Top positive review
Good collection with appearances by some series characters
1 November 2018
Bought this ages ago, can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get round to reading it. Entertaining stories, mostly (but not all) set in the areas that the author usually favours for her books; Scotland and North East England. The majority of the tales are woven around crime, but there is the odd surprise in the mix.
Each is a beautifully drawn little study of a moment in time and how the past impacts on the present. Some of the regular characters from the author’s series books make an appearance here. Willow Reeves, who features in the later books of the Shetland series, discloses a secret from her past. Jimmy Perez from the same series makes a couple of appearances (although to be honest he doesn’t do much detecting, it’s a more a case of striding around being all-seeing). Plus the start of Vera Stanhope’s journey into CID is revealed.
If I had to pick a favourite I think I’d have to go for Vera’s story; it is just so very Vera.