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Publisher's Summary

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to Fair Isle. It’s a community where strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. With the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Tempers among the trapped islanders become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder? 

When a body is discovered, the islanders react with fear. With no support from the mainland, Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way. And with no way off the island until the storms abate, he knows he has to work quickly. There’s a killer on the island waiting for the opportunity to strike again.... 

©2010 Ann Cleeves (P)Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Caomhin
  • 14-06-20

Great read

Very good book just like the rest of the Shetland books, enjoy as much as tv show... 🙂

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  • Skipper Tony
  • 09-06-20

The TV series was good. This is brilliant!

My wife and I have loved the series so far for the descriptive ability of the author, the intricate and realistic plot lines and, particularly the narration that brings the whole to life.

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  • rosie
  • 13-11-20

Unrealistic and unnecessarily sad. N.B. Spoliers

Completely unrealistic. A serving police officer would never allow a loved one to roam around a place where 2 murders have been committed, let alone discuss the case with witnesses and suspects. I also really dislike when the protagonist suffers an unnecessary loss. Why did Fran have to die? I read for escapism and don't need to be suddenly confronted with the death of his fiancée, rendering Cassie motherless. Utterly senseless. I won't be reading another Shetland book.

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  • S K NOWLER
  • 04-09-20

Fantastic Narration

I've enjoyed all the Ann Cleves books I've read and this was made even better by being narrated in the proper accent. The story is a good twist on the country house mystery, but also very moving in parts.

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  • Gaynor MM
  • 31-08-20

Enjoyed this book.

Enjoyed this book, narration was good. I always seem to enjoy books by Anne Cleeve.

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  • M. M. Makki
  • 27-08-20

Another wonderful wise story

There is something so humane and wise about Anne Sleeve’s books which puts them a cut above other thrillers. A very satisfying story with wonderful narration by Kenny Blyth.

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  • Miss A.
  • 21-08-20

Oh dear not another one

I like the series, but really, another fiancee dying. can't they stop doing this , ever soap every detective has a dead lover. So predictable.

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  • Grandma Cookie
  • 25-06-20

Blue Lightning

A very descriptive reading of an involved plot. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to read the next thriller.

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  • GrandGennetay
  • 16-06-20

Ok bit a bit dull

I listened to the end but only with determination of wasn't bad, just not exciting enough.

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  • Sam Hall
  • 05-06-20

Not really a fan of bird watching

So no idea what all the fuss was about over spotting birds, but that didn’t matter. This book is just a joy, like all the other Shetland series. Characters are interesting and well drawn, pace is excellent and narration spot on. A few real ‘jaw drop’ moments just to spice it up a bit too. A great read.