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Publisher's Summary

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

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Cold Earth is the next audiobook in Ann Cleeves' beloved Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC.

©2016 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Unique Setting and Characters

This has become one of my favorite mystery series. Before discovering these stories on television and in books I knew nothing about Shetland. Now I look forward to every literary visit to this place.

The characters in a story must appeal to me if I am to enjoy their story. I like Jimmy Perez. He is complex. He is brave. He is smart. He is gentle and loving. He has experienced difficult times through this series of stories. He has learned from his experience and managed to heal and survive without turning bitter or angry.

My enjoyment of this book does not rest solely on the "puzzle" of the crime to be solved. The author creates a cast of characters that I care about in a place that is fascinating. That is enough.

Narrator Kenny Blyth is superb.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful Return to Shetland

Ann Cleeves brooding detective Jimmy Perez is back with a new murder to solve. This story delves less into island life than some earlier books, but we get a glimpse into a bit of Jimmy's inner turmoil.

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Ann Cleeves wonderful as always

What made the experience of listening to Cold Earth the most enjoyable?

Another fabulous chapter in the Shetland series

What other book might you compare Cold Earth to and why?

Ann's Vera series. She has a way with making the location an equal to her characters. She creates a mood theme as well as very good mystery.

Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

Kenny Blyth is Shetland.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just hope the next one will be in the near future.

Any additional comments?

I am not big on stars, commentary means more to me when I read reviews. If you like Ann Cleeves you will love this book. If you have not read her works start at the beginning if you can. Not sure how this would work as a stand alone, and the characters are not quite the same as the wonderful TV series.

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Reader Makes the Story Come Alive

I really enjoyed the TV series because of the unique setting of The Shetland Islands.
This tale reveals the unique lives of those who make the islands their home. Kenny Blyth with his Scottish accent adds so much to the atmosphere. This is not a fast paced story but more an in-depth study of the characters, interesting people. I was hooked from the beginning when a house slides down a hill in the heavy rains during a funeral. There's an unidentified woman inside. The story develops from there as Inspector Perez searches beyond his own fantasies. Overall good book. Excellent reader.

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Disappointing

Not enough mystery, too much about Jimmy and Sandy's insecurities and love lives. Could have cut out much of that stuff and had a decent mystery. instead I spent most of the time wishing the story would move along.

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Another Fantastic Novel

This is another fantastic novel by Ann Cleeves which I found spellbinding to the end.

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  • CB
  • 05-30-18

Cleeves is a great story teller

It is so good to be back with Perez. And it’s a great story. Told well. Can’t wait for the next one! And the next season on tv.

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  • Raven
  • New Rochelle, NY, US
  • 01-12-18

Another Ann Cleeves winner!!

I may be obsessively listening to Ann Cleeves books on Audible lately but that's because they are so good! This is another great listen. The narrator is essentially perfect and the story is terrific. The characters and place are so well drawn out hat they feel real, like people I've met and a place I've just come back from. (In reality - a place she makes me want to go to!). So happy with the whole thing!!

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Can't wait for the next one

Riveting story wonderful narration - couldn't imagine better! The entire Shetland series is addictive and worth the "read."

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damaged narration

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration went 3/4 through the book and hit an error making it impossible to listen to the story on my device. I spent more than an hour with tech support to no avail. Was assured that they would escalate and in 3 or 4 days I would be able to hear the missing chapters. I skipped to the end and heard the resolution, but the middle of the book was missing. It can't possibly be a 4 or 5 star experience when the best parts are missing and support tells me I can wait until they resolve the issue!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful