Dark Sky Island: A Jennifer Dorey Mystery (Hardcover)
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Dark Sky Island, Lara Dearman’s follow-up to the first Jennifer Dorey mystery is sure to find fans in readers of Susie Steiner and Sharon Bolton.
An inspector and journalist join forces to uncover long-buried secrets, simmering resentments, and a chilling murder in a tiny, remote island in the English Channel.
The tiny island of Sark lies isolated in the dark waters of the Channel Islands. No cars are allowed. No streetlamps light its paths. It is the world’s only Dark Sky Island. This breathtaking patch of land seems the picture of tranquility—but at its heart lies a web of murder, deceit, and hidden danger.
When bones are discovered on Derrible Bay and an elderly resident is violently murdered, DCI Michael Gilbert from the nearby island of Guernsey is called in to tackle the case. With his department under fire, he needs to find the killer—and fast. Joining him is newspaper reporter Jennifer Dorey, whose father died in a mysterious drowning off the island. As Michael struggles to crack the case and Jennifer launches her own investigation, the island’s residents are left reeling and soon, their dark secrets begin to unravel threatening everything.
On an island steeped in superstition, where tales of hauntings and devil craft abound, Michael and Jenny race to discover the truth in Dark Sky Island, the second tantalizing installment of Lara Dearman’s Jennifer Dorey mysteries.
About the Author
Lara Dearman was born and raised on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey. She moved to the UK to study International Relations and French at the University of Sussex, after which she endured a brief career in finance before giving it up to be a stay at home mum to her three children. Having moved from Guernsey to Brighton to London to Paris to Singapore and back to London over the last fifteen years, she has now settled in Westchester, New York with her family.
Praise for Dark Sky Island:
“Dearman effortlessly evokes the island’s atmosphere.”
“Crisply written...An intricate plot, intriguing characters, and an unusual setting make this a winner.”
“A great choice for mystery fans attracted to vivid, unusual settings.”
“Atmospheric...it has twists and turns that will keep readers guessing to the very end.”
"The novel is well paced, drawing readers into the puzzle and engaging us with the characters. Dorey is a complex protagonist. Smart, feisty, and capable, she refuses to give up, no matter what current threatens to pull her under."
—NY Journal of Books
Praise for The Devil’s Claw:
"Well-developed characters ensure that readers will want to see more of Jennifer and company."
“A perfect novel for a cold night in dark winter.”
—Foreword Reviews starred review
"Highly competent...and appealingly heartfelt."
“The Devil’s Claw is a great read and I absolutely loved it. I’ve never been to Guernsey but now feel like I know it!”
—Patricia Gibney, #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author
"A powerful debut. With smooth prose and engaging characters, Dearman draws her readers into a tangled web of secrets. Layer upon layer of lies and unexpected connections will keep readers guessing until the very end."
—Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King’s Daughter
“The Devil’s Claw is an atmospheric and gripping tale which intrigues throughout. The quality of the writing shines through.”
—Sarah Ward, author of A Patient Fury
"Atmospheric and tense. Superb!"
—Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister
“A dark, thrilling murder mystery in a richly-realised setting—the best debut I’ve read this year.”
—Mason Cross, author of Don’t Look For Me
"Dark, haunting and full of twists."
—Chris Whitaker, author of All the Wicked Girls
"A twisty thriller set in Guernsey and populated with great characters."
—Olivia Kiernan, author of Too Close to Breathe
"A gripping thriller set in Guernsey. I loved it!"
—Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend
"Darkly atmospheric, nail-bitingly tense, intrigue-packed—a real crime fiction must read!"
—Stephanie Marland, author of My Little Eye