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Raven Black (Shetland Island Quartet #1)

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

strong Scottish police procedural

In Scotland¿s Shetland Islands, an unknown perp strangled teenage Catherine Ross her corpse was found half buried by the snow. The locals including the police believe Magnus Tait killed her as circumstantial evidence is very convincing. He is a strange individual who...
In Scotland¿s Shetland Islands, an unknown perp strangled teenage Catherine Ross her corpse was found half buried by the snow. The locals including the police believe Magnus Tait killed her as circumstantial evidence is very convincing. He is a strange individual who was the last person known to have seen Catherine alive besides which Magnus has a history when eight years ago he was the prime suspect in a girl¿s disappearance, but most locals feel he got away with murder. --- The only person seemingly to have major doubts that the eccentric Magnus is the killer is Police Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, who leads the investigation into the homicide. Not willing to rule out anyone as the culprit including Magnus, Jimmy begins to look closely at those who knew the victim as a family member, a friend, or intimately. The DI begins to uncover dark secrets that make the Shetlands seem even colder, but one of them has the darkest secret of all: being a killer hidden by a facade of lies., Perez (and readers) wonders which one? --- Readers will quickly understand why Ann Cleeves won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award as she provides a strong Scottish police procedural that keeps the audience guessing until the climax of this enthralling whodunit. The entertaining story line provides a strong sense of place and season especially through the secondary cast. However, the novel is owned by the likable dedicated DI, who methodically battles the cold wintry weather and the increasingly colder suspects seeking to solve the murder mystery to the delight of the fans. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This is the first book in a series set in Scotland's Shetland Is

This is the first book in a series set in Scotland's Shetland Islands.  The atmosphere, local rituals and language, and tone of a small close community make this mystery uniquely different from other mysteries.  The discussions about the local raven population and the m...
This is the first book in a series set in Scotland's Shetland Islands.  The atmosphere, local rituals and language, and tone of a small close community make this mystery uniquely different from other mysteries.  The discussions about the local raven population and the meaning of 'raven black' is quit interesting in and of itself.




The body of a young girl is found,  and the search for her killer immediately turns to an older mentally challenged 'strange' man, Magnus Tait, who had been suspected in the disappearance of a much younger girl a few years earlier.  He was born and raised in the Shetlands, but has lived alone since the deaths of his sister and mother a few years ago.  Though the townspeople go out of their way to avoid being around him, young children sometimes miss the 'message' sent by the townspeople and do interact with him.




Policeman Jimmy Perez has his own background with this community.  He too was born here but his family's history still makes him 'different'.  When the townspeople immediately decide  Tait is guilty of this new murder, Perez is just not convinced, and continues to investigate the crime.




The story that follows involves questioning, intrigue, secrets uncovered, illicit relationships, and twisted surprises.  The Shetland atmosphere and traditions become a major part of this award winning mystery.  A must read to start this series!!

posted by RonnaL on December 5, 2012

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Well-written, rich plot

    As someone who appreciates good writing as much as the plot itself, I'm thrilled to find a new writer and series of books to enjoy. I actually read the first two books of this series out of order, but have thoroughly enjoyed them nonetheless. Her characters are wholly plausible, the location fascinating, and her writing fully immerses the reader in both, capturing the feel of this culture. The only (very slight) negative is that I didn't find the endings totally convincing, but not false enough to be a great disappointment. Overall a very good read...

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    Wow! What a thriller! Great character development, could not put it down... this novel was fun and a quick read definitly different and entertaining. A fun, un-predictable read!!!

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    Dude... I was talking about my gf on Rp... I needed advice...

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

    Good book.

    I enjoyed reading both of Ann Cleeves books. While they are not action books and are not particularly suspenseful, the characters are likeable and real, the setting is very different and Cleeves does a great job of imprinting the setting into the characters. The conclusion is plausible.

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