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

4.6 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
Book 4 of 8 in Vera Stanhope Series (8 Book Series)
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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)

"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"

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)""

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The dead cannot speak . . .

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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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".
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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.
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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.
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Ann Cleeves has a fine feel for the dynamics of families and often writes about the consequences of family breakdowns. "Silent Voices" fits into that category--maybe bringing definition to it. Estimable protagonist Vera Stanhope, Detective Inspector in a northern English county, often deals with her own family issues as she dives into a case involving the murder of a social worker who is connected to the much-publicized killing of a child under the supervision of her services office. As DI Stanhope's investigation of the woman's murder broadens, a moderately large cast of walking wounded characters is added to the mix, each with some motive for the crime. A second murder removes one of the suspects, but doesn't immediately resolve the first killing. Resolution eventually comes down to the mysteries and pitfalls of parenthood and their potential for invisible damage to hapless offspring.

This is a deftly written story with characters that outweigh the storyline in importance and interest. The intrepid Vera is onstage virtually every page, and while her own preoccupations with her less than stellar appearance are close to excessive here, her integrity and humanity compensate for the frequent self-absorption. This a good read with only the occasional red herring/false note to annoy fans of the genre. Cleeves is a terrific writer who is definitely up there with the best in the field.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2014
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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
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