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Wild Fire

Shetland, Book 8
Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (281 ratings)
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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...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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

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Disappointing

I really struggled with this book, the plot is highly questionable and the ending is really poor!!

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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. 😢

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excellent

Excellent loved every moment and so glad that things finally worked out for Jimmy and Willow. I hope there will be more of their new life together on Orkney!

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A great finale to the Shetland series

Ann Cleeves's 8-book Jimmy Perez Shetland series deserves all its followers and Wild Fire, the last in the series, is a great send-off. Kenny Blyth narrates them all with brilliant control over accent, pace and nuance.

Perez is called back to Shetland to investigate the death of a family's nanny found hanging in a barn. She had been employed to look after the autistic son of the family who had come to Shetland to give him a better quality of life, but investigation reveals that she was not what she seemed to be. Perez discovers rumour and talk which spreads like wild fire round the community and his task is to unravel the knots to uncover the truth - as well as to come to terms with the death of his wife (which happened in a previous book), and with his heart concerning his one-time lover Willow.

The story focuses on the psychology, not the violence as the community warts and all is revealed. What makes it all so special is the sense of place: the landscape; the language, the skies; the coast; even the ferries and the fog-bound aircraft.

The best of its kind!

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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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Another superb Shetland book.

Really enjoyed this story and it kept me totally confused right up until the end. I found myself hoping that some characters would definitely not be the killer.

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Another good read

Thoroughly enjoyed this, especially the romance between Jimmy and Willow, even Sandy gets to find love.

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Captivating

This was a fantastic book to listen too, so well written, characters that came alive but kept you guessing too.

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  • 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...

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-18

Page turning

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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-10-18

Disappointing

I really struggled with this book, the plot is highly questionable and the ending is really poor!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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. 😢

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Esther
  • 08-01-19

excellent

Excellent loved every moment and so glad that things finally worked out for Jimmy and Willow. I hope there will be more of their new life together on Orkney!

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 06-11-18

A great finale to the Shetland series

Ann Cleeves's 8-book Jimmy Perez Shetland series deserves all its followers and Wild Fire, the last in the series, is a great send-off. Kenny Blyth narrates them all with brilliant control over accent, pace and nuance.

Perez is called back to Shetland to investigate the death of a family's nanny found hanging in a barn. She had been employed to look after the autistic son of the family who had come to Shetland to give him a better quality of life, but investigation reveals that she was not what she seemed to be. Perez discovers rumour and talk which spreads like wild fire round the community and his task is to unravel the knots to uncover the truth - as well as to come to terms with the death of his wife (which happened in a previous book), and with his heart concerning his one-time lover Willow.

The story focuses on the psychology, not the violence as the community warts and all is revealed. What makes it all so special is the sense of place: the landscape; the language, the skies; the coast; even the ferries and the fog-bound aircraft.

The best of its kind!

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  • Graham. Cox
  • 05-11-18

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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  • Jane
  • 27-10-18

Another superb Shetland book.

Really enjoyed this story and it kept me totally confused right up until the end. I found myself hoping that some characters would definitely not be the killer.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-18

Another good read

Thoroughly enjoyed this, especially the romance between Jimmy and Willow, even Sandy gets to find love.

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  • Neill's on Wheels
  • 23-10-18

Captivating

This was a fantastic book to listen too, so well written, characters that came alive but kept you guessing too.