organisation.

    Needless to say, their dreams of a weekend break are but a pipe dream. As soon as they arrive they experience strange happenings. At the dinner, there are tensions between the guests and before long, the guests begin to narrate ghost tales based on the local folklore. And wait for it, the guests begin to disappear, including within locked rooms. Despite his background, Ishmael is inclined to not believe in spooky ghostly explanations, he favours the theory that the answers are much more likely to lie in the present rather than in the place's disturbing past. This is an absorbing story with a supernatural investigator, gruesome murders and a creepy narrative. Not what I was expecting, but enjoyable nevertheless. If you enjoy paranormal mysteries, then this is for you. Many thanks to Severn House for an ARC.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    As this is book 5 in the series and I have read them all have I started to see a pattern to these tales. Well, you only have to read two books to see a pattern. Ishmael Jones and Penny travel to a remote place and in the castle/old mansion, etc. weird shit happens and many people die horribly.

    Dead Man Walking the first book I read in this series (and book two in the series) is still my favorite Ishmael Jones book. I think because the concept was new and I was intrigued by his past and all the go

    As this is book 5 in the series and I have read them all have I started to see a pattern to these tales. Well, you only have to read two books to see a pattern. Ishmael Jones and Penny travel to a remote place and in the castle/old mansion, etc. weird shit happens and many people die horribly.

    Dead Man Walking the first book I read in this series (and book two in the series) is still my favorite Ishmael Jones book. I think because the concept was new and I was intrigued by his past and all the gory deaths, of course, made the book awesome. Yeah, I'm a very easy to please.

    Into the Thinnest of Air is so far the one book that I feel is not really working for me. Sure, there were some funny moments between Ishmael and Penny, but the funny banter felt lighter than usual and the mystery of the Tyrone Castle felt neither intriguing nor especially mysterious. People that kept mysteriously disappearing? Not as interesting as people suddenly being brutally murdered along the way by some mysterious foe. And, the ending, well I was not terribly surprised, to be honest. I do hope the next book is better.

  • Gayle Noble

    If you've read any of the others books in the series, by now you know what you are in for. A 'locked room' mystery, this one set in an ancient inn in Cornwall, haunt of ancient smugglers and scene of mysterious disappearances and historic poisonings. Penny is invited to a meal to mark the reopening of the inn by friends of her parents and of course, Ishmael goes too. It isn't long before the guests start disappearing one by one.

    It was fairly easy to work out who was behind the odd occurrences an

    If you've read any of the others books in the series, by now you know what you are in for. A 'locked room' mystery, this one set in an ancient inn in Cornwall, haunt of ancient smugglers and scene of mysterious disappearances and historic poisonings. Penny is invited to a meal to mark the reopening of the inn by friends of her parents and of course, Ishmael goes too. It isn't long before the guests start disappearing one by one.

    It was fairly easy to work out who was behind the odd occurrences and how it was done, in fact I can't believe it took Ishmael so long. It was still an entertaining read and I have grown to like Ishmael and can even put up with Penny at a push, but I would like the next case to be a little more complex.

    Thanks to Netgalley and publishers, Severn House, for the opportunity to review an ARC.

  • LJ

    First Sentence: Back in Victorian times a certain Elliot Tyrone ran a very popular inn, the Castle.

    Penny Belcourt has been invited to the reopening of Tyrone’s Castle in Cornwell. Penny askes her partner Ishmael Jones, to accompany so that they might have a “perfectly normal weekend” together. However, it seems that one of the inn’s legends may be more than a story as one-by-one, people disappear without a trace. Is there something supernatural at work? It’s up to Ishmael to find out before the

    First Sentence: Back in Victorian times a certain Elliot Tyrone ran a very popular inn, the Castle.

    Penny Belcourt has been invited to the reopening of Tyrone’s Castle in Cornwell. Penny askes her partner Ishmael Jones, to accompany so that they might have a “perfectly normal weekend” together. However, it seems that one of the inn’s legends may be more than a story as one-by-one, people disappear without a trace. Is there something supernatural at work? It’s up to Ishmael to find out before the night is over and everyone is gone.

    A more intriguing opening or character I doubt you’ll find. From the first pages, Green gives us both the history and the setting, and a completely unique character.

    Green’s attention to detail, both in terms of places—“Old-fashioned street lights were just coming on, their honey-yellow illumination shedding a pleasant glow across the scene. It was like driving through the picture on the lid of a box containing a childhood jigsaw puzzle.”—and people—“He was smartly if casually dressed, well into his forties, and almost entirely bald. His face was smooth and shiny, his eyes were a faded blue, and his innkeeper’s smile didn’t waver once. Perhaps only I would have noticed that it didn’t even come close to touching his eyes.”—put us into the story and make it real. His subtle humor lightens tense situations—“I gestured at the nearest open door. ‘Do you want to go in first, Penny?’ ‘After you,’ said Penny. ‘And don’t be afraid to hit anything that moves.’ ‘Sounds like a plan to me,’ I said.”

    Starting a series with the newest book, rather than the first, puts pressure on the author to ensure new readers still have a sense of continuity with the primary characters. In spite of the information at the beginning, one is left with the knowledge that there are a lot of details one is missing. Another issue is that if the characters are at risk, one should care about them. Other than the protagonists, most of the characters here were so unpleasant, one doesn’t really care if they disappear, although that does change as the story progresses. Another issue was that although there was the mystery of what was happening, there was also always the sense that there would be a perfectly logical explanation.

    The positives, however, where the clever method by which the disappearances were enacted and learning of the what happened to those who went missing.

    “Into the Thinnest of Air” is not Green’s best book; one should go to the “Nightside” series, instead. While some of his strengths were there, the “well, maybe” aspect of his storytelling was missing. Even so, it was a pleasant, quick read.

    INTO THE THINNEST OF AIR (Susp-Ishmael Jones-England-Contemp) - Okay

    Green, Simon R. – 5th in series

    Severn House – March 2018

  • Lisa Cleveland

    Wow! This is one of the worst books I've read. It was repetitive and amazingly simple. If it weren't for the fact that a few dead bodies showed up at the end, I could have almost convinced myself that I was reading a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. I'm honestly amazed that anyone would spend money on this tripe. Not an author..ha, ha...that I'll ever read again. My thanks to Netgalley.

  • Karl

    Ishmael Jones books:

    "The Dark Side of the Road" (May 2015)

    "Dead Man Walking" (May 2016)

    "Very Important Corpses: An Ishmael Jones mystery" (March 2017)

    "Death Shall Come" (September 2017)

    "Into the Thinnest of Air" (March 2018)

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