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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. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was and how she died.

©2016 Ann Cleeves (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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typical Shetland story

I find the Shetland stories a little slow. Otherwise I do enjoy them and recommend

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It was as if I was there ...

What a brilliant way to feel the Shetland landscape and atmosphere....very easy to picture every scene throughout the audio.

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  • David M
  • 12-02-2017

My third Shetland book. The theme is wearning thin

These books vividly describe the remoteness, bleak weather, and social interaction in the Shetlands. After 3 books describing that, I've got the idea. Like the others this starts with a murder, follows the detectives asking a lot of questions, another murder, more questions, then close to the end, one of the police figures out the answer despite the author giving us no clues previously. The last half hour is always an explanation from the detective about how they figured it out. For me, this was not convincing.
Of course we get to know the characters of the different detectives as individuals, and their social interaction with each other and their private lives. That helps keep the books going.
I'd say, enjoy one or two of these books, enjoy being in the Shetlands for the time it takes, but then move on to something else.

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  • Flint
  • 13-12-2016

One of my favourite authors

It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it and I didn't predict the outcome. I thought the narrator was excellent and I have really enjoyed this series of books but perhaps this isn't the strongest storyline of the series. It is still well worth reading and I'm sure I will revisit this book in the future.

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  • Mrs. A. Francom
  • 31-12-2016

Another great story

Another instalment in the Shetland series, starring Jimmy Perez, kept guessing about the identity of the killer til the end, love the way Jimmys' life on the island is interwoven with the story, I guess couldn't not be, in an island setting like this. Narration was good, guy has pleasant voice, easy to listen to, if you are a fan of the Shetland books, this is a must. Already looking forward to the next one.

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  • Susan
  • 10-01-2017

Great story but inconsistent narration

Enjoyed the story, interesting characters and plot twists. But the narrator couldn't decide how to pronounce Perez until about half way through, which was irritating, and Perez seems to have acquired a higher pitch, almost girlish voice since the last book. Out of keeping with character. And at times the pace of narration was boringly slow. That said, still worth a listen.

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  • Adnil
  • 27-12-2016

Excellent book

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I really enjoyed this book as I have all books by this author. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Mary
  • 29-12-2016

Excellent listen

Another good story from Ann Cleves. Excellent reading which manages to create a real sense of place and atmosphere.

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  • Celia 22
  • 22-04-2017

good narrator - story dragged out

good narrator - accents ok apart from guy supposed to be from midlands :( story dragged out a little - plot over emphasised - - the personality of the first victim was guessed from the beginning !

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  • Dinah Stubbs
  • 23-10-2020

Not as good as the others

I couldn’t get to grips with the story, and the narrator has inexplicably given Willow an English accent when she had a Scottish one before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-08-2020

Pèrez at his best again.

So enjoyed picking up the ongoing story of Jimmy and little Cassie woven into another gripping detective story. Evocatively read. I feel im getting to know my way around Shetland and the people who Iive there.

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  • Jaimed
  • 30-04-2020

Why is Willow English now?

I love the Shetland books. The descriptions of the islands make me want to visit. I enjoyed this story and as always the narration by Kenny Blyth is excellent. The only thing that keeps bugging me is that Willow has completely lost her Scottish accent and has developed an English accent which I'm finding very strange and a bit annoying. Why?

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