Shetland Island

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856 ratings

White Nights Summary

Midsummer in Shetland: the time of year when the birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. An unknown Englishman turns up in tears at an art exhibition hosted by Bella Sinclair. He claims not to know why he is there or even his own identity, and the evening ends in farce and confusion.

The next day he is found dead, hanging from a rafter in a boathouse, a sinister mask on his face. When a local musician is also found murdered, Detective Jimmy Perez becomes convinced that the killer is local.

But are his personal relationships clouding his judgement? Or is it just this unsettling time of year, the time of the white nights?

©2008 Ann Cleeves (P)2008 Soundings
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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

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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 282
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 243
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 237

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A simple start to mayhem!

    • By Charlie on 28-01-15

    Regular price: £17.29

  • Book 4

    • Blue Lightning

    • By: Ann Cleeves
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 262
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 264

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I could not follow the story due to the narrator

    • By Viv Scally on 02-04-17

    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 664
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 584
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 585

    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 650
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 588
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 585

    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 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 609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 539
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 547

    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

    • 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 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    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