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Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope Book 6) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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I do love Vera! "Val McDermid"

Excellent . . . Intricate plotting makes for a compulsive read. "The Independent (UK)"

Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation. "Bookseller (UK)"

One of the most appealing fictional detectives to emerge since Andy Dalziel got into his stride. "Martin Edwards, Spintingler Magazine (UK)"

Watch out for Ann Cleeves . . . Snapped up by ITV, her creation, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, is the new Frost, played by Brenda Blethyn. "Red magazine (UK)"

Cleeves has hit the big time . . . This is going to be a winner! "BBC Front Row (UK)"

An absorbingly cunning mystery. "Daily Mail (UK)"

Ann Cleeves creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next. "People"

Cleeves once again proves herself a master of mystery, with fine writing, a broodingly atmospheric setting, a twist-filled plot, and a shocker of an ending. "Booklist"

In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction. "Colin Dexter""

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A silent community. A murderer among them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Reprints edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWPNH08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 386 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jan. 2014
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A young girl, Jesse, discovers a stabbed, dead body on a packed metro. Her name is Margaret Krukowski, a resident in a guest house in Harbour Street, Mardle. Vera Stanhope is soon on the case, prying and probing into why a 70 year old lady was mysteriously killed. Vera loves digging around another person's private life, perhaps because she has none of her own. Margaret Krukowski had married a Polish refugee when young. She helped running the guest house owned by Kate Dewar that had a regular clientele. She was benevolent, helping the church and The Haven, a refuge for homeless women. Police enquiries were leading nowhere. Residents were reluctant to give information on the dead victim, well-known, but Vera was convinced they were hiding information for personal reasons. There are a host of suspects, all with skeletons in their closets.

Ann Cleeves draws the characters in great depth. They are all believable. As the facts are uncovered, the extent of the intrigue within Harbour Street and Mardle becomes apparent. Surprising and shocking revelations come to light. The finale is thrilling as the culprit is hounded and found out. The plot is well constructed and captivating. Vera is a stand out character. The atmosphere of the murder enquiry and locations are superb in this outstanding crime thriller.
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This is number 6 in the D.I. Vera Stanhope series and I think it's the best so far - and as I have enjoyed them all, that's saying something.
For Kate Dewar life seems to have finally come right - two teenage children Chloe and Ryan, a new relationship with a steady reliable man, the possibility of resurrecting her previous singing stardom and to boot she owns and runs a successful b and b in the small fishing village of Mardle, in Northumberland - life couldn't get much better.......... until the day there is a knock on the door and the police come with news that will break her peaceful life wide open.

Kate has to come to terms with the sad fact that Margaret Krukowski, who lived in the attic apartment at the b and b and was a good friend of Kate and the children, has been stabbed while travelling home by train. Margaret, the gentle refined woman, the woman who helped out at the church and the nearby home for abused women - Who could possibly want her dead. This is a murder that spans a lifetime of secrets and is set to tear the people of Mardle apart.
Vera, with her unorthodox policing, and her team are pitted against a wall of silence - The characters, as usual work well together, Joe the family man and Vera'a favourite member of the team, Holly, very prickly like her name and rather insecure, always trying too hard - and Charlie finally getting over his wife leaving him - all gel together to make a good working team.

I really enjoyed this book, as with most series, it's better to read them in order, as I have done, but in saying that this book stands alone and makes sense without having read the others. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good murder mystery with great characters.
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This book is all about crime and mystery. Ann Cleeves, as with all her books, brings the characters to life. There is a mixture of humour, sadness and drama in most of her books. This story was shown on TV, but it was not as good as the book.

Detective Joe Ashworth, Vera’s sidekick, is travelling home on the metro with his daughter Jessie. The train cannot continue to Joe's usual stop due to the bad weather and Joe and Jessie have to get off the train a stop early. As they are getting off the train, Jessie notices that an old lady is still on the train and seems to be fast asleep. Jessie runs back to the train to discover that the old lady is not asleep but in fact dead. This is where the story now begins. DI Vera Stanhope is called to the scene and, after Joe has taken Jessie home, they are on their way to Mardle where the dead woman, Margaret, lived. Vera and Joe find out that Margaret lived in a flat on the top floor of a Bed and Breakfast owned by Kate Dewer. Kate and her two teenage children also live in the house, in a converted basement flat. Kate has at long last found happiness with a teacher from her son’s school. Vera finds it difficult to find details of Margaret’s past - even the people from the church that Margaret attended seem to be keeping quiet. Vera, like a bloodhound, will not let go. She needs to find out why Margaret was murdered and by whom.
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AN ENJOYABLE READ

During the prior couple of weeks, I’d read some relative heavyweights so turned to my bookshelves for something lighter. Not poorly written – heaven forbid anything of that ilk should ever find its way there – but lighter in the context that a tired old brain might simply absorb the words and take itself along for the ride. I could not have picked anything better for the purpose!

Ann Cleeves’ Harbour Street is the sixth in a series devolving upon her character, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. Vera, an aging lady of heroic proportions, is a charismatic, intuitive old school copper but one who has moved pretty well with the times. She is supported by her sergeant, Joe Ashworth, a young family man in whom – although she feels he may lack a bit of imagination – Vera has instilled many of her values. He is, perhaps, the nearest thing she has to a son. There are other police involved but main among them is the young fashion plate Holly, bright enough but needing the odd prompt.

“(Detective Sergeant) Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that an old lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed as she sat on the crowded train. Nobody, including the policeman himself, sees the stabbing take place.”

Thus is the scene set for a murder investigation.

The elegant and slightly enigmatic Margaret has always been attractive to the opposite sex and, even though now old, still retains an ability to turn men’s heads.
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