Shetland Island

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111 ratings

Raven Black Publisher's Summary

Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands. It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. 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. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors while a killer lives on in their midst.

Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle US mystery listeners with this unforgettable series debut. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

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  • Book 1

    • 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 1,818
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,640

    It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. 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. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait.

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

    • By Mark on 03-28-17

    Regular price: $22.67

  • Book 2

    • 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 970
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 882
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 875

    In this second audiobook of the Shetland Quartet to feature Inspector Jimmy Perez, 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. The next day he's found dead, wearing a clown's mask.

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

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $32.19

  • Book 3

    • Red Bones

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoying Ann Cleeves

    • By ACT1 on 02-16-12

    Regular price: $18.37

    • 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 582
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527

    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, and Ann Cleeves' popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. As claustrophobic mists swirl around the island, Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Satisfying

    • By Chalis on 05-30-16

    Regular price: $32.19

  • Book 4

    • Blue Lightning

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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, the islanders react with fear and anger.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Watch the series instead

    • By Debbie Krueger on 05-24-18

    Regular price: $15.66

    • 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 667
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 606
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605

    Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiance home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity who had an eye for the lads is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed.

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

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-07-15

    Regular price: $21.73

  • Book 5

    • 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 689
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 626

    When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Atmospheric mystery

    • By Julie Jones on 03-13-14
    • A Shetland Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 02-18-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 689 ratings

    Regular price: $22.67

    • Dead Water

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?

    Regular price: $16.09

  • Book 6

    • Thin Air

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost.

    Regular price: $22.06

    • 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 683
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 617
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609

    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 - apparently into thin air. It's midsummer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor's body is discovered lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • weird pauses throughout

    • By JEN MONTI on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $31.49

  • Book 7

    • Cold Earth

    • Shetland, Book 7
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend, Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry, and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

    Regular price: $22.06

    • Cold Earth

    • A Shetland Mystery
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 582
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 527
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 525

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful Return to Shetland

    • By Cynthea Corlett on 04-25-17

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Too Good to Be True

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen. But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from faraway Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A Mere Short Story

    • By Cher Carter on 05-28-18

    Regular price: $6.39