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Johnstone, Doug: The Big Chill (eBook)

Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of the darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive new Skelfs series!

'Compelling, compassionate ... just brilliant. This series gets better with every book. I cannot get enough of the Skelfs' Mark Billingham

'Confirms the Skelfs as a classic crime clan. I can't wait for the next one' Erin Kelly

'I LOVE the Skelfs ... The only problem with The Big Chill is that you'll devour it so fast you'll feel as bereft as one of the Skelfs' clients ... Doug Johnstone has murdered sleep' Val McDermid

Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors' and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can't help looking into the dead driver's shadowy life. 

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny's ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women's lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

 But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy's disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness - but could the real threat be to themselves?

Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour.

'Emotionally complex, richly layered and darkly funny. An addictive blend of Case Histories and Six Feet UnderChris Brookmyre

'Brilliantly drawn and blackly comic' Herald Scotland

'Johnstone's intuitive depiction of this trinity of resilient women is never less than flawless, in this tale punctuated by emotional depth and moments of dark humour...' Raven Crime Reads

Praise for The Skelfs series

***Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year*** 


'An engrossing and beautifully written tale that bears all the Doug Johnstone hallmarks in its warmth and darkly comic undertones' Herald Scotland

'Gripping and blackly humorous' Observer

'This dark but touching thriller makes for a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Edinburgh noir' Mary Paulson-Ellis

'This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief, as the three tough but tender main characters pick up the pieces and carry on: more, please' Guardian

'A tense ride strong, believable characters' Kerry Hudson, Big Issue

'They are all wonderful characters: flawed, funny, brave and well set up for a series. I wouldn't call him cosy, but there's warmth to Johnstone's writing' Sunday Times


Verlag Orenda Books Ltd
Einband Adobe Digital Editions
Erscheinungsjahr 2020
Seitenangabe 300 S.
Meldetext Versand innert 1-2 Arbeitstagen
Ausgabekennzeichen Englisch
Masse 489 KB
Plattform EPUB
Reihe ORENDA BOOKS; The Skelfs
Autor Johnstone, Doug
Artikelnummer: 978-1-913193-35-5
Verfügbarkeit: Versand innert 1-2 Arbeitstagen
Fr. 8.35
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Running private investigator and funeral home businesses means trouble is never far away, and the Skelf women take on their most perplexing, chilling cases yet in book two of the darkly funny, devastatingly tense and addictive new Skelfs series!

'Compelling, compassionate ... just brilliant. This series gets better with every book. I cannot get enough of the Skelfs' Mark Billingham

'Confirms the Skelfs as a classic crime clan. I can't wait for the next one' Erin Kelly

'I LOVE the Skelfs ... The only problem with The Big Chill is that you'll devour it so fast you'll feel as bereft as one of the Skelfs' clients ... Doug Johnstone has murdered sleep' Val McDermid

Haunted by their past, the Skelf women are hoping for a quieter life. But running both a funeral directors' and a private investigation business means trouble is never far away, and when a car crashes into the open grave at a funeral that matriarch Dorothy is conducting, she can't help looking into the dead driver's shadowy life. 

While Dorothy uncovers a dark truth at the heart of Edinburgh society, her daughter Jenny and granddaughter Hannah have their own struggles. Jenny's ex-husband Craig is making plans that could shatter the Skelf women's lives, and the increasingly obsessive Hannah has formed a friendship with an elderly professor that is fast turning deadly.

 But something even more sinister emerges when a drumming student of Dorothy's disappears and suspicion falls on her parents. The Skelf women find themselves sucked into an unbearable darkness - but could the real threat be to themselves?

Following three women as they deal with the dead, help the living and find out who they are in the process, The Big Chill follows A Dark Matter, book one in the Skelfs series, which reboots the classic PI novel while asking the big existential questions, all with a big dose of pitch-black humour.

'Emotionally complex, richly layered and darkly funny. An addictive blend of Case Histories and Six Feet UnderChris Brookmyre

'Brilliantly drawn and blackly comic' Herald Scotland

'Johnstone's intuitive depiction of this trinity of resilient women is never less than flawless, in this tale punctuated by emotional depth and moments of dark humour...' Raven Crime Reads

Praise for The Skelfs series

***Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book of the Year*** 


'An engrossing and beautifully written tale that bears all the Doug Johnstone hallmarks in its warmth and darkly comic undertones' Herald Scotland

'Gripping and blackly humorous' Observer

'This dark but touching thriller makes for a thoroughly enjoyable slice of Edinburgh noir' Mary Paulson-Ellis

'This enjoyable mystery is also a touching and often funny portrayal of grief, as the three tough but tender main characters pick up the pieces and carry on: more, please' Guardian

'A tense ride strong, believable characters' Kerry Hudson, Big Issue

'They are all wonderful characters: flawed, funny, brave and well set up for a series. I wouldn't call him cosy, but there's warmth to Johnstone's writing' Sunday Times


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Über den Autor Johnstone, Doug

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 writers. He's also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club. He lives in Edinburgh. Follow Doug on Twitter @doug_johnstone and visit his website: dougjohnstone.com

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