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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (16 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023076018X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230760189
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,365 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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A silent community. A murderer among them.

Swept along in a jostling crowd, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie board the busy Metro in Newcastle. But when the train is stopped due to bad weather, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn't left with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

DI Vera Stanhope arrives at the crime scene, and she and Joe are soon on their way to the south Northumberland town of Mardle, where Margaret lived, to begin their inquiry. Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera can feel in her bones that there's a link between the killings - one that she must discover before another life is lost. Retracing Margaret's 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?

Told with piercing prose and a forensic eye, Ann Cleeves' gripping new novel explores what happens when a community closes ranks to protect their own - and at what point silent witnesses become complicit.

'Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves'

Val McDermid

www.anncleeves.com

Facebook.com/AnnCleeves

@AnnCleeves

[thumbnails of Silent Voices TV jacket and Red Bones TV jacket]

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Jun 2014
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I've only discovered the Vera Stanhope series recently and I'm not reading in any particular order. I find Vera fascinating as a lead character. She's quirky but plausible. She's not much of a stickler for rules and I really enjoy the way the reader has access to her inner thoughts about her colleagues and the suspects. Those insights often provide the contrast of humour in the midst of darkness.

The cast of characters in this story is diverse. Each has an interesting backstory and events are largely self contained in a small geographic area of Newcastle. But the dialogue keeps the carefully crafted plot moving forward and with a number of suspects, it had me guessing right up to the actual reveal. Really enjoyed it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jan 2014
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A young girl, Jesse, discovers a stabbed, dead body on a packed metro. Her name is Margaret Krukowski, a resident in a guest house in Harbour Street, Mardle. Vera Stanhope is soon on the case, prying and probing into why a 70 year old lady was mysteriously killed. Vera loves digging around another person's private life, perhaps because she has none of her own. Margaret Krukowski had married a Polish refugee when young. She helped running the guest house owned by Kate Dewar that had a regular clientele. She was benevolent, helping the church and The Haven, a refuge for homeless women. Police enquiries were leading nowhere. Residents were reluctant to give information on the dead victim, well-known, but Vera was convinced they were hiding information for personal reasons. There are a host of suspects, all with skeletons in their closets.

Ann Cleeves draws the characters in great depth. They are all believable. As the facts are uncovered, the extent of the intrigue within Harbour Street and Mardle becomes apparent. Surprising and shocking revelations come to light. The finale is thrilling as the culprit is hounded and found out. The plot is well constructed and captivating. Vera is a stand out character. The atmosphere of the murder enquiry and locations are superb in this outstanding crime thriller.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By EllyBlue TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2014
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Couldn't wait for the new Ann Cleeves "Vera" novel to reach my Kindle, and once it arrived, I'd devoured it in 24 hours. I'd been looking forward to reading it for ages, and I'm pleased to report that I'm not disappointed at all! This is an excellent return for Vera, the overweight, single, nosy woman, a lonely and flawed human being herself, who is skilled in listening to the stories both true and false that the characters she is investigating weave about themselves. This story begins with Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jess travelling home from central Newcastle on the Metro on a snowy evening in December. Jess discovers the body of an elderly woman on the train. The woman, Margaret Krukowski, lived in a Guest House on Harbour Street in Mardle, helping the owner to run her business, and helping at The Haven, a women's refuge, not far from Mardle in her spare time. However, Margaret's life was not as straightforward as it first appeared, and the residents of Harbour Street, many of whom had lived there for years are less than enthusiastic about digging up the past. This is classic Vera territory and also vintage Ann Cleeves. I love Ann Cleeves's Shetland novels partly for their sense of place, and this novel, set in small Northumberland town near the end of a Metro line has a similar brilliant evocative atmosphere. Although I've never been to Shetland, the area around Newcastle upon Tyne I know very well and can vouch for the veracity of the descriptions of the landscapes and weather that play an important role in this story. However, it is the cast of characters who play their parts against this backdrop which brings the story to life.Read more ›
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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Sep 2014
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Another fine, atmospheric Vera Stanhope crime thriller by Ann Cleeves. Murder of a saintly older woman in a small English fishing port, which steadily turns into a complete airing of the victim's less than saintly past. Another woman--the town barfly--is killed, and the trail for Inspector Stanhope becomes much more complicated.

As always in this series, the characters and their interactions are the heart of the book, and all of this very finely drawn in "Harbour Street." Cleeves' hallmark red herrings and numerous twists toward the ending are part and parcel of this one also. She fooled me with her sleight of hand here, but she delivers a very satisfying conclusion. Good read.
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A really good story but at the conclusion was a bit too contrived and obscure.

Harbour Street itself and the characters living there were very real in a bleak way, well portrayed with the poignancy of the approaching Christmas festivities - reminded me of John Harris's "Hallelujah Corner" where real people live difficult lives.

A good read.
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By DeeDee on 28 Aug 2014
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Up to the usual Ann Cleeves high standard and another well thought-out novel in a very interesting crime series. My only criticism would be that it was slightly spoilt for me as I had already seen this episode on TV. However, it was interesting to make the comparison, and have no hesitation in recommending the Vera Stanhope series.
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