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Dark Sky Island

(Jennifer Dorey Mystery #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 seem
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 15th 2018 by Trapeze (first published September 11th 2018)
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Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lara Dearman has written a wonderful second addition to the anxious journalist, Jennifer Dorey series, working for The Guernsey News, troubled by the apparently accidental death of her beloved father, Charlie, in circumstances that she believes do not make sense, off the coast of Sark. Sark is known as the Dark Sky Island, with no streetlights or cars, with a history of smuggling and pirates, where superstitions are rife, with its myths and legends of beasts and curses, it is the land that time ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This is the second in the Jennifer Dorey series. This time the action moves to Sark, a small island near Guernsey that shares the same police force.

Told from multiple POV, this alternates between Michael Gilbert, the DI, and Jennifer Dorey, the reporter. We also hear from a woman named Rachel in 1978, who ended up leaving the island under questionable circumstances. All the characters are well drawn and fully fleshed out.

In addition to the discovery of a pile of bones in a cave on the island,
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-crime
This book is the second in the Jennifer Dorey mystery series and was even better than the first.

I loved the setting, on a tiny island off the coast of Guernsey, Sark, population 450. Jennifer and DCI Michael Gilbert are drawn to the island to investigate a skeleton which was found in a cave. Jennifer is a news reporter on Guernsey and has reason to believe her father's death 2 years before may not have been an accident.

This was a very well-written book and I enjoyed it very much. The setting o
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Sky Island is the second book in the Jennifer Dorey series. Jennifer is a reporter for a newspaper in Guernsey. In this new story, skeletal remains are discovered on nearby Sark Island. Sark is only about 9 miles from Guernsey, but it's a very different place. It's what they call a "Dark Island'' -- the only one in the world in fact. No streetlights. No cars. No airport. No light pollution. Tourists who visit there can have a view of the night sky like no other. DCI Michael Gilbert, a love ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
For me was this book a bit of an upswing from the first one. Don't take wrong, I liked the first book. Loved that the story took place on Guernsey and I quite liked DCI Michael Gilbert and journalist Jenny Dorey. Storywise is this book superior. I found myself quite hooked and breezed through the book.

There is just something very special about a small island and brutal crimes. Closed communities with secrets and resentment against outsiders. And, on the island of Sark has boon been found and tha
Thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the advance copy of this intriguing mystery. I love a story that takes me to a new location and a different way of life. The setting is the tiny island of Sark located about an hour by ferry from Guernsey. It has been designated a Dark Sky Island due to the absence of street lights. It is about 3 square miles in area and population is about 450 people. No automobiles are permitted. It was the last place in Europe to do away with the feudal system wh ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I managed to miss the first mystery in this series but, as soon as I can, I will be reading it. I love the Channel Islands and to find a mystery set on Sark was one I couldn't pass up. Sark is a small island, 3 miles by about one mile in size with about 500 residents. That number swells during the tourist season and day trippers keep the local ferry full. The island became part of England back in 1066 and kept its feudal way of life up until about ten years ago. Until then 40 families he ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second in series and, although the main story is self-contained, please do try and squeeze The Devil's Claw in first. If nothing else, it will give you a better background to Jenny's character and the connection between her and Gilbert.
The action in this book takes place on the small island of Sark where cars are banned and there is no light pollution (the Dark Sky status of the title) so the nights are proper dark, and a bit scary. Bones found in a cave are anonymously reported, cau
You're missing out if you're not reading Lara Dearman. She's from the island originally and evokes it with style and an acute sense of place that only a native could really know. She lives and breathes the island and even though this is a cracking mystery with plenty of island hopping, it's also a very good guide to the islands themselves.

This is a very well-written mystery with style and atmosphere. A very complex mystery which goes back years and builds and builds to a very intriguing ending.
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of Dark Sky Island, the second novel to feature reporter Jenny Dorey and DCI Michael Gilbert, set on the islands of Guernsey and Sark.

