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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Raven Black

by Ann Cleeves

Series: Shetland (1)

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This is the first book in a mystery series that takes place on the Shetland Islands. I had watched the series on TV and this book does cover the same plot, but of course it is fuller and the characters have a different focus. I liked it and intend to go on to the next in the series. ( )
  gbelik | Jul 2, 2017 |
I was captivated by this first of the Shetland Island mysteries. I loved the atmosphere and characters. Good twist to the ending. I didn't remember it from the TV show. I had seen the television series based on these novels, but liked the book a lot. A novel has much more space to develop the characters and place. I look forward to reading more of these. ( )
  njcur | Mar 21, 2017 |
Reminded me very much of Peter May's trilogy about Lewis - same sort of island setting, same sort of detective who's born locally, been away, returned to his roots, not sure if he'll stay. Interesting beginning to a series, bit slow in places. Will try to get hold of the other titles. ( )
  mlfhlibrarian | Mar 19, 2017 |
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The murder of teenager Catherine Ross sends shockwaves through a small Shetland community, and most of the fingers of blame point to loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But Catherine's vicious and sudden demise has thrown a veil of suspicion over everyone who knew her, and one local detective is keeping all options open.

Much of the story focuses on various characters, their thoughts and their lives including Detective Jimmy Perez, who grew up on the island, and is working on the investigation. The pace is slow and the tone is a bit dark but it fits with the story. I liked it and will read more by this author. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 17, 2017 |
Meet Inspector Jimmy Perez. In Ann Cleeves's "Shetland" series, Perez is the angst-ridden, private detective charged with solving murders in the Shetland Islands. In Raven Black a teenager is brutally strangled just before the Up Helly Aa festival. Proximity and rumor make neighbor Magnus Tait the likely suspect. Magus, elderly and mentally ill has been the prime suspect in another unsolved crime from eight years ago: an eleven year old went missing and her body, never found. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jan 30, 2017 |
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Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

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Inspector Jimmy Perez is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands. It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man--loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.… (more)

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