Shetland Island

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126 ratings

Raven Black 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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  • Book 1

    • Raven Black

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    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

  • Book 2

    • White Nights

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    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....

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  • Book 3

    • 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

  • Book 4

    • Blue Lightning

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 313

    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

  • Book 5

    • Dead Water

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 633
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 634

    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

  • Book 6

    • Thin Air

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 685
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 617

    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

  • Book 6.1

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  • Book 6.2

    • 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 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    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

  • Book 7

    • 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 652
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 573
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 580

    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

  • Book 8

    • 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 191
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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