Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5) by Simon R. Green

Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)

Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest 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 ...

Details Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)

TitleInto the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)
Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherSevern House Publishers
GenreMystery, Horror, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction, Fiction

Reviews Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)

  • Paromjit
    When I chose to read this, I didn't realise that it was the fifth in the Ishmael Jones series or that it was a paranormal mystery. However, this worked reasonably well as a standalone and it turned out to be a fun and entertaining read. There is reference to Moby Dick with the line 'Call me Ishmael', Ishmael is an alien who became stranded on earth, becoming acclimatised as a human, although the fact that he does not age has meant he stays nowher...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Black Rock Towen and its surroundings have a long-standing reputation as a place where people go missing. Never any clues or even a warning. They just disappear without a trace when no one's looking. ABOUT THIS BOOK: Dinner at an ancient Cornish inn leads to one baffling disappearance after another in the latest intriguing Ishmael Jones mystery. "It's just a nice weekend, in a nice country inn. Nothing bad is going to happen ..."Ishmael ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    As this is book 5 in the series and I have read them all have I started to see a pattern to these tales. Well, you only have to read two books to see a pattern. Ishmael Jones and Penny travel to a remote place and in the castle/old mansion, etc. weird shit happens and many people die horribly.Dead Man Walking the first book I read in this series (and book two in the series) is still my favorite Ishmael Jones book. I think because the concept was ...
  • Sue
    Into the Thinnest of Air, the 5th of the Ishmael Jones series, follows the formula of the preceding books...i.e. Ishmael and his partner and significant other Penny travel to the back of beyond to an isolated location and become involved in a strange and dangerous situation. But this time it isn’t work. It’s actually a social occasion; and Penny is with her plus one for a special dinner. Ishmael is the somewhat reluctant companion.I really en...
  • Juli
    Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny are back in their 5th adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny wants a relaxing weekend with her love....a nice, relaxing break at a country inn run by friends of her father. She hasn't seen Albert & Olivia Calvert for 20 years. They wanted to invite Penny's father to the grand opening of their restored period inn in Cornwall. When they discover her father has died, they invite Penny to join in the pre-openin...
  • Cats of Ulthar
    Review: INTO THE THINNEST AIR by Simon R. Green(An Ishmael Jones Mystery)Anytime I start a story which begins "Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones." I am over the moon because I am about to embark on a science fiction-paranormal adventure guaranteed to carry me away, in delighted absorption. Mr. Green has a magical talent, immediately suspending disbelief. I love every novel in this series. This time, Ishmael and Penny visit a really isolated inn in C...
  • Gayle Noble
    If you've read any of the others books in the series, by now you know what you are in for. A 'locked room' mystery, this one set in an ancient inn in Cornwall, haunt of ancient smugglers and scene of mysterious disappearances and historic poisonings. Penny is invited to a meal to mark the reopening of the inn by friends of her parents and of course, Ishmael goes too. It isn't long before the guests start disappearing one by one.It was fairly easy...
  • Lisa
    Wow! This is one of the worst books I've read. It was repetitive and amazingly simple. If it weren't for the fact that a few dead bodies showed up at the end, I could have almost convinced myself that I was reading a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. I'm honestly amazed that anyone would spend money on this tripe. Not an author..ha, ha...that I'll ever read again. My thanks to Netgalley.
  • LJ
    First Sentence: Back in Victorian times a certain Elliot Tyrone ran a very popular inn, the Castle. Penny Belcourt has been invited to the reopening of Tyrone’s Castle in Cornwell. Penny askes her partner Ishmael Jones, to accompany so that they might have a “perfectly normal weekend” together. However, it seems that one of the inn’s legends may be more than a story as one-by-one, people disappear without a trace. Is there something super...
  • Lesa
    I'm a big fan of Simon R. Green's Ishmael Jones mysteries. They feature an unconventional sleuth, an alien who crashed landed in England in 1963, and some fifty years later he works for the Organization, protecting humanity from otherworldly threats. He looks like us, and blends in. In fact, he doesn't want to be noticed. He is understated, with a tongue-in-cheek dry humor. The latest adventure, Into the Thinnest of Air, beautifully blends horror...
  • Leonie Byrne
    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Simon R Green for my ARC of Into the Thinnest of Air which is Book 5 in the Ishmael Jones series. Penny and Ishmael are off to a fancy dinner with some of Penny's father's friends in Cornwall. Having just acquired The Castle, an inn fraught with rumour of the supernatural, Albert & Olivia are hosting a dinner party to be staged exactly like the one where hundreds of years ago, the innkeeper killed all his...
  • Penny Noble
    I’ve been reading the Ishmael Jones Mystery series since Mr. Green started releasing them. At this point in the series, I am starting to feel that they are feeling the same. This one was slightly different, but the mystery was still a locked room, still one of the people who go missing, and like the rest, generally it’s always Penny and Ishmael who are left standing. That being said, I still frantically read every page of this book until the ...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    This is an uncanny blend of a classic mystery story and a tiny bit of science fiction. I'm not a fan of science fiction but in this case, I'm almost relieved that Ishmael is kind of alien….Ishmael and his sidekick Penny (she's human) find themselves in a renovated castle, at a private dinner for selected guests, just before the opening night.Somehow though, no one makes it to dessert. And the dessert itself is rather unusual - more than one hel...
