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Incredibly atmospheric...a must-read.,
This review is from: White Nights (Shetland) (Hardcover)
This is a haunting novel set in a part of the country that most people have never visited. The lonely islands of Shetland are as isolated as any English country manor in Christie's novels and this imbibes the story with a sense of enclosed communities, dark secrets and the past infringing on the present. It's beautifully written with wonderfully developed characters and a plot which interweaves small personal stories with the overall investigation.
The main character, Jimmy Perez, is fascinating - an intuitive detective in the same way as Poirot (although a much nicer personality!); who listens to the unsaid and investigates characters as much as he does the scientific evidence.
Ann Cleeves takes the classic form of crime writing and adds a contemporary edge to it. It's no wonder this author has such terrific reviews from her contemporaries in the field. This is a crime novel that makes very worthwhile reading.