Books by Ann Cleeves

WILD FIRE by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Fans disappointed to see the last of Cleeves' hero will be happy to know that the final case in this complex, character-driven series (Cold Earth, 2017, etc.) is a tour de force."
A long look into the dynamics of a troubled family is needed to solve several murders. Read full book review >
THE GLASS ROOM by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"Cleeves (Hidden Depths, 2018, etc.) has created a masterful though not always likable detective who uses her uncanny knack for crime-solving to identify an unexpected killer."
A series of fictional plots are pressed into service as blueprints for real-life crimes at a writers' retreat. Read full book review >
COLD EARTH by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"The Shetland Islands provide a stunningly atmospheric setting for the complicated hero's latest procedural, a challenge he meets with determination and more than a little angst."
A landslide reveals a dead body and a tricky case for Shetland Islands detective Jimmy Perez (Thin Air, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CROW TRAP by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"This first installment in Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series, now published in the U.S. for the first time, offers abundant evidence why the police-detective heroine, physically unattractive but extremely clever, and her meticulously plotted adventures (The Moth Catcher, 2016, etc.) have made such a splash in bookstores and in the TV series Vera."
A British environmental survey suddenly turns dangerous when several deaths occur. Read full book review >
THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Characteristically well plotted, with plenty of complex characters to enjoy."
A series of murders in a rural area has the neighbors on edge. Read full book review >
HARBOUR STREET by Ann Cleeves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Even though you may wish you could prod Cleeves (Dead Water, 2014, etc.) to pick up the leisurely pace, the complexities of the people and plot make the wait worthwhile."
A murder on the Metro presents a fifth case for a police inspector as smart as she is charmless. Read full book review >
DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Cleeves (Silent Voices, 2013, etc.) returns to a sea-bound land of crofters' cottages, barren rocks and fog, especially the fog surrounding the murders. Although some of the characters are sketchier than the setting itself, the well-constructed procedural gains another dimension from Jimmy's re-engagement with his work and his life."
A grieving detective clashes with an incoming supervisor to solve a pair of murders on the main island of Shetland. Read full book review >
SILENT VOICES by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2013

"It's easy to admire Vera's brainpower but hard to overlook her mean-spirited management style. Still, her adventures, of which this is the fourth, have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves' tales of Jimmy Perez (Blue Lightning, 2010, etc.) will want to give Vera a try."
The U.S. introduction to that scruffy, tactless, unloved loner, middle-aged Inspector Vera Stanhope. Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHTNING by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

Nobody, not even the murderer, can leave the island until the storm clears. Read full book review >
RED BONES by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Cleeves is expert at depicting hardscrabble island life, parental expectations and disappointments and emotionally charged silences. Thoughtful readers should give Perez a try."
Two deaths within a fortnight disrupt a Shetland Island archeological dig. Read full book review >
WHITE NIGHTS by Ann Cleeves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Cleeves's keen sense of the seasonal rhythms of Shetland life and her vivid descriptions of its terrain satisfy like a peaty Highland dram, sipped slowly."
Village murders unveil lives far from simple in this second installment in a quartette of Shetland thrillers by Cleeves (Raven Black, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >