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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.

If you like Ann Cleeves you might also like to read books by Ruth Rendell, Laura Wilson and Val Mcdermid.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Ann Cleeves

Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
Cold Earth
Ann Cleeves
Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017
The Moth Catcher by Ann Cleeves
The Moth Catcher
Ann Cleeves
'This case was different from anything Vera had ever worked before. Two bodies, connected but not lying together. And nothing made her feel as alive as murder.' The Moth Catcher is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/01/2016
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Raven Black
Ann Cleeves
Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can fester when everyone thinks they...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
White Nights by Ann Cleeves
White Nights
Ann Cleeves
Setting a detective novel in the Shetland Isles is a stroke of genius in itself as a close knit community such as that is the last place you would expect murder to take place. Adding to the chilling news that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves
Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves
Blue Lightning is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. With the autumn storms raging, Fair Isle feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
Thin Air (Shetland Series 6) by Ann Cleeves
Thin Air (Shetland Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
Thin Air is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez, Shetland. A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
Harbour Street (Vera Series 6) by Ann Cleeves
Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
Very factual whodunit, almost like a police notebook, it stars Vera of the TV series. This is an involved tale with a lot of suspects and poor Vera seeming almost at a loss and expecting a lot from her team....
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2014
Harbour Street (Vera Series 6) by Ann Cleeves
Harbour Street (Vera Series 6)
Ann Cleeves
Very factual whodunit, almost like a police notebook, it stars Vera of the TV series. This is an involved tale with a lot of suspects and poor Vera seeming almost at a loss and expecting a lot from her team....
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
Dead Water Shetland Series 5 by Ann Cleeves
Dead Water Shetland Series 5
Ann Cleeves
The fifth in the Shetland series which is now the major BBC1 drama. It does stand alone but you really will enjoy it more if you are able to follow the development of the characters. We have an old islander...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2013
Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
Red Bones
Ann Cleeves
Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland. When an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves
The Glass Room
Ann Cleeves
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012.DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/09/2012
The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves
The Glass Room
Ann Cleeves
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Bestseller Dagger 2012. DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbours keep her well-supplied in homebrew and conversation so she has more tolerance for them than most. When one of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/02/2012
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
Silent Voices
Ann Cleeves
A Maxim Jakubowski Great Female Crime Sleuth. D.I. VERA STANHOPE - Now most ably personified by Brenda Blethyn on our TV screens, Stanhope is an old school middle-aged British cop who has to combat not just criminals...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
White Nights by Ann Cleeves
White Nights
Ann Cleeves
Setting a detective novel in the Shetland Isles is a stroke of genius in itself as a close knit community such as that is the last place you would expect murder to take place. Adding to the chilling news that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/06/2009
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Raven Black
Ann Cleeves
Winner of the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger. Bestselling novelist Val McDermid is spot on in her quote for this cleverly crafted crime story - 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/02/2006

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