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Death Shall Come

(Ishmael Jones #4)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Ishmael Jones is faced with a dead body and a missing mummy in this highly entertaining, genre-blending mystery.

Death shall come on swift wings to whoever desecrates this tomb ...

Ishmael Jones and his partner Penny have been summoned to remote Cardavan House, home of the world's largest private collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, for the unveiling of George Car
Hardcover, 185 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Severn House Publishers
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
As much as I liked this series did I feel that this one did not reach the same level as the previous three books. Honestly, it is starting to feel a bit repeating reading the books, which isn't all that bad since the whole mystery in a house far from everyone is entertaining. But, the problem is when I read this book did it feel like I have already read this story, just with a different kind of setting and motive for the killing. But, all the people felt like ones I read about before, just diffe ...more
Mar 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
Ishmael Jones books:

"The Dark Side of the Road" (May 2015)
"Dead Man Walking" (May 2016)
"Very Important Corpses: An Ishmael Jones mystery" (March 2017)
"Death Shall Come" (September 2017)
"Into the Thinnest of Air" (March 2018)
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this 4th Country House Murder Mystery, Ishmael Jones and his lady side-kick, Penny, travel to the Cardavan House. The Cardavan family has the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Held under tight security, the collection has a new exhibit -- the mummy of Cleopatra. Not the Cleopatra of Marc Anthony fame....the first Cleopatra....a much earlier ruler lost to time. Ishmael's boss, The Colonel, is married to Chloe Cardavan. He asks Ishmael to accompany him to the house for th ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my second Simon Green novel in the Ishmael Jones series though the 4th actual book written in the series. I enjoyed this outing just as much as the first though I know more about Ishmael now so there are fewer surprises as to his skills or behaviors. This story combines elements of the locked room mystery, bits of possible paranormal intrusion, and a very eccentric British family who Jones is tasked with protecting from an unknown threat while they are tucked away at the family “home”, a ...more
Cats of Ulthar
by Simon Green
(An Ishmael Jones Mystery)

I am ecstatic over this series, which more than capably combines science fiction, paranormal elements, horror, and mystery into a thrilling stew in each and every novel. Ishmael Jones (“Call me Ishmael. Ishmael Jones”) is a category all his own: at one time, he was an extraterrestrial alien. In 1963 his ship crashed in rural Britain, and he was transformed into a human form, while maintaining his exc
Ishmael Jones and his girlfriend Penny are invited to a remote country house to see the collection of Egyptian artifacts (stolen and smuggled) and especially the jewel of the collection, the newly arrived mummy of the original Cleopatra. Ishmael is--well, he has some superhuman abilities because he isn't human. People start dying among the small house party, even though no one could get in the house. Then more people die, and Ishmael realizes that these are not ordinary murders for gain or jealo ...more
Severn House and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Death Shall Come. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Ishmael Jones and Penny Belcourt are summoned to the Ancient Egypt room at the British Museum by the Colonel, Ishmael's only contact with the Organization. In a deal that he made with the faceless entity, Ishmael comes running when he is asked. When the new case falls just outside of the Organization's purview, Jones is intrigued but und
Alexander Draganov
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Едно от нещата, които ме карат да уважавам Грийн много е че той може да пише както мащабни епоси, от които зависи съдбата на самата реалност, така и доста стегнати сюжети за съдбата на малък брой хора, като в същото време успява да накара читателят да му пука за тях с това, че ги описва живи и истински, а вкарва и достатъчно шантави подробности, за да издърпа килимчето изпод краката на читателя.
Такъв е случаят и с в тази книга:
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Simon Green served up a nice Ishmael Jones locked room mystery in Death Shall Come. There was a mummy, a murder, several mysterious deaths, and Ishmael and Penny getting a bit of his past revealed to him. In all, a very nice edition to this series with brains having to work over brawn.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting tale this time. I do wish we'd learned a bit more about Ishmael, but I understand why he passed up the chance.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

One of the overall themes that runs through the Ishmael Jones series is misdirection. The villain(s) at least so far, use myths, legends and primal fears to direct their potential victims (and sometimes Ishmael) away from themselves and towards pretty much anything else.

Sort of like the way I am currently misdirecting the kitten from all the interesting things on top of my desk that she can break by putting her battery-operated toy on the floor and hoping i
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, reviewed
The story begins with an atypical meeting within the Ancient Egypt rooms at the British Museum. The Colonel veers off the usual path and asks Ishmael Jones to do him a favor. He's concerned that his wife's father, George Cardavan, may be involved in dangerous affairs. Matters that could be of note for the Organization. Ishmael agrees to help the Colonel and pretend to be an expert of Egyptian artifacts. The Cardavan's are meeting at the family estate for a private showing of George Cardavan's la ...more
Why do I like Simon R. Green's books so much when they're creepy and violent? After reading his latest, Death Shall Come, I believe I have the answer. First, I'm a sucker for a locked room mystery, and all of the Ishmael Jones stories are locked room mysteries. Then, there's Ishmael Jones himself. He's an alien from outer space who crash landed on earth, but fights to protect humans. And, time after time, the evil isn't human, or not human as we recognize it. Sometimes, it's just nice to know al ...more
S.J. Higbee
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a classic locked-room murder mystery with some very familiar elements – the ancient Egyptian artefacts complete with a curse; a powerful family all very grumpy with each other; complete isolation with no immediate help forthcoming. Given this is set in a more or less contemporary Britain, the final element takes some arranging – however Green manages to achieve the sense of the house being completely cut off without too much suspension of disbelief.

