The Moth Catcher

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 10, 2015 - Fiction - 400 pages
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The Moth Catcher is the seventh book in Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope series – which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn as Vera.

As though to a flame, they were drawn to their deaths . . .

Life seems perfect in Valley Farm, a quiet community in Northumberland. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist named Patrick, to look after the place while they’re away. But Patrick is found dead by the side of the lane into the valley – a beautiful, lonely place to die.

DI Vera Stanhope arrives on the scene and when searching the attic of the big house – where Patrick had a flat – she finds the body of a second man. The only thing connecting the two victims is a fascination with studying moths – and catching these beautiful, rare creatures.

Those who live in the close-knit Valley Farm development have secrets too, and as Vera is drawn into the claustrophobic world of this increasingly strange community, she realizes that there may be deadly secrets trapped there . . .

Enjoy more of Vera Stanhope’s investigations with The Seagull and The Darkest Evening.

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User Review  - Vesper1931 - LibraryThing

In Valley Farm, a quiet hamlet in Northumberland two bodies are discovered. What is the connection between them,what possible motive for their deaths. It is up to Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and ... Read full review

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User Review  - JulieStielstra - LibraryThing

I want to like these. But overall, the TV series is actually better than the books (and often quite different). The characters in this one are many and difficult to keep straight. Cleeves works too ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Ann Cleeves is the author of more than thirty critically acclaimed novels and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez, who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.

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