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Summary

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man – loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police 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 neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst.

©2006 Ann Cleeves (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Margaret
  • Nieuwerkerk a.d. IJssel, Netherlands
  • 01-09-18

WOW!

I love the Shetland series from Ann Cleeves. Having visited the island I feel she reals brings to life the atmosphere of the place in her books and this is helped so much with the fantastic reading in this story by Kenny Blyth. His accents are great and the pace is just right.
There are so many twists in the story that I absolutely did not see the ending. It was also great to learn more about some of the characters that I knew from the later Shetland books.

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  • JPH
  • Hertfordshire
  • 14-10-18

A Good Mystery

Enjoyed the story. It involves two mysteries, the murder of a confident teenage school girl Catherine Ross originally from England, and a missing child Katrina that dissapeared eight years prior and who has never been found.

Magnus Tait is a lonely old man, and a bit simple. He spends his time waiting for people to call on him but no one ever does.

Magnus had been suspected of being responsible, for katrina and was questioned at the time by the police but never charged. The treatment he received by the Police was not a pleasant one so he's very wary of them. The villagers treat him as a pariah and warn the school children not to go near him.

Then eight years later a girl is murdered and it looks like Magnus's nightmare is about to start again.

A good mystery that keeps you guessing. Reccomended.




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first audible book

taken me a long time to finish due to falling asleep quite a few times, then having to go back a chapter or two, overall enjoyed the story .

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Great

Completely immersed in the characters, scenery and landscape of Shetland. Good twists and kept guessing tiI the end.

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great series!


Loved this story, great twist at the end.
Fantastic reader.!!! Makes you feel there.