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Red Bones (Shetland Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Cleeves
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Red Bones is the third book in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series - now a major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, Shetland.

When an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate the mystery.

The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations.

Then there's another murder and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again . . .

Also available in the Shetland series are Raven Black, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air.

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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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    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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    23 of 24 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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    7 of 7 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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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Lucinda
    This stunning crime novel by highly acclaimed, bestselling author of Dead Water and Raven Black, Ann Cleeves brings a new exciting tale to the forefront. `Shetland' is now a major BBC television drama adaptation. This profoundly gripping, absorbing tale is one that had me sat on the edge of my seat throughout as I was unable to put this book down for even a moment. Shrouded in mystery, deception and intrigue this cleverly crafted crime investigation is one that captured my imagination as I lost myself within a fantastic story. Quirky, distinctive characters amidst the mystical Shetland backdrop that is eerie, radiating a sinister beauty such as one would find in Doone Valley or the rugged bleakness of the Moors in Jane Eyre. I was kept guessing throughout and had chills running down my spine it was so electrifying, therefore I would highly recommend this satisfying tale.

    When an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate. The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations. Then there's another death and, as the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again...

    An evocative treat which will delight the senses and complex mystery to unhinge the mind, this fascinating and delicately interlaced in-depth murder mystery is truly exceptional. I am so impressed by an author whose originality, sublime simplicity of prose and exquisite narrative has astonished hence Ann Cleeves now remains a firm favorite and inspirational writer.
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    28 of 33 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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    Published 3 days ago by mike miles
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not easy to work out who did it.
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    Published 10 days ago by Margaret Paterson
    1.0 out of 5 stars Enough!
    Painfully boring with it's emphasis on the personality. I gave up at page 127 and was surprised I'd gone as far as that.
    Published 18 days ago by eamon cowman
    3.0 out of 5 stars A fair read
    A fair read.
    Read all the shetland murders now. A bit formulaic.
    Published 26 days ago by Jambo numer 9
    3.0 out of 5 stars Again a good book for relaxation
    Again a good book for relaxation, but Ann Cleeves, like so many other authors in this genre tend to follow a very similar pattern in all their novels so after 3 o4 of a series one... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Rosie Marsh
    5.0 out of 5 stars compulsive
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    Published 1 month ago by book addict
    5.0 out of 5 stars BURIED SECRETS
    Whalsay, "the friendly island", just 6x2 miles. Birthplace of Jimmy Perez's assistant Sandy Wilson who, in this third Shetland mystery, takes on a far more prominent role. Read more
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