Vera Stanhope

15 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 5,463 ratings

The Crow Trap Publisher's Summary

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

For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.

Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture - the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women's tangled lives.

©1999 Ann Cleeves (P)2017 Isis Publishing Ltd
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  • Book 1

    • 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 1,194
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

    Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the Wait

    • By Marina on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $40.59

    • The Crow Trap

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 3

    Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

    Regular price: $25.63

  • Book 2

    • Telling Tales

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 574
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570

    It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large. As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a fabulous book to listen to

    • By Gigi on 09-01-17

    Regular price: $35.69

    • Telling Tales

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It has been 10 years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie’s innocence. Abigail’s killer is still at large. For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend - and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch. 

    Regular price: $23.34

  • Book 3

    • Hidden Depths

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Ann Dover
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 397
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 398

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thank You Ann Cleeves

    • By Chalis on 03-15-18

    Regular price: $32.19

  • Book 4

    • Silent Voices

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32

    When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping story

    • By Colin on 11-11-17

    Regular price: $16.09

    • 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 971
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 884
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 872

    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 from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, and Vera quickly realizes she has a murder on her hands.

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

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

    Regular price: $25.51

  • Book 5

    • The Glass Room

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Glass room

    • By Eveline Howells on 07-17-16

    Regular price: $16.09

    • The Glass Room

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 462
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 422
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 418

    DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well supplied in homebrew and conversation, and somehow bonds have formed. When one of them goes missing, Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors work on their stories. Things get complicated when a body is discovered, and Vera’s neighbor is found with a knife in her hand.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By CM on 04-28-18

    Regular price: $32.19

  • Book 6

    • Harbour Street

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 700
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 636
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 633

    As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Never guessed the ending

    • By Susan S. on 12-17-15

    Regular price: $25.51

    • Harbour Street

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story

    • By lesley on 01-11-16

    Regular price: $16.09

  • Book 7

    • The Moth Catcher

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the Moth Catchers

    • By Eveline Howells on 10-08-16

    Regular price: $22.06

    • The Moth Catcher

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 556
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 508
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 506

    Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house sitter, a young ecologist, to look after the place while they're away. But his dead body is found by the side of the lane - a lonely place to die. When DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, she finds the body of a second man. What the two victims seem to have in common is a fascination with studying moths - and with catching these beautiful, intriguing creatures.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Much More Than A "Procedural"

    • By Chalis on 10-31-16

    Regular price: $32.19

  • Book 8

    • The Seagull

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 8
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343

    A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent and now inmate John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a key part in his downfall. Now Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-'90s, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This might be the best Vera Stanhope book so far!

    • By Kathi on 11-26-17

    Regular price: $32.19

    • The Seagull

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing

    • By sally earl on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $22.06