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White Nights

by Ann Cleeves

Other authors: Brenda Blethyn

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Series: Shetland (2)

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    Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (Scrabblenut)
    Scrabblenut: Raven Black was Ann Cleeves first book introducing detective Jimmy Perez and is also set in Shetland. Complex characters and lots of psychology, an excellent mystery.
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I love the location of this series and summer there, where the sun hardly seems to set. A reasonably interesting mystery here as a stranger appears at a gallery opening, only to show up dead the next morning. ( )
  gbelik | Jul 22, 2017 |
Jimmy Perez (from Raven Black) is back in White Nights. Even though this is a sequel it could be read on its own. A few characters are the same but the plot is not a continuation of the first. This time it's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, a time when the sun doesn't set completely and there's always a hint of light. It's the time for insomnia and...murder. A stranger has come to the Shetland Islands to disrupt the art opening of established artist, Bella Sinclair. Crying and creating a scene, he succeeds in ruining the party and then disappears into the night. When the same stranger is found wearing a clown mask and hanging from the rafters in an old fishing shed Jimmy Perez must untangle the mystery. Who was this masked man, why did he create such a disturbance at Bella's party and why is he now dead? Jimmy is sure it's murder. Each question leads Jimmy to clues that further confuse him. When another man is found dead, this time the nephew of Bella Sinclair, it seems obvious someone wants to hurt Bella...but why? ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 21, 2017 |
I never realized how depressing long summer nights might be, having grown up with that darkening mood descending only in winter. But author Ann Cleeves creates a clear impression of endlessly oppressive days in her second Shetland novel, White Nights. The story can be read alone of course, but it follows pleasingly on from an unmissable first book in the series. Characters and relationships grow in depth and relevance, and for someone who has seen the television series, it’s satisfying to note how the past in these novels grows into the present on screen. There’s a pleasing balance between love and need, beauty and integrity, romance and harmony, and image and truth. Mysteries are hidden in the mists, and the everyday is as real as the crime to be solved in a story that moves with the languidly deceptive calm of secrets, art and life. Ann Cleeves' Shetland feels vividly real, and starkly lit in this haunting tale.

Disclosure: It was a birthday present. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jan 27, 2017 |
White Nights by Ann Cleeves; (4 1/2*)

I enjoy these types of mysteries and not just for the mystery but also for the development of the key characters and the sense of space & time. I am enjoying finding out more about our detective, Perez, and more about the village & its inhabitants. The description of the bleak and stark but beautiful environment intrigues me. Summers are vastly different in the Shetlands from the winters.

I think Cleeves does a good job of rolling out her characters & building them. Also I like how she gives the reader hints to help one guess who our villain is. Thus far I have been surprised in both stories I have read in this Shetland series.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series. ( )
  rainpebble | Dec 6, 2016 |
In the second of the Jimmy Perez Shetland Island detective novels, a stranger is found hung after a gallery opening. Jimmy must discover who the victim is and learn the past histories and personalities of all the potential killers, all the while trying to encourage a stronger relationship with Fran, his new love interest.

I love the atmosphere of the island, the close-knit village, the people and how Jimmy deals with them.

I listened to this and felt the narrator, Gordon Griffin, had just the right sense of gravity. ( )
  Connie-D | Sep 11, 2016 |
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Blethyn, Brendasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Handels, TanjaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hanssen, TorilTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jan JärnebrandTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312384424, Paperback)

The electrifying follow-up to the Dagger Award–winning Raven Black

In this second thriller of the highly acclaimed Shetland Island series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he’s found dead. Set in midsummer, the book captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.

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The launch of an exhibition at the Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead.

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