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Red Bones (Shetland Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Cleeves
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When Ann Cleeves bagged the prestigious CWA Dagger Award for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series, attention was paid to a crime writer of no mean gifts. With a deft sense of place and plotting that demonstrated unshowy but authoritative skill, Cleeves proved that she was a novelist to reckon with. As Red Bones, the third book in her acclaimed series, once again shows. It’s perhaps not as immediately striking as Raven Black, but just as sure-footed.

At an archaeological dig at Whalsay, a grim discovery is made: a set of human remains. The discovery intrigues the islanders – is this a body from the distant past, or one of more recent provenance? Subsequently, a shooting accident takes the life of an elderly woman, and Ann Cleeves’s doughty copper, Jimmy Perez, is called in to investigate by the woman's grandson. As Jimmy begins to dig into the circumstances surrounding the death, he finds evidence of a massive, bitter dispute between two families: a dispute whose mean-spiritedness and greed has riven the whole community on Whalsay. Another death occurs, and Jimmy finds himself struggling -- both with recalcitrant islanders who offer him little help, and with his own deeper unfamiliarity with his surroundings. The answer, of course, lies in the past...

Ann Cleeves’ fellow crime fiction practitioners (from Colin Dexter to Peter Robinson) have been lining up to sing her praises, and it’s unlikely that there will be any blip in that chorus of praise on the evidence of Red Bones, which is quite as assured and entertaining as its predecessors. --Barry Forshaw


"Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime, and this chilling thriller should help her on her way." --Sunday Mirror

'Intensely satisfying and well-constructed story
with sympathetic and attractive characters.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448260
  • ASIN: B004CJ8X6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,890 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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly relics 12 Oct. 2011
By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I really liked this book. Ann Cleeves is a terrific writer who has so much skill at evoking a sense of place and its living breathing atmosphere.

"Red Bones" is part of the Inspector Jimmy Perez series set in the Shetland Islands, where "insular" takes on definitive meaning. "Red..." opens with the shooting of a feisty old woman, the owner of a archeological site that is being excavated by a PhD student and her assistant. The killing appears to be accidental, although how it could have occurred is unclear, even to the man who has confessed to the shooting. The incident is laid to rest by the authorities despite some misgivings by Inspector Perez. Shortly thereafter, a second death occurs and Perez isn't buying the theory that it is a suicide. The mystery is slowly revealed and concluded with an intelligent spin that the author has kept up her sleeve throughout the story.

So, excellent mystery story and clever ending. But better--much better--is the finely crafted evocation of this small northern place and how it feels to live there. The author must be more than a little bit of a naturalist as she describes with real feeling how the sea, fields, sky, etc. look, feel and smell. She includes details like the specific names of local birds and how they relate to the weather, season or even the foretelling of events. Also enjoyable in "Red..." is the wonderful collection of characters included and how they think, react and interact as families and individuals. Cleeves convincingly argues that the islands' social history dictates the dynamics of relationships in the present and that past tragedies always carry forward in those small places. So, if your grandmother did my grandmother wrong, you share responsibility for the alleged deed.

A totally enjoyable read and recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her usual standard 12 Jun. 2014
I agree with the minority of other reviewers who judged this novel inferior to the earlier ones in the series -- and, come to that, to the Vera Stanhope series. I'd only add to their remarks that we're introduced early on to a large cast of characters, members of an extended family, three generations of grandparents, parents, cousins, brothers and sisters, all usually referred to by their Christian names alone so it's difficult to fix in one's memory who's who. A list of characters to refer to, along with the map of the islands provided, would have been helpful. And a glossary of Shetland dialect words would also have been appreciated. I kept stalling on words such as yoal, bod, reestit, dee, peerie, flot, peerie, planticrub, fiscal (public prosecutor in the Shetlands), most of them not in my OED so I had to resort to Google...
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Number three underated author 26 Jun. 2009
This is number three in a planned quartet of books. I'm suprised these haven't broken through in the best sellers list Once again Inspector Perez is called upon to gently quiz a tight knit community this time there is a body but it looks like a tragic accident an old lady shot whilst one of the locals is out shooting rabbits
the victim the grandmother of his sidekick Sandy
perez's gut feeling is nagging him was this just simply an accident just when it looks like he is willing to accept this conclusion another body is found this time it looks like suicide but the two deaths are linked and Perez not only has bone in his mouth but an archeologist dig has uncovered human bones that might not be as old as first thought

This is a real page turner and once again Ann Cleeves manages to pull the Shetland wool over your eyes right to the very last page
The location is key the islands of Scotland where secrets and lies are buried deep in this case quite literally
I for one hope that the author changes her mind and extends this series from a quartet
but will definately be Reading the 4th book and hopefully more people will have discovered the first three by that time
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4.0 out of 5 stars As slow burning as a good peat fire 18 Sept. 2012
By Katharine Kirby TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Strangely beguiling, the pace of this mystery, the third novel in the Shetland series, is maintained steadily through a moody immersion, drawing the reader down into a tight, island way of life that is familiar to the writer; intriguing to this more mainland reader.

Archaeology, excavation and violent death in the present day collide with powerful force. When is a body not, as seems, the victim of suicide or accident? By the washing line, with a gun, in a trench, with a knife. Oh dear, poor police officer Sandy, rather a bumbling chap, really has to get to the bottom of the story. Most of the suspects are unimaginably, unbearably close to home for him. Helping Sandy along is his more senior, competent and imaginative boss, Perez, someone who just can't help trying to fill in the gaps with his own sympathetic intuition and lateral thinking.

The reactions of the bereaved in this story are extraordinary. Clearly there is a deep, rich seam of unspoken dialogue, unfinished business and secret stories that may have, over the telling, become unreliable.

I was particularly interested in the sub plot involving the `Shetland Bus'; the legendary Norwegian resistance undercover wartime transport, bravely attempting repatriation. There is also good record of this in the eponymous book The Shetland Bus that Ann Cleeves refers to.

Altogether a worthwhile read, I came into this series in the middle so will probably now go back and try the earlier two. The characters encourage that loyalty and will no doubt reward the effort as they are honestly drawn, human and believable to the core.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well written
Published 2 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Shetland tale.
This book kept me turning the pages and involved with the wonderfully believable characters Ann Cleeves has created. Excellent !
Published 4 days ago by Ma- in-law
5.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric read
atmospheric I was transported to the foggy Shetland well written
Published 6 days ago by brenda carr
5.0 out of 5 stars RED BONES by ANN CLEEVES
Ann Cleeves writes so well about the Shetlands - she makes you feel you are really there. Also a good mystery story.
Published 6 days ago by jann smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 8 days ago by Ariadne
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read
Published 12 days ago by M. N Headley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters having visited the Shetlands last year can visualise...
Great characters having visited the Shetlands last year can visualise the places and know some of them. Good read till the very end.
Published 13 days ago by diana cuthbert
3.0 out of 5 stars 3rd in series not 'rattling my bones,
I was a bit disappointed with this book. There were too many people to keep track of and the history of the archeology site against history of the intertwined families was... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Nigel Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Super shetland
Loved this series on TV
Book just as gripping
Published 19 days ago by Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This second novel is just as good as the first novel
Published 21 days ago by David
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