Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet
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 Quartet #1)User Review - Marguerite Kaye - Goodreads
This was my first book by Ann Cleeves. I downloaded it when I saw that the BBC had filmed it, and didn't realise that she also wrote the Vera books, which I have liked on tv. I did like this. It was a ... Read full review
Review: Raven Black (Shetland Quartet #1)User Review - Durdles - Goodreads
A superior whodunnit and first part of a quartet of books featuring Fair Isle raised and Lerwick-based DI Perez (allegedly descended from a Spaniard wrecked after the Armada but more likely a product ... Read full review