When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?
Willow and Jimmy are soon led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland’s North Sea oil and gas industry. It emerges that Markham was chasing a story in his final days. One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death…
©2013 Ann Cleeves (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd
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"Fabulous characters, pace and atmosphere"
This is the fourth in the Shetlands quartet, and each one has been a gem. The characters are carefully drawn, avoiding cliché, and the sense of island space, light, wind and salt-wave are evoked lightly as the narrative moves on, gathering momentum. I came to this series after listening to the Stanhope mysteries, which I really enjoyed. In the Vera Stanhope series, the focus is more on Vera herself, and Cleeves has an annoying (Agatha Christie-like) habit of holding back clues to the moment of final resolution. Here, though the Shetland mysteries deny the reader the possibility of pitting ourselves against the detective; the hide and reveal is far less obvious, making for a more satisfying and rounded listen. The interactions of the characters are brilliantly conceived and Cleeves moves point of view at will, rounding out the suite of protagonists. This shared role in moving the story on, also allows these stories to wear very lightly the necessities of modern police procedures. So we know there is a suite of staff manning calls from the public, but it appears in passing, as does the CSI process, which seems to disappear off to the labs leaving observation, interview and imagination, to be the stuff of the detective team. Great stuff.
This well written interesting book kept me listening far into the night and waiting to see where the twist would come. Ann Cleeves keeps you grounded with every day life but secrets hidden behind every face. Her setting on different islands and different beliefs of the correct way to live is cleverly woven into new and previous characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book not expecting to after the previous book in this series.
I am a massive fan of Ann Cleeves and this book did not disappoint, The story is set in Shetland and the location really adds to the atmosphere of plot. Jimmy Perez has returned to Shetland following the death of his fiancee but is gradually drawn back into the investigation of the death of a journalist. It is a book I would recommend if you love a good murder mystery novel
"Another terrific "Shetland" mystery"
Jimmy Perez is still trying to come to terms with his personal tragedy and so, when the son of Shetland residents returns to the islands for purposes of his own and is killed, Willow Reeves, a senior policewoman, is sent to take charge of the case. Against his inclination Perez finds that he is caught up in the investigation and a story that began years ago unfolds against the background of the lonely, open, windswept scenery that Ann Cleeves describes so well. The narration by Kenny Blyth is particularly good and added much to the story.
Yes! Loved it from the very begining.
the whole plot,the setting of this story.
loved every minute pf it
"Worth a Listen"
I enjoyed my first Ann Cleeves novel, it was well woven, though I did get a bit lost sometimes (I feel that was MY fault rather than the novel).
The characters were well drawn, and each had an effect on me - whether I liked or disliked them. The killer was not at all obvious to me so I enjoyed the suspense. Yes, an enjoyable book, worth a listen and well narrated.
"Another great Shetland book"
I decided on this based on previous listens and the narrator and I wasn't disappointed. Another great mystery with Perez and the team. Great narration again helps you picture the place.
I won't give any of the plot away as it does keep you guessing whodunit! Thoroughly enjoyable listen without the gore I usually listen to with MacBride and alike!
"Bit thin on the plot"
About half way, it was interesting enough to keep me listening with the twists and turns and I was completely caught out by the ending. It wasn't edge of seat stuff but pleasant enough to listen to and quite satisfying at the end.
I would put this in the easily forgettable category
Never listened to him before but thought his performance was very good. Very pleasant lilting voice
I wouldn't bother making a film
"Not a patch on Vera!"
Ann Cleeves also writes the Vera Stanhope series and although I have never read one of her books - only seen the TV plays - I found this story a disappointment. It seemed to lack depth and reality.
He did a marvellous job playing the various roles but somehow something was lacking. He just couldn't get me involved in the story - but maybe that was the fault of the unconvincing text.
"Not my favourite Anne Cleeves"
This seems to be a minority report, but I found it slow, a bit dull and with an unbelievable motive. It also needed a good edit to cut the waffle and telling (vs showing). Sometimes I lost my place on my ipod and couldn't tell whether I'd heard a section before, or not.
Unremarkable. I've read much better books by Cleeves.
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