Hidden Depths

A Vera Stanhope Mystery
Narrated by: Ann Dover
Series: Vera Stanhope, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
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Published for the first time in the US, Hidden Depths is an early audiobook in Diamond Dagger award-winning crime author Ann Cleeves's Vera Stanhope series, brought to life in the hit TV series Vera.

On a hot summer on the Northumberland coast, Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son murdered. Luke has been strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope and her team intrigued. But now, Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death.

As local residents are forced to share their private lives, sinister secrets are slowly unearthed. And all the while the killer remains in their midst, waiting for an opportunity to prepare another beautiful, watery grave....

©2007 Ann Cleeves (P)2007 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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Thank You Ann Cleeves

The Vera Stanhope mysteries have kept me intrigued and entertained for hours. Vera is a unique and fascinating character.

In this book the characters are well developed and interesting. The descriptions of the people and places were evocative for me - I could mentally picture them as I read the story. The mystery is good - I didn't guess the outcome ahead of time.

Narrator Ann Dover is superb.

I expect I will listen to this book (and others in the series) over and over again.

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Just a fabulous book

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I've listened to all the Shetland books and read several of Cleeves' early works. Although the Shetland TV shows are probably the best TV made in the last 5 years, the Vera (book) series is turning out to be the best reads. Also the reader for this one is so good. She doesn't does that sweet, smiley uplift of the voice when something sentimental or cutesy is said.

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Brilliant, as usual

I love all of Ann Cleeves’ books, and this one didn’t disappoint. The narration is perfect, too.

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Just another great old Vera story<br />

I love Vera Stanhope tales and this is a good one. Vera is her same old overweight, drinks too much self. She attacks the mystery of the deaths with all her life skills and away we go. Loved it!

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Another great Vera story

Fantastic stories, characters, and a perfect reader. A real pleasure. I love the TV show as well, and picture the wonderful Brenda Blethyn as I listen to the books.

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Love That Vera Stanhope!

I am thoroughly enjoying reading this series from Ms. Cleeves. I often shudder that there will be too many similarities between the books and the tv series, but I am pleased to say there’s more than enough difference between the two to keep me happy. I like that Cleeves has created a character who is and is not comfortable in her own skin. Yet, she is driven to help keep the world a tidy place even when she may not be so comfortable with herself. This story kept me guessing until the end and I wanted a couple of characters to be guilty just because I didn’t like them! Thank you Ms. Cleeves!

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Best Vera Novel So Far!

Ann Cleeves has created the most interesting character in Vera that I have ever encountered infection. She is intelligent, acerbic, and absolutely delightful! Each novel tells us more about the main character, and in this third book, she is the most well-developed so far. I wish I knew a woman like Vera.

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great story!

one of my favorite narrators! great performance and story has a lot of depth. love vera!

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Ann Cleeves does it again.

I love the Vera Stanhope series. The reader makes it all happen. Cleeves brings the characters to life. I'm ready for another Vera story.

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Another Classic From Anne Cleeves

I don’t know how she continues to generate new material and fresh ideas but she always does. I’ve read probably 20 of her books and have never been disappointed. Each new story is captivating, well developed and holds attention til the end. I love that I am never able to guess who the killer is. It is so refreshing to be surprised each and every time. She is such a talented author, a fabulous storyteller. The narration is also fantastic. A wonderful experience. Thank you.