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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.

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

Other books by Ann Cleeves

Wild Fire

Wild Fire

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez. Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. For him it will mean returning to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is already facing the most disturbing investigation of his career, when Willow drops a bombshell that will change his life forever. Is he ready for what is to come?

Red Bones

Red Bones

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2018

Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall. When an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate the mystery. The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations. Then there's another murder and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again . . . Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

Wild Fire

Wild Fire

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez. Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?

Wild Fire

Wild Fire

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2018

Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez. Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote. Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire. With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?

A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

A Bird in the Hand is the first novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. In England's birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted - a murderer . . . Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow twitchers flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it . . . before the murderer strikes again.

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy is the third novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. For Dorothea Cassidy Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own, and would plan to visit people she wanted to see as a welcome respite from the routine duties that being a vicar's wife entailed. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other. It was the day that Dorothea Cassidy was strangled. As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours. He soon discovers that she had taken on a number of deserving cases - a sick and lonely old woman, a disturbed adolescent, a compulsive gambler, a single mother with a violent boyfriend and a child in care - and even her close family have their secrets to hide. All these people are haunted, in one way or another, by Dorothea's goodness. But which of them could have possibly wanted her dead? It is not until a second body is discovered that Ramsay starts to understand how Dorothea lived - and why she died. With the carnival festivities in full swing and dusk falling in Otterbridge, Ramsay's murder investigation reaches its chilling climax . . .

The Seagull

The Seagull

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/01/2018

The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships. Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case. When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims. But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate. As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal? The Vera Stanhope series has been adapted as the smash-hit TV series, Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn.

Die Tote im roten Kleid

Die Tote im roten Kleid

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 24/01/2018

Eine Lawine aus Schlamm und DreckEs ist dunkel und kalt in Shetland. Seit Monaten regnet es. Auf dem Weg ins Tal reit das Wasser gewaltige Erdmassen mit sich, die Teile des kleinen rtchens Ravenswick unter sich begraben. Bei den Aufrumarbeiten findet man in den Trmmern eines Hauses die Leiche einer unbekannten Frau in blutrotem Seidenkleid. Kommissar Jimmy Perez will wissen, wer sie ist - doch stt er bei den Inselbewohnern auf eine Mauer des Schweigens. Als sich herausstellt, dass die Frau ermordet wurde, ruft Perez seine alte Kollegin Willow Reeves aus Inverness zu Hilfe. Die ist noch nicht vor Ort, da gibt es bereits das zweite Opfer ...

Shetland: The Four Seasons: Books 1-4

Shetland: The Four Seasons: Books 1-4

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2017

CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves's Shetland Island series has long been beloved both by fans who have been intrigued by Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the very first page, and recent converts drawn in by the brilliant BBC series Shetland. Set in the most northerly community in the UK, the islands have a stark beauty that provides the backdrop for Jimmy's quietly intense cases. Here together for the first time in a fantastic low-priced eBook bundle are the first four Shetland Island mysteries:Raven Black:Winner of the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with lonely outcast Magnus Tait. When the body of a murdered girl is discovered, suspicion falls on Magnus, and Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.White Nights: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, and Jimmy must follow the winding trail the stranger has left behind to its conclusion.Red Bones: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 Jimmy Perez is called in. In Red Bones, a claustrophobic mist swirls around the Shetland Islands, and Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.Blue Lightning:Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez brings his fiancee home to Fair Isle, a birder's paradise, but when a woman's body is discovered at the island's bird observatory, the investigation is hampered by a raging storm that renders the island totally isolated. Jimmy has to find clues the old-fashioned way, and he has to do it quickly. There's a killer on the island just waiting for the chance to strike again.

The CWA Short Story Anthology: Mystery Tour

The CWA Short Story Anthology: Mystery Tour

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/11/2017

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer's Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn't so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of contemporary crime-fiction genre, these 28 chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you'll never forget. Contributions from: Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jonasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick 'The diverse storytelling styles and takes on familiar genre tropes add up to an entertaining buffet for mystery fans' Publishers Weekly 'This is an excellent collection of high quality crime stories, ranging from psychological thrillers to crime scene investigations, providing something for everyone - and the chance to get out of your usual `crime reads' comfort zone' Off The Shelf Books

The Seagull

The Seagull

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2017

The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships. Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case. When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims. But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate. As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal?

