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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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    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.

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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-13-14
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-13-14

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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.

    2 of 2 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
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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.

    2 of 2 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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