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Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5 | [Anne Cleeves]

Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery, Book 5

When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.
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Publisher's Summary

Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who listeners will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers.

©2013 Anne Cleeves (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-13-14
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-13-14 Member Since 2005

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    "Atmospheric mystery"

    I enjoyed this book. The setting, on the Shetland Islands, is atmospheric and interesting; the characters believable, the story well told, and the narrator very able.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lacy powder springs, GA, United States 02-22-14
    lacy powder springs, GA, United States 02-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A GREAT MYSTERY"
    Would you listen to Dead Water again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this book again and again. It has a great storyline and so well written. A joy to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are well defined.


    Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

    Ditto.


    Any additional comments?

    So delightful to have a book with great character development and story. Makes you want to visit Shetland Island. PLEASE MORE ANN CLEEVES.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathi 02-23-14
    Kathi 02-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.

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    "Excellent crime novel, very well narrated!"

    Anne Cleeves writes fascinating mysteries that take place in the Shetland Islands. She is also the author of the Vera Stanhope series. In this book, Jimmy Perez has been away due to a personal tragedy, and when this murder occurs, he is drawn back into the police work little by little, even as he continues to take care of his foster daughter. In this case, a local man who had moved away, returns, only to be killed. There are a couple of intriguing pathways to follow for clues--one, his past romances and the other, concerns about a local water project that some people are not happy about.

    Cleeves' books are deep and intense. This plot is well laid out and has enough continuing interest to keep the reader/listener's attention from beginning to end. It is good as a stand alone mystery--however, be aware that it is part of a series (in fact, the 5th one)--but so far as I can see, it is the only one being offered by her on Audible (at least so far). I chose to listen to it (normally would not be likely to pick up a book in mid-series)--because I have read all the others.

    This is a really good mystery book with lots of interesting information about the Shetlands. It is well worth listening to, but it does give away a bit of information that would be a spoiler for the 4th book in the series. I highly recommend it--with only that consideration. It is well worth listening to--the narration is quite good. Kenny Blyth had a strong Scot's accent--but not in a way that made it hard for (this American) to understand, as can be the case sometimes.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-29-15
    Marjorie Santa Rosa, CA, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy literary fiction with character depth and psychological exploration. I am in my 50s, work in psychology, and love the outdoors.

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    "What A Disappointment After Enjoying ..."

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the first of book of this series, "Raven Black". Perhaps because I enjoyed the first book so much, I expected too much of this novel but I don't think so. The narrator, Kenny Blyth, presented such a thick brogue that I found myself wishing he would enunciate more clearly. I could not understand many of the words that he spoke. I found the mystery itself to be rather slow moving with the most interesting part of the story being the dynamics between the female detective and her male counterpart in contrast to the solving of the mystery. In summary, if you have listened to the first novel of the series and you enjoyed it, don't expect to have the same experience with this one. Also, it is important to note that this is a five book series with only Book 1 and Book 5 available. Perhaps that is also why this mystery was so unsatisfying.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    EmmaZ 03-07-14
    EmmaZ 03-07-14
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    "great reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dead Water to be better than the print version?

    I really liked the story which was still enhanced by the very good reader


    What other book might you compare Dead Water to and why?

    Anne Cleeves' other books, Elly Griffith' books, similar intimate atmosphere, attachment to main characters


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt I could have listened to the reader for a much longer time


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael maimi, FL, United States 04-18-15
    Michael maimi, FL, United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Perhaps better than PD James!"

    If you enjoy PD James' mysteries , you will love Anne Cleeves' mysteries. A great police procedural with wonderful character development and a totally satisfying mystery conclusion.
    This is a fantastic series, Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda K. Baker 03-31-15
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    "Great"

    It was a great story with beautiful narration. Loved the Shetland accent. It exceeded my expectations. I will listen again.

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    George 01-31-15
    George 01-31-15
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    "Ethnic Character without Patronization"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Water the most enjoyable?

    The characters are a wonderful combination of unfamiliar customs and believable human qualities.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. The multiple perspectives by different police inspectors was intriguing.


    Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

    Jimmy Perez


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Listened to it on a long drive.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well written. Author deserves her awards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 01-12-15
    Frank Lawrence State College, PA USA 01-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "narrator"

    the narrator makes the story. he makes you feel like you are in Scotland.

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    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 01-11-15
    Kathleen Banff, AB, Canada 01-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Unexpected twist"

    I enjoyed this book because of the characters and the unexpected twist at the end. I'll read more of this series.

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