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Dead Water (Shetland)
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
I've read the 4 novels which make up the Shetland Quartet and would recommend that you do the same before you read this excellent extension to the series, not because this doesn't work as a stand-alone detective story (it does) but because this one will tell you things about the story lines in those earlier novels. So, start with Raven Black (Shetland Quartet 1), then go on to White Nights (Shetland Quartet 2), then Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3) and finally, Blue Lightning. They are all excellent. Jimmy Perez is gradually easing his way back into work after the events at the end of Blue Lightning. A body is found in a yaul (traditional hand made boat), near the home of the Procurator fiscal. It turns out to be Jerry Markham, a journalist whose parents run a local hotel, but who himself had no longer lived in Shetland. A female detective Willow Reeves is brought in from the mainland to head the enquiry and the police believe that the murder may have something to do with a story Markham was working on, possibly connected with plans to use Shetland's natural resources (wind and wave power) to compensate for the loss of revenue from the declining oil industry. However, there may also be personal reasons for Markham's return. And so the plot unravels and if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book. I don't want to spoil it for you! I will only say that I was shocked by the ending which I had not anticipated, although of course by the end, it was all perfectly clear.
What I love about these novels is the strong sense of place Ann Cleeves creates. Having read them, I've a real hankering to visit Shetland. The pictures Cleeves manages to paint in words really make the place come alive. I also like the characters, not only of the police team, but the Shetland people themselves. Perez in particular is multi-dimensional, but the entire cast here is well-drawn and realistic. This is a police procedural set in a slightly unusual location. Lots of books being published at the moment fit this description and some are better than others. This is one of the best examaples. I would say if you enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction this is definitely worth a try. It's a real page-turner - I had to force myself not to read it too fast, and now I've finished, I'm hoping that Ann Cleeves will add another to this excellent series before too long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm a big admirer of Ann Cleeves and have enjoyed the Shetland Island series tremendously. Like most Cleeves fans, I was happy to see her return to the Shetland locale and looked forward to the revival of principal, Jimmy Perez. "Dead Water" gets off to a fine start, with wonderful descriptions of the austere and dramatic landscape and the contemporary post "oil-boom" status of the islands. A murder is committed early on and brings the introduction of the main characters--including a still-grieving Perez, an off-island detective, and local deputy Sandy Wilson (who is given a leading role in this novel).

The procedural that takes up most of this book is classic Cleeves and deliciously serpentine and translucent, BUT somewhere in the last few chapters, the story just loses steam. The back-and-forth between the investigating characters seems increasingly forced and the tone of things slips into the melodramatic. By the conclusion--which isn't up to Cleeves' usual standards--the reader (this reader, at least), is pretty tired of the universally traumatized characters and not ready to buy the motives presented for crime(s)--especially for a second murder that is staged in such a way that leave even the book's principals disbelieving.

The good news about "Dead Water" is that Jimmy Perez has been resuscitated and will probably be back in a sequel. Hopefully, the author will have regained full footing for the next installment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2014
Ann Cleeves is back again and in my opinion still on form.
This book was always going to be a little different after the tragic demise of Perez's fiance Fran in Blue Lightning.
What I like about Ann Cleeves is the believability of her characters, this said, Perez, 6 months on is still grieving for his fiance so this is why he is only easing himself back into work...as would others in the same position if they were able to. Why his character is not quite like the old Perez, although we do see little snippets of this character coming to the fore occasionally. I was good to see a new Inspector - Willow Reeves, I wasn't sure about her to start of with but she certainly had a subtle way of getting the best out of both Sandy and Perez. It was also interesting to see Perez's reaction to Willow,,,may be she will crop up again should there be future books.
Essentially though to me, this book was about betrayal and fear. Some other reviewers have not liked this book particularly and not believed the storyline to be credible. For me, I did find it mostly credible but all the 'green' technology etc seemed like red herrings as it was the under-current of potential betrayal of emotions across several characters that shone through at the end.
I found the story to be a 'slow-burner' for about 2/3 of the book with it gradually notching up through the later chapters as all played out, just how I like it. The clues for the ending are all in the text, you just don't realise it while you are reading. I hadn't worked out the killer, but I didn't mind.
I look forward to another Shetland story with Perez, hopefully it won't be loo long!
The lead characters are Perez, Sandy, Willow and most importantly the Shetland countryside; the coastline, small towns, countryside, families etc absolutely shine through. The books must be a huge advert for the Shetland Tourist Board!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
After having read all of the wonderful Jimmy Perez books I felt vaguely let down by this one. The murderer was improbable, the motivation illogical, the victims poorly drawn, not worthy of stellar roles at all. No comparison with previous books.