The Seagull

The Seagull

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2017

The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships. Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case. When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims. But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate. As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for what it will reveal?

Dreaming of Rain and Peter Lovesey

Dreaming of Rain and Peter Lovesey

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2016

An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection ClubFrom acclaimed novelist Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland series, comes a tale about a wife who will do anything to meet her favourite writer.The life of Ann Cleeves' ex-pat wife protagonist is one of boredom punctuated by stultifying dinner parties and making sure that her home is tidy and her husband is happy. When her favourite writer, Peter Lovesey, is due to appear at the Emirates Literature Festival, she is beyond thrilled. What will she do then when her husband changes their plans at the last minute?

Cold Earth

Cold Earth

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2016

Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall. 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. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died. Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

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. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

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. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

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. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.

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, and now also adapted for a major BBC television series, draw their inspiration from the place in which they take place: Shetland. 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. 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. 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

Thin Air

Thin Air

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

Ann Cleeves is back with the sixth book in her Shetland series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, whom readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, and Dead Water. 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 mid-summer, 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. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy-obsessive, even-to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill-many years later-to protect? Ann Cleeves' striking new novel is a quintessential whodunit with surprises at every turn.

Silent Voices

Silent Voices

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2015

Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands, which began with the award-winning Raven Black. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series (set in Northumberland, England). This one features detective Vera Stanhope, the lead character played by Brenda Blethyn on the hit television series "e;Vera."e; Destined for the same kind of fame achieved by Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse, the show is a favorite of millions of viewers in the U.K. and is available here on Netflix, PBS, and Amazon. When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, Vera's team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim's past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there's no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute. With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, Silent Voices is a stand out penned by one of Britain's most successful mystery writers.

White Nights

White Nights

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 10/03/2015

The electrifying follow up to the award-winning Raven BlackRaven Black received crime fiction's highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.It's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws an elaborate party to launch an exhibition of her work at The Herring House, a gallery on the beach.The party ends in farce when one the guests, a mysterious Englishman, bursts into tears and claims not to know who he is or where he's come from. The following day the Englishman is found hanging from a rafter, and Detective Jimmy Perez is convinced that the man has been murdered. He is reinforced in this belief when Roddy, Bella's musician nephew, is murdered, too.But the detective's relationship with Fran Hunter may have clouded his judgment, for this is a crazy time of the year when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems.A stunning second installment in the acclaimed Shetland Island Quartet, White Nights is sure to garner American raves for international sensation Ann Cleeves. 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.

Offshore

Offshore

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 04/12/2014

Offshore, by bestselling crime writer Ann Cleeves, is a striking collection of eight short stories, all set on islands off the coast of the UK, and features cases for both DI Jimmy Perez on Shetland, and DI Willow Reeves on Uist in the Outer Hebrides. In 'Stranded', set on Hilbre near Liverpool, a young man's first love vanishes. In 'Hector's Other Woman', on Holy Island, we meet a young Vera before she becomes DI Vera Stanhope, and discover how she decides to enter the police force. One of the stories, 'Postcard from Skokholm', is written by Lynne Chitty, winner of Pan Macmillan's Bello imprint's short story competition, who introduces Ann Cleeves' beloved characters George and Molly Palmer-Jones to new readers.Ann Cleeves deftly captures the spirit of each island setting, and offers us a compelling new collection of mysteries.

Ein dunkler Fleck

Ein dunkler Fleck

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2014

Ein kleines Stadtchen hoch oben im NordenDicke Schneeflocken fallen auf Newcastle nieder, Weihnachten steht vor der Tr. Detective Ashworths Vorfreude verfliegt jedoch schnell. Auf dem Heimweg sieht er eine alte Dame tot in der Bahn sitzen, ihr Krper weist Messerstiche auf. Und niemand hat etwas gesehen. Zusammen mit seiner Chefin Vera Stanhope macht er sich auf den Weg nach Northumberland in das kleine Stdtchen Mardle, wo die Tote lebte. Die Ermittlungen dort stellen sie vor ein Rtsel. Die alte Dame war fromm und bescheiden - wer konnte ein Interesse an ihrem Tod gehabt haben? Als eine zweite Leiche gefunden wird, fhren auch hier die Spuren zu der kleinen Pension "e;Harbour Street"e;. Und deren Gste schweigen beharrlich. "e;Eine Kommissarin, die man einfach mgen muss!"e; (Freundin)

