Deux cadavres retrouvés dans le paisible comté du Northemburland.. Tous deux entourés de pétales de fleurs. Une énigme à résoudre pour l'inspectrice Vera Stanhope, héroïne de la série à succès diffusée sur France 3.
Un corps couvert de fleurs : Vera débusquera-t-elle l'assassin ? Il fait chaud, ce jour-là, sur les côtes du Northumberland. Revenue d'une virée en ville, Julie Armstrong n'aurait jamais cru faire une aussi macabre découverte : son fils étranglé dans sa baignoire, le corps couvert de fleurs sauvages...Ce meurtre d'"esthète" laisse l'inspectrice Vera Stanhope et son équipe sous le choc. Lorsqu'un second corps est découvert dans un décor similaire, Vera sait vite ce qu'elle doit faire pour débusquer le criminel.Rares sont les indices susceptibles d'aiguiller Vera, mais la voilà intriguée par le groupe d'amis qui a découvert le second corps. Qu'est-ce qui relie ces quatre hommes et cette femme ? Pendant ce temps, le tueur reste dans l'ombre, attendant l'occasion de reproduire son oeuvre d'art morbide...Solitaire et grande gueule, plus portée sur le single malt que sur l'Earl Grey, le personnage d'inspectrice créé par Ann Cleeves a rejoint Poirot et Mrs Marple au panthéon des détectives de caractère !
Une femme accusée à tort d'un meurtre. L'une des premières enquêtes de Vera Stanhope, héroïne de la série à succès diffusée sur France 3.
Qui a tué la jeune Abigail ? Vera mène l'enquête Depuis dix ans, Jeanie Long, accusée du meurtre de la jeune Abigail, était sous les verrous... Lasse de toujours crier son innocence, elle vient de se suicider !Les habitants de la paisible bourgade d'Elvet, dans le nord de l'Angleterre, sont troublés d'apprendre qu'une nouvelle preuve a été exhumée : Jeanie a été victime d'une erreur judiciaire. Quant au meurtrier d'Abigail, il serait en liberté...L'enquête est donc rouverte et l'investigation menée par l'inspectrice Vera Stanhope. Sur son passage, les villageois sont ramenés à une époque qu'ils auraient préféré oublier. Mais ont-ils peur de l'assassin... ou de la coriace détective, prête à mettre au jour des secrets indicibles ?Jalousies, fantasmes, incestes, chantages... Il faudra toute la ténacité de Vera pour délier les langues sur ce coin de lande britannique. Un suspense psychologique à couper au couteau !
Dans un coin perdu d´archipel écossais, un polar insomniaque et virtuose, une nouvelle enquête de Jimmy Perez, flic taciturne et compatissant, dont le métier s´accorde mal avec un encombrant complexe de bon samaritain...
À Biddista, hameau perdu des Shetland, pendant le solstice d´été.
Un homme est retrouvé mort, pendu dans un cabanon de pêcheurs au bord de l´eau, un masque de clown dissimulant son visage. Jimmy Perez n´a pas assez de l´aide des flics d´Inverness pour élucider l´affaire, d´autant plus délicate que l´identité de la victime demeure inconnue.
Entre Shetland et Yorkshire, les investigations piétinent... jusqu´à la découverte d´un nouveau corps. Cette fois, il s´agit de Roddy, l´enfant chéri de l´île, un jeune violoniste célèbre dans le monde entier.
Quel lien pouvait bien unir les deux victimes ? Un meurtrier rôderait-il sur les falaises de Biddista ? Et surtout, quels secrets inavouables hantent les consciences des habitants ?
En pleine saison des nuits blanches, durant ces jours où le soleil ne se couche jamais, Jimmy Perez devra déployer des trésors de sagacité pour briser le silence qui semble unir la petite communauté de Biddista, avant que le meurtrier ne frappe encore une fois...
Dans un coin perdu de l´archipel écossais des Shetland, une jeune archéologue déterre de mystérieux ossements humains, et avec eux les secrets de deux familles... Après Noire solitude et Blanc comme la nuit, le troisième volet des enquêtes de l´inspecteur Jimmy Perez, flic taciturne, compatissant et redoutablement efficace.
Whalsay, île des Shetland, de nos jours.
Hattie, jeune doctorante en archéologie en est convaincue : le jardin de Mima Wilson abrite les vestiges d´une formidable demeure de marchand du Moyen Âge. Avec l´aide de son directeur de recherches, la jeune fille commence à fouiller le terrain et finit par découvrir un crâne humain, teinté de rouge. S´agit-il des restes du marchand ou d´un squelette bien plus récent ?
