Ann Cleeves
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Ann Cleeves

Ann is the author of the books behind ITV's VERA, now in it's third series, and the BBC's SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012. Ann's DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth. Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands...

Ann grew up in the country, first in Herefordshire, then in North Devon. Her father was a village school teacher. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs - child care officer, women's refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard - before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.

While she was cooking in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle, she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. She was attracted less by the ornithology than the bottle of malt whisky she saw in his rucksack when she showed him his room. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. They were the only residents, there was no mains electricity or water and access to the mainland was at low tide across the shore. If a person's not heavily into birds - and Ann isn't - there's not much to do on Hilbre and that was when she started writing. Her first series of crime novels features the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. A couple of these books are seriously dreadful.

In 1987 Tim, Ann and their two daughters moved to Northumberland and the north east provides the inspiration for many of her subsequent titles. The girls have both taken up with Geordie lads. In the autumn of 2006, Ann and Tim finally achieved their ambition of moving back to the North East.

For the National Year of Reading, Ann was made reader-in-residence for three library authorities. It came as a revelation that it was possible to get paid for talking to readers about books! She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and still enjoys working with libraries.
Ann Cleeves on stage at the Duncan Lawrie Dagger awards ceremony

Ann's short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award. She has twice been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story The Plater, and the following year for the Dagger in the Library award.

In 2006 Ann Cleeves was the first winner of the prestigious Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award of the Crime Writers' Association for Raven Black, the first volume of her Shetland Quartet. The Duncan Lawrie Dagger replaces the CWA's Gold Dagger award, and the winner receives £20,000, making it the world's largest award for crime fiction.

Ann's success was announced at the 2006 Dagger Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton, in London's Aldwych, on Thursday 29 June 2006. She said: "I have never won anything before in my life, so it was a complete shock - but lovely of course.. The evening was relatively relaxing because I'd lost my voice and knew that even if the unexpected happened there was physically no way I could utter a word. So I wouldn't have to give a speech. My editor was deputed to do it!"

The judging panel consisted of Geoff Bradley (non-voting Chair), Lyn Brown MP (a committee member on the London Libraries service), Frances Gray (an academic who writes about and teaches courses on modern crime fiction), Heather O'Donoghue (academic, linguist, crime fiction reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, and keen reader of all crime fiction) and Barry Forshaw (reviewer and editor of Crime Time magazine).

Ann's books have been translated into sixteen languages. She's a bestseller in Scandinavia and Germany. Her novels sell widely and to critical acclaim in the United States. Raven Black was shortlisted for the Martin Beck award for best translated crime novel in Sweden in 200.
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Best Sellers

    • Wild Fire

    • A Shetland Island Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    The betrayal of those closest burns most of all.... Hoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oh Ann, say it ain't so....<br />

    • By the Shepherdess on 09-19-18

    Regular price: $32.19

    • Raven Black

    • Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,985
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,792

    Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

    • By Mark on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $22.67

    • White Nights: A Thriller

    • Shetland, Book 2
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 984
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 979

    The launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Picked up where last one left off...

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-17-15

    Regular price: $32.19

    • Thin Air

    • A Shetland Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 745
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 673
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 664

    A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But one of them, Eleanor, disappears....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • weird pauses throughout

    • By JEN MONTI on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Crow Trap

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Anne Dover
    • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

    Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the Wait

    • By Marina on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $40.59

    • Dead Water

    • A Shetland Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 763
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 696
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 692

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric mystery

    • By Julie Jones on 03-13-14

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Red Bones

    • A Thriller
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 655
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 602
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 596

    When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is fatally shot....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying

    • By Chalis on 05-30-16

    Regular price: $32.19

    • Cold Earth

    • A Shetland Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 661
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 598
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 595

    In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique Setting and Characters

    • By Chalis on 04-24-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Blue Lightning: A Thriller

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 744
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 673

    Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiancé home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Totally unput-down-able! More please!

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $21.73

    • Silent Voices

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 951
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 864
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 852

    When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Vera enemy better in print(voice)!

    • By Walter G Sutton III on 07-06-15

    Regular price: $25.51

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