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Not as polished as later books in the series
on 24 April 2015
Having watched (and enjoyed) the 'Vera' series on TV, I decided to give the books a try and started with Harbour Street - having enjoyed this I went back to the start of the Vera Stanhope series with 'The Crow Trap'. What is immediately apparent to anyone approaching the books in this fashion is how Ann Cleeves has developed not only Vera over the series of novels, but also her general ability to craft a compelling storyline.
Like some of the previous reviews, I found this book to be too long and drawn-out and some of the interaction between the characters was frankly quite irritating. Even the red herrings were quite unsubtle.
My recommendation would be to not let this put you off the remainder of the series, as (if Harbour Street is anything to go by) later books are a step up in the writer's craft