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Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope Book 4) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 402 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in Vera Stanhope Series (8 Book Series)

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'Silent Voices is a more traditional crime novel that blends a classic whodunit with a psychological element. Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation, and her relationship with her sidekick, Joe Ashworth, is at the heart of the story. It shows how the death of a child can have a long-reaching effect on all concerned - parents, siblings and social workers.' --Bookseller

'The novel is a sensible, straightforward, satisfying police procedural, supplying a fair variety of plausible suspects, motives and clues, in a recognisable middle England.'
--Literary Review

'All in all, this welcome addition to the Vera Stanhope series is a showcase for the strengths of the author in getting under the skin of apparently ordinary people, and conveying the intense passions that have simmered for years beneath an apparently normal surface.' --eurocrime

'DI Vera Stanhope and sidekick Joe Ashworth struggle to establish a connection between a woman strangled in her gym and the death of a child. Compelling.' --Woman and Home

'Cleeves is excellent not only on the main character, but on the mixture of exasperation and respect she evokes in others. Combined with intricate plotting, this makes for a compulsive read.' --The Independent

'Ann Cleeves is a skilful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction.' --Sunday Express

'Cleeves weaves an absorbingly cunning mystery and fans of Vera, the messy, overweight, man-less heroine of this crime series, will soon have a face to put to her, as the actress Brenda Blethyn take on her endearing charactering a forthcoming television series, Vera, based on the books.' --Daily Mail

'Silent Voices is the forth outing for Ann Cleeves's overweight, eczema-ridden middle-aged Vera Stanhope. Vera is brusque, with "a chip on her shoulder the size of Keilder Forest", but she excels because her ordinariness grants her access to everyday lives... The bluntness that bodes well for the ITV adaption...' --Financial Times

'Watch out for Ann Cleeves, author of Silent Voices. Snapped up by ITV, her creation, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, is the new Frost, played by Brenda Blethyn' --Red magazine

'Ornery DI Vera Stanhope - soon to grace our small screens in the form of Brenda Blethyn as ITV's Vera - has her work cut out for her in Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves. Kicking off with a steamy opener as Stanhope discovers a dead body in a sauna... Stanhope enjoys being a bit of a bossy-boots but is a good sort really, relying heavily on her charming sidekick, Joe Ashworth: their ruminations over a fireside pint are requisite to their sleuthing success...' --Time Out

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The new novel featuring Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2864 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
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 402 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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".
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I always recommend Ann Cleeves books to friends who want a good crime novel, and Vera is no exception. Another great story that has you wondering whodunnit until the very end. I already knew from watching the series on TV, but you don't get the full reasoning and intricacies of the plot until you've read the book. 10/10.
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What a brilliant storyteller Ann Cleeves is. Another excellent tale of Vera and her team. There are so many twists and turns that I find it difficult to know who did do it. Great characters and a good storyline
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I got these when they were on offer on Daily Deals, I love Vera the TV series so I thought I would love the books, still haven;t got round to reading yet as I have so many other books to read first
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Good read well written.
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Most enjoyable. Gripping read , characters come alive. If you like a good thriller this is a must.Look forward to the next book.
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Good book.
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another vera stanhope story i find these books get better and better
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