Dead Water was an ok read, not as good as Ms. Cleeves has provided in the past.
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A Shetland lad who became a journalist and went to London to work, returns and is murdered. There are murky depths with a past relationship to a girl who is now about to marry, a tidal power project under way and his expectation of not needing money from his hotel-owning parents any more.

I didn't find the reasons for the deaths believable and I wanted to see at least once that the police were researching witnesses and suspects on the net. Most of them would have a website, social page or comments on bulletin boards which would be found easily, but no, nobody ever does that - standard practice in policing now. Seems the author has never heard of Twitter or Google. The police just ask slow local man Sandy what he knows. In Ireland, the police are never allowed to be posted to their home area. They might have to arrest a relative. In such a small community it makes no sense to have a local police man, who would be related to everyone, but I cannot see Sandy surviving a week posted to Glasgow. I also wondered where a journalist would go without a netbook or tablet these days? The author just seems not to be in touch.

I enjoyed all the other Shetland books but sadly this one didn't feel as good. Firstly it was too slow and vague. I was reading it in the evenings after doing lots of other things, and never once felt inclined to pick it up during the day. Secondly I didn't take to the female police detective brought in to supervise. Jimmy Perez has been a very good character but in this book he's lost and depressed after a personal tragedy, so we don't get much from him and he's not all that interested in the work of policing.

I don't like the author's other female detective Vera Stanhope - large, self-centered and not very bright was my impression from one book - so I hope this Willow person doesn't show up much more often. Willow is from another set of Scots islands and the author tries to make her interesting by saying she grew up in a commune. However this manifests itself in her not eating meat. Not that interesting.

The depiction of the islands is lovely as before and those wanting to see how Perez gets on will be keen to read it. Those after a good yarn however should stick with the first four books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2014
I've really enjoyed the Shetland series, but in my opinion Dead Water is not up to the standard of the previous books. I got pretty stick of Perez moping around "remembering Fran" at every turn, and fretting about child care. That is, when he wasn't acting like a diva because of the "anger" he felt at Fran's death. I think Cleeves made a big mistake in saddling him with Cassie, too. In short, the previously enigmatic detective came across as a bit of a boring old woman in this particular book.

I didn't like the whole political aspect of the story, which I couldn't follow (because I wasn't interested enough to try); it seemed to detract from the atmosphere of the Shetland community - you felt this story could have been set anywhere, more or less. I liked Willow Reeves, but felt she belonged in a different story. And Sandy's famous "dimness" is getting a little tedious, too. He seems more like a 10 year old boy than an adult policeman. How did someone so stupid and incompetent get in the force?

Disappointing. I don't know if Cleeves has plans to write any more in the series, but if so I hope they're better than this.
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on 22 April 2013
Cleeves' detective character Jimmy Perez has had a recent TV outing where a small dark-skinned character was transformed into a ginger giant - but the TV dramatisation which was based on the first two books in the series would be a very misleading introduction to this series. People in Shetland were not all that happy with the way the drama was made, showing what locals would know as a Shetland summer but representing it as a very sunny winter (Up Helly Aa which featured is in January) but these books are a more faithful reflection of Shetland life in, it must be said, a very fictional setting. I really enjoyed the first 4, having been to Whalsay for a wedding at much the same time as reading number 2 which is set on that island, I think Cleeves has created a complex character in a complex but constrained setting which is always a good recipe for murder mysteries and I look forward to book 5 of the quartet at some future time. I should warn that it is quite important to read these books in the order in which they were written if you think you may at some time want to read the series as the story of Jimmy and his relationship with others does develop through the books, unlike the TV dramatisation which ignored this crucial element of the books entirely.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
There's really no direction in this book and yes, I have read the other in this series and loved them. But not this. It's like she can't decide what foot Perez should stand on. We sympathize with his loss and everything, But this is a book! Anything is possible. He just moves around without focus. And the motive for the crime? Forget it. You will never buy it. It's just doesn't adds up. And the book wobbles and the sentences lacks rhythm in a way. The writer has no confidence in the subjects she is describing. she just goes through the motions in a way. A disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The usual twists and turns expected of jimmy perez and his way of thinking. Takes a bit of getting used to him having to play second fiddle but then you realise he has the upper hand as always. I still don't get why his fiancé had to die as they were a good team.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2013
I read this book because it was set in Shetland, but it was not as gripping as the first four in the series. I could not work out whodunnit before it was revealed but by then I didn't really care much, and the result was a little far-fetched based on the characters that had been presented in the earlier part of the story. I don't like the clumsy, repetitive way of describing people. For example Sandy is described as being rather dim so many times you end up wondering how he became a policeman, and it also seems to imply that he is dim because of where he grew up, which is nonsense. I am however, looking forward to the TV series that has been created as a result of this series of novels.
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