DCI Gilbert receives an anonymous tip about bones hidden on Sark and hurries over to investigate but while he is there an elderly resident, Reg Carré, is brutally murdered. Are the two incidents related? Nobody can say but it causes uneasiness on the island. Reporter Jenny Dorey hotfoots it
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Sky Island by Lara Dearman is a very atmospheric mystery. This second installment in the Jennifer Dorey Mystery series can easily be read as a standalone but I highly recommend the first novel as well.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Gilbert and Detective Constable Stephen Marquis are called to Sark island to investigate the discovery of bones in a cave. Local newspaper reporter Jennifer "Jenny" Dorey is tipped off about the case so she, too, makes her way from Guernsey to Sark. Not long a
Charlotte Pawson
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Sark a small island where everyone new everyone else and nobody’s business was private. DCI Michael Gilbert came to Sark when bones were found in a cave but this would lead to more intrigue and murder. Who is keeping secrets on Sark and who knows. A fast paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep you page turning to the end.
I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Les Lectures d'Anne-Sophie
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
N’ayant pas lu La Griffe du Diable au préalable, je partais sans attente excessive, ni déception antérieure, que ce soit sur la plume de Lara Dearman, ou le duo Jenny/Michael.
Et dès les premières pages, j’ai été happée par l’histoire.
Ce second opus ne nécessite pas impérativement la lecture du premier, même si cela permet sans doute d’être plus au fait des antécédents de chacun des protagonistes.
Mais comme l’auteure prend la peine de revenir rapidement sur les grandes lignes de son premier roma
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec L'Île au Ciel Noir ?
"J'avais beaucoup aimé le cadre et l'ambiance du premier tome, sur l'île de Guernesey. J'avais moins accroché aux personnages mais je voulais persévérer malgré tout dans cette série qui a indéniablement des atouts."

Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...
"Des ossements humains viennent d'être retrouvés sur la plage de Sercq et toute l'île ne parle plus que de ça. Mais alors que tous se pressent pour voir ça de
Ingrid Fasquelle
Lara Dearman a grandi à Guernesey avant de s'installer au Royaume-Uni pour étudier à l'université les relations internationales et le français. Après une brève carrière dans la finance et trois ans passés à Singapour, elle se consacre à l'écriture. Dans ce deuxième opus, on retrouve avec plaisir l’improbable duo composé du commissaire Michael Gilbert et de Jennifer Dorey, reporter au journal local de Guernesey, pour une nouvelle enquête sur la petite île de Sercq.
Une fois encore, Lara Dearman mê
Valérie Sangpages
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
J'avais beaucoup aimé son précédent livre: La griffe du diable. Il était donc évident pour moi de m'attaquer à ce petit nouveau qui en est la suite directe.
D'ailleurs, pour ma part, il est impératif d'avoir lu ce premier avant d'attaquer celui-là. Ce ne sont pas seulement les personnages qui reviennent mais des liens directs. Tu ne comprendrais de loin pas tout, si tu ne l'as pas lu.
Ce que d'ailleurs je déplore mais ça...ça ne tient qu'à moi !
J'ai retrouvé, avec plaisir, les personnages de Micha
Lisa Leone-campbell
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dark Sky Island by Laura Dearman is the sequel to her first Jennifer Dorey mystery. Although second in the series, I can assure you it can, and should be read, as a stand alone book.

Sark is an isolated small cozy island with 400 residence. The only way to travel to and from is by boat or ferry service, and bikes and tractors are there only mode of transportation due to the rocky terrain. Nothing much ever happens there until human bones are discovered in a cave.

Reporter Jenny Dorey and DCI Inves
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I haven't read book 1 but there was sufficient back references to figure out within the opening chapters something of the relationships of the various characters. I didn't "get into" the characters very much; they didn't seem to be sufficiently 3D enough. However, the mystery plot was entertaining and the setting Sark exotic enough and the cultural, societal, and political info interesting. (That being said, the political --and criminal--activity is fictional for the sake of the plot.) LD was bo ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heureuse d’avoir retrouvé la journaliste Jennifer Dorey et d’avoir levé le mystère entourant la mort de son père.
Quelques facilités et un dénouement un peu trop rapide mais un très bonne lecture. Je ne connaissais pas du tout le statut et l’histoire de Sercq. Tout comme dans le premier tome où l’on fait connaissance du duo Michael l’inspecteur et Jennifer la journaliste tout le récit se passe sur cette île à la différence que dans le premier cela se passait à Guernesey. Deux îles que j’ai
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Second book is set on Sark, a small island by Guernsey. Good story told from multiple points of view where bones from a long ago murder are found as well as a new body. There are Likable characters and what sounds like an interesting island to visit.
An engaging tale about mysteries aswirling across decades on the Channel Island of Sark. Family and tradition create ties that bind and cut while violence erupts in efforts to induce fear and retain silences. The ending is perfectly bittersweet and yet hopeful in the face of an uncertain future.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Lily Dearman
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great follow up to The Devil's Claw. The description of the settings are amazing, I have been to Sark so I know! I could not put the book down. Two thumbs up!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
This took forever to read. I never connected to any of the characters.
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