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The Healers (Inspector Ramsay Series Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Cleeves
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Book Description

The Healers is the fifth novel in the Inspector Ramsay series by Ann Cleeves, author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope crime series.



News of the murder first came to Inspector Stephen Ramsay early on Monday morning. He was in a meeting, one of the endless meetings the Chief Superintendent regularly called, and the summons from Sergeant Gordon Hunter came as a relief.



They found middle-aged farmer Ernie Bowles lying on his kitchen floor. He had been strangled, and was not a pretty sight. The gruesome discovery of his body had first been made by the beautiful Lily Jackman, a new-age traveller who was living with her boyfriend in a caravan on Bowles's land. Neither of them, however, had been close to the dead farmer, who had lived alone since the death of his mother and was, by all accounts, a rather unpleasant character.



Inspector Ramsay fears that this case will not be simple. In his experience, most murders are straightforward: an explosion of family pressure, the loss of control in a fight. But Bowles seems to have kept himself to himself, and Ramsay feels that to solve the mystery of his death he will need all the help he can get. Then another person is strangled, a woman who, on the surface, had absolutely no connection with the dead farmer. Surely two such killings in the same locality are more than just chilling coincidence?



When Ramsay hears of a third suspicious death, a very tenuous link between the victims takes on a new importance, for all were connected in some way to the Alternative Therapy Centre in Mittingford. Could one of the healers be a killer?


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    From the author of Shetland and Vera

    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.

    www.anncleeves.com

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 731 KB
    • Print Length: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Bello (9 May 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00CP3MBLG
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun. 2014
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    realyy good as always with Ann Cleeves
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    Once more I have awarded Ann Cleeves five stars, yet again totally believable characters.
    In this particular book unusually the body count is up, more akin to Midsommer than Northumberland.
    In the very best tradition of British Crime Novels
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 9 Jan. 2014
    By anne
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    This is perhaps the best of the Inspector Ramsay books I have read to date. The characters are better built and have a degree of authenticity missing from some of the earlier ones in the series.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Not so everyday story of country folk 30 Dec. 2013
    By Zuleika
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    the murder of a farmer in the countryside introduces us to a cast of characters we get to know well, th
    e youngsters who have dropped out of the rat race, the earnest alternative therapists, the upwardly mobile farming families, all suspects in the murder, yet as usual with Ann Cleeves, the reader is seduced into understanding and maybe sympathising with their point of view.

    Inspector Ramsay is fairly self effacing during the case, and his struggles with his colleagues make amusing reading, also his burgeoning relationship with his girlfriend. An intriguing mystery which will appeal to lovers of Who-dun-its, and lovers of countryside.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars a really enjoyable who-dun it! 29 Dec. 2013
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    This is the fifth book I've read and enjoyed in this series. By the time this story was written the characters have developed to the point where they are realistic, interesting and credible. The book is so well written that the identity of the murderer keeps you guessing right to the last chapter. I'm looking forward to the final episode in the Inspector Ramsay series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative detection for alternative ideas. 23 Sept. 2014
    By manley
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    Ramsey potter potter's his way through his usual landscape with Hunter scurrying round him like a yapping terrier. The supporting cast have credible substance so the plot moves along at a good pace. The reader will want to know the unexpected ending in which Hunter shines after all.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 6 Jun. 2015
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    Yet again Ann Cleeves has written a gripping murder mystery. Inspector Ramsey is a likeable character, and his team members are an interesting mix of personalities. Thoroughly enjoyable reading with a cleverly conceived ending.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read 10 Jun. 2014
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    Typical Ann Cleeves in being very well written but rather unpredictable as to who did it.
    The Inspector Ramsay is not a particulary pro-active hero, he just seems to let things fall into place.
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