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Summary

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to Fair Isle. It’s a community where strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. With the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Tempers among the trapped islanders become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder? 

When a body is discovered, the islanders react with fear. With no support from the mainland, Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way. And with no way off the island until the storms abate, he knows he has to work quickly. There’s a killer on the island waiting for the opportunity to strike again.... 

©2010 Ann Cleeves (P)Isis Publishing Ltd

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The TV series was good. This is brilliant!

My wife and I have loved the series so far for the descriptive ability of the author, the intricate and realistic plot lines and, particularly the narration that brings the whole to life.

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Spoilt by thoughtless and selfish reviewers!

The writing and storytelling was as good, if not better, than her previous books. However, it was somewhat spoilt for me by previous reviews, who's writers decided that it was not in any way bad manners or bad etiquette to write 'spoiler' reviews without even the slightest warning!! So, being totally forewarned of a major plot line, I spent the entire book waiting for it to happen! So thank you to the two reviewers who decided to ruin it for the anyone else who might like to listen to this book. To say I'm angry is an understatement! I certainly won't be reading a review again, in future I'll just take my chance with a book and return it if it turns out to be terrible....

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Unrealistic and unnecessarily sad. N.B. Spoliers

Completely unrealistic. A serving police officer would never allow a loved one to roam around a place where 2 murders have been committed, let alone discuss the case with witnesses and suspects. I also really dislike when the protagonist suffers an unnecessary loss. Why did Fran have to die? I read for escapism and don't need to be suddenly confronted with the death of his fiancée, rendering Cassie motherless. Utterly senseless. I won't be reading another Shetland book.

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Don't read the other reviews!

One of them seriously gives away a major plot point. It you love the Shetland series, you'll live this. If you don't, buy something you do like.

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Great read

Very good book just like the rest of the Shetland books, enjoy as much as tv show... 🙂

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Another gripping story

Another gripping story- kept interest throughout. helps build the character of Perez for future outings. wish I'd read stories in order!

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Back on form!

This story was back to form. intriguing, evocative and not too obvious. And the increasingly annoying, angel-like Fran is gone. Now Jimmy can be proper grumpy and solemn. I'm going straight to the next one.

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Great story beautifully narrated

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The reader does an excellent job and the story is very satisfying to listen to. I would definitely recommend to anyone who relishes an atmospheric crime novel.

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Another good listen

Thoroughly enjoyed the plot, some sadness at the end, felt the pain. A worthy listen

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Shetland story revisited

After reading the Shetland series, I have started listening to the Audible versions. Kenny Blythe does a magnificent job of the narration. Blue Lightning is sad but atmospheric.