Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £4.74

Save £3.25 (41%)

includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope Book 4) by [Cleeves, Ann]
Kindle App Ad

Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope Book 4) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 377 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£4.74

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Complete Series

Product Description

Review

"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)

"I do love Vera!"
--Val McDermid

"It's easy to admire Vera's brainpower...her adventures have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves' tales of Jimmy Perez will want to give Vera a try." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please." --"Booklist" (starred review)


I do love Vera!

I do love Vera!--Val McDermid

I do love Vera! Val McDermid

It's easy to admire Vera's brainpower her adventures have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves' tales of Jimmy Perez will want to give Vera a try. "Kirkus Reviews"

A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please. "Booklist (starred review)""

Book Description

The dead cannot speak . . .

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2828 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New Edition edition (4 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S40E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 377 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Jenny Lister was perfect - a caring mother, a committed and principled social worker and, when DI Vera Stanhope opens the door to the steam room at a fashionable health club, perfectly dead. Vera doesn't believe in perfect people - and she's not that keen on social workers.

The investigation oscillates between the semi-private world of the health club and the Tyne Valley village of Barnard Bridge, where Jenny lived. Both communities are hives of gossip, rumour, snobbery and infighting, but is there anything that would justify murder? And is there any connection with the death of six year old Elias Jones, the boy Social Services was supposed to protect?

This is by far the best Vera Stanhope novel to date, with the same strengths and none of the weaknesses. Vera is now well established as the sharp-witted, sharp-tongued detective who is not above using Miss Marple's tactic of a cosy chat over a nice cup of tea ("if you're putting the kettle on, pet"), even if she would prefer whiskey.

Once again, Cleeves maintains a brisk pace, using a well crafted blend of narrative and dialogue. She has a strong sense of place and a feel for the way in which landscape shapes the lives of the inhabitants of England's most sparsely populated county. This is used to dramatic effect in a final race against time when even the forces of nature seem determined to thwart the police as they close in on the killer.

If you haven't read any of the other Vera Stanhope novels, you could do worse than start with "Silent Voices".
Comment 62 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This has been my favourite 'Vera' so far. Wonderfully real characters as usual and no way of guessing whodunnit. The interweaving lives of a small community with the coincidences and chance-meetings are absolutely believable and tantalising. And Vera,a bit more sympathetic in this one I thought, and a bit more appreciative of her team, but not so much that we lose the curmudgeonly reluctance to actually praise them. The usual red herrings of wierdos are cheek-by-jowl with long-buried secrets and skeletons in cupboards, with Vera eventually teasing all the threads into rather a sad conclusion that leaves you thinking about the characters left behind.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Had I known that this was about missing children it would not have been my choice of reading - a subject I tend to steer clear of. Yet once I had begun reading I was gripped. Vera is a strange woman and a strange detective with many "issues" emanating from her poor relationship with Hector her father and her own guilt and Hector's resentment that she is alive and her mother dead in childbirth. Hector is alongside her most of the time. She is unable to free herself from him and his cruelty with birds especially is a constant recurrence with her. That said her concentration on crime-solving, whilst not totally attentive, brings results with the help of the long-suffering Joe Ashworth. This story opens when Vera, an unlikely member of a gym club, finds the body of Jenny Lister, a social worker. Vera has no time for social workers but becomes involved with another, Connie, and thus begins so many twists and inter-relationships resulting in an unexpected denouement. I just love the way she "pets" everyone. Only someone so non-pc could get away with it. She's lovely. So sad she's never had a man - or a woman. Love has eluded her.
Comment 22 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 April 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Poor old Vera, she has at last listened to her doctor and has taken up exercise. What could be nicer than a swim and some time spent in a steam room? Of course she wants to keep it quiet from the team so has gone a little out of her way so she doesn’t get seen, but the inevitable happens, Vera finds a dead body in the steam room, and it looks like murder.

With a dead woman on her hands Vera has to call in the team and try to hide that she goes to the place for a little bit of exercise. With thefts happening at the place though is the thief also the murderer? As the team get to work the life of the victim is looked into as well as Vera trying to find who the thief at the spa is. The victim is a social worker who worked on a high profile case resulting in the sacking of one of her staff, so could this be a revenge killing?

With a number of suspects Vera and the team need to do a lot of sifting, especially as more people look to be in danger, but as we all know there are many different reasons for killing someone. With loads of twists and turns, and cases being pulled up from the past there are also secrets and pride that hamper this case, so will Vera ever manage to join the dots and come up with a motive, means and opportunity for murder?

As is usual the story here pulls you straight in and holds your attention right through to the very end with Ann Cleeves creating very believable characters, and bringing to life the landscape of the whole area. If you enjoy a good crime novel that you can really sink your teeth into then this is a must have.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I first met Vera Stanhope in the television series, 'Vera', played by Brenda Blethyn. I liked this series annoy because of the bedraggled Vera, who is large and obese, and knows it, and doesn't give a darn. She has her trusted colleagues who follow her ,and who know she is the best detective they will ever work with, even if she is annoying at times.

In this novel, Vera has been told by her new physician she must exercise or some unwanted, awful thing will befall her. She knows it is the right thing to do and joins an exercise club. She swims, and on this day decides to have a steam bath. Instead she finds a dead woman in the steam bath, and her new case begins. The woman, a social worker, has led somewhat of an exemplary life, but there are many other characters who knew her who have unsavory pasts or things to hide.

I like Ann Cleeves writing, the characters come to life and are very believable. . Vera seems to be able to run her investigation as she pleases, which does not seem to be the real life of a detective. Vera is very clever, she knows how to get under the skin of the people she talks to, and she knows when to be kind and motherly. She calls everyone, Pet, which conveys several meanings, and you have to be able to pick the one that fits the situation. The conclusion is smartly done, and since much of Vera's life revolves around food, the final chapter is at the Inn where thevmurder took place in the dining room. Vera and her colleagues celebrate their good choices.

Recommended. prisrob 07-24-14
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
click to open popover