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The Great Silence - Skelfs 3 (Paperback)Doug Johnstone (author)
‘Simply stunning. Tense, funny and deeply moving’ Mark Billingham
‘If you loved Iain Banks, you’ll devour the Skelfs series’ Erin Kelly
‘Nobody portrays modern Edinburgh better than Doug Johnstone. The Great Silence speaks volumes about the power of story’ Val McDermid
Keeping on top of the family funeral directors’ and private-investigation businesses is no easy task for the Skelf women, and when matriarch Dorothy discovers a human foot while walking the dog, a perplexing case presents itself … with potentially deadly results.
Daughter Jenny and grand-daughter Hannah have their hands full too: The mysterious circumstances of a dying woman lead them into an unexpected family drama, Hannah's new astrophysicist colleague claims he's receiving messages from outer space, and the Skelfs' teenaged lodger has yet another devastating experience.
Nothing is clear as the women are immersed ever deeper in their most challenging cases yet. But when the daughter of Jenny’s violent and fugitive ex-husband goes missing without trace and a wild animal is spotted roaming Edinburgh's parks, real danger presents itself, and all three Skelfs are in peril.
Taut, dark, warmly funny and unafraid to ask big questions – of us all – The Great Silence is the much-anticipated third instalment in the addictive, unforgettable Skelfs series, and the stakes are higher than ever.
‘This is their third outing and the stories get better each time … Told with a wry humour and affection, the novel underlines just how accomplished Johnstone has become’ Daily Mail
‘The power of this book lies in the warm personalities and dark humour of the Skelfs, and by the end readers will be just as interested in their relationships with each other as the mysteries they are trying to solve’ Scotsman
‘Remarkable’ Sunday Times Crime Club STAR PICK
‘Keeps you hungry from page to page. A crime reader can’t ask anything more’ The Sun
‘Mysteries aplenty … a poignant reflection on grief and the potential for healing that lies within us all. A proper treat’ Mary Paulson-Ellis
‘A thrilling, atmospheric book, set in the dark streets of Edinburgh. That great city really came alive for me in this gripping tale. Move over Ian Rankin, Doug Johnstone is coming through!’ Kate Rhodes
‘An unstoppable, thrilling, bullet train of a book that cleverly weaves in family and intrigue, and has real emotional impact. I totally loved it’ Helen Fields
‘This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief ... more, please’ Guardian
‘Wonderful characters: flawed, funny and brave’ Sunday Times
‘Exceptional … a must for those seeking strong, authentic, intelligent female protagonists’ Publishers Weekly
The Skelfs series has been:
***Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year***
***Longlisted for Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year***
***Shortlisted for Amazon Publishing Capital Crime Thriller of the Year***
Publisher: Orenda Books
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
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Once again Doug Johnstone has written another excellent story in the lives of the Skelf women. This one involves big cats, feet and intergalactic messages ! I love the way these three women cope with their funeral... More
“Third in the series.”
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy of the third book in this great series.
Doug's thrillers are quite unique, which is great, love to read something different.
Very funny books with a good... More
“Bound for my Top Ten of the Year”
Having previously reviewed both A Dark Matter and The Big Chill, there was a heady excitement in the Raven’s nest to read The Great Silence, and catch up with the trouble plagued Skelf clan again. It’s always tricky... More
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