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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447252896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447252894
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann Cleeves worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black . Ann lives in North Tyneside. Her Vera Stanhope series is currently being turned into a major ITV production to be released in Autumn 2010.

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About the Author

Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's VERA and BBC One's SHETLAND. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel, for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Scififan on 24 Mar. 2009
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Someone recommended that I read the first book in the Shetland Island Quartet, Raven Black, and I did. I could not put it down. This lead me on to start reading other books by this author although it would appear some of them are hard to get hold of. I managed to buy a used copy of 'A Bird in the Hand' which has started me off on the 'Palmer-Jones' stories. The way the author writes has you captivated from the beginning and with the detail of the areas she places the stories, you immediately imagine yourself there, especially so if you have visited the areas before. This book was no different than the others I have read in as far as I was sure that I knew who had committed the murder, but I was wrong. I am now looking to purchase the next book on the list. As mentioned, I have read one of the Shetland Quartet, One Palmer-Jones and also Vera Stanhope; try the books featuring her, you will immediately get an image of how she is, they are brilliant. And I will eventually get on to the Inspector Ramsey series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Constant Reader on 18 Nov. 2013
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I have read many Ann Cleeves books and usually really enjoy them, to the point where I will read the whole series, one after the other.

This however was something of a different format and seemed to have fewer characters with amateur sleuths in the lead.

I have to say I didn't really get hooked into the story and didn't really care who did it. I did finish it and it was an easy read last thing at night (last Anne Cleeves book I read I was up until two in the morning so I could finish it!

An easy read but not what I would have expected of Ms Cleeves!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimosa on 6 Feb. 2014
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I very much like Ann Cleeves as a writer and have enjoyed the Shetland quartet immensely, so I was disappointed that this book didn't quite meet the same standard. It may be that these are earlier books ( I didn't check) but there was little or no tension or suspense in the plot, the investigating character was unattractive in his manner, not flawed in the heartfelt sense of many fictional detectives or investigators, just boring, uninteresting and an irritable individual that I didn't take to at all (his wife looks more promising), which as a consequence made the book a slow burner for me, there was no pace, you had the feeling that he didn't care if he solved the crime or not not and as a consequence neither does the reader, or this reader anyhow. Disappointing....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SueN on 15 Jun. 2014
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Cleeves has improved immeasurably as a writer since this was first published in 1986. Not even halfway through, the plot has ground to a halt and the overemphasis on the technicalities of bird watching is a complete turnoff. You can't, I suppose, blame publishers for trying to cash in on the recent success of tv adaptations of the Vera and Shetland stories, but this lacks the pace and characterisation of the these works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janice Hume on 30 May 2014
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I really enjoyed this rare example of a novel based on the bizarre world of twitching. Ann Cleeves is well placed to have an accurate knowledge of the subject and her descriptions feel very authentic. I didn't guess the identity of the murderer either. Very enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Enid Heron on 25 Sept. 2013
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I like books by Ann Cleeves being atmospheric with detailed backgrounds. If you are a bird follower this series is for you but if not the bird information can overtake the plot and become rather tedious.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny on 21 May 2014
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One of Ann Cleves' early books, where she hadn't honed her art yet. Reading it after her latest offerings, like the Shetland series, and Vera, you can see how her writing has progressed. I did finish the book, but only because of tenacity - not because I was so intrigued to know who did it. Knowledge of twitching does help with the content - I didn't realise there was such a difference in bird-watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zuleika on 15 Oct. 2014
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Twitching.!
In this mystery, set on the Norfolk coast, we are introduced to the world of the obsessive bird watchers, or twitchers, as they known, a crowd of individuals who think nothing of racing from one end ot the country to the other to see a rare breed of bird, so they. can tick it off in their notebooks.
The action begins with the death of a respected twitcher, in the village of Rushy. George Palmer Jones, retired Civil servant, is approached by the father of a birdwatcher, to try and discover the identity of the murderer, so he and his wife Molly, friendly with the local twitchers, pursue the quest with all their vigour. It is very readable, as we are privy to George's thought processes, and meet the varied characters involved, with clever use of suspense and atmosphere, as the weather closes around them.
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