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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 54 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Jun. 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPXO8U
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Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is assigned the case. Because Vera is plain, overweight, middle-aged and drinks to a little too much, it's very easy for people to underestimate her. Just because people dismiss her a plodding lump doesn't mean that she doesn't have a keen mind.
The case takes on a new urgency when another body, that of Lily, a young student teacher, is found floating in a rock pool at the beach, her body posed in the same way as Luke's.
Vera's attention turns to the group who found Lily,four men who share a keen interest in bird-watching. All deny knowing Lily and the other victim, Luke, but are they telling the truth? Vera becomes convinced that the solution lies somewhere in their lives, but where? And what is the connection between the two victims? Indeed, is there one at all, or have they been chosen at random?
The author, Ann Cleeves has a gift for setting. Her previous novel, RAVEN BLACK, set in the Shetland Islands, evoked a very strong sense of place. Likewise, HIDDEN DEPTHS is very clearly a novel of North-East England: there's something in Vera's outlook on life and her persona that I can't quite pin down
HIDDEN DEPTHS is the third in the Vera Stanhope series and was my first encounter with her.Read more ›
As a character, she's fascinating. She has insight and frailty; uncommon attributes in a Senior Police officer. Her working practices are sometimes old fashioned, but she remains plausible. The relationship with her team is a moveable feast, but she clearly has their respect despite her flaws and foibles.
In short, this was a compelling read. A murder, an introspective group of friends, secrets, guilt and lies. A great sense of place and time and a cast of characters to keep you guessing. I thought I had the culprit sussed quickly. Wrong!
Just read and enjoy if you like intelligent murder mystery with a strong female lead.
As Vera and her team start sifting through any evidence and trying to find links between the two dead people suspicions start to fall especially on four males, a group of friends. But could any of them be the killer? Ann Cleeves gives us good descriptions of the area as well as well portrayed characters that really help to bring this story to life, an extra dimension to the story if you like, thus making this more memorable.
With red herrings, mentally scarred and damaged characters this is a very well written mystery, and I will definitely be reading more of her books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent storyline about which I am going to say nothing as do not wish to give anything away. Suffice to say I do not think any Ann Cleeves's fan would be disappointed.Published 5 days ago by April
Was totally engrossed right to be the end, even missing the clues as to identity of "who dun it"!Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
The author leads us on more false trails in a tantalising plot. The main thing I enjoyed was the unlikely heroine- fat, unfit, a heavy drinker- but possessing the ability to... Read morePublished 25 days ago by JJenny Goodall
Love Ann Cleeves work - I really enjoyed this book. Recommended - especially now that it's been serialized.Published 26 days ago by Heidi Winskell
Love the Vera novels. I defy U not to read another after U have read one. My new Favourite Detective.Published 1 month ago by L. sewingqueen