The next day he is found dead, hanging from a rafter in a boathouse, a sinister mask on his face. When a local musician is also found murdered, Detective Jimmy Perez becomes convinced that the killer is local.
But are his personal relationships clouding his judgement? Or is it just this unsettling time of year, the time of the white nights?
©2008 Ann Cleeves; (P)2008 Soundings
"Beautifully constructed...a lively and surprising addition to the genre." (Times Literary Supplement)
the narrator has a flat voice that tends to drone
don,t know couldn,t get into the storyline as i got bored with the voice
he needs to get a bit of character action going everything comes out deadpan
again i didn,t get that far into it
This was the first Island-set book by Ann Cleeves that I had come across (I'd been through all the Vera novels) and I found it very different, but in a good way, rather reminiscent of the "Scandi" novels - rather dark. But as with Vera, the characters are all strong and the writing is so good that it sucks you in. A great read and excellently read by Gordon Griffin
"Not a good choice"
Thought I'd give this a try even though I wasn't impressed the last Ann Cleeves book. I thought this one might be better, If anything this is worse. The story is quite slow even after the crime is discovered.
The main issue is the reader , it would be better if he just read it. I have listened to some readers who keep the accents of the characters so well, that you know immediately who is speaking. Not only are this guy's accents poor (B'ham, Shetland, Liverpool) but he allows them to slip so much that you are never quite sure who is who. I have lost interest with this book and can't bear to finish it. The reader drones on and on. Wish I had bought the actual printed book as this does not do the story justice.
I enjoy Ann Cleeves's writing but struggled a bit with Jimmy Perez because I started the Shetland series out of order, and I'm trying to put that right. That said, it's not that easy when the first in the series isn't recorded. Why, I've no idea but it does seem a tad bizarre.
Either this one was easier going or I'm finally getting to grips with the Shetland books, as I enjoyed it more than the 2 I heard already. It flowed well, I could follow the logical progression without ever working out the denouement. It was only at the very end that I began to have a vague inkling, and still didn't get it all right.
As before, lovely evocative picture of Shetland and the way of life mixed with an old fashioned who-dunnit with good strong characters. Ms Cleeves really can write, and the narration was good. Only question is how such sparsely populated islands are beginning to look a bit like Midsomer?
Definitely recommended but don't make my mistake - listen in the right order if you can.
I really enjoyed this book, both the reading & the storyline. Also the twist at the end.
I think that Jimmy Perez has a depth to him & the setting is different.
This book is well worth a listen. I came to it after the fantastic TV series. I will be listening to another & another!
"the recording jumped from chapter 19 to chapter 42"
Due to the fault in the jump between chapters I was unable to listen to the whole story. Need I say more?
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