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    • Wild Fire

    • Shetland, Book 8
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 174
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 154

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb vocal performance brings a classic Shetland to life ...

    • By Mr. Timothy Linford on 07-09-18

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Raven Black

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!

    • By Margaret on 01-09-18

    Regular price: £21.39

    • White Nights

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    When Shetland detective Jimmy Perez finds a body in a hut used by fishermen, it seems to be a straightforward case of suicide. He recognises the victim - a stranger with amnesia who had disrupted a local party the night before his death. Yet this is no desperate act of anguish but the work of a cold and calculating killer. As Perez investigates, he finds himself mired in the hidden secrets of the small Biddista community. Then another body is found. Perez knows he must break the cycle before another death occurs. But this is a crazy time of year, when night blurs into day and nothing is quite as it seems....

    Regular price: £21.39

    • The Crow Trap

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 85
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 80
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79

    Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • took a while to get into.

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Cold Earth

    • Shetland, Book 7
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 649
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577

    In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend, Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind she shares his Mediterranean ancestry, and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • My third Shetland book. The theme is wearning thin

    • By David M on 12-02-17

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Red Bones

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 343
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 293

    An archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good story

    • By Linda on 08-08-17

    Regular price: £17.29

    • The Seagull

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 805
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 729
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 725

    A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent story, Vera at her best

    • By Wendy on 10-10-17

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Silent Voices

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 452
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 450

    When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if she’s uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim’s throat…Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing those connected to the victim, while she and colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, work to find a motive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Oneof the best audiobooks I've heard

    • By Gill on 17-05-11

    Regular price: £15.09

    • A Lesson in Dying

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 109

    Who hanged the headmaster in the playground on the night of the school Hallowe'en party? Almost everyone in Heppleburn either hated or feared the viper-tongued Harold Medburn. Inspector Ramsay is convinced it was the headmaster's enigmatic wife, but Jack Robson, school governor and caretaker, is determined to prove her innocence. With the help of his restless, enthusiastic daughter, Patty, Jack digs into the secrets of Heppleburn, and uncovers a cesspit - of lies, adultery, blackmail and madness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I didn't think I would like this book, but it surprised me.

    • By Flint on 07-09-17

    Regular price: £17.89

    • The Glass Room

    • A Vera Stanhope Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
    • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 455
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387

    When one of DI Vera Stanhope's hippy neighbours goes missing, she feels duty-bound to find out what happened. It's an easy job to track the young woman down to a country retreat where aspiring authors gather to work through their novels. It gets complicated when a body is discovered and Vera's neighbour is found with a knife in her hand. Calling in the team, Vera knows that she should hand the case over to someone else, but the investigation is too tempting.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen

    • By melanie on 06-07-12

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Blue Lightning

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 363
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 310
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancée, Fran, to his parents. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, the islanders react with fear and anger.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • SLOW oh so very slow....

    • By xxx on 27-05-13

    Regular price: £14.69

    • Thin Air

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 684
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 619
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 616

    A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listening

    • By Lucy on 02-11-14

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Dead Water

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 629
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 630

    When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous characters, pace and atmosphere

    • By Catherine on 22-03-14

    Regular price: £15.09

    • Too Good to Be True

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen. But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from faraway Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • "Shetland" thriller.

    • By John Doe on 22-11-16

    Regular price: £5.99

    • Harbour Street

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 333

    As the snow falls thickly, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter, Jessie, are swept along in the crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn’t left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train. Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the festivities. Soon Vera and Joe are on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived. Then a second woman is murdered....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My first Vera Book

    • By sally on 08-05-14

    Regular price: £15.09

    • The Moth Catcher

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
    • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 631
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 567
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 568

    Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Until a shocking discovery. The owners of a big country house have employed a young ecologist named Patrick to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene with her colleagues. When they look round the attic of the house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds a second body.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Way too introspective

    • By Bim on 14-05-16

    Regular price: £20.69

    • Murder in My Backyard

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 105

    No one in Heppleburn has a bad word to say about Alice Parry. But here she is, murdered in her own backyard. And when detective Stephen Ramsay starts asking questions in the village, a more ambiguous picture begins to emerge. Yes, old Mrs Parry was loved by everyone, but sometimes her kindness had caused trouble. Yes, her two nephews were devoted to her, but they didn't really want her interfering in their personal lives.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • So poor I couldn’t listen to it.

    • By judith gooding on 15-05-18

    Regular price: £27.49

    • The Healers

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    News of the murder first came to Inspector Stephen Ramsay early on Monday morning. They found the strangled body of farmer Ernie Bowles lying on his kitchen floor. The gruesome discovery had first been made by Lily Jackman, a new-age traveller who was living with her boyfriend in a caravan on Bowles' land. Then another person is strangled, a woman who, on the surface, had absolutely no connection with the dead farmer. Surely two such killings in the same locality are more than just chilling coincidence. 

    Regular price: £24.49

    • A Day in the Death of Dorothea Cassidy

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 58

    For vicar's wife Dorothea Cassidy, Thursdays were special. Every week she would look forward to the one day she could call her own. But one Thursday in June was to be more special than any other.... As the small town of Otterbridge prepares for its summer carnival, Inspector Stephen Ramsay begins a painstaking reconstruction of Dorothea's last hours.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fabulous book

    • By Sarah J on 03-02-18

    Regular price: £17.89

    • Killjoy

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Simon Mattacks
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    Gus Lynch is directing the Youth Theatre through a rehearsal. The cast is in place, but the female lead, Gabriella Paston, is missing. Later that evening her body is discovered in the boot of Gus' car. Detective Inspector Stephen Ramsay and Sergeant Gordon Hunter are assigned to head the murder enquiry. Meanwhile, violence is escalating on the Starling Farm Estate as police battle to contain the latest outbreak of joyriding. Is the death of Gabriella connected to the events at Starling Farm?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not For Me

    • By jean on 24-01-18

    Regular price: £18.59

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