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.
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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.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
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.
First let me say I like the new narrator very much. I liked Gordon Griffin also, in earlier books in the series. I did not find Kenny Blyth at all hard to understand - I thought he had just enough accent to fit the Shetland setting. I noticed when he needed a classy English accent he did that perfectly (as far as I could tell).
If you want to get other audiobooks from this series try typing in the title in the search blank, or go to Amazon and search there. You should be able to buy them on Amazon with your Audible credits.
It's an interesting story but I thought the solution to the murders required way too much surmise on the part of Jimmy Perez after the fact - I don't want to spoil the surprise but the culprits hardly figured in the story at all up until the end so a lot of back explanation had to be added right at that point, after they were caught. Perhaps there were clues I missed as I did listen in the car but the final revelations seemed to come out of the blue. Still, I enjoyed the book and do recommend it. I hope Willow figures into future books in the series.
I really liked the story which was still enhanced by the very good reader
Anne Cleeves' other books, Elly Griffith' books, similar intimate atmosphere, attachment to main characters
I felt I could have listened to the reader for a much longer time
I would absolutely listen to this book again and again. It has a great storyline and so well written. A joy to listen to.
All the characters are well defined.
So delightful to have a book with great character development and story. Makes you want to visit Shetland Island. PLEASE MORE ANN CLEEVES.
This is the fifth "Shetland" book I've read and I loved it as much as I did the first four.
Ann Cleeves does an excellent job of describing the characters and the setting. As I listen, I feel a very strong sense of place, though I've never even visited an area bears any similarity to Shetland. Her characters are interesting and seem real as she describes them. Jimmy Perez is the main protagonist. He has suffered a terrible loss in his life, and is beginning to recover in this story.
Kenny Blyth's narration is seamless and excellent. Some readers have commented that they found him hard to understand - I did not have that experience. I have lived my entire live in the North Central United States and had no problems understanding the accents.
If you like fast paced books with non-stop action, this one probably isn't for you. What you will find here is a well told story populated with interesting characters who live is a fascinating place.
I won't be spoiler but I will say I was dismayed about the ending of the prior book in this series, which seemed gratuitous and harsh. Having said that, this story picks up smoothly and continues to develop the main characters while adding an interesting new face to the mix. The story is well developed and the descriptions of the islands make you feel you could be there. I loved loved loved the narration. The range and nuance of the accents was lovely and engaging and pitch perfect. This is a great addition to the series, no disappointments.
Someone once said that to visit new places you must travel or read a book. I enjoyed the story a great deal, but traveling to the Shetland Islands in this book is even better. The descriptions are great, the characters believable, and feel of the place is appealing.
The reader enhanced the experience of both the story and the visit. Events and characters are depicted well without unnecessary profanity or gruesome detail.
I enjoyed this book and look forward to listening to the others in this series.
As usual, Ann Cleeves serves up a clever mystery that keeps the listener puzzled until the end. Good character development in this one, with Jimmy reluctantly emerging from grief and Sandy Wilson unexpectedly rising to challenges. The addition of Willow Reeves is welcome - an unconventional character and a pleasant contrast to her predecessor and his anger problems.The very best part, however, is the absolutely brilliant narration by Kenny Blyth. His accent is genuine, but not difficult to understand with just a week bit of patience which is quickly and richly rewarded. I will listen to anything he narrates! More Shetland Mysteries, please!
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