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Ann Cleeves - Author

About the Author

A letter from Ann Cleeves to our readers.....

Dear Lovereading members,

I first came to Shetland when I was nineteen.  I'd dropped out of university and was offered, quite by chance, the job of assistant cook in the bird observatory on Fair Isle, the most southerly island of the archipelago.  It's thirteen hours by ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland mainland and then another three hours in a horrible little boat to Fair Isle.  I thought I'd come to the end of the world.  But I arrived in spring when the lowlands were covered in flowers and the seabirds were nesting on the cliffs and I fell in love with the place.  I've been visiting ever since.  In Shetland I learned to cook, to clip sheep and even to knit.  I met my husband on Fair Isle and some of my best friends live in the islands.  Shetland is bleak and bare, with a magic all of its own.  I hope these books give a flavour of the place and of the preoccupations of its people.  Besides telling a story that you won't want to put down...

Best wishes, Ann Cleeve

Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel for Raven Black. Her Vera Stanhope series is now a major ITV drama starring Brenda Blethyn. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

In 2017 Ann Cleeves was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger - the highest honour in British crime writing. The Dagger award recognises authors whose crime writing careers have been marked by sustained excellence, and who have made a significant contribution to the genre.

Featured books by Ann Cleeves

Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)

Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

A KILLING. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn't leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. A WITNESS. No one saw the murder take place. How can this be, when the train was packed? Searching for a lead, DI Vera Stanhope heads to the quiet Northumberland town of Mardle to investigate. She can feel in her bones that the local residents know more than they are letting on: a killer is among them. A SECRET. Just days later, a second woman is murdered. Retracing the victims' final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street: why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak? DI Vera Stanhope is back. And she wants answers.

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Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)

Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2014

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revellers 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 an old lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train. Why would anyone want to harm this reserved, elegant lady? Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. As she stands on the silent, snow-covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived, to begin their inquiry. Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so much before she died -- before another life is lost. Retracing Margaret's final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street ...Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

Silent Voices

Silent Voices

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2011

When DI 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 ligature marks around the victim's throat death is never that simple Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands made on him by the job; Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again. Death has never made her feel so alive And when they discover that the victim had worked in social services, and had been involved in a shocking case involving a young child, then it appears obvious that the two are somehow connected. Though things are never as they seem

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Other books by Ann Cleeves

Die Nacht der schwarzen Falter

Die Nacht der schwarzen Falter

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 21/09/2016

Ein schoner Ort zum SterbenDas Leben in Valley Farm scheint perfekt: Hier im Nordosten Englands leben vier Ehepaare in einem abgeschiedenen Tal seit Jahren ganz fr sich. Doch die Idylle trgt: Der junge Patrick Randall, als Haussitter im luxurisesten Anwesen des Tals beschftigt, wird tot am Wegesrand aufgefunden. Kommissarin Vera Stanhope bernimmt mit ihrem Team die Ermittlungen. Bei der Durchsuchung des Anwesens stoen sie auf eine zweite mnnliche Leiche. Die einzige Gemeinsamkeit der zwei Opfer: eine Faszination fr seltene Falter. Als die Sozialarbeiterin Shirley Hewarth kurz darauf ermordet wird, steht Kommissarin Vera Stanhope vor ihrem schwierigsten Fall: drei Tote, die nichts verbindet, und vier Familien, die ganz eigene Leichen im Keller haben ... "e;Eine Kommissarin, die man mgen muss!"e; (Freundin)"e;Ann Cleeves wird nicht umsonst in England als die neue Queen of Crime gehandelt."e; (WDR, Buch der Woche)

Too Good To Be True

Too Good To Be True

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2016

Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series. 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 far-away 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? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof. Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .

Hidden Depths

Hidden Depths

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull. Hidden Depths is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, Vera. A hot summer on the Northumberland coast and Julie Armstrong arrives home from a night out to find her son strangled, laid out in a bath of water and covered with wild flowers. This stylized murder scene has Inspector Vera Stanhope intrigued. But then another body is discovered in a rock pool, the corpse again strewn with flowers. Vera must work quickly to find this killer who is making art out of death. As local residents are forced to share their deepest, darkest secrets, the killer watches, waits and plans to prepare another beautiful, watery grave . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Silent Voices and The Glass Room.

Telling Tales

Telling Tales

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull. Telling Tales is the second book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, Vera. Ten years after Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel, disturbing new evidence proving her innocence emerges in the East Yorkshire village of Elvet. Abigail's killer is still at large. For Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend - and of the fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh inquiries, and the villagers are hauled back to a time they would rather forget. Tensions begin to mount, but are people afraid of the killer, or of their own guilty pasts? Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices and The Glass Room.

