I was over the moon to get a very early copy of Doug Johnstone’s forthcoming book A Dark Matter from lovely Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books when I bumped into her at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last month. So when she asked me if I’d like to help reveal the cover to the world today, I wasn’t going to refuse!
What’s the book about?
Three generations of women from the Skelfs family take over the family funeral-home and PI businesses in the first book in a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series.
Meet the Skelfs: well-known and highly regarded 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 faithful 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…
Both a compelling, tense and often 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.
Sounds great doesn’t it? And I’m really excited to hear that it’s the start of a planned series. So you’ll want to see the cover now? Oh go on then!
The book will be published by Orenda Books in January and is available to pre-order now from your usual book retailer.
Doug Johnstone is the author of ten novels, most recently Breakers (2018), which was longlisted 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, 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 authors. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh.