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Red Bones (Shetland Book 3) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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When Ann Cleeves bagged the prestigious CWA Dagger Award for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series, attention was paid to a crime writer of no mean gifts. With a deft sense of place and plotting that demonstrated unshowy but authoritative skill, Cleeves proved that she was a novelist to reckon with. As Red Bones, the third book in her acclaimed series, once again shows. It’s perhaps not as immediately striking as Raven Black, but just as sure-footed.

At an archaeological dig at Whalsay, a grim discovery is made: a set of human remains. The discovery intrigues the islanders – is this a body from the distant past, or one of more recent provenance? Subsequently, a shooting accident takes the life of an elderly woman, and Ann Cleeves’s doughty copper, Jimmy Perez, is called in to investigate by the woman's grandson. As Jimmy begins to dig into the circumstances surrounding the death, he finds evidence of a massive, bitter dispute between two families: a dispute whose mean-spiritedness and greed has riven the whole community on Whalsay. Another death occurs, and Jimmy finds himself struggling -- both with recalcitrant islanders who offer him little help, and with his own deeper unfamiliarity with his surroundings. The answer, of course, lies in the past...

Ann Cleeves’ fellow crime fiction practitioners (from Colin Dexter to Peter Robinson) have been lining up to sing her praises, and it’s unlikely that there will be any blip in that chorus of praise on the evidence of Red Bones, which is quite as assured and entertaining as its predecessors. --Barry Forshaw

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"Excellent...As in the best traditional English village whodunits, the killer lurks among the townspeople, but his or her identity still comes as a shock."--"Publishers Weekly" (Starred Review) "Cleeves is expert at depicting hardscrabble island life, parental expectations and disappointments and emotionally charged silences. Thoughtful readers should give Perez a try."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Cleeves' latest mystery is travel and entertainment rolled into one.... a suspenseful read."""--"RT Book Reviews""" "Moody and atmospheric ... well-written tale."--"Library Journal"

Excellent...As in the best traditional English village whodunits, the killer lurks among the townspeople, but his or her identity still comes as a shock.

Cleeves is expert at depicting hardscrabble island life, parental expectations and disappointments and emotionally charged silences. Thoughtful readers should give Perez a try.

Cleeves' latest mystery is travel and entertainment rolled into one.... a suspenseful read.""

Moody and atmospheric ... well-written tale.

Excellent...As in the best traditional English village whodunits, the killer lurks among the townspeople, but his or her identity still comes as a shock. "Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)"

Cleeves is expert at depicting hardscrabble island life, parental expectations and disappointments and emotionally charged silences. Thoughtful readers should give Perez a try. "Kirkus Reviews"

Cleeves' latest mystery is travel and entertainment rolled into one.... a suspenseful read. "RT Book Reviews"

Moody and atmospheric ... well-written tale. "Library Journal""


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1353 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (23 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448260
  • ASIN: B004CJ8X6S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 555 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I really liked this book. Ann Cleeves is a terrific writer who has so much skill at evoking a sense of place and its living breathing atmosphere.

"Red Bones" is part of the Inspector Jimmy Perez series set in the Shetland Islands, where "insular" takes on definitive meaning. "Red..." opens with the shooting of a feisty old woman, the owner of a archeological site that is being excavated by a PhD student and her assistant. The killing appears to be accidental, although how it could have occurred is unclear, even to the man who has confessed to the shooting. The incident is laid to rest by the authorities despite some misgivings by Inspector Perez. Shortly thereafter, a second death occurs and Perez isn't buying the theory that it is a suicide. The mystery is slowly revealed and concluded with an intelligent spin that the author has kept up her sleeve throughout the story.

So, excellent mystery story and clever ending. But better--much better--is the finely crafted evocation of this small northern place and how it feels to live there. The author must be more than a little bit of a naturalist as she describes with real feeling how the sea, fields, sky, etc. look, feel and smell. She includes details like the specific names of local birds and how they relate to the weather, season or even the foretelling of events. Also enjoyable in "Red..." is the wonderful collection of characters included and how they think, react and interact as families and individuals. Cleeves convincingly argues that the islands' social history dictates the dynamics of relationships in the present and that past tragedies always carry forward in those small places. So, if your grandmother did my grandmother wrong, you share responsibility for the alleged deed.

A totally enjoyable read and recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I agree with the minority of other reviewers who judged this novel inferior to the earlier ones in the series -- and, come to that, to the Vera Stanhope series. I'd only add to their remarks that we're introduced early on to a large cast of characters, members of an extended family, three generations of grandparents, parents, cousins, brothers and sisters, all usually referred to by their Christian names alone so it's difficult to fix in one's memory who's who. A list of characters to refer to, along with the map of the islands provided, would have been helpful. And a glossary of Shetland dialect words would also have been appreciated. I kept stalling on words such as yoal, bod, reestit, dee, peerie, flot, peerie, planticrub, fiscal (public prosecutor in the Shetlands), most of them not in my OED so I had to resort to Google...
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Format: Hardcover
This is number three in a planned quartet of books. I'm suprised these haven't broken through in the best sellers list Once again Inspector Perez is called upon to gently quiz a tight knit community this time there is a body but it looks like a tragic accident an old lady shot whilst one of the locals is out shooting rabbits
the victim the grandmother of his sidekick Sandy
perez's gut feeling is nagging him was this just simply an accident just when it looks like he is willing to accept this conclusion another body is found this time it looks like suicide but the two deaths are linked and Perez not only has bone in his mouth but an archeologist dig has uncovered human bones that might not be as old as first thought

This is a real page turner and once again Ann Cleeves manages to pull the Shetland wool over your eyes right to the very last page
The location is key the islands of Scotland where secrets and lies are buried deep in this case quite literally
I for one hope that the author changes her mind and extends this series from a quartet
but will definately be Reading the 4th book and hopefully more people will have discovered the first three by that time
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I love it when you come across a writer who has oodles of books that you have never read and you can plough through at your leisure. Luckily with the Shetland series I started at the beginning, so you can follow through on the lives of the main characters. I had seen the tv version but as with all things the book is so much better and so far I have only recognised one story but it was so different to the tv version it didn't bother me, that and a bit of memory loss comes in useful sometimes.

Well written, you really get the urge to move to Shetland, and proper plots. The one I have just read I had tears streaming down my face towards the end. To give you some of the story would be wrong to me, so much better to give five stars and say it is very good. There's always different tastes of course, but this suits me wonderfully .
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I have started reading the Shetland series in sequence having enjoyed the TV series immensely. Accordingly this is my third book, and my first review. I will persist with them, but this is quite an irritating book. Perez and Sandy are the main protagonists, the police officers. They are constantly indulging in self analysis, almost self psycho analysis to the extent that it is annoying and I speed read through those bits. Other characters are also indulging on a lower scale. In the middle of investigating the deaths they distract the reader with relationship angst. Even fictional men don't do this. I am at the 52% mark (Kindle), we have two corpses and a few bits, yet none are yet recognised as a murder, which they surely must be as these are murder mysteries. What's going on? I don't expect a page turner, but yawn.

Others have mentioned the vocabulary and the difficulty in following the cast of characters. I'd simply add that statistically there seem to be a lot of borderline alcoholics. What on earth is a peerie boy?
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