The Baby-Snatcher

The Baby-Snatcher

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The Baby-Snatcher is the sixth and final mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Marilyn Howe's and her mother Kathleen are an inseparable duo, until one night Kathleen doesn't come home . . . Fifteen year old Marilyn turns up alone and frightened on Inspector Ramsay's doorstep so he takes the young girl home to the isolated coastal community known as the Headland. And in the Howes' dark and cluttered kitchen they find Kathleen safe and apparently well, though acting rather mysteriously. Six months later, Ramsay has more or less forgotten the strange incident, busy as he is on the trail of a local child abductor. Until he receives news that Mrs Howe has disappeared once more. And for the second time he is drawn into the strange relationships of the families living on the lonely Headland. Then a woman's body is washed up on the beach . . .

The Healers

The Healers

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The Healers is the fifth mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Isolated farmer Ernie Bowles was found lying on his kitchen floor, gruesomely strangled . . . News of the murder came to Inspector Stephen Ramsay early on Monday morning and he fears this case will not be simple. In his experience, most murders are straightforward: an explosion of family pressure, the loss of control in a fight. But Bowles seems to have kept himself to himself and had lived alone since his mother's death. A seemingly unconnected women is then found strangled too, surely two such killings in the same locality are more than just chilling coincidence? When Ramsay hears of a third suspicious death, a very tenuous link between the victims takes on a new importance, for all were connected in some way to the Alternative Therapy Centre in Mittingford. Could one of the healers be a killer?

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy is the third mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. For Dorothea Cassidy Thursdays were special. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other. It was the day that Dorothea Cassidy was strangled . . . As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours. He soon discovers that she had taken on a number of deserving cases - a sick and lonely old woman, a disturbed adolescent, a compulsive gambler, a single mother with a violent boyfriend and a child in care - and even her close family have their secrets to hide. All these people are haunted, in one way or another, by Dorothea's goodness. But which of them could have possibly wanted her dead? It is not until a second body is discovered that Ramsay starts to understand how Dorothea lived - and why she died. With the carnival festivities in full swing and dusk falling in Otterbridge, Ramsay's murder investigation reaches its chilling climax . . .

Killjoy

Killjoy

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Killjoy is the fourth mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. The youth theatre cast are in their places but Gus Lynch's female lead is missing, that is, until she's found in the boot of his car . . . Detective Inspector Stephen Ramsay and Sergeant Gordon Hunter are assigned to head the murder enquiry, meanwhile violence is escalating on the Starling Farm Estate as police battle to contain the latest outbreak of joyriding. Is the death of Gabriella connected to the events at Starling Farm? When another death occurs, investigations suggest a possible link, and Ramsay realizes what could have provoked someone to kill . . . and kill again.

Murder in My Backyard

Murder in My Backyard

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Murder in My Backyard is the second mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry . . . but here she is, murdered in her own backyard on a bitter St. David's Eve. When detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge. Yes, old Mrs. Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their rather complicated personal lives. Even among her neighbours, Alice Parry's helpfulness had sometimes misfired; and after her death, tension tight as a clenched fist grips the uneasy village. Meanwhile, the suspects keep rolling in, and Heppleburn's friendly neighbourhood killer continues his nasty piece of work . . .

A Lesson in Dying

A Lesson in Dying

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A Lesson in Dying is the first mystery novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Who hung the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Halloween Party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless daughter Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness . . .

A Bird in the Hand

A Bird in the Hand

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A Bird in the Hand is the first mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. In England's birdwatching paradise, a new breed has been sighted - a murderer . . . Young Tom French was found dead, lying in a marsh on the Norfolk coast, with his head bashed in and his binoculars still around his neck. One of the best birders in England, Tom had put the village of Rushy on the birdwatching map. Everyone liked him. Or did they? George Palmer-Jones, an elderly birdwatcher who decided quietly to look into the brutal crime, discovered mixed feelings aplenty. Still, he remained baffled by a deed that could have been motivated by thwarted love, pure envy, or something else altogether. But as he and his fellow `twitchers' flocked from Norfolk to Scotland to the Scilly Isles, in response to rumours of rare sightings, George - with help from his lovely wife, Molly - gradually discerned the true markings of a killer. All he had to do was prove it . . . before the murderer strikes again.