Quelques heures plus tard, le cadavre de Mima est découvert au bord de la fosse par son petit-fils Sandy Wilson, coéquipier de Jimmy Perez. Selon toute évidence, Mima aurait été tuée par accident au cours d´une chasse aux lapins. Mais cette conclusion ne plaît pas à Jimmy. Et quand le corps d´Hattie est retrouvé au fond de la fosse, comment ne pas se laisser tenter par la possibilité d´un complot ?
Pour déchiffrer les mystères de l´île, Jimmy Perez devra déployer des trésors de sagacité, et lutter contre sa nature bienveillante, pour briser le terrible secret qui semble unir les familles Wilson et Clouston depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale...
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. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance . . . 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. Raven Black is a haunting, beautifully crafted crime story, and establishes Ann Cleeves as a rising talent in psychological crime writing . . . 'A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can fester when everyone thinks they know each other's secrets' VAL MCDERMID
Thin Air is the next book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as detective Jimmy Perez. A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, 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 - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note, saying she'll never be found alive. 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 Unst to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy - obsessive, even - to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill - many years later - to protect? Ann Cleeves' striking new Shetland novel explores the tensions between tradition and modernity that lie deep at the heart of a community, and how events from the past can have devastating effects on the present. Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning and Dead Water. Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series series (ITV television drama VERA) contains six titles, of which Harbour Street is the most recent.
The privately-owned island of Gillibry off the North Devon coast is the perfect site for murder. A routine weekend visit by the Gillibry Bird Observatory Trust is made memorable by the owner's announcement that he is going to sell the island. A sale would mean the end of the Observatory...and of all that, for some of them, made life worth living. A fire in Charlie Todd's cottage added to their distress. And when, next morning, after a fierce storm, they found Charlie dead in a bird hide, their pleasant September weekend assumed a dangerous new face. Charlie Todd's murder can be seen as the deed of any member of the Trust. And it falls to one of their own, George Palmer-Jones, to unravel the identity of killer within their midst.
From the author of Shetland and Vera Ever since the death of her husband, Ursula Ottway has lived alone in Back Rigg Cottage, high up on the fells overlooking the beautiful Crow Water reservoir. She has always been popular in the local community, but Ursula's life is far from secure. Her landlord, the ambitious politician Marcus Grenville, wants his property back, as the cottage would provide a perfect holiday residence for the tourists who come up to shoot on the estate. After months of petty harassment, Ursula discovers that the illegal use of poisoned bait on Grenville's land has killed not only a rare bird of prey but her two beloved cats. And she realises that she can bear no more.
Outraged by this act of cruelty, Ursula storms up to the Grenvilles' house and - to the amazement and horror of the guests gathered for dinner - she denounces Marcus Grenville and threatens revenge. It would hardly look good, after all, for a future government minister to be caught flouting the law on his own land.
But when her niece, Molly Palmer-Jones, arrives at Ursula's house the next morning, it is to find her body slumped lifeless on a sofa.
Shocked and saddened, Molly and her husband George decide to piece together a picture of Ursula's last days. And it soon becomes clear that, for many people on the estate, hers was a very convenient death. The Palmer-Joneses embark on a murder investigation . . . but even their professional expertise doesn't prepare them for what is to follow. Because a lifetime's worth of secrets must surface before a killer can finally be brought to justice . . .
The honeymoon was over . . . and Jim and his English bride, Sarah, had come home to Kinness to settle down. But first there was to be one huge celebration for the newlyweds, with the whole island present. And before the party was over, there would be a shockingly unexpected death. Somehow, in the dark of the night, Jim's young sister, Mary, slipped off Ellie's Head to the rocks below. A terrible end to a boisterously cheerful evening. But did Mary fall, or was she pushed? George Palmer-Jones, retired birdwatcher and amateur detective, suspected the latter, but proving it would be difficult: no one wanted to upset the balance of the island's ancient relationships. Yet those with something to hide inevitably try to hide it, and George, helped by Sarah, began to piece together a tragic story he wished he had never heard. Kinness was a paradise lost.
A KILLING. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn't leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. A WITNESS. No one saw the murder take place. How can this be, when the train was packed? Searching for a lead, DI Vera Stanhope heads to the quiet Northumberland town of Mardle to investigate. She can feel in her bones that the local residents know more than they are letting on: a killer is among them.A SECRET.Just days later, a second woman is murdered. Retracing the victims' final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street: why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak? DI Vera Stanhope is back. And she wants answers.
