Friday 31 January 2020

BLOG TOUR ~ A Dark Matter by Doug Johnson

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop for the Blog Tour for A Dark Matter by Doug Johnson where I have a review from his latest novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Anne Cater from Random Things Tours who organised this tour in conjunction with Orenda Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else has taken part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of this review so without further ado, here it is:

Set in Edinburgh we meet the Scelfs, a well known family in the area and proprietors of a long-established funeral home business and on top of that Private Investigators. When the patriarch Jim dies, the business is left to three generations of women, his wife Dorothy, his daughter Jenny and his granddaughter Hannah to take over both businesses which leads to an unexpected series of events. Dorothy discovers mysterious payments to another woman which suggests that Jim wasn't the husband she thought he was.  Hannah's best friend Mel goes missing from University, where is she and will Hannah and the police find her in time? And what seems like a simple adultery case that Jenny takes on leads to something stranger and far darker then any of them could have imagined. As all three women struggle to terms with their grief and manage the businesses which threaten to overwhelm them, secrets from the past start emerging which change everything.

Well, where do I start with this one other than I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it. It was delicious-illy dark, tense and addictive read where I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It was great to have a main cast of three women who were all heroes in my eyes by the time I turned the last page. They were unforgettable characters and I was delighted when I realised that this is the start of a new series which is certainly addictive and welcomed. To be honest I was so shocked when things were revealed towards the end of the book, I couldn't believe it, bravo Doug for revealing what you did and I can't wait to read the next instalment featuring the Scelfs (no pressure).


I briefly met Doug at the Theakstons Crime Festival in Harrogate on one of the evenings in July last year but he was on his way to get some food but hopefully I'll get to say a proper hello again one day.

A Dark Matter is available from all good bookshops,libraries, on audio and on Kindle where it is currently £3.79 at he time of publication of this review so go and pick it up as you won't regret it.

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