A Prey to Murder

A Prey to Murder

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A Prey to Murder is the fourth mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. The huge and powerful hawk dominated the scene. Its talons pierced the woman's flesh and the beak pointed towards her eyes . . . The sight is a particularly horrible shock for George Palmer-Jones, ornithologist and amateur detective, as he was an old friend of the victim Eleanor Masefield. George and his wife Molly are staying at Eleanor's family run hotel, and whilst George believed Eleanor was a beautiful and charming widow, Molly has other ideas. Is Molly a little jealous? Or was Eleanor more a black widow - a ruthless manipulator of all those caught in her far-reaching web? Can Molly prove it in time to prevent another death?

Come Death and High Water

Come Death and High Water

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Come Death and High Water is the second mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. The picturesque privately-owned island of Gillibry off the North Devon coast turns out to be the perfect site for a murder . . . A routine weekend visit by the Gillibry Bird Observatory Trust is made memorable by the owner's announcement that he is going to sell the island. A sale would mean the end of the Observatory, which for some of the birders made life worth living. A fire in Charlie Todd's cottage added to their distress. And when, next morning, after a fierce storm, they found Charlie dead in a bird hide, their pleasant September weekend assumed a dangerous new face. Charlie Todd's murder could have been the deed of any member of the Trust. And it falls to one of their own, George Palmer-Jones, to unravel the identity of killer within their midst . . .

Murder in Paradise

Murder in Paradise

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Murder in Paradise is the third mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Cheerful festivities take a dark turn when the groom's sister slips and tumbles to the perilous rocks below . . . Newlyweds Jim and Sarah were welcomed home from their honeymoon to the Scottish island of Kinness with a huge celebration, and the whole island was present to witness the bitter end. But did Jim's younger sister Mary fall? Or was she pushed? George Palmer-Jones, retired birdwatcher and amateur detective, suspected the latter, but proving it would be difficult - no one wanted to upset the balance of the island's ancient relationships. There were definitely secrets being hidden, and George, helped by Sarah, began to piece together a tragic story he wished he had never heard. Kinness was a paradise lost.

High Island Blues

High Island Blues

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

High Island Blues is the eighth and final mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Swarms of migrating birds fall from the sky seeking shelter as the spring storms begin, but the birders are distracted by a far more shocking sight, Mick Brownscombe's dead body . . . Old college friends Rob, Oliver and Mick reunite on a bird watching tour to America. It is the first time in twenty years the three have been together - since the fateful holiday to America during which they met the enigmatic Laurie . . . The tour party is hoping for spectacular sights at High Island on the Upper Texas coast, but as the rain pours down and the birds descend, Mick is discovered dead. Back in Britain PIs George and Molly Palmer-Jones are working on a minor fraud case with name of Brownscombe Associates attached. So when George receives a desperate transatlantic call from his friend Rob, he is on the first plane to Texas. His investigations make little progress - until the second body is found . . .

The Mill on the Shore

The Mill on the Shore

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

The Mill on the Shore is the seventh mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Meg Morrissey refuses to believe that her husband James committed suicide. James was in high spirits because he'd finally completed his long awaited autobiography. He didn't leave a suicide note. But even more suspiciously the record of his life's environmental achievement, his magnum opus, has gone missing. Troubled, Meg calls in amateur sleuths George and Molly Palmer-Jones to investigate. They soon uncover that life in the Morrissey family is not as idyllic as it seems - relations with ex-wife Cathy are not as friendly as Meg makes out and James appears to have fallen for another women. But the disappearance of his autobiography is most puzzling of all, did he uncover a secret so damaging someone was prepared to kill for it? George and Molly must try to fit together the missing pieces of information to reveal who could have wanted James dead . . .

