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Publisher's Summary

When an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate the mystery. 

The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations. Then there's another murder and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again.... 

©2009 Ann Cleeves (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Mrs L.
  • 05-12-2019

Splendid

Joy - the Kenny Blyth narrated version was released just as I was ready for it. plot not quite as good as the previous two in the series, but tidied up neatly and credibly. As always, informative about the history and way of life in the Shetlands.

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  • possumputer
  • 17-07-2022

Engaging story

Engaging story, great narration- just what I was looking for! Going to download the next one asap!

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  • Simonetta
  • 26-05-2022

Brilliant reading!

I’ll listen to just about anything Kenny Blyth narrates. His readings are sublime. He manages to make every single character sound different. A class act and a good story as usual from Ann Cleeves.

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  • Angela
  • 14-05-2022

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loved this book can recommend it as a great Read love her all her books

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  • Sian
  • 18-11-2021

Lots of repetitive themes

I love the Shetland stories and keep listening even though they have a number of small issues.
This one was much longer than needed. The running and very repetitive theme was Sandy hating his mother and Perez deliberating about marriage. If they were reduced from being mentioned 4 or 5 times to just once, it would have been much better.

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  • plastic pigeon
  • 16-09-2021

Great book would recommend

It was a story I could not put down, I will be buying more books by Anne Cleeves , so many twist and turns x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-07-2021

slow but steady

Perez is drawn better here; more thoughtful than wishy washy. It was refreshing not to have a senior officer breathing down his neck. Intriguing story, well drawn put. But the love story is a bit wet. The narrator's voice is great for the men but all the women sound weak. Occasionally the voices fail to reflect the described sentiment (e.g when someone is supposed to sound sharp or angry, the narration remains level). But overall I enjoyed it. I hope the next in the series is set in winter as this is more evocative of the landscape and the isolation, but that's just a personal preference.

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  • Christine Wallace
  • 14-05-2021

Brilliant

I pride myself on being able to spot the baddie early on in a book but I have to admit I didn’t have a clue who it was in this book. It was enthralling. It’s the third Shetland book I have read. I’ve just about got the actors who play the main parts in the tv adaptation out of my head. You have to forget them as the characters in the book are nothing like them. The narrator Kenny Blyth is superb. I have loved this book and can’t wait to get stuck into No 4.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-2021

slow burn

a slow burn with a twist, was good to hear more about the Island and its history

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  • K E Webb
  • 17-10-2020

Another Great Murder Mystery

Another gripping story in the ‘ Shetland ‘ series . Narrator has just the right voice ( voices ! )
Story itself really did keep me guessing and I loved the feeling it gave of actually being on the Islands.
Ready for the next ,

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