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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope Book 2) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope Book 2) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews
Book 2 of 8 in Vera Stanhope Series (8 Book Series)

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"'Cleeves again excels in her sense of place... A cleverly plotted psychological thriller', The Times; 'Puts Ms Cleeves in the Rendell class' Peterborough Evening Telegraph"

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"'Cleeves again excels in her sense of place... A cleverly plotted psychological thriller', The Times; 'Puts Ms Cleeves in the Rendell class' Peterborough Evening Telegraph"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1345 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Edition edition (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18NA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 400 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Vicuña TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2013
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First book I've read featuring Vera Stanhope and I haven't watched the TV series, so no preconceptions about her!

Ann Cleeves weaves a skilful plot around the murder of a teenage girl and the subsequent suicide of the person charged with her murder. I was immediately drawn in; the story pulls the reader in a number of different directions. Clearly there are people deeply affected by tragic events, but who's got what to hide and why? A diverse collection of characters gave real depth to the plot and kept me guessing right the way through. There's a strong sense of location with sufficient description to place events in a real time and place setting, thereby adding to the sense of this. Being a true life investigation. It's a really well crafted story with sufficient pace to keep the reader engaged from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed the psychological probing. Flawed characters just on the 'normal' boundary make fascinating subjects. I found Vera intelligent, likeable and often amusing. She's colourful without being intrusive and her conflicts, both personal and professional made her very believable.

The pace of the thriller really picks up in the latter third of the book as the strands come together and a real sense of urgency builds in the closing pages. Loved it! Have another couple featuring Vera and looking forward to those. Reading this as a standalone worked well. Happy to recommend.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 April 2017
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Set in the fictional town of Elvet in East Riding, so Vera is off of her usual stomping ground. With a murder of a teenage girl ten years previously and the person imprisoned for the death always claiming her innocence, so there is pressure mounting for the case to be re-examined, especially as the prisoner kills herself.

Looking for an impartial person to lead an investigation to look into the first one, so Vera and Joe are called in from a neighbouring police force, but will they find anything that was missed the first time around? Ann Cleeves builds up a community where the main characters come to life, and we are taken back to the fateful murder, and how things have altered in the previous ten years.

Of course, as you would expect with something being reopened after such a period of time, so old antipathies are brought once again to the surface, and the realisation that if the police did convict the wrong person, that a murderer still walks around the area. With growing suspicions and paranoia there are Vera and Joe, digging up people’s secrets and thus perhaps adding to the rumour mill.

It is always sort of comical to see Vera appear for the first time in a new community, with her making herself at home in other people’s houses, drinking their tea or coffee (and whisky) whilst stuffing her face with their chocolate biscuits, and asking awkward questions.

This book works so well because of the fully realised characters, and the secrets that surround some of them, which does give rise to a strong mystery element.
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Ann Cleeves is manna from heaven for nosy readers everywhere and Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is a pleasure to watch in action as she blusters onto a crime scene with her brusque line in questioning, scruffy attire and curious ability to make herself comfortable, even when she is an unwilling intruder. This second novel is another opportunity to devour Ann Cleeves unique brand of atmospheric crime fiction, marked out by her portrayals of village life against the rugged backdrop of the windswept and rugged Northumbria coastline. Cleeves’ novels never fail to engage, marked out by subtle characterisation and a cunning that sees her extruding hidden passions, historic resentments and simmering frustrations. Overweight and shambolic, DI Vera Stanhope certainly elicits strong reactions with her attempt at a dithering and out of her depth old woman, managing to send a ripple of fear through not only the guilty party but those reticent to be drawn. A particular joy in Telling Tales was that Vera made four big grand entrances within the first one-hundred-pages with her thick legs, shapeless Crimplene clothes, open toed sandals and blotchy skin. Vera is the very anti-thesis of a feminine and well turned out Detective Inspector. However, watch closely and you will see that very should never be underestimated and is as shrewd as they come. She feels her way into the complexities of a situation and perceptively picks up on hostilities and lies. Reading an Ann Cleeves novel feels like a homage to the good old days when crime fiction was populated by distinctive characters and littered with red herrings and blind alleys with the ensuing cracks providing leverage for a skilful detective to decipher the undercurrents.Read more ›
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Slow to start but I guess building the characters. The guilty party could have been one of two people but neither of them. A little hard to believe the person who commited the murders but an enjoyable book. Vera so very readable and very human. I enjoyed the book and did not take me long to read.
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