Sea Fever

Sea Fever

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Sea Fever is the sixth mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. A rare and unrecorded sea bird captures all the birders attention whilst right under their noses the most fanatical birder of them all disappears . . . Later, Greg Franks' corpse, the head bludgeoned, is found floating in the sea. Had it not been for Greg Franks, amateur detective George Palmer-Jones would not have been on the bird watching trip in Cornwall to the first place. He had been hired by Greg Franks' anxious parents to try and persuade their errant son to return home. George would have turned the case down flat but the offer of a free weekend's bird watching was too tempting to resist. Now, he must unhappily shoulder the burden of finding why the young man had been murdered. Who hated Franks enough to kill him? Almost everyone, it seems . . .

Another Man's Poison

Another Man's Poison

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Another Man's Poison is the sixth mystery novel featuring George and Molly Palmer-Jones by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Molly Palmer-Jones arrives at her aunt Ursula's house one morning, only to find her body slumped lifeless on the sofa . . . Ursula Ottway's beautiful cottage is wanted by her landlord, politician Marcus Grenville, so he can convert it into a holiday residence. So when Ursula discovers that the illegal use of poisoned bait on Grenville's land has killed not only a rare bird of prey but her two beloved cats, she storms to his house and threatens revenge. Shocked and saddened to find Ursula's body the morning after this conflict, Molly and her husband George decide to piece together a picture of Ursula's last days. And it soon becomes clear that, for many people on the estate, hers was a very convenient death. The Palmer-Joneses embark on a murder investigation but even their professional expertise doesn't prepare them for what is to follow. A lifetime's worth of secrets must surface before a killer can finally be brought to justice . . .

Raven Black

Raven Black

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 18/11/2014

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 U.S. mystery readers 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.

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.

Dead Water

Dead Water

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2014

Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. 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. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers.

Tote Wasser

Tote Wasser

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2014

Als in einem Fischerboot die Leiche des Journalisten Jerry Markham entdeckt wird, ruft man Hilfe vom Festland: Anstelle von Jimmy Perez, der noch unter dem Tod seiner Verlobten leidet, soll die junge Willow Reeves auf den Shetlands ermitteln. Trotz seiner Apathie regt sich Widerstand in dem Detective. Die junge Kollegin ist ihm entschieden zu forsch. Das ungleiche Paar begibt sich auf Spurensuche: Markham, Sohn aus reichem Haus, war als Frauenheld bekannt. Er hatte die Inseln nach einem Skandal verlassen mssen. Warum also war er zurckgekehrt? Die Spur fhrt zu den lfeldern in der Bucht Sullum Voe, ber die der Tote einen Artikel schreiben wollte ... Die Fortsetzung der preisgekrnten Shetland-Serie. "e;Absolut fesselnd und eine spannende Entdeckung!"e; (Freundin)

Burial of Ghosts

Burial of Ghosts

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Burial of Ghosts is a page-turning stand alone novel from Ann Cleeves, creator of the astounding Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series. Twenty-five-year-old Lizzie Bartholomew has had more than her fair share of struggles. Abandoned as a baby, she spent her childhood moving between foster homes. Now she is running away from her past . . . A holiday in Morocco seems to be the perfect escape. Especially when she meets Philip, a fellow tourist who distracts her from her troubles. After a brief affair, Lizzie returns to England, to a solicitor's letter. Philip Samson has died. In his will, he has left Lizzie a gift of GBP15,000. But there are conditions attached to this unexpected legacy that will soon force Lizzie to confront terrifying secrets from her past life . . .

The Sleeping and the Dead

The Sleeping and the Dead

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

The Sleeping and the Dead is a tense psychological crime thriller from CWA Gold Dagger award-winning writer, Ann Cleeves. Detective Peter Porteous is called to Cranwell Lake where the body of a teenager has been discovered. After trawling through the missing persons files, he deduces that the corpse is Michael Grey, an enigmatic and secretive young man who was reported missing by his foster parents in 1972. For country prison officer Hannah Morton it is the shock of her life. Michael had been her boyfriend, and she had been with him the night he disappeared. The news report that a body has been found brings back dreaded and long buried memories from her past . . .

