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Review: Death Shall Come by Simon R. Green

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Death Shall Come
Author:
Simon R. Green
Reviewer:
Gikany and Una
Rating: A

What We’re Talking About:

Gikany and Una discovered Death Shall Come by accident.  We thought we were picking up a new series by Simon Green (we love his Nightside and Secret Histories series).  It turned out to be the fourth book in the Ishmael Jones series.  It is awesome!

Although you need not read the first three books, Gikany did and Una got through the first two.  You can easily jump into the series with Death Shall Come, but why would you?  This series has all of the wit, horror and sublime banter that we love in Green’s other books. The mysteries are gripping and not always what they appear.

In this installment, Penny and Ishmael are summoned by Ishmael’s boss, the Colonel, to his father in-law’s estate to ensure the protection of the Colonel’s wife.  What befalls is a fascinating murder with a suspect that was quite the twist.  When you think you have this one figured out, trust us, you don’t.

The overarching plot line of Ishmael’s background is intriguing. Although he is not human, Ishmael has no idea where he came from or who he really is.  It is compelling how he chooses to be human.  His interactions and mannerisms could give him away and yet, they just add to his odd character.  We enjoy how Penny both humanizes him is also Dr. Watson to his Sherlock. This is truly a fun series.

Gikany and Una thoroughly enjoyed Death Shall Come.  This relatively new series is a wonderful balance of murder mystery and urban fantasy with a sci-fi twist. We loved Ishmael and Penny’s witty banter as they sleuth out the clues and find the culprit – hopefully before the body count gets too high.  If you enjoyed Green’s previous books or if you are looking for a classic mystery with a modern twist, this is the series for you!  We eagerly await the next mystery!

Our Rating:  A, Loved It

About the Book:

Ishmael Jones is faced with a dead body and a missing mummy in this highly entertaining, genre-blending mystery. 

Death shall come on swift wings to whoever desecrates this tomb … 

Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been summoned to remote Cardavan House, home of the world’s largest private collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, for the unveiling of George Cardavan’s latest acquisition: a bone fide Egyptian mummy. 

When a bloodstained body is discovered beside the empty sarcophagus, Ishmael is dismissive of the theory that the mummy’s curse is to blame. Instead he sets out to uncover the human killer responsible. But how can Ishmael explain the strange, shuffling footsteps that creep along the corridors? Who is playing games with them … and why?

Release Date: September 1, 2017
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Series:
Ishmael Jones #4
Genre:
Sci-fi/Urban Fantasy/Mystery
Format(s):
Hardcover (192 pages), e-book
Book Source: Purchased with own funds

Purchase Info:
Amazon

Other Books in the Series:
The Dark Side of the Road (Ishmael Jones #1)
Dead Man Walking (Ishmael Jones #2)
Very Important Corpses (Ishmael Jones #3) 

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