Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.
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I was first introduced to Anne Cleeves' Shetland series via the BBC's televised series, which I loved. The books are much much better and beautifully read by Gordon Griffin. The mystery remained whole until the last fifteen minutes and I would have never guessed the identity of the culprit. But added to the suspense, there is the unfolding of Jimmy Perez, the main detective's, new romance with Fran, as well as the wonderful sense of place and an introduction to the Shetland Island's customs. I thoroughly recommend this audiobook.
If my local public television station hadn't broadcast the Shetland mystery series produced by the BBC I might not have found this author.
This is my fourth Ann Cleeves book. The books are long, but they've never seemed too long as I've listened to them. In fact, as soon as I'm done with a book, I immediately want to move on to the next one. I am trying to pace myself, so I don't run out of Ann Cleeves books to listen to!
One thing that sets this series apart is Jimmy Perez. In him the author has created a complex and fascinating character. The other main "character" in this series is Shetland. There is a very strong sense of place in this series.
Narrator Gordon Griffin is superb.
My opinion of the story is not unbiased, as I read these out of order, thus knew an important part of the story line in advance. Though I love Ann Cleeves books and Jimmy Perez mysteries.
Someone who pays attention to what they're reading, and doesn't. End the sentence. Before it's finished. And knows where to place the emphasis. And doesn't turn a declarative sentence into a question? With! Inappriate! Exclamations! interspersed arbitrarily. It's as if he was reading words completely out of context. I played the book at1.25 speed setting, and still there were long unnecessary pauses.
Ann Cleeves always provides a story full of interesting and well-developed characters. As in all her books, there were many twists and turns which had me often changing my mind as to whom the murderer might be. However, in this book I never saw the ending coming--a different twist for sure.
This book in general was fantastic, as all from this author are. I hated the ending. I won't give it away, but I wouldn't have read this book had I known.
A glut of characters with continual influx of backstories. Very hard to keep track of who's who, let alone who dun it. Couldn't finish it.
Her Vera series is very good
Main character has nothing going for him -- neither intellect nor any kind of charisma. The story is shamefully mundane. The narrator reads so slowly that you forget what is being discussed. A soporific.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I was hooked from the very beginning. I was so enthralled I could have been there in Shetland with them! It also helped that the narrator was good.
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