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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Soundings Audio Books; Unabridged edition (1 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407914669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407914664
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (544 customer reviews)

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Winning the prestigious Crime Writer’s Association Dagger for best crime novel did not necessarily glean for Cleeves the kind of kudos she clearly deserves -- although the remarkable Raven Black no doubt enjoyed a welcome sale fillip. A new TV series with Brenda Blethyn may do the trick, and it won't be a moment too soon. If you doubt this encomium to Ann Cleeves’ writing skills, do yourself a favour and pick up her latest, Blue Lightning -- a further demonstration of her considerable narrative skills and (her ace in the hole) persuasive evocation of atmosphere. Her Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is not looking forward to his journey to the Fair Isles. It is (famously) a very tight-knit community, which does not extend open arms to incomers. As Jimmy knows, the islanders are a hardy breed -- and they need to be, as winter approaches with its inevitable storms, making an already insular community close in further upon itself. It is in this pressure cooker atmosphere that murder takes place (this is an Ann Cleeves novel, after all) and the body of a woman is found with her hair laced with feathers. With the locals in a furious and fractious mood, it’s up to Jimmy to investigate the killing as quickly and efficiently as he can; not an easy task, as he has no resources to call on except his own. And as the clock ticks, the inevitability of another murder looms ever larger.

As in Ann Cleeves’ earlier Shetland mysteries, the trick here is to utilise the apparatus of the Christie-style murder mystery (most notably the cloistered, cut-off setting) and reinvigorate it with a healthy dose of plausible contemporary psychology. This Cleeves does splendidly, and even though Jimmy Perez may be a familiar kind of figure to those who read a great deal of crime fiction, there are still some canny changes that the author is able to ring on the familiar formula. Best of all, though, is the skill with which she evokes the experience of being on these dangerous islands; the author is a well-known aficionado of Scandinavian crime fiction, and she is able to transmit that Nordic feeling into her own exemplary work. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Stunning... Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable."

--"The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

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"Delivers a unique atmosphere and a shocking ending that is sure to please."

--"Booklist"

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"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood."

--"The New York Times "on "Raven Black"

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""Riveting.""

"--Val McDermid on ""Raven Black """

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""Cunning... Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.""

"--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on ""White Nights"""

Praise for Ann Cleeves

""Blue Lightning "is nothing short of riveting."

--Louise Penny

"Stunning... Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable."

--"The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

" "

"Delivers a unique atmosphere and a shocking ending that is sure to please."

--"Booklist"

" "

"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood."

--"The New York Times "on "Raven Black"

" "

""Riveting.""

"--Val McDermid on ""Raven Black """

" "

""Cunning... Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.""

"--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on ""White Nights"""

Praise for Ann Cleeves

""Blue Lightning "is nothing short of riveting."

--Louise Penny

"Stunning... Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable."

--"The Richmond Times-Dispatch"

" "

"Delivers a unique atmosphere and a shocking ending that is sure to please."

--"Booklist"

" "

"Chilling...enough to freeze the blood."

--"The New York Times "on "Raven Black"

" "

""Riveting.""

"--Val McDermid on ""Raven Black """

" "

""Cunning... Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.""

"--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on ""White Nights"""

Praise for Ann Cleeves

"Blue Lightning "is nothing short of riveting.

Stunning Sure to enshrine the entire series in the ranks of the unforgettable."

Chilling...enough to freeze the blood.

""Riveting.""

""Cunning Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion."""

"Blue Lightning" is nothing short of riveting.--Louise Penny

Riveting.--Val McDermid on Raven Black

Cunning Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion.--Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on White Nights"

"Blue Lightning" is nothing short of riveting. Louise Penny

Chilling...enough to freeze the blood. "The New York Times on Raven Black"

Riveting. Val McDermid on Raven Black

Cunning Pulls the wool over our eyes in true Christie fashion. Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse mysteries, on White Nights" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By Skeadugenga TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2011
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I've really enjoyed the Shetland series thus far, but it all goes wrong when Jimmy Perez returns to his native Fair Isle, with his fiancee Fran, to visit his parents. Then someone is found stabbed and as the weather is too bad to bring in more people Perez must investigate on his own.

One of the most pronounced and unusual things about the preceding three books was the way in which Jimmy investigated crimes through the network of island associations and rumour. This is abandoned in this book as the only fully defined island characters are Jimmy's parents. The claustrophobia that Cleeves may have been trying for as a trade off didn't really work for me.

The ending is a bit of an anticlimax, with a couple of gratuitous plot twists that left the next 20 pages feeling a bit superfluous. Again, I can see what she might have been aiming for, but it didn't really come off. And its hard to imagine the document referred to would have any legal standing or be acceptable.

Overall, I wish I'd stopped at book number three. I wish the author had as well, as its fairly easy to predict which way the story will go after this - if it returns at all and I'm not sure I trust her any longer to deliver the goods.
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I hope this isn't going to be the last we hear of Inspector Perez in that "Blue Lightning" is the final book of Ms Cleeves' "Shetland Quartet". This is another really well written and well-researched thriller which had me guessing almost to the end. Having visited Shetland and Fair Isle in the past I can visualise the locations and they just make we want to go back there - especially now the killer has been caught!
I for one would be more than happy if there are some more "Shetland" stories following Inspector Perez's life.
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I have read and thoroughly enjoyed the whole Quartet now. They are gripping,literate detective novels with convincing characters and story-lines. This final book was no exception and I would have given it five stars, but I'm afraid I hated the ending and it spoiled the book for me. As another reviewer said - unnecessary.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 May 2014
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D I Jimmy Perez is on a break, taking his new partner to meet his parents, at their croft on Fair Isle. A pleasant enough trip one would hope, with the biggest worry being whether Fran his partner and his parents get on okay. Life is never that simple though as the head of the field centre, Angela is murdered in a way that shows it has been staged. With the weather taking a turn for the worse Perez has to start the case on his own until others can arrive on the island.

With the field centre being slightly remote from the islanders this reads a bit like a country house type murder, but even when Perez’ team arrive there seems to be no headway in the case, despite there being another killing.

Well written and with shocks and surprises in store as the case progresses we are taken into the bird watching fraternity, with Twitchers on the constant look out for a rare bird find. With what is considered a relatively harmless hobby we find that things can get very dark among the more obsessed members and lives and reputations are put at stake to be a first.

The characters at the field centre only really seem to have very tenuous reasons for wanting to do harm to Angela or anyone else, but scratch the surface and things start appearing. This is a well written mystery and keeps you reading due to the strong character descriptions and details of Fair Isle as well as wanting to know if your suspicions are right on who the killer could be. If you like your mysteries a bit darker than the main fare then this could be just what you are looking for.
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