Dead Water is the fifth book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, SHETLAND. When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred and he decides to help the inquiry. Markham - originally a Shetlander but who had made a name for himself in London - had left the islands years before. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends in Shetland, so why was he back? Willow and Jimmy are led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland's North Sea oil and gas industry. It soon emerges from their investigation that Markham was chasing a story in his final days. One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death . . . Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones and Blue Lightning. Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series (ITV television drama VERA) contains five titles, of which The Glass Room is the most recent.
A brand new collection of short stories, all set on islands off the coast of the UK. This set of mysteries features new cases for DI Jimmy Perez on Shetland and DI Willow Reeves on Uist in the Outer Hebrides. In 'Stranded', set on Hilbre near Liverpool, a young man's first love vanishes. In 'Hector's Other Woman' set on Holy Island, we meet a young Vera, before she became DI Vera Stanhope, and the story of how she decided to enter the police force.And one of the stories, 'Postcard from Skokholm', is written by Lynne Chitty, winner of Pan Macmillan's Bello imprint's short story competition - and features Ann Cleeves' beloved characters George and Molly Palmer-Jones.In these stories, Ann Cleeves deftly captures the spirit of each island setting, and through this offers us a striking new collection of mysteries.
The Moth Catcher is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - now the major ITV detective drama Vera, starring Brenda Blethyn.'This case was different from anything Vera had ever worked before. Two bodies, connected but not lying together. And nothing made her feel as alive as murder.' Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they're away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley - a beautiful, lonely place to die. DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene, with her detectives Holly and Joe. When they look round the attic of the big house - where Patrick has a flat - she finds the body of a second man. All the two victims have in common is a fascination with moths - catching these beautiful, rare creatures. Those who live in the Valley Farm development have secrets too: Annie and Sam's daughter is due to be released from prison any day; Nigel watches, silently, every day, from his window. As Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped here . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths, Silent Voices, The Glass Room and Harbour Street.
Ann Cleeves' bestselling series of crime novels, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez, and now also adapted for a major BBC television series, draw their inspiration from the place in which they take place: Shetland.An archipelago of more than a hundred islands, it is the one of the most remote places in the United Kingdom. Its fifteen hundred miles of shore mean that wherever one stands, there is a view of the sea. It has sheltered voes and beaches and dramatically exposed cliffs, lush meadows full of wild flowers in the summer and bleak hilltops where only the hardiest of plants will grow. It is a place where traditions are valued and celebrated, but new technologies and ways of working are also embraced. In this gloriously illustrated companion to her novels, Ann Cleeves takes readers through a year on Shetland, learning about its past, meeting its people, celebrating its festivals and seeing how the flora and fauna of the islands changes with the seasons. Whether it is the drama of the Viking fire festival of Up Helly Aa in winter, or the piercing blue and hot pink of spring flowers on the clifftops, the long, white nights of midsummer or the fierce gales and high tides of autumn, Shetland is vividly captured in all its bleak and special beauty.
Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series.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 far-away 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? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof.Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .
Cold Earth is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves' bestselling Shetland series - a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall.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.Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.
An original short story taken from the anthology Motives for Murder, by members of The Detection Club From acclaimed novelist Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland series, comes a tale about a wife who will do anything to meet her favourite writer.The life of Ann Cleeves' ex-pat wife protagonist is one of boredom punctuated by stultifying dinner parties and making sure that her home is tidy and her husband is happy. When her favourite writer, Peter Lovesey, is due to appear at the Emirates Literature Festival, she is beyond thrilled. What will she do then when her husband changes their plans at the last minute?
The Seagull is Ann Cleeves' searing eighth novel in the bestselling Vera Stanhope series, about corruption deep in the heart of a community, and about fragile, and fracturing, family relationships.Shrewd. Smart. Challenging. Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is on the case.When prison inmate and former police officer John Brace says he's willing to give up information about a long-dead wheeler dealer in return for protection for his family, Vera knows that she has to look into his claims.But opening up this cold case strikes much closer to home than Vera anticipates as her investigation takes her back in time to The Seagull, a once decadent and now derelict nightclub where her deceased father and his friends used to congregate.As Vera's past collides dangerously with the present, she will have to confront her unwanted memories and face the possibility that her father was involved in what happened. The truth is about to come out but is Vera ready for it will reveal?