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Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancée, Fran, to his parents. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world.

Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed when a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair. The islanders react with fear and anger.

With no support from the mainland and only Fran to help him, Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way – and quickly. There's a killer on the island just waiting for the opportunity to strike again.

©2010 Ann Cleeves (P)2010 Soundings

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  • Viv Scally
  • 04-02-17

I could not follow the story due to the narrator

I usually enjoy Ann Cleeves books but the narrator drove me crazy. I felt confused about who was saying what . So I will return this book and select another Ann Cleeves story read by a different reader. Very disappointing.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • xxx
  • 05-27-13

SLOW oh so very slow....

this was a very SLOW story -- it seemed very dragged out - with the denouement repeated in case we hadn't got it. Did not enjoy the performer, accents slipping and not maintained. Dreadful midlands accent for one character. Not a book to listen to whilst driving as I dozed off a couple of times (safe in armchair).
Very little in way of any exciting action, felt I had done well to stick with it to the end.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • 10-07-14

stuck with it but not Vera

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It seemed slow

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

faster moving and a tiny touch of humour

What about Gordon Griffin’s performance did you like?

acceptable

Do you think Blue Lightning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no done to death

Any additional comments?

not Vera. Amazing how differant it is.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • jane
  • 05-18-14

A rather boring delivery for an exciting story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially if you have enjoyed the BBC series because it is so TOTALLY different that you are getting another Jimmy Perez story, whoopee. But don't listen in the car, see comments on narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blue Lightning?

The story is exciting, no old bodies in this one [see White Nights and Red Bones] all fresh and recent! The ending is a bit of a shock and I found myself saying "Oh no, that can't happen".

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Gordon Griffin's delivery is sonorous, and his rather slow delivery and the curious way his voice seems to die away at the end of sentences made me want to shout "Get on with it, man!" There are also a couple of times that he has read a sentence putting the stress on the wrong part making a complete nonsense of the meaning. His accents are laughable especially the Shetland one. Everyone sounded as if they were 90 years old. Also get the readers to check how things are pronounced, a glaring one was Whooper swan, it's said Hooper not Wooper. This is the third Shetland book that I have listened to using him as a narrator. Luckily the new book -Dead Water- has a new narrator, Kenny Blyth, he's brilliant, lovely Scottish voice!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Moira665
  • 02-18-17

Clever whodunit

This book helped me to place events on the correct order as I started reading mid way through these books enjoyable but sad sequel

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • dj
  • 01-03-17

blue lightning

a god account of history and culture of the Shetlands well written and beautifully related.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-16

Back on track

I was working my through the series, but almost gave up after Red Bones which I didn't enjoy so much. I only carried on as I had already bought this audiobook.

My interest has been recaptured and I am now well into Dead Water. I think I can guess what life has in store for Jimmy Pérez, but maybe I'm wrong again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Annie
  • 04-09-16

We Are Told What Happens To Fran...

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez takes his Fiancee home to meet his parents.

The island is cut off from the rest of the world, as the storms hit. As a result, Jimmy is forced to investigate a death with only Fran to assist him.

Tragedy strikes.

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  • Jo. Thompson
  • 04-27-17

Nice listen

Ann Cleeves is a favourite writer and her stories are usually good easy going listens. I enjoyed this book but felt a little let down by the feeling of the story being rushed into a conclusion.

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  • Maryb
  • 10-24-16

Excellent in all departments.

I had no idea who the killer was - very surprised at the ending. So sad and completely unexpected. Another star for Ann Cleeves. Love the Shetland atmosphere. I've been there so know what it's like. Great narration.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Valerie
  • 07-28-17

Jamie best detective

Such an enjoyable audible
The reader is a favourite
Spell binding story
I feel a relationship with the Shetlands

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  • Wendy
  • 04-19-17

Another excellent read

This story held my interest all the way through. Great narrator. Unexpected ending. Loved it!