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A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone

Genre: Crime
Source: Random Things Tours
Publisher: Orenda Books
Rating: 5/5

About The Book

The Skelfs are a 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 women, 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… It ’s a compelling and tense thriller and a darkly funny, warm portrait of a family in turmoil.

My Thoughts

Brilliant! Really, this is the only thing you need to know before you start reading this book, you’ll enjoy every page, I am sure! 😉
This is a story about death, but not in a traditional way. From the eyes of three women we will see how they are affected by the death of a loved one; how their emotions become cloudy with grieve and they act with impulses instead of thoughtful acts. But I think that any reader who has lost someone they cared will see a little part in each one of these three women; Dorothy, Jenny and Hannah.
Grieving is a “situation” in which no one acts the same way or has the same feelings. I was really angry when my mum passed away; with her and everyone in my family. So Dorothy, Jenny and Hannah had their own way to grieve their husband, father and grandad; maybe that’s why I liked so much this story, I could feel a little bit of me in each of them. But, don’t worry, this is much more than a sad story, because these intelligent and bold women have a curious business, they have a family funeral-home! Oh yes, so death is their business with a detective agency related, the three of them will start investigating different cases to keep their minds occupied in this difficult moment.
I will tell you something about the cases; they are original, twisted and unexpected (dark humour included) but all of them are surprising and addictive! I really don’t want to tell you much about them, I don’t want to make any spoiler and take my word on it, they are worth the read.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but no matter the expectations, it has surpassed everything I was expecting for it and much more. It’s only January, but I can say for sure that this book will be on my top ten this year.
The story felt real, the characters were human and you could totally relate with them, the cases were not creepy or weird; a missing young girl, a marriage affair… And, let’s be honest, it was great reading a book where the main characters were women and the men had only a secondary paper on them; friendship, help, but not the need of them.
I hope this is not the only book I will read of the Skelf family, they have much more to share with the readers and I am sure more original cases to investigate… fingers crossed there will be a new one soon!
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Food Pairing

It’s been a while that I wanted to introduce a pairing for my reads, but I wasn’t sure what to choose if food or drink, alcohol or chocolate… So, I decided that I will pair the book with the food or drink that I think it could fit more with the feelings I had after reading the book!

So, in this case it’s a chocolate! Yes, you could say traditional, but reading a mystery/crime book is traditional, but this book it has something special that the chocolate I would recommend you will fit perfectly. Persian Perry by Simply Chocolate, with Persian Liquorice and Premium White Chocolate; a curious flavour that you could not put it down and will make you want to eat more! 😉

About The Author

Doug Johnstone isthe author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which has been shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. Several of his books have been bestsellers and award winners, and his work has been praised by the likes of Val McDermid, Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions – including a funeral home – and has been an arts journalist for twenty years. Doug is a songwriter and
musician with five albums and three EPs released, and he plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.