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.
©2016 Ann Cleeves (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it and I didn't predict the outcome. I thought the narrator was excellent and I have really enjoyed this series of books but perhaps this isn't the strongest storyline of the series. It is still well worth reading and I'm sure I will revisit this book in the future.
Another instalment in the Shetland series, starring Jimmy Perez, kept guessing about the identity of the killer til the end, love the way Jimmys' life on the island is interwoven with the story, I guess couldn't not be, in an island setting like this. Narration was good, guy has pleasant voice, easy to listen to, if you are a fan of the Shetland books, this is a must. Already looking forward to the next one.
Only discovered reading since I joined Audible at the end of 2015. Mainly interested in suspense thrillers at the moment.
These books vividly describe the remoteness, bleak weather, and social interaction in the Shetlands. After 3 books describing that, I've got the idea. Like the others this starts with a murder, follows the detectives asking a lot of questions, another murder, more questions, then close to the end, one of the police figures out the answer despite the author giving us no clues previously. The last half hour is always an explanation from the detective about how they figured it out. For me, this was not convincing.
Of course we get to know the characters of the different detectives as individuals, and their social interaction with each other and their private lives. That helps keep the books going.
I'd say, enjoy one or two of these books, enjoy being in the Shetlands for the time it takes, but then move on to something else.
Enjoyed the story, interesting characters and plot twists. But the narrator couldn't decide how to pronounce Perez until about half way through, which was irritating, and Perez seems to have acquired a higher pitch, almost girlish voice since the last book. Out of keeping with character. And at times the pace of narration was boringly slow. That said, still worth a listen.
This was a very good story - kept me engaged throughout. Excellent narration- clear, accurate and easy to listen to. If you like your stories to be intriguing without gratuitous violence, this will appeal.
"The series in which Anne Cleeves writes about the Shetland Islands and Jimmy Perez as its main character is addictive."
Excellent story, believably read. Atmospheric and riveting. Ann Cleeves has to be amongst my favourite authors.
this is another great Shetland story but you need to read the series in order to get the real character development. Beautifully read with a soft Scottish accent so fitting to the story.
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