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Wild Fire

Shetland, Book 8
Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
Series: Shetland Island, Book 8
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, a new English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life. But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wildfire. 

With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case. Perez is already facing the most disturbing investigation of his career when Willow drops a bombshell that will change his life forever. Is he ready for what is to come?

©2018 Ann Cleeves (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Satisfactory resolution, but no more.

I agree with other reviewers about this not being the best Shetland book. I only persevered with it because it was the last one in the series. I didn't feel engaged with the story. As usual, there's no real clue about who the guilty one is going to be. Ann Cleeves just seems to select somebody during the last half hour, then produces information that we didn't previously know to explain why they did it.

I got the impression that this was just written as a contractual obligation, and that the writer didn't feel any need to interest us in buying further Shetland books after this one.

I personally thought the book gave a satisfactory resolution to the on/off relationship between Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves, and also a satisfactory end to the series.

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Superb vocal performance brings a classic Shetland to life ...

Kenny Blyth is just awesome at animating another brilliant Shetland...

I am looking forwards to hearing Ann Cleeves this month at a lovely Scottish Borders bookshop...

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Not up to past standard

An average plodding detective story not her usual quality. The relationship with Willow was neither here nor there and I did not feel that there was any intense feelings on either side, It was as if the writer was in a hurry to tie up all the loose ends. After all the plodding, the detectives suddenly knew who done it but you are left floundering as to how they came to that conclusion. I have read and enjoyed virtually all of Anne Cleeves books but this one just does not do it for me.

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At last!

Another well written and detailed novel. The characters developing, and an interesting storyline. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • linda
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 02-05-19

Great story, beautifully read

All together a great listen. Makes me want to go to the islands despite the weather. Ann Cleeves is brilliant and Kenny Blyth a great actor with a delightful voice. He is capable of the convincing creation of women’s voices. Thank you.

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Excellent addition to the Shetland series

Stayed awake until 4am to finish listening to it - 2 nights in a row!

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Disappointing

I agree with other reviewers regarding the revealing of the murderer's identity. I do think that the ending is very poor regarding relationships. If we are not to find out what happens, what is the point of writing about them in the first place?

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Another Shetlang drama

Disappointed with this book which was not up to the Author's usual standard. Unlikely plot -sorry.

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Page turning

Enjoyed very much interesting from start to finish looking forward to my next by this author

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  • NHP
  • Gairloch, Ross-shire
  • 24-09-18

Disappointed

The whole storyline is too bland. I love the Shetland books but this had a rushed feel like jimmy was just going through the motions. The bit with Cassie is not jimmy, willow is too ambitious to change so drastically. 😢

3 of 4 people found this review helpful