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Long awaited and did not disappoint. So pleased Perez is back,
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This review is from: Dead Water (Shetland Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
I've read the 4 novels which make up the Shetland Quartet and would recommend that you do the same before you read this excellent extension to the series, not because this doesn't work as a stand-alone detective story (it does) but because this one will tell you things about the story lines in those earlier novels. So, start with Raven Black (Shetland Quartet 1), then go on to White Nights (Shetland Quartet 2), then Red Bones (Shetland Quartet 3) and finally, Blue Lightning. They are all excellent. Jimmy Perez is gradually easing his way back into work after the events at the end of Blue Lightning. A body is found in a yaul (traditional hand made boat), near the home of the Procurator fiscal. It turns out to be Jerry Markham, a journalist whose parents run a local hotel, but who himself had no longer lived in Shetland. A female detective Willow Reeves is brought in from the mainland to head the enquiry and the police believe that the murder may have something to do with a story Markham was working on, possibly connected with plans to use Shetland's natural resources (wind and wave power) to compensate for the loss of revenue from the declining oil industry. However, there may also be personal reasons for Markham's return. And so the plot unravels and if you want to know more, you'll have to read the book. I don't want to spoil it for you! I will only say that I was shocked by the ending which I had not anticipated, although of course by the end, it was all perfectly clear.
What I love about these novels is the strong sense of place Ann Cleeves creates. Having read them, I've a real hankering to visit Shetland. The pictures Cleeves manages to paint in words really make the place come alive. I also like the characters, not only of the police team, but the Shetland people themselves. Perez in particular is multi-dimensional, but the entire cast here is well-drawn and realistic. This is a police procedural set in a slightly unusual location. Lots of books being published at the moment fit this description and some are better than others. This is one of the best examaples. I would say if you enjoy Scandinavian crime fiction this is definitely worth a try. It's a real page-turner - I had to force myself not to read it too fast, and now I've finished, I'm hoping that Ann Cleeves will add another to this excellent series before too long.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2013 11:16:20 BDT
Don't hanker to go to Shetland, go! See the places mentioned. The Tourist Information even have a leaflet listing the places mention in the books. Be sure to visit Scalloway and find out about The Shetland Bus story in full.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2014 17:55:19 BDT
The cold, the wet climate sounds awful I have no intention of ever going to Shetland. Its alright to read about it but thats all.
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