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Red Bones | [Ann Cleeves]

Red Bones

An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family.
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Publisher's Summary

An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident.

Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two families whose feud has lasted generations. Surrounded by people he doesn't know, Jimmy finds himself out of his depth.

Then there's another death and Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again...

©2009 Ann Cleeves; (P)2009 Soundings

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    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12
    ACT1 Australia 02-16-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoying Ann Cleeves"

    I have only just discovered Ann Cleeves and am enjoying her books immensely. The storyline sucks you in nicely and I was sorry to come to the end of the book because I felt like I belonged with the characters

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 09-09-12
    Tracy Canada 09-09-12 Member Since 2012

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "Really Engaging Village Mystery"
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    I really enjoyed this story - I've read or listened to all of Ann Cleeves' Vera Stonhope mysteries, and loved every one. This was my first Jimmy Perez mystery, and I found it as well written, and well told, but softer somehow. Softer, by the way, is good.

    I was really in the mood for something nice. While this isn't really a cozy mystery, it has excellent characterization, sees Perez's young deputy grow up a bit, and really does a good job of portraying the folks in an island village.

    Oh - also a good little mystery!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beverley mccormack 01-29-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not appreciated enough"

    Like Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Ann Cleeves is not publicised enough in North America. She has a wonderful sense of place, especially in The Shetland Quartet, and her writing is excellent. She creates wonderful characters and plots. I would like to see many more of her books available on Audible.com. The narrator of this series isn't my favourite and doesn't give a Scottish flavour to the dialogue, but is adequate and has a British accent. The quality of her books deserves the best narrators but shows through any flaws in that area.

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  • Charlie
    Perth, Australia
    1/28/15
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    "A simple start to mayhem!"
    Would you listen to Red Bones again? Why?

    I will be listening to the story again. We were kept guessing right up until the final moments to see who was the culprit!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenery, vividly painted, of the places where the action took place.
    The range of interesting characters together with their motives and prejudges.


    What does Gordon Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The reader, Gordon Griffin adds colour and humour to every character with effortless ease.
    He keeps it going at a comfortable pace and switches between them without missing a beat


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    be very careful aboout what you wish for!


    Any additional comments?

    We are now looking at more of the Shetland series for more vicarious experiences on that island group.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • lassiefromlancs
    1/2/15
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    "Good read"

    Nice descriptions of Shetland landscapes and way of life as background to interesting plot and characters. It was well read too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • katy
    Lymington, United Kingdom
    7/20/15
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    "Another superb Ann Cleeves book"
    If you could sum up Red Bones in three words, what would they be?

    A great read


    What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

    A well narrated book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments that moved me in this book but particularly the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Ann Cleeves makes me want to visit all the places her books are set in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelley
    6/16/15
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    "Another lovely Shetland story"

    A bit far fetched but you still fall in love with the Islands and want to meet Jimmy Perez and marry him. Enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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