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Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to Fair Isle. It’s a community where strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. With the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Tempers among the trapped islanders become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder? 

When a body is discovered, the islanders react with fear. With no support from the mainland, Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way. And with no way off the island until the storms abate, he knows he has to work quickly. There’s a killer on the island waiting for the opportunity to strike again.... 

©2010 Ann Cleeves (P)Isis Publishing Ltd

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best yet

Thoroughly enjoyed this, I think partly because I researched Fair Isle and so had a feel for the place and also because I love small communities in far flung places.
The story was interesting: the nature of obsession and what it can create; the impact of family dynamics and emotions. Anne Cleeves does this well generally and excelled in 'Blue Lightening'.
It's well paced with great characters and a fine narrator. I hope the next in the series is as good.

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  • 09-06-2020

The TV series was good. This is brilliant!

My wife and I have loved the series so far for the descriptive ability of the author, the intricate and realistic plot lines and, particularly the narration that brings the whole to life.

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  • Marie D.
  • 02-03-2021

Spoilt by thoughtless and selfish reviewers!

The writing and storytelling was as good, if not better, than her previous books. However, it was somewhat spoilt for me by previous reviews, who's writers decided that it was not in any way bad manners or bad etiquette to write 'spoiler' reviews without even the slightest warning!! So, being totally forewarned of a major plot line, I spent the entire book waiting for it to happen! So thank you to the two reviewers who decided to ruin it for the anyone else who might like to listen to this book. To say I'm angry is an understatement! I certainly won't be reading a review again, in future I'll just take my chance with a book and return it if it turns out to be terrible....

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  • rosie
  • 13-11-2020

Unrealistic and unnecessarily sad. N.B. Spoliers

Completely unrealistic. A serving police officer would never allow a loved one to roam around a place where 2 murders have been committed, let alone discuss the case with witnesses and suspects. I also really dislike when the protagonist suffers an unnecessary loss. Why did Fran have to die? I read for escapism and don't need to be suddenly confronted with the death of his fiancée, rendering Cassie motherless. Utterly senseless. I won't be reading another Shetland book.

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  • Miss A.
  • 21-08-2020

Oh dear not another one

I like the series, but really, another fiancee dying. can't they stop doing this , ever soap every detective has a dead lover. So predictable.

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  • Drama Queen
  • 04-03-2021

Don't read the other reviews!

One of them seriously gives away a major plot point. It you love the Shetland series, you'll live this. If you don't, buy something you do like.

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  • Caomhin
  • 14-06-2020

Great read

Very good book just like the rest of the Shetland books, enjoy as much as tv show... 🙂

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  • Annie
  • 09-08-2022

Another gem

Great plot set in another beautifully described Scottish Island. Had a horrible feeling I knew how it would end, sadly but very well done. loving this series.

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  • Sallydot
  • 23-07-2022

Ann Cleeves at her best

excellent story as always, part of the Shetland Isle books, very well read by Kenny Blyth.

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  • mary
  • 03-07-2022

Blue Lightning

Loved the book which I read quite a while ago, This audible made the story come to life was also well read. Thank you

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  • Prof John S. Kelly
  • 25-06-2022

Very satisfying story

Very satisfying end to an intriguing series and indeed the next ten or so about Perez’s life.

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