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by Ann Cleeves (Author), Kenny Blyth (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 5 minutes
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  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Mar 2013
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
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When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in from the Hebrides to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out the loop, but his interest in this new case is stirred. Markham had left the islands years before to pursue his burgeoning writing career. He had few friends there, so why was he back in Shetland?

Willow and Jimmy are soon led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland's North Sea oil and gas industry. It emerges that Markham was chasing a story in his final days. One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death...

©2013 Ann Cleeves; (P)2013 Isis Publishing Ltd

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars slow burner, gripping 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 work...as 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead Plot 26 Feb 2013
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After having read all of the wonderful Jimmy Perez books I felt vaguely let down by this one. The murderer was improbable, the motivation illogical, the victims poorly drawn, not worthy of stellar roles at all. No comparison with previous books.

Dead Water was an ok read, not as good as Ms. Cleeves has provided in the past.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK 17 Feb 2013
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I read this book because it was set in Shetland, but it was not as gripping as the first four in the series. I could not work out whodunnit before it was revealed but by then I didn't really care much, and the result was a little far-fetched based on the characters that had been presented in the earlier part of the story. I don't like the clumsy, repetitive way of describing people. For example Sandy is described as being rather dim so many times you end up wondering how he became a policeman, and it also seems to imply that he is dim because of where he grew up, which is nonsense. I am however, looking forward to the TV series that has been created as a result of this series of novels.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disapointment 26 Feb 2013
There's really no direction in this book and yes, I have read the other in this series and loved them. But not this. It's like she can't decide what foot Perez should stand on. We sympathize with his loss and everything, But this is a book! Anything is possible. He just moves around without focus. And the motive for the crime? Forget it. You will never buy it. It's just doesn't adds up. And the book wobbles and the sentences lacks rhythm in a way. The writer has no confidence in the subjects she is describing. she just goes through the motions in a way. A disappointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good 'un from Ann Cleeves
I enjoy Ann Cleeves work, and particularly like detective stories/series that paint a picture or interesting places like - in this case - the Shetlands. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Janet Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
This was the first Perez novel I read after seeing the TV version. Without giving away anything, there are so many differences its like getting a new story, so that's win-win... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Christine Goodier
5.0 out of 5 stars Shetland
I have bought this for my Kindle and have not yet started reading it, but I am sure I will love it when I do.
Published 4 days ago by Ann Davie
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead water.
Another great murder to get your teeth into, this time with hardly any clues to lead the readers guesswork. I was gripped by the story but did not expect the final solution. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gerry Smith.
5.0 out of 5 stars last in an excellent series
I didn't initially realise that Ann Cleeves had written the books that were made into ITV's Vera series. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mark Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was my first Shetland read I I enjoyed the stroyline and plot. It helps if you are familiar with the island as there are a lot of references to local places and landscapes. Read more
Published 7 days ago by alex mcintyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel versus Television adaptation.
This was a brilliant book. The televised version of it was a great disapointment.You cannot improve on the authors work.
Published 11 days ago by Audrey Westcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read
Never disappointed with Ann Cleaves all her books are brilliant, keep coming back for more. TV series does not do them justice
Published 13 days ago by irene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Another great read by Ann Cleeves. Keeps you guessing all the way through. I look forward to each new book whether it be Jimmy Perez or Vera Stanhope book. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Patricia Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I enjoyed all four of the Shetland books which I started after the tv series began. I am surprised that the author allowed the tv company to almost completely rewrite the stories! Read more
Published 24 days ago by Maddy
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