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White Nights (Shetland Book 2) by [Cleeves, Ann]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 556 customer reviews

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Unanimous Acclaim for the Shetland Island Thrillers
"A riveting read."
- Val McDermid, author of "The Grave Tattoo
""Chilling . . . enough to freeze the blood."
- Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review
""A pleasure to read. Interesting characters, great setting, intriguing plot. . . . And the bonus when we ?nish it is that we know we've got two more to look forward to."
- Reginald Hill, author of "Death Comes for the Fat Man"
"Taut, atmospheric . . .will keep readers guessing until the last page."
- "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"A most satisfying mystery. Jimmy Perez is a fine creation."
- Peter Robinson, author of "Friend of the Devil"
"In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction."
- Colin Dexter, author of "The Remorseful Day"
"Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout."
- "Rocky Mountain News"" """

Peter Robinson

'A most satisfying mystery set in an isolated and intriguing location'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1440 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1447274458
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK21XA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 556 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE on 18 Jun. 2009
Format: Paperback
I am an Ann Cleeves latecomer, who discovered her through her first "Shetland" based novel, Raven Black, and have since become an Ann addict.
This, the second in her Shetland series has, in my opinion, outshone even the fantastic "Raven Black".
I wont go into a lengthy synopsis of "White Nights", as reading some of them can act as spoilers. All I will say is if you like your crime fiction in the old style ( Christie, Sayers etc..), but modern and up to speed with what is happening in other areas of crime fiction, then I think you will love this book. But I would read "Raven Black" first, as it happens to support a few of the relationships in "White Nights".
It is worth the price just to observe Ms Cleeves' descriptions of the islands, the communities, the hidden secrets that abound in isolated regions and above all the quirky characters who form the line up off these terrific yarns.
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Format: Paperback
This book has an atmospheric setting of the Shetland Isles but although it flows along quite smoothly, it felt both overly familiar in its plotting and lacking somewhat in its characterisation. I especially found it difficult to distinguish between Kenny and Martin, both men involved on the periphery of the murder, most men passionately in love with their wives, with not enough done to separate them. Similarly, keeping the relationships straight in terms of ages and who was related to whom made this a bit of a struggle.

The revelations at the end were the type that always appear in this kind of novel (adulteries, love affairs, hidden secrets within a small community), and I really didn't believe the solution at all which was utterly unconvincing for me. The opening scene, too, which was very dramatic and done with an emotional intensity, just got washed away in the final solution in a 'well, he was just joking' kind of way which I found unsatisfying.

So this is a competent enough read, atmospheric in parts, but ultimately a bit disappointing.
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Format: Paperback
White Nights is one of the Shetland Quartet novels featuring the detective Jimmy Perez. It is well up to the usual high standard. The story opens at a viewing in an art gallery. A stranger walks in and breaks down in tears, later he is found dead and he is thought to have committed suicide. But of course this is a detective story, so we can assume otherwise. Enter Jimmy Perez! Ann Cleeves has an annoying habit of creating warm, well rounded and pleasing characters, then killing them off, this happens in White Nights, but it adds to the feel of the story. Murders apart, this novel should work wonders for the Shetland tourist industry. Maybe there are a couple too many characters, but not to worry, this is corrected as the story goes on, read and enjoy this intriguing police procedure.
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By Christine M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The second book in the Shetland series sees strange behaviours at an art gallery followed by death. Jimmy Perez is back investigating the bizarre goings on, in a place where people deliberately keep to themselves and ignore what happens under their noses. Everything is linked to a man's disappearance fifteen years ago.

Another well written, enjoyable revisit to Scotland. It really does feel like a different country. Perez is an interesting lead character, with his quiet intelligence and Shetland sensibilities. And he has a slow burning love interest in Fran, from book one which is rather sweet
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Format: Hardcover
This is a haunting novel set in a part of the country that most people have never visited. The lonely islands of Shetland are as isolated as any English country manor in Christie's novels and this imbibes the story with a sense of enclosed communities, dark secrets and the past infringing on the present. It's beautifully written with wonderfully developed characters and a plot which interweaves small personal stories with the overall investigation.

The main character, Jimmy Perez, is fascinating - an intuitive detective in the same way as Poirot (although a much nicer personality!); who listens to the unsaid and investigates characters as much as he does the scientific evidence.

Ann Cleeves takes the classic form of crime writing and adds a contemporary edge to it. It's no wonder this author has such terrific reviews from her contemporaries in the field. This is a crime novel that makes very worthwhile reading.
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I came to the books through the TV adaptation. You just have to treat them as separate stories, what works on the page requires a different approach on screen. Ann Cleeves writes an excellent detective story, the setting is wonderful and yes, I have been to the Shetland Islands- before reading the books.
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The Shetland series of mysteries are all well written and give a sense of the range of emotions and and influences which drive individuals caught up in unexpected events.
The reader is at times swept along and at others hindered as the plot evolves. Very occasionally small editing flaws break the tension but these only serve to show the reader how much they are caught up in the story.

The setting is unusual enough to intrigue and encourage the reader to investigate further. The familiar 'Shetland' characters do not disappoint. The goodies, baddies and not quite definable characters are well delineated. There is a shock within the plot that leaves the reader bereft,

An excellent read.
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