The Glass Room

The Glass Room

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull The Glass Room is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, Vera. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation. But when one of them goes missing, her path leads her to more than a missing friend . . . 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 neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over. She's too close to the main suspect. But the investigation is too tempting and she's never been one to follow the rules. There seems to be no motive. When another body is found, Vera suspects that someone is playing games with her. Somewhere there is a killer who has taken murder off the page and is making it real . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and Silent Voices. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

The Crow Trap

The Crow Trap

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull The Crow Trap is the first book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, Vera. Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, to complete an environmental survey. Three women who each know the meaning of betrayal . . . 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. Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. When another death occurs, a fourth woman enters the picture - the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices and The Glass Room. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

Silent Voices

Silent Voices

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Winner of the 2017 Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger Vera Stanhope will return in The Seagull. Silent Voices is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, Vera. When DI 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. Then Vera spots ligature marks around the victim's throat - death is never that simple . . . Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again, working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands of the case, death has never made Vera feel so alive. The duo investigates the victim's past and discovers a shocking case, involving a young child. Probing the secretive community, they try to stop a killer in the present who can't seem to let go of the past . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and The Glass Room.

Harbour Street

Harbour Street

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2015

Harbour Street is the next spellbinding installment in Ann Cleeves' series of crime novels about Vera Stanhope, played in the TV detective drama VERA by Brenda Blethyn.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. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. As she stands on the silent, snow-covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case. Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so deeply before she died - before another life is lost. She can feel in her bones that there's a link. Retracing Margaret's final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighborhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street...Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?Told with piercing prose and a forensic eye, Ann Cleeves' gripping new audiobook explores what happens when a community closes ranks to protect their own-and at what point silent witnesses become complicit.

Shetland

Shetland

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Ann Cleeves' bestselling series of crime novels, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez, now also adapted for a major BBC television series, draw their inspiration from the place in which they take place: Shetland. In this gloriously illustrated companion to her novels, Ann Cleeves takes readers through a year on Shetland, learning about its past, meeting its people, celebrating its festivals and seeing how the flora and fauna of the islands changes with the seasons. An archipelago of more than a hundred islands, it is the one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom. Its fifteen hundred miles of shore mean that wherever one stands, there is a view of the sea. It has sheltered voes and beaches and dramatically exposed cliffs, lush meadows full of wild flowers in the summer and bleak hilltops where only the hardiest of plants will grow. It is a place where traditions are valued and celebrated, but new technologies and ways of working are also embraced. Whether it is the drama of the Viking fire festival of Up Helly Aa in winter, or the piercing blue and hot pink of spring flowers on the clifftops, the long, white nights of midsummer or the fierce gales and high tides of autumn, Shetland is vividly captured in all its bleak and special beauty.

Starlings & Other Stories

Starlings & Other Stories

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2015

Twelve pictures, twelve tales of crime and mystery. Written by Murder Squad and their six accomplices, these page turning stories uncover a world of intrigue, suspense and fear. With contributions from celebrated crime writers including Ann Cleeves and Martin Edwards, each tale is inspired by the atmospheric and evocative Pembrokeshire collection of photographer David Wilson.

Das letzte Wort

Das letzte Wort

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2015

Die Dramaturgie des TotensDie ruppige Kommissarin Vera Stanhope ist niemand, der leicht Freundschaften schliet. Doch ihre Nachbarin hat sie sofort ins Herz geschlossen. Als Joanna vermisst wird, macht sie sich hchstpersnlich auf die Suche. Die Spur fhrt zum Writers House, wo gerade ein Krimi-Workshop stattfindet. Dort hat man es lngst nicht mehr mit fiktiven Mordfllen zu tun: Im Wintergarten wurde ein Dozent erstochen. Angeblich von Joanna. Doch die beteuert ihre Unschuld. Kein leichter Fall fr Vera: Jeder der Kursteilnehmer hatte Grund, den Mann zu hassen. "e;Eine Kommissarin, die man einfach mgen muss!"e; (Freundin)

Das Geistermadchen

Das Geistermadchen

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 31/07/2015

Es hatte der schonste Tag in Carolines Leben werden sollen: Hochzeit auf den Shetlands. Mittsommernacht, die Kuste in silbernes Licht getaucht. Die Stimmung ist ausgelassen - bis einer der Gaste tot aufgefunden wird. Detective Jimmy Perez und seine Kollegin Willow Reeves verfolgen eine mysterise Spur: Die tote Eleonor hatte angeblich "e;Peerie Lizzie"e; gesehen, den Geist eines kleinen Mdchens, das hier gut hundert Jahre zuvor ums Leben gekommen war. Alles nur Spuk? Oder ein Geheimnis, so schrecklich, dass jemand es um jeden Preis zu schtzen versucht?Band sechs der erfolgreichen und preisgekrnten Shetland-Serie