A Dark Matter (Paperback)
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Paperback 300 Pages / Published: 23/01/2020
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Three generations of women from the Skelfs family take over the family funeral home and PI businesses in the first book of a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series.

'I was addicted from the first page; gripping, gritty and darkly funny as hell' Erin Kelly

'A Dark Matter showcases a writer at the peak of his powers, except that with every book, Doug Johnstone just gets better' Val McDermid

'Emotionally complex, richly layered and darkly funny. An addictive blend of Case Histories and Six Feet Under' Chris Brookmyre

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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.

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'A fiendish mystery that is also deeply moving and laced with suitably dark humour ... set to be one of the books of the year' Mark Billingham

'This dark but touching thriller makes for a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Edinburgh noir' Mary Paulson-Ellis
'A tense ride ... strong, believable characters' Kerry Hudson, Big Issue

Publisher: Orenda Books
ISBN: 9781912374984
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Dark, engrossing, impossible to put down. By turns a crime thriller, a family saga, and a page-turner, this book has everything!' -- Luca Veste
'That rare book with heart and smarts to lift it above your average crime novel' -- Stuart Neville
'I can never get enough of Doug Johnstone's thoughtful, observant, soul-lifting writing' -- Louise Beech
'Piercing, wonderfully real and so very readable ... a breath of fresh air' * LoveReading *
'This is confident, assured characterisation that carries the story brilliantly well and keeps the reader utterly immersed in the interwoven story strands' * Live & Deadly *
'A Dark Matter is further proof that Doug Johnstone is as versatile a writer as they come ... there's rhythm and music in his words' * From Belgium with Booklove *
'A thriller that begs to be read in one sitting. Highly recommend' * The Book Review Cafe *
'Deliciously chilling, with a wry humour running throughout ... toxic, unsettling and just perfect' * Random Things through My Letterbox *
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Monday 24th February 19:00

Waterstones Sauchiehall is delighted to welcome a fabulous collection of TWELVE best-selling crime-fiction writers as The Orenda Roadshow pulls into town, bringing with it authors from Finland, Norway, Germany, France and the UK to discuss their novels, their writing heroes, inspiration, the crime-fiction genre and much, much more. A fabulous, fun and enlightening evening with plenty of time to chat to some of the world’s most exciting authors! Authors joining us on the evening include: David F. Ross Doug Johnstone Helen FitzGerald Louise Beech Thomas Enger Johana Gustawsson Simone Buchholz Antti Tuomainen Michael J. Malone Matt Wesolowski Vanda Symon

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“Fantastic”

An absolute cracking novel which had me hooked with the first sentence. It's about a family of undertakers called the Skelfs. After Jim Skelf dies (he makes an appearance in the first chapter by burning to... More

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“A very Dark Matter indeed”

Meet the Skelfs - three generations of Edinburgh women who run a funeral parlour and, by default, a private investigation company from the same room as the coffins are made and displayed (or the upstairs kitchen, on... More

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Raven88

“Intuitive and gripping...”

So, where to begin with A Dark Matter, as Doug Johnstone once again shows the complexity and diversity of his writing, making him one of the most accomplished writers in the crime genre at the moment. You genuinely... More

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