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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230760171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760172
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,881 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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"Ann Cleeves expertly combines a traditional detective story and a novel about love and death...These books are very precisely set in their unusual geographical environment, and every character, encounter and conversation is carefully described as each harbour and hillock, Up to page 366 the reader is shown everything, so it comes as a shock reminder when the detective takes a call that sends him running off to the action and the reader is not told who or what he or she said that this enjoyable novel is actually a conventional whodunit." --Literary Review

"One of Ann Cleeves' strengths is her description of characters and her way of understanding exactly how people work. This continues in this book. Perez' depression and mourning is beautifully described, as is his slow emergence from the depression into which he has sunk."

"This is a gripping and atmospheric follow-up to Red Bones which has been adapted for television" --Candis

"This is a beautifully written and cleverly plotted thriller made all the more special by the setting."
--Sunday Mirror

"A great new find for crime fans" --Red

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A hidden past, with undercurrents of murder . . .

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2013
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I've read the 4 novels which make up the Shetland Quartet and would recommend that you do the same before you read this excellent extension to the series, not because this doesn't work as a stand-alone detective story (it does) but because this one will tell you things about the story lines in those earlier novels. So, start with Raven Black (Shetland Quartet 1), then go on to White Nights (Shetland Quartet 2), then Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3) and finally, Blue Lightning. They are all excellent. Jimmy Perez is gradually easing his way back into work after the events at the end of Blue Lightning. A body is found in a yaul (traditional hand made boat), near the home of the Procurator fiscal. It turns out to be Jerry Markham, a journalist whose parents run a local hotel, but who himself had no longer lived in Shetland. A female detective Willow Reeves is brought in from the mainland to head the enquiry and the police believe that the murder may have something to do with a story Markham was working on, possibly connected with plans to use Shetland's natural resources (wind and wave power) to compensate for the loss of revenue from the declining oil industry. However, there may also be personal reasons for Markham's return. And so the plot unravels and if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book. I don't want to spoil it for you!Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By s barbour on 1 Feb. 2014
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Ann Cleeves is back again and in my opinion still on form.
This book was always going to be a little different after the tragic demise of Perez's fiance Fran in Blue Lightning.
What I like about Ann Cleeves is the believability of her characters, this said, Perez, 6 months on is still grieving for his fiance so this is why he is only easing himself back into would others in the same position if they were able to. Why his character is not quite like the old Perez, although we do see little snippets of this character coming to the fore occasionally. I was good to see a new Inspector - Willow Reeves, I wasn't sure about her to start of with but she certainly had a subtle way of getting the best out of both Sandy and Perez. It was also interesting to see Perez's reaction to Willow,,,may be she will crop up again should there be future books.
Essentially though to me, this book was about betrayal and fear. Some other reviewers have not liked this book particularly and not believed the storyline to be credible. For me, I did find it mostly credible but all the 'green' technology etc seemed like red herrings as it was the under-current of potential betrayal of emotions across several characters that shone through at the end.
I found the story to be a 'slow-burner' for about 2/3 of the book with it gradually notching up through the later chapters as all played out, just how I like it. The clues for the ending are all in the text, you just don't realise it while you are reading. I hadn't worked out the killer, but I didn't mind.
I look forward to another Shetland story with Perez, hopefully it won't be loo long!
The lead characters are Perez, Sandy, Willow and most importantly the Shetland countryside; the coastline, small towns, countryside, families etc absolutely shine through. The books must be a huge advert for the Shetland Tourist Board!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire VINE VOICE on 27 Sept. 2014
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I was really sad when I got to the end of the Shetland quartet so I was over the moon when I heard that Ann Cleeves was writing more books in the series. In Dead Water, Jimmy Perez is still coming to terms with the terrible tragedy that happened in Blue Lightning. He's still off work, but the death of Shetlander Jerry Markham, a journalist who had moved to London but was back on the islands visiting, fires up his investigative skills once more. Working again with Sandy Wilson and with newcomer Willow Reeves, he takes his brooding personality and dark looks around the island to try and work out what has happened.

I do love this series. The backdrop of the Shetlands seems a bit like Jimmy, dark and brooding. The island life is quite fascinatingly portrayed. I never had a clue who the culprit was until it was revealed, which I think is clever plotting and no mean feat. I'm happy to see that book six is already out so there is more of this great series to delight me with.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jan. 2014
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A Shetland lad who became a journalist and went to London to work, returns and is murdered. There are murky depths with a past relationship to a girl who is now about to marry, a tidal power project under way and his expectation of not needing money from his hotel-owning parents any more.

I didn't find the reasons for the deaths believable and I wanted to see at least once that the police were researching witnesses and suspects on the net. Most of them would have a website, social page or comments on bulletin boards which would be found easily, but no, nobody ever does that - standard practice in policing now. Seems the author has never heard of Twitter or Google. The police just ask slow local man Sandy what he knows. In Ireland, the police are never allowed to be posted to their home area. They might have to arrest a relative. In such a small community it makes no sense to have a local police man, who would be related to everyone, but I cannot see Sandy surviving a week posted to Glasgow. I also wondered where a journalist would go without a netbook or tablet these days? The author just seems not to be in touch.

I enjoyed all the other Shetland books but sadly this one didn't feel as good. Firstly it was too slow and vague. I was reading it in the evenings after doing lots of other things, and never once felt inclined to pick it up during the day. Secondly I didn't take to the female police detective brought in to supervise. Jimmy Perez has been a very good character but in this book he's lost and depressed after a personal tragedy, so we don't get much from him and he's not all that interested in the work of policing.
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