Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet

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Macmillan, 2006 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves’ fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson’s Inspector Banks, Cleeves’ new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.

 

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter’s eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.

 

The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man---loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine’s neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.

 

Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle U.S. mystery readers with this unforgettable series debut. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

  

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Review: Raven Black (Shetland #1)

User Review  - Fran Macilvey - Goodreads

'Raven Black' by Ann Cleeves I came to this book, the first of a series of three set in Shetland, with hope. Having toured a series of challenging reads, I was looking forward to reminding myself ... Read full review

Review: Raven Black (Shetland #1)

User Review  - Brenda Chapman - Goodreads

Raven Black is a fabulous read - the writing is stellar and original. I particularly like Detective Perez, finding him to be a believable and humane investigator. The Shetland island setting is well ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
16
Section 4
24
Section 5
30
Section 6
37
Section 7
46
Section 8
55
Section 26
206
Section 27
214
Section 28
219
Section 29
227
Section 30
236
Section 31
245
Section 32
253
Section 33
262

Section 9
60
Section 10
70
Section 11
80
Section 12
85
Section 13
92
Section 14
102
Section 15
112
Section 16
121
Section 17
130
Section 18
140
Section 19
149
Section 20
154
Section 21
163
Section 22
168
Section 23
178
Section 24
188
Section 25
196
Section 34
271
Section 35
279
Section 36
285
Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
308
Section 40
313
Section 41
320
Section 42
327
Section 43
335
Section 44
342
Section 45
352
Section 46
358
Section 47
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Section 48
369
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About the author (2006)

Ann Cleeves grew up in the British countryside. She is reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and she was twice shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award last year for Raven Black. She lives with her husband, Tim, in Yorkshire, England. Visit her Web site at www.anncleeves.com.

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