The next day he is found dead, hanging from a rafter in a boathouse, a sinister mask on his face. When a local musician is also found murdered, Detective Jimmy Perez becomes convinced that the killer is local.
But are his personal relationships clouding his judgement? Or is it just this unsettling time of year, the time of the white nights?
©2008 Ann Cleeves; (P)2008 Soundings
"Beautifully constructed...a lively and surprising addition to the genre." (Times Literary Supplement)
Thought I'd give this a try even though I wasn't impressed the last Ann Cleeves book. I thought this one might be better, If anything this is worse. The story is quite slow even after the crime is discovered.
The main issue is the reader , it would be better if he just read it. I have listened to some readers who keep the accents of the characters so well, that you know immediately who is speaking. Not only are this guy's accents poor (B'ham, Shetland, Liverpool) but he allows them to slip so much that you are never quite sure who is who. I have lost interest with this book and can't bear to finish it. The reader drones on and on. Wish I had bought the actual printed book as this does not do the story justice.
This was the first Island-set book by Ann Cleeves that I had come across (I'd been through all the Vera novels) and I found it very different, but in a good way, rather reminiscent of the "Scandi" novels - rather dark. But as with Vera, the characters are all strong and the writing is so good that it sucks you in. A great read and excellently read by Gordon Griffin
I enjoy Ann Cleeves's writing but struggled a bit with Jimmy Perez because I started the Shetland series out of order, and I'm trying to put that right. That said, it's not that easy when the first in the series isn't recorded. Why, I've no idea but it does seem a tad bizarre.
Either this one was easier going or I'm finally getting to grips with the Shetland books, as I enjoyed it more than the 2 I heard already. It flowed well, I could follow the logical progression without ever working out the denouement. It was only at the very end that I began to have a vague inkling, and still didn't get it all right.
As before, lovely evocative picture of Shetland and the way of life mixed with an old fashioned who-dunnit with good strong characters. Ms Cleeves really can write, and the narration was good. Only question is how such sparsely populated islands are beginning to look a bit like Midsomer?
Definitely recommended but don't make my mistake - listen in the right order if you can.
Awesome thriller set in a superbly drawn community. Compelling characters and a beautifully drawn hero in Perez. Plenty of excellent twists and turns to keep you wanting more.
Narration very easy to listen to and generally good, but there are some very odd Shetland accents, and the scouse detective (who's only revealed as from Liverpool 100 pages in) is given a North-East England accent for no apparent reason. Shoddy preparation.
I struggled with this book . Anne Cleeves is a great author and I've enjoyed all her books so far... except this one. It is set in the Shetland isles and should have had a Scottish voice. Gordon Griffin did not at any time differentiate the different characters other than pitching his voice a little higher for female characters. His dialogue tones are the same with a characteristic set of inflections which I remember from other books he had narrated and which I find unrealistic and very annoying. I listened to the whole book but lost interest early on. I heard the 3rd book in the series before this one as a Daily Deal purchase knowing I enjoy the author. I felt I should hear them in sequence and so I purchased this book and listened to it next. A big mistake. I am really glad a different voice has been chosen for the subsequent books and I look forward to hearing more of DI Perez voiced more appropriately. I am returning this book with a huge sense of relief, glad to be rid of it and wishing I had never listened to it.
Why on earth choose an English narrator for a novel set in the Shetlands? I'm afraid this just doesn't work for me. I struggled to get past the first couple of chapters. It's not just the English accent being very incongruous, but also Gordon Griffin's attempts at a Scottish accent which are just awful. On top of that, there's something very old fashioned about his intonation which I just can't put my finger on; it reminds me of a badly read serial on Radio 4 with no real thought as to what would be an appropriate vocal approach.
It's a shame because I liked the setting for the novel and was hoping for a strong sense of place, and I just didn't get it. It's put me off trying another by the same author in case the narration is no better.
The first few chapters were hard work, the intonation was all wrong and was making it uneasy to listen to. it got better and so did the story. The drama is not a big page turner i didnt feel gripped. I will try another book just to see if there is something more exciting in her writing but otherwise I'll leave it there.
I nearly gave up on this book several times as I felt it moved so slowly I regularly lost track of what was happening. It picked up as the story moved on and I got to know the characters. Don't think I'd rush to read any others in the series though,
Terrible, he ruined an excellent story with his accent and lack of feeling for the character and story.
I was hoping to get lost in the unfamiliar Setting of The Shetland Islands in this story. And while the book does give lots of very evocative details I was disappointed to find out that So, I was disappointed when the narrator was not from Shetland, but was English. the local accents given to Perez and others did not seem very accurate or authentic. And the Liverpudlian policeman, Taylor, certainly didn't have the correct accent! This took away from the full experience for me.
I was also disappointed to find out that the first book in the series, referenced in this second book - Black raven - does not appear to be available on audible. Always frustrating.
Otherwise, it was quite an engaging story. The pace was slowed somewhat by seeing events from different perspectives, and therefore having the same details of the murders repeated. But I liked Perez as a character and will consider, when perhaps I don't have anything else to read, to give another book a try.
the narrator has a flat voice that tends to drone
don,t know couldn,t get into the storyline as i got bored with the voice
he needs to get a bit of character action going everything comes out deadpan
again i didn,t get that far into it
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