Mysteries of Shetland: Ann Cleeves Shetland novels 1-3

Mysteries of Shetland: Ann Cleeves Shetland novels 1-3

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

The Mysteries of Shetland is a great value bind-up of the first three novels in Ann Cleeves phenomenal Shetland series - filmed as the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland.Containing the first three novels, Raven Black, White Nights and Red Bones, this gripping eBook bundle is the perfect introduction to Detective Jimmy Perez.Also available in the Shetland series are Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

Seelentod

Seelentod

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

Jeder hat sein Geheimnis. Und jedes Geheimnis kommt irgendwann ans Licht. Alles beginnt mit einer rztlich verordneten Abmagerungskur: Unter den schlanken Schnheiten im Wellness-Hotel fhlt sich Kommissarin Vera Stanhope ziemlich fehl am Platze. Erst als sie in der Sauna eine Tote entdeckt, kann sie ihre Fhigkeiten unter Beweis stellen. Whrend ihr Kollege Joe Ashworth darum kmpft, Familienleben und Job unter einen Hut zu bekommen, geniet Vera es, die Ermittlungen zu leiten. Nie zuvor hat sie sich angesichts des Todes so lebendig gefhlt. Es stellt sich heraus: Jenny Lister, das Opfer, war gerade dabei, ein Buch ber einen Fall von Kindsmord zu schreiben. Ein Vorhaben, das offenbar schlafende Hunde geweckt hat Vera Stanhope muss man einfach mgen!"e; (Freundin)

Opferschuld

Opferschuld

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2011

Emma Bennett sieht sich mit dem schlimmsten Trauma ihrer Kindheit konfrontiert: Zehn Jahre zuvor entdeckte sie an einem frostigen Wintertag in einem Graben die Leiche ihrer besten Freundin. Eine Frau wurde verhaftet, doch nun taucht ein Zeuge auf, der ihr umstrittenes Alibi nach all den Jahren bestatigt. Kommissarin Vera Stanhope wrde den Mordfall gerne lsen, doch das gestaltet sich unerwartet schwierig: In dem Drfchen Elvet findet sich kaum ein Einwohner, der kein Motiv gehabt htte, die hbsche, verzogene und sehr gerissene Abigail zu tten. Binnen krzester Zeit ist die Atmosphre vergiftet. Und Vera fragt sich: Haben die Dorfbewohner Angst vor dem Mrder oder vor ihrer eigenen, schuldbeladenen Vergangenheit?"e;Mit Vera Stanhope hat die britische Autorin Ann Cleeves eine Kommissarin erfunden, die man mgen muss: ein wenig derb, bergewichtig, beziehungsgestrt - aber schlauer als ihr gesamtes Team!"e; (Freundin)

Sturmwarnung

Sturmwarnung

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2010

Fair Isle, die einsamste Insel der Nordsee. Meilenweit erstreckt sich das Wasser um das Eiland. Hier kommt Detective Jimmy Perez her, hier leben seine Eltern. Und seine Verlobte Fran soll sie endlich kennenlernen. Doch statt eines harmonischen Familienwochenendes erwartet die beiden ein Albtraum. Am Morgen nach ihrer Verlobungsfeier wird die berhmte Leiterin der Vogelschutzwarte erstochen und mit Federn berst aufgefunden. Ein Orkantief macht es unmglich, Hilfe auf die sturmumtoste Insel zu holen. Perez ist auf sich allein gestellt, Fran versucht ihn zu untersttzen. Doch Angela hatte ihre dunklen Seiten und hat mit mehr als nur einem Mnnerherz gespielt. Da geschieht noch ein Mord in der Warte. Der Mrder muss mitten unter ihnen sein. Perez und Fran luft die Zeit davon . . . Die Presse ber STURMWARNUNG:"e;Nicht nur die Handlung ist spannend, auch das Setting bertrifft alle Erwartungen. Die Atmosphre auf Fair Isle und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Bewohner werden von Ann Cleeves perfekt dargestellt."e; The Independent"e;Wie immer bei Ann Cleeves besticht STURMWARNUNG durch eine starke Handlung und einen faszinierenden Hintergrund."e; The Spectator"e;STURMWARNUNG, das vierte Buch in Ann Cleeves' Shetland-Quartett, ist das beste und spannendste der Serie."e; The Times

