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

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Another good one

Top of the genre crime drama continues in the Shetland. If you know the aerie you will not be disappointed, if you don't then worth a try. Strong plot with well constructed characters bound together with quality writing and a fine narration

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Enjoyable, but not her best

This Shetland outing focusses very much on Willow Reeves, rather than Jimmy Perez. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel it was one of Ann Cleeves best novels. The plot was pretty improbable, and I wanted more of Jimmy's brooding and less of Willow's somehow. But it was good to be back on the island and to have Sandy gambolling around like a puppy as usual.

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Wonderful

I was gripped from start to finish. Another wonderful story by Ann Cleeves. Highly recommended.

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  • Mr. Timothy Linford
  • TimLin
  • 07-09-18

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...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-18

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

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  • Paul D
  • 21-09-18

Another good one

Top of the genre crime drama continues in the Shetland. If you know the aerie you will not be disappointed, if you don't then worth a try. Strong plot with well constructed characters bound together with quality writing and a fine narration

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  • Dartmoor
  • 16-09-18

Enjoyable, but not her best

This Shetland outing focusses very much on Willow Reeves, rather than Jimmy Perez. I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel it was one of Ann Cleeves best novels. The plot was pretty improbable, and I wanted more of Jimmy's brooding and less of Willow's somehow. But it was good to be back on the island and to have Sandy gambolling around like a puppy as usual.

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  • 14-09-18

Wonderful

I was gripped from start to finish. Another wonderful story by Ann Cleeves. Highly recommended.