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5.0 out of 5 stars Maintains the standard of this superb series, 1 Mar 2010
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This review is from: Blue Lightning (Shetland Quartet 4) (Hardcover)
This is the fourth and final story in Ann Cleeves's Shetland Quartet, and Perez is on his home territory of Fair Isle, to take his fiancee, Fran to meet his parents. The murder of a woman in Fair Isle's bird observatory during a period of particularly turbulent weather means that Perez has to begin his investigations alone because it isn't possible to call on help from the Shetland Mainland. The number of suspects is limited by the location and the weather but that doesn't make Perez's task any easier. At the best of times, Fair Isle is an isolated location and the atmosphere generated in this excellent novel during a period of late autumn storms just increases this sense of isolation. Cleeves's detective Perez is an excellent creation whose character has deepened as the series has progressed, and in this story, Fran plays a more prominent role than in the previous book (Red Bones). Perez's parents are also well-drawn and realistic characters and the cameo roles for other islanders are also nicely drawn. There is lots of material here about "twitchers" and detail about the birds themselves and the work of the bird observatory which has been well-researched. As usual, it is the evocation of the setting which steals the show but the plot is labyrinthine and intricate making this an absorbing read. I would recommend that you read the other three books in the Shetland Quartet before embarking upon this one. Although the murder mystery here is complete in itself, this one definitely feels like the culmination of the series.
I do hope that Ann Cleeves can be persauded to revisit the Shetlands and Jimmy Perez at some point in the future.
This is a superb series of detective stories which maintains its high standard throughout!
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2013 18:28:28 BDT
This is an excellent book and I too hope that Ann Cleeves can be persuaded to write more books set in the Shetlands with Jimmy Perez.

Posted on 3 May 2014 05:26:06 BDT
Susie says:
The tv episode of this particular story was on bbc tv a couple of weeks ago. But Perez did not have a fiancé. He was a widower with a teenage step-daughter he shared with her birth father.
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