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A Dark Matter
A Dark Matter

A Dark Matter



300 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: June 2020

ISBN 9781912374984

Rights: US & CA

Orenda Books (Jun 2020)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: June 2020


Three generations of women from the Skelfs family take over the family funeral home and PI businesses in the first book of a taut, page-turning and darkly funny new series

Meet the Skelfs: 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 woman, 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. A compelling, tense and 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.


"A cracking-good thriller with some seriously good writing and some beautifully designed characters." —Booklist on Fault Lines

Author Biography

Doug Johnstone is the author of 10 novels, including Breakers, which was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year, and Fault Lines.