Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Blue lightning by Ann Cleeves

Blue lightning (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Ann Cleeves

Series: Shetland (4)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3672329,545 (3.87)69
Title:Blue lightning
Authors:Ann Cleeves
Info:London : Macmillan, 2010
Collections:Read and recycled
Tags:Shetland Series #4, mystery, fiction, thriller

Work details

Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves (2010)



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 69 mentions

English (19)  Dutch (4)  All languages (23)
Showing 1-5 of 19 (next | show all)
This ends the four mysteries that make up Ann Cleves Shetland Isles Quartet. I have to salute Cleves for taking a rare step for mystery writers, one that will make sequels difficult, though not impossible.

There are several reasons to like her books. They have a strong sense of place. The desolate isolation and storms add to the menace. The cast of characters and pool of suspects are always quite small, but masterfully, the solutions are not obvious.

This final book in the series left me stunned. I was as angry with Cleeves as I was admiring. It's rare for a mystery series writer to take such risks.

I recommend the entire series, but they must be read in order. ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Nov 22, 2015 |
I have been following the Shetland Series by Ann Cleeves more for the setting of the Shetland Islands than for the actual mysteries, but in Blue Lightning, the fourth book of the series, I found the murder mystery almost as compelling as the beautiful setting of Fair Isle.

Fair Isle is DI Jimmy Perez’s home island and while he and his fiancée Fran are there visiting his parents a murder occurs at the Bird Observatory. As the island is cut off from the world due to the weather, Jimmy must abandon his holiday and take on the investigation. With no forensic backup he must rely strictly on his interviews and his observations of the likely suspects. When a second murder occurs he knows that this case is going to be anything but straight forward.

Towards the end of the book, there is a twist that is both unexpected and disconcerting. This twist didn’t help advance the plot at all so I was left wondering if this was the author’s way of handling an increasingly unsuitable character. At this point there are at least two more books in the series so I shall be interested in reading on and seeing what develops from this incident. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 9, 2015 |
BLUE LIGHTNING by Ann Cleeves is the 4th title in her SHETLAND series.
Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez is visiting his home island of Fair Isle with his finance, Fran Hunter. When a murder occurs at the Field Center after Jimmy and Fran’s engagement party, Jimmy must take charge of the investigation.
Fair Isle seems to be a mecca for twitchers (bird-watchers) and the Field Center is where collecting, banding and identifying different bird species takes place. The Field Center also offers some accommodations for twitchers and the Center staff. Bird-watchers ‘flock’ here in the hopes of observing bird species and discovering a new species to add to their ‘lifelist’.
Two women from the Field Center wind up being murdered and Fran wants to help Jimmy with the investigation - with dire consequences.
Adjectives describing BLUE LIGHTNING include: atmospheric; subtle; intensely suspenseful; incredible domestic detail and many-layered characters.
I want to keep reading and dissecting the characters layer by layer in order to see the secrets being peeled away.
One of the more interesting details of the book was Jimmy confronting his father, James, about a suspected infidelity and how this tied in with one of the murders.
The plot, the writing, the mystery - superb. I had trouble taking a break from reading.
The human characters, however, are almost incidental to the Shetland Islands and the birds that live and visit there.
This is an extremely interesting and detailed book on all levels. ( )
  diana.hauser | Jan 30, 2015 |
Poor Jimmy Perez can't even travel home to introduce his fiance to his parents without someone gets murdered and since he is the only cop there, and it's bad weather and no one can get there and no one can get off the island, he has the solve the murder. A bit like Midsomer Murders, on a island, with a lot of suspects. And, of course, with a lot of suspects with motives.

Was I surprised how good this book was? Hell yes, the previous three books can't compare to how intense this book was, or perhaps it all has to do how surprising the ending was. Anyway. I felt that I needed a decent crime novel to read and since I have somehow missed reading this one, I thought, "why not". I didn't think that I would get sucked into the story and spend a good part of Saturday reading it. I like Jimmy Perez, I like that he is a bit old fashioned that he is thoughtful. He gets the job done. But this time, well it's a thought case for him.

It was a really good crime novel and I can't wait to read the next one!

4 stars

Review also posted on And Now for Something Completely Different and It's a Mad Mad World ( )
  MaraBlaise | Dec 11, 2014 |
This was the fourth of the Shetland Island mysteries for me and by far my least favorite. Perhaps due to the subject matter -- I discovered I don't really care anything about birders. Not sure I'll read her next installment. ( )
  CLStern | May 5, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 19 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312384351, Hardcover)

Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiancé home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, Blue Lightning will thrill suspense fans everywhere.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:46 -0400)

(see all 5 descriptions)

In this fourth Shetland Islands book, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez brings his fiance home to Fair Isle. But when a body is found at the island's bird observatory and a terrible storm cuts Fair Isle off from the rest of the world, Perez must solve the murder quickly before the killer strikes again.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 5 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
18 wanted
4 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.87)
1 1
2 4
2.5 3
3 16
3.5 16
4 47
4.5 6
5 22


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 100,872,338 books! | Top bar: Always visible