  • Nancy
    I dunno. The book jacket claims this is a paranormal mystery, but I really didn't see anything paranormal about it. The jacket claims it's a horror, but I was never on edge. The jacket claims it's genre-bending, but I just didn't see it. But then again, I also didn't see that this is #5 in a series and I haven't read any of the other books yet, so maybe I'm not as astute as I like to think I am!It kind of annoyed me that our protagonist is an ali...
  • Pop Bop
    And Now for Something A Little Bit Different, But Sort of the SameWhen it comes to Simon Green novels I most definitely favor the series featuring John Taylor and the Nightside. But, as a port in the storm the Ishmael Jones novels do quite nicely. This is the fifth book to star Ishmael and Penny and it strays only a little bit from the usual formula, although in a good way.This time around we have, as always, a country house sort of mystery. The ...
  • Sunsettowers
    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.When Ishmael Jones' partner Penny is invited to the private reopening of a infamous inn, they learn of the legend behind it, that the previous owner poisoned all his dinner guests while his wife and child disappeared. But when people in the present start disappearing, what began as a dinner among old f...
  • Molly Smith
    Initial Thoughts: Though this novel still had some of the humor and banter I've come to enjoy in this series, there was quite a bit less action. I would say this story felt far more transitional - a break from the revelations of the last novel. It was mostly Ismael and Penny running around in circles for the most part with not much actual construction sleuthing until the end. It turned out to be far more simple (and heinous), but while unwinding ...
  • Tracey
    I have long been a fan of the works of Simon R Green having first stumbled across Blue Moon Rising in the late 90s. As a fantasy novel it was something completely different with some risqué humour and really interesting characters. Over the years whenever I have seen any of Green’s works on the book shelves in Australia I have grabbed them. So I was really excited when offered the opportunity to read Green’s latest work.Two investigators Ish...
  • Joanne Hurley
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read "Into The Thinnest Of Air" by Simon R. Green.I have read many of Mr. Green's other series: The Nightside, Secret Histories, etc. I have to admit that I had previously only read the first book of this series, but I decided that I could fill in the backstory to this one at a later date.Into The Thinnest Of Air is, basically, a locked-room mystery in the vein of the best Agatha Christ...
  • Julie H.
    For the record, I adored Simon Green's "Nightside" series. As for this entry in the Ishmael Jones series, it is seriously the worst bit of drivel I've read in years. I'm generally a quick and engaged reader. This book is only 167 pages long, and it has taken me more than 30 days to force it down. There is nothing to recommend it. It's a locked room mystery with characters you don't care about, an indifferent narrator (the same Ishmael Jones, whos...
  • Jacqueline Baxter
    I would give this book 2.5 stars, but I'm comfortable with rounding up due to the ending (which I liked a lot). Overall, this is very much a stand-alone - it does not advance the overarching plot of the IJ novels or tie them more firmly to the major world that Simon R Green is working within. Still, entertaining quick read.
  • Alexander Draganov
    Клише ще е, ако кажа, че и след десетки прочетени книги Саймън Грийн продължава да ме очарова и изненадва. Изненадата е, че успява и да ме уплаши. По някаква причина историите за убийството на Коледа, за Гласовете, нашепващи ужаси и безследните, без...
  • Caitlin
    Penny wants a quiet evening at a dinner party, with no weirdness, so of course things go terribly wrong. Since it takes place at a notorious home of smugglers and murderers, that's not so surprising. A quick read.
  • S.J. Higbee
    This entertaining locked-room mystery takes place in a creepy Cornish Castle with a long-standing curse hanging over it. After winning a substantial sum on the lottery, the couple hosting this particular evening have transformed it into an inn with a fine-dining restaurant and Penny, Ishmael’s partner, has been sent an invitation. They seem particularly keen for her to attend, although they were really friends of her father. So she feels obliga...
  • H. P. Reed
    Despite being a light fantasy, this book was derivative and one dimensional. The ending was broadcast miles away.
  • Michele Barnes
    Way to repetitive, a short story that could have been way shorter. not a series I am interested in reading anymore of
  • D.R. Oestreicher
    Ishmael Jones is an alien with moderate powers (sense of smell, speed, strength). Along with Penny Belcourt, he solves mysteries. Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green is the fifth book in this series. In this locked-room mystery, dinner companions at the Castle Inn disappear without a trace, while the survivors try to figure out what happened. The Castle Inn has a long history, and most theories tend towards the supernatural. Ismael suspects...
  • Viccy
    Ishmael Jones and Penny Belcourt travel to Cornwall to visit some old friends on Penny's father. Albert and Olivia Calvert have bought an old smuggler's inn and want to turn it into a bed and breakfast. The Castle has an ominous history, om 1886 at a Christmas dinner, a former owner poisoned a large number of patrons while his wife and two daughters disappeared. Albert and Olivia want to use this legend to draw attention to their new venture. The...
  • Ron
    Simon R. Green takes Ishmael Jones and Penny Belcourt into Agatha Christie territory with Into the Thinnest of Air. Penny receives an invitation from friends of her late father to attend a party opening a new restaurant in the wilds of Cornwall. Ishmael comes along so that the two can have time alone, not working on a case. That does not work out when the hostess disappears and slowly do other guests. Is it a recreation of a murder that occurred ...