Totenblute

Totenblute

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2010

Die Blumen des BosenEin heier Sommerabend an der Kste Northumberlands. Wie hatte sich Julie Armstrong auf ihr erstes Date seit Jahren gefreut. Doch bei ihrer Rckkehr erwartet sie ein schreckliches Bild: Ihr Sohn Luke liegt tot in der Badewanne, auf dem Wasser schwimmen Blten. Wenig spter treibt die attraktive Referendarin Lily im Teich inmitten von Blumen - ein schauriges Gemlde. Die inszenierten Morde geben Kommissarin Vera Stanhope und ihrem Kollegen Joe Ashworth Rtsel auf. Doch sie wissen: Der Mrder wird wieder zuschlagen - bis das Kunstwerk des Todes vollendet ist Ann Cleeves wirft einen Blick hinter die heile Fassade einer Dorfgemeinschaft, hinter der sich Abgrnde auftun."e; (Val McDermid)

Die Nacht der Raben

Die Nacht der Raben

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2010

Weit du, wem du trauen kannst?Winter auf den Shetland-Inseln. Still ruht die Welt unter einer weien Decke. Das Mdchen im Schnee trgt einen roten Schal um den Hals. Um sie herum sitzen Raben. Als Fran Hunter die Leiche der Sechzehnjhrigen findet, ist es um die Dorfidylle geschehen. Ein Schuldiger ist schnell gefunden. Die Polizei verhaftet Magnus Tait, einen menschenscheuen Sonderling. Doch dann verschwindet whrend des Wikingerfestivals "e;Up Helly Aa"e; Frans kleine Tochter Cassie Ann Cleeves wirft einen Blick hinter die heile Fassade einer eingeschworenen Dorfgemeinschaft, in der jeder die Geheimnisse des anderen zu kennen glaubt, sich in Wahrheit jedoch Abgrnde auftun. Eine fesselnde Lektre."e; (Val McDermid)

Der langste Tag

Der langste Tag

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2010

Die Zeit heilt keine Wunden. Mittsommer auf den Shetlands - die Tage sind sehr lang und die Nchte sehr hell. Eines lauen Sommerabends findet in Biddista eine Vernissage statt. Mitten in die Feierlichkeiten platzt ein Fremder. Als sein Blick auf die "e;Frau in Rot"e; fllt, bricht er in Trnen aus. Kurz darauf ist er verschwunden. Am nchsten Morgen findet man im nahegelegenen Bootsschuppen einen Toten: Der Erhngte trgt eine Clownsmaske. Detective Jimmy Perez glaubt nicht an Selbstmord, und eine weitere Leiche gibt ihm recht. Perez ist fest entschlossen, diesen Fall aufzuklren, doch seine Liebe zu Fran Hunter macht ihn blind. Er bersieht einiges - bis es fast zu spt ist

Im kalten Licht des Fruhlings

Im kalten Licht des Fruhlings

Author: Ann Cleeves Format: eBook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Fruhling auf den Shetlandinseln. Der Wind fegt uber die alten Steinhauser, die Tage werden wieder langer. Die Archaologin Hattie ist froh, ihre Ausgrabungen nach der Winterpause wiederaufnehmen zu konnen. Die Arbeit schreitet gut voran, und ihr Verdacht, dass sie die mittelalterlichen Uberreste eines Hauses reicher Kaufleute gefunden habe, scheint sich zu bestatigen. Eines Tages findet Evelyn, eine freiwillige Helferin, die berreste eines Skeletts. Bestimmt stammen die Knochen aus dem Mittelalter - denkt Hattie. Doch warum erschrickt die alte Mima, auf deren Land sie graben, so?Kurze Zeit spter ist Mima tot - erschossen. Angeblich ein Jagdunfall. Doch Detective Jimmy Perez ist sich da nicht so sicher. Irgendetwas stimmt nicht auf Whalsay. Die meisten hier sind reich, aber nicht alle, und so herrschen Hass und Neid in der Gemeinde der Hochseefischer. Als wenige Tage spter Hattie tot aufgefunden wird, muss Perez den dunklen Geheimnissen der Inselbewohner auf den Grund gehen. Denn nicht alle sagen die Wahrheit ... Die Presse ber "e;Der lngste Tag"e;"e;Ausgesprochen packend erzhlt Ann Cleeves vom Leben auf Shetland."e; (WAZ)"e;Ann Cleeves' zweiter Shetlandkrimi ist wieder ein richtiger Glcksgriff."e; (FR SIE)