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An excellent mystery with a vivid sense of place,
This review is from: Hidden Depths (Vera Stanhope) (Hardcover)
Hidden Depths is an engrossing murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the last chapter. It's beautifully written and Ann Cleeves really conjures up the atmosphere, close-knit communities and landscape of the north east of England, where the action takes place. Detective Vera Stanhope is not your typical copper and her complex character has lots of northern humour and humanity but also plenty of inner demons. She has to unravel the motives and find out what, if anything, links the bizarre murders of a beautiful teenage boy and a young woman teacher with a mysterious past. Their bodies are both found submerged in water and strewn with flowers and suspicion falls on a group of close friends. The psychology of the characters is probed in turn and there are plenty of red herrings along the way before a cracking finale. This is a very skilful, literate and hugely enjoyable book.