“Demon’s Reach” by Will Macmillan Jones
(You can meet Will at the Llandeilo Christmas Book Fair on Dec 09th and listen to him at 12:30 reading entertaining kitchen stories at Peppercorn Kitchenware)
This is the fifth in Mister Jones novel, which I received before the release. Demon stories aren’t my usual fare but I very much like Will’s personal style, so couldn’t resist.
In the prologue we learn of a demon about to be released.
Then the narrative switches to Mr Jones, who gets a letter from a solicitor, stating her has inherited from a distant cousin, names Roger Havard.
He receives a box with some old photographs, which set up a mystery to be solved.
Surprised and curious to learn more about his family and their past, Mister Jones journeys to the mist haunted eastern coast of England, and the village of Hawkstowe.
There he finds that his family have an unsavoury reputation locally for their dealings in black magic, and that his arrival is viewed with fear and horror. So scared are the locals that Mister Jones might herald a return to the dreadful times they experienced many years ago that they decide to burn down the house in which he is staying.
Soon after his arrival in the village there are also some gruesome murders.
Mister Jones must confront demons, monsters, and members of his family both living and dead to escape with his life and his sanity intact.
This is very original, creative and excellent. The novel is well written, the author is a versatile word smith with excellent use of language. The story is well paced, full of great intrigue and suspense throughout. It is quite gruesome in parts with evil, demons and darkness. Yet, it is lightened up plenty by playfull and fun-filled segments, wit and marvellous humour and the quirky characters, which is why it is so hugely enjoyable.
Obviously you’ll want to know a bit about Will’s book.
All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are very real – and not yet entirely dead.
Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.
Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?
When Mister Jones discovers that he has been asked to be executor of the Estate of a cousin he wasn’t aware he had, he thinks that the request is innocent, a family matter. But when he travels to his late cousin’s home, he finds that the local village is a dark place, full of mistrust of his family and with unsettling whispers of a dark past.
Indeed, his arrival is enough to spark of an attempt by the villagers to destroy part of his late cousin’s home – and the first death. The mystery deepens as another lost relative finds Mister Jones – but is she all that she seems?
His first visit to his late cousin’s house is almost his last, for Mister Jones finds first evidence of Black Magical Rituals among the effects in the house, and then discovers that a Demon still walks the grounds. The Demon makes herself known to more than just Mister Jones, and the body count rises. Joined by another relative stranger who reveals that she is his half sister, Mister Jones struggles to unravel the web of deceit and mystery and uncover the truth – only to discover that his half sister is more involved than he believed and that the plot centers around his presence, there in the house. He is to be a sacrificial victim, in a Ritual that will restore his long-lost father to life – at the expense of Mister Jones’.
Can Mister Jones’ half sister bring herself to sacrifice the brother she doesn’t know, for the father she fears?
Meet The Author Will Macmillan Jones