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Blue Lightning (Shetland Island Quartet #4)

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    A different ending for Blue Lightning

    The conclusion of the Shetland Quartet disappoints me so much that I've thought up a different one that fits the series.

    As Cleeves's story goes, when Sarah Fowler rushes out of the kitchen, Fran can't break in on Jimmy's meeting, and she feels the irritation with Sarah and the pressure and exhilaration of doing something. As I pick that up, Fran returns to the kitchen. She is stopped from recklessly running outside by the sight of a cooking mitt (and perhaps she burns herself). She experiences a moment of pain and futility and anger which inhibits her from acting: she has intuited that solving the murder is not her role. This, in a sense, is Fran's death. She develops beyond the character of the Pandora, the hubristic, driven mainland British woman who can't survive in Shetland. Instead, Fran begins to realize that she only struggle to survive emotionally in Shetland because she will have to temper her independence, somewhat subordinate the importance of her life to Jimmy's work, and carefully navigate the physical and human waters of an alien place. Fran's growth would add depth to continuing thrillers with Jimmy as protagonist; he would have to deal better, too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Will not read any more of her books

    I hated this last book. Why did she have to kill off Fran. What a stupid and cruel ending.

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

    recommended

    consistent quality as with previous books in the series

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    An Exceptional Read

    I reread the first three books of this series one right after another, before I began Blue Lightening. I couldn't put it down. When I finished I immediately went to Ann Cleeves' website to be sure this was not the final book...but that there will be another quartet featuring Perez. The ending was not what I wanted but I can see how it sets up books to come.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    wonderful book

    The whole Shetland island series is wonderful,, but this book certainly brings the series' main character full circle! The ending is unbelievable!

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

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    The final Shetland Island police procedural is a super whodunit

    Police Detective Jimmy Perez brings his English fiancée Fran Hunter to his home on Fair Isle to meet his parents and the other residents. A welcoming fete is thrown, but at a bird observatory, someone stabs a woman with a knife to her back and leaving feathers in her hair.

    The deceased is a famous BBC ornithologist Angela, alleged guardian of the island's bird sanctuary. Perez realizes the victim was universally disliked by those who knew her; even perhaps her husband Maurice. Suspects are numerous ranging from a myriad of lovers, her stepdaughter, her employee and the bird lovers' crowd. Perez struggles on his own due to a hurricane cutting off the island from the mainland. At the same time just before the storm hit, there is an influx of bird watchers due to a rare avian finding. As Perez digs deeper and Fran tries to help her beloved though he pleads with her not to get involved, he fears a tie to his family.

    The final Shetland Island police procedural (see Red Bones, Raven Black and White Nights) is a super whodunit. The story line focuses beyond just Jimmy's investigation and relationship with his fiancée, as the murder haunts the small community although the victim is loathed by anyone who met her. Jimmy is great as he is cut off from professional help, but though he detests what he is finding, he resolutely stays the course. With a final twist that will stun fans, The Shetland Island saga is a terrific series and hopefully will have more colorful Fair Isle mysteries.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2010

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    Fans of Jimmy Perez

    Now I know how my children and grandchildren felt waiting for the next Harry Potter book. My husband and I are big fans of the Shetland Island murder mysteries and have learned Ann Cleeves has released the fourth installment, "Blue Ligtning". Let's catch up with the UK and get this book out on the shelves so we can get on with our lives!

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