His protagonist, Ishmael Jones, is an i
Elaine Tomasso
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House Publishers Ltd for an advance copy of Death Shall Come, the fourth novel in the Ishmael Jones series.

Ishmael Jones is an alien who crash landed in England in 1963. Technology turned him into a human but erased his memories of his alien life. Nowadays he works for a shadowy group called The Organisation but only his girlfriend, Penny, knows he's an alien. His contact, the Colonel, asks him to do an off the books favour and accompany him to his fath
Leonie Byrne
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Call me Ishamael' you wouldn't be blamed for thinking that you were about to start reading Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. But this is a series which is set to be a completely different type of classic.

This is the second book I've read in the Ishmael Jones series by Simon R Green and the fourth in the series overall. Which answers the question do I need to read them in order? No. There is always a little background at the beginning that fills you in on who Ishmael is and what's going on w
Jacqueline Baxter
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Here's the thing about these books.

You wouldn't be reading them if you didn't like Simon R Green. If you don't enjoy the style and the character archetypes and the somewhat formulaic, somewhat rushed, nearly always sly and very nearly charming plots, you wouldn't be this deep into even one of his series.

Simon R. Green is a little hit and miss, that's true. The Ishamel Jones series hasn't risen to the level of the Nightside (hell, what of his does?) or Hawk and Fisher, but it's an interesting b
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simon R Green clearly has fun turning the classic manor house mystery upside down and tackling classic monsters in his Ishmael Jones series.  Already he’s tackled a vampire and the Loch Ness monster.  Now it’s a mummy’s turn.

As a favor to the Colonel, Ishmael and Penny head to the Cardavan homestead where the largest trove of privately owned Egyptian artefacts resides.  The Colonel is concerned about how his father-in-law was able to purchase the previously undiscovered mummy of the first Cleopa
NaTaya Hastings
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I was quite pleased with this book. I initially picked up this book to read because it was written by Simon R. Green, and I am a big fan of his "Nightside" series. However, I have never read anything else by him. This was the fourth book in a series, so I feel like there is probably a lot of backstory to which I was not privy, but even so, the book was quite enjoyable. Also, it was written in such a way that it is fine as a standalone novel.

I enjoyed the main character, Ishmael, and his relatio
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ishmael Jones and Penny are definitely two characters that readers will want to know about in this unique, genre-bending mystery from author Simon R. Green. This is a great entry-point into the series, even though it is book four. Readers will be intrigued by this unique brew of story that has elements of sci-fi, Egyptology, and mystery all rolled into one.
Not having read any of the books previously in this series, I really enjoyed the character of Jones and Penny. Green definitely handles nuan
Penny Noble
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I have read all the books up to this point in this series, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like this latest installment. Why? Well, I thought I was getting tired of the same old locked-house mystery. Leave it to Mr. Green to prove me wrong. Ishmael and Penny are back for another murder mystery where the house is locked and no one can get out; the killer is among them, but maybe this time the killer isn’t human, maybe this time it’s the original Cleopatra. I really enjoyed this latest installmen ...more
Molly Smith
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Initial Thoughts: Though I had read the first two novels, I was not able to read the third before jumping into this one. Each story, though best read in series, can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed this mystery. It was fascinating and full of the Simon Green signature balance of wit and grit. I love Ishmael and Penny's banter as well as the continuing mystery of Ishmael's background. Considering the fascinating clue given at the end of this novel, I eagerly look forward to the next one ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like all Simon Green. These Ishmael Jones books are closed room mysteries but with both the usual Simon Green paranormal angle alongside a paranormal debunking theme, similar but not as off the wall as the Ghost Finders novels. (I like those better).

These novels (5) are all very similar but that's rather comforting when you just can't fuigure out what to read next. Hey! Here's a Simon green. I know I will be able to fall into this!
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Ishmael Jones is asked as a favour by the Colonel, working for the same Organisation, to spend the weekend at Cardavan house where a recently discovered mummy would be on display. Then the murders start.
A murder mystery with a twist of supernatural/alien content which although was interesting enough for me to read to the end, the plot and the characters really didn't engage me.
A NetGalley Book
Dimitar Haralampiev
This one is top notch

Equal to the first book in the series in every aspect. A lots of terror and suspense despite this being the forth book with a closed house murder story. In contrast to the second and third, here i could not guess much of the plot upfront. The mystery stays a mystery to the end. I can only recommend.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Ishmael Jones and his sidekick Penny are summoned to a remote country house, where the family houses a collection of Egyptian artifacts, including a mummy. For once, his boss, the Colonel, is involved in a case, because his wife is part of this family.
As usual there's a high body count. Not the best in the series.
Gayle Noble
Has an ancient Egyptian curse been awakened to wreak havoc in an isolated country estate? Ishmael and Penny (but mainly Ishmael) investigate at the home of the Colonel's inlaws, the Cardavans. (Nice play on Carnarvon - involved in the Tutankhamun discovery). Entertaining stuff.
Michael Brown
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series-reading
Another overly drawn out and at times boring group in an English mansion slowly being killed off. While the series is good, this is the third time for this plot.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review here:

Good locked room mystery, with an unusual solution.
pretty good, follows the normal Simon r green formula. a little tired and old hat. closed room mystery
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.


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Ishmael Jones (6 books)
  • The Dark Side of the Road (Ishmael Jones, #1)
  • Dead Man Walking (Ishmael Jones, #2)
  • Very Important Corpses (Ishmael Jones, #3)
  • Into the Thinnest of Air (Ishmael Jones, #5)
  • Murder in the Dark (Ishmael Jones, #6)
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