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Thin Air by Ann Cleeves
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Thin Air (2014)

by Ann Cleeves

Series: Shetland (6)

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A group of university friends are celebrating a marriage on the Shetland Islamds when one of them disappears, and is found murdered. Other murders follow. Enjoyable series, although the cases from one book to the next are a bit too similar. Great setting though. ( )
  pennykaplan | Feb 21, 2019 |
This was a book I really looked forward to reading since I love the Shetland series. What I like with the Shetland series is a.) the characters b.) the setting and c.) the crimes. I like Detective Jimmy Perez, he is such a steady character. He is still recovering from the loss of Fran, but now he seems to be more himself again. Detective Willow Reeves was introduced in the last book and I liked her from the beginning. This hippie cop together working with the steady Jimmy Perez. It's just a terrific pairing.

I liked the story very much in this book, I like that it didn't feel rushed that slowly, the pieces came together in the end. A tragic end, so much misunderstanding. The myth of the drowned child was an interesting part of the story.

Now I'm just waiting for the next book to be released...whenever that will be! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 14, 2017 |
Detective Jimmy Perez and his superior Willow Reeves are called to investigate a murder on the northernmost isle of Unst. Assisting is the local officer Sandy Wilson. The victim was creating a film about encounters with ghosts and was including the local sightings of Peerie Lizzie. Her husband, university friends, their dates or mates, and a few locals are the most likely suspects. This installment is very atmospheric. The local legend adds to that feeling. Perez is still coping with the loss of Fran. He takes Fran's daughter to visit her grandparents in the London area. Although I wondered at one point in the story about whether the person who committed the dastardly deed might be the guilty party, I never really formed a strong feeling of anyone's guilt until the reveal. I listened to the audio book read by Kenny Blyth who did a great job. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 17, 2017 |
Once again, Anne Cleeves produces a police procedural that is more than the sum of its parts. The evocation of the mist-shrouded Shetland Isles, the mist-shrouded lives of the Islanders and the visitors, not to mention the murder mystery all combine to great effect. And then there is the wonderful Jimmy Perez, as much an enigma to himself as he is to his colleagues and fellow Islanders, beginning to refind his feet following the death of his Fiancee. 2 September 2017. ( )
  alanca | Sep 21, 2017 |
Author Ann Cleeves always sheds light on some facet of Shetland life. In Thin Air it's hamefarin or homecoming-- a time for expatriates return home to celebrate their roots. What better thing to do than bring a group of outsiders to Shetland who don't necessarily get along with each other? And who better to investigate the disappearance of one of them than Detective Jimmy Perez?

Although Jimmy is still in mourning for his wife, fellow detective Willow Reeves is attracted to him, and it's interesting to watch her emotions play out throughout the book. Jimmy is his usual (rather) enigmatic self, getting the job done with a minimum of fuss or even notice. Perez is so unobtrusive about what he does that he leaves people wondering how he's made them all so dependent on him.

While we're dealing with Shetland's fog which is affecting the ferry and plane schedules (and making us feel claustrophobic), Perez does his job. Endless rounds of going to people and listening to what they say, how they say it, and what they don't say. Few fictional detectives can listen to the degree that Jimmy Perez can. And few fictional detectives have the other characters wondering "how [Perez] managed to win people over. Perhaps it was something as simple as kindness."

Indeed, it is kindness. Thin Air is a very quiet mystery, muffled in fog and shrouded in secrecy. It's as quiet and deceptive as Jimmy Perez himself-- and every bit as satisfying. If you have yet to read one of Ann Cleeve's Shetland novels, I urge you to begin at the beginning with Raven Black. If you're well acquainted with Jimmy Perez, I have good news. This is another excellent addition to the series. Dig in. ( )
  cathyskye | Nov 7, 2016 |
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A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It reads like a suicide note, saying she'll never be found alive. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge.

Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to Unst to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the legend of the ghost had seemed unhealthy - obsessive, even - to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than there first appears.

Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill - many years later - to protect?

Ann Cleeves' striking new Shetland novel explores the tensions between tradition and modernity that lie deep at the heart of a community, and how events from the past can have devastating effects on the present.
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"Ann Cleeves is back with the sixth book in her Shetland series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, whom readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, and Dead Water. A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Shetland to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends. But, one of them, Eleanor, disappears--apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected mists. And then Eleanor's body is discovered lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen the ghost of a local child who drowned in the 1920s. Her interest in the ghost had seemed unhealthy--obsessive, even--to her friends: an indication of a troubled mind. But Jimmy and Willow are convinced that there is more to Eleanor's death than they first thought. Is there a secret that lies behind the myth? One so shocking that someone would kill--many years later--to protect? Ann Cleeves' striking new novel is a quintessential whodunit with surprises at every turn"--… (more)

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