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Blue lightning by Ann Cleeves

Blue lightning (original 2010; edition 2010)

by Ann Cleeves

Series: Shetland (4)

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Title:Blue lightning
Authors:Ann Cleeves
Info:London : Macmillan, 2010
Collections:Read and recycled
Tags:Shetland Series #4, mystery, fiction, thriller

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Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves (2010)



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The Shetland quartet comes to a close in Anne Cleeves’ Blue Lightning, and it’s end is a satisfying blend of tragic mystery and hope, perfectly suited to that ever-present character in these novels—the gray winds, clouds and seas of the Shetland Isles. (Of course, there are further books now, but Blue Lightning is the last of the original set—and yes, I shall be looking out for more.)

Characters have been built up over the sequence of novels. Now there are plans for the future in the air, families to meet, obligations, relationships, hopes. And, of course, there’s mystery. But Jimmy Perez is at his childhood home on Fair Isle in this tale, with limited technology and communication. He really wanted to spend more time with his fiancee, who is fast becoming friends with his family.
But fractured relationships, splintering trust and frayed tempers combine with mystery and intrigue to keep them apart.

As usual, readers and protagonists come slowly to the truth of things, while a murderer seems almost to get away… Blue Lightning is probably best read in sequence with the other novels, not because it doesn’t stand alone (it does, beautifully), but because it gives away too much, tying books to the later TV series, and because it’s dénouement is so beautifully and hauntingly drawn on the past. I love this quartet.

Disclosure: Now I want to buy more ( )
  SheilaDeeth | May 23, 2017 |
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 an 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! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
In Blue Lightning Jimmy Perez, now engaged to Fran, the woman he met in Cleeves's first book Raven Black, takes her home to meet his parents. He's not looking forward to the trip because he doesn't get along with his father and home is a smidgen of an island called Fair Isle. When Jimmy was younger he couldn't wait to move away and escape the trappings of parental expectations. True to form, murder follows Jimmy & Fran (she found the murder victims in Raven Black). Thanks to terrible storms prohibiting people from coming to or leaving the island they are forced, along with Jimmy's partner, Sandy, to solve the crime without help from the mainland. Things go from bad to worse when there is a second murder, and shockingly, a third. This time the murder centers around birds as the killer has woven bird feathers though the first victim's hair & strewn feathers over the second victim's body.

For the most part I enjoyed this fourth book in the Jimmy Perez series. It isn't necessary to read the other three to understand or enjoy Blue Lightning. My only complaint? After the second death I knew when the third victim would die. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 30, 2017 |
Shetland Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez and his fiancee, Fran, are spending a few days on the remote island of Fair Isle. Before their marriage, Fran needs to meet his family and friends and see where Jimmy was raised. Even though he no longer lives on Fair Isle, it's still a part of him. The morning after their engagement party at the island's bird observatory, Jimmy receives a call from the observatory. There's been a murder. As the only police officer present on the island, and with stormy weather cutting the island off from outside access, Perez must investigate this one on his own. The suspects are limited to the small observatory staff and the few guests at the facility. He's unable to solve the case quickly enough to prevent another murder.

This is a locked room mystery on a couple of levels. The first murder takes place inside a locked building, and this limits the number of suspects. The murderer is also trapped on the island, as neither boats nor the small plane that services the island can get in or out until the storm passes. If this sounds like an Agatha Christie novel to readers, it felt like one to the characters, as at least one acknowledged! The crime plot isn't executed as well as the plots of the previous books in the series. Perez's parents and fiancee distract him from giving his full attention to crime solving, and the consequences are disastrous. The vivid Shetland Island setting is still the most appealing feature of this series, and I'll continue to read it just for that experience. ( )
  cbl_tn | Nov 11, 2016 |
This is a classical "locked room" mystery with a twist, well written with a more up beat pace to it than in her earlier books in the series. The characterisation is again well rounded and there is a good sense of place. Overall a good if undemanding read. 1 July 2016 ( )
  alanca | Jul 4, 2016 |
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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.

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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)

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