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The Darkest Evening

by Ann Cleeves

Part of the Vera Stanhope Series

Crime / Mystery

The Darkest Evening Synopsis

DCI Vera Stanhope returns in The Darkest Evening, the ninth novel in No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller Ann Cleeves's phenomenally popular series.

The darkest nights can hide the deadliest secrets . . .

Driving home during a swirling blizzard, Vera Stanhope's only thought is to get there quickly.

But with the snow driving down heavily, she becomes disorientated and loses her way, eventually stumbling on another car abandoned on the road. With the driver's door open, Vera assumes the driver has sought shelter but is shocked to find a young toddler strapped in the back seat.

Afraid they will freeze, Vera takes the child and drives on, arriving at Brockburn, a run-down stately home she immediately recognizes as the house her father Hector grew up in.

Inside Brockburn a party is in full swing, with music and laughter to herald the coming Christmas. But outside in the snow, a young woman lies dead and Vera has a new case. Could she be the child's mother and, if she is, what happened to her?

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The Darkest Evening Press Reviews

Award-winning crime author Ann Cleeves makes a welcome return with the ninth book in her popular Vera series - Woman

A touch of the Agatha Christie house-party murder -- Book of the Week, Country Life Well-paced and plotted, with its evocative Northumberland village setting and excellent characterisation, this is a great winter read - Choice

This ninth instalment will keep you guessing until the end - My Weekly

Superb . . . This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Cleeves has a fine time constructing a clockwork murder plot - Booklist

Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves's eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement - Kirkus Reviews

A gripping read - Sun

Brilliantly written, with more twists and turns you can shake one of Vera's hats at - Heat

Cleeves's Northumberland novels are strong on atmosphere, combining old-fashioned detective work with a modern take on class - Sunday Times

A thoroughly engrossing thriller - Mail on Sunday

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ISBN: 9781509889556
Publication date: 18/02/2021
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509889556
Publication date: 18th February 2021
Author: Ann Cleeves
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ann Cleeves

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 ...

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