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A Dark Matter

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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, gripping page-turning and darkly funny new series.

***Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year***
***Shortlisted for the Amazon Publishing Capital Crime Awards***

'An engrossing and beautifully written tale that bears all the Doug Johnstone hallmarks in its warmth and darkly comic undertones' Herald Scotland

'Gripping and blackly humorous' Observer

'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

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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

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

'This dark but touching thriller makes for a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Edinburgh noir' Mary Paulson-Ellis

'This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief, as the three tough but tender main characters pick up the pieces and carry on: more, please' Guardian

'A tense ride ... strong, believable characters' Kerry Hudson, Big Issue

'They are all wonderful characters: flawed, funny, brave - and well set up for a series. I wouldn't call him cosy, but there's warmth to Johnstone's writing' Sunday Times
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1912374986
  • 9781912374984
  • 159,660

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

Doug Johnstone is an author, journalist and musician based in Edinburgh. He's had eight novels published, most recently Crash Land. His previous novel, The Jump, was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his other novels have been award winners and bestsellers, and he's had short stories published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. His work has been praised by the likes of Ian Rankin, Val McDermid and Irvine Welsh. Several of his novels have been optioned for film and television. Doug is also a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow. He's worked as an RLF Fellow at Queen Margaret University, taught creative writing at Strathclyde University and William Purves Funeral Directors. He mentors and assesses manuscripts for The Literary Consultancy and regularly tutors at Moniack Mhor writing retreat. Doug has released seven albums in various bands, and is the drummer for the Fun Lovin' Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He also reviews books for The Big Issue magazine, is player-manager for Scotland Writers Football Club and has a PhD in nuclear physics.
Follow him on Twitter @doug_johnstone and visit his website: dougjohnstone.com
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Rating details

1,225 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 28% (338)
4 45% (547)
3 22% (274)
2 4% (53)
1 1% (13)
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