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Into the Thinnest of Air

An Ishmael Jones Mystery
Written by: Simon R. Green
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the fifth 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?

©2017 Simon R. Green (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Deborah Daigneault
  • 03-03-20

Not up to usual standards

I usually love the Ishmael Jones stories but a 5 yr old could have figured this one out.

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  • CGY
  • 30-01-20

Slooow and tedious

Avoid this one. It’s a locked room mystery with the listener locked in with the guests at a newly refurbished inn. With the exception of Ishmael Jones and Penny, it’s a group of singularly unpleasant ‘friends’ who disappear, one by one, over the course of the interminable evening. At the end there’s a lame, improbable explanation for it all. Unfortunately it’s not worth the time it took to get there.

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  • Jane Shepherd
  • 13-02-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

Unlike the previous reviewer I enjoyed this novel as much as I’ve enjoyed the others in the Ishmael Jones series. If you can’t relate to the main character being an alien then there’s no point in reading or listening to the series but I love the idea of Ishmael and Penny solving mysteries set in large country residences with secret passages - it makes a change from all the grimly realistic police procedural audiobooks I mainly buy. The narration by Gildart Jackson may not be to everyone’s taste but I think his gorgeous voice suits this series perfectly.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-03-20

Great series

I love this series it’s quirky with wonderful characters but this particular episode did not grab me. It’s like Ishmael was having a bad day at the office with his perceptive abilities and I’m sure that would never happen. Will definitely continue with the series as it’s now a firm favourite.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 09-03-20

Penny and Ishmael

Not the best Ishmael book but quite clever. Still think I’ll read more they are quite entertaining