Dead Water (Shetland Island Quartet #5)

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Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had...

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Overview

Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/23/2013
The murder of prying journalist Jerry Markham propels Cleeves's absorbing fourth Shetland mystery (after 2010's Blue Lightning). Shrewd Det. Insp. Willow Reeves, from the west of Scotland, deals with the tightly-wound local prosecutor, Rhona Laing, who discovered Markham's body and may know more than she's telling. Prickly Insp. Jimmy Perez, not yet returned to full-time duty after his fiancée's death, assists with interviews of the island's residents. Also in the mix are the dead man's parents and girlfriend, who have a different view of Markham than most of their neighbors; Evie Watt, Markham's former girlfriend, who works for the local community-development agency; and Evie's fiancé, John Henderson, who has secrets to hide. The tensions between those who wish to preserve their traditions and those who seek the opportunities of new technologies are subtly illustrated. Cleeves keeps readers guessing about the perpetrator's identity until the final pages. Agent: Sarah Menguc, Sarah Menguc Literary Agent (U.K.). (Feb.)
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Praise for Dead Water:

"Cleeves returns to a sea-bound land of crofters' cottages, barren rocks and fog, especially the fog surrounding the murders...the well-constructed procedural grains another dimension from Jimmy's re-engagement with his work and his life." —Kirkus Reviews

“Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot functional, and Perez’s character keeps deepening with each book. The rough islands cresting the Atlantic fit the bleakness of the murders depicted here. This series is one of two that Cleeves has going; the other stars Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope and is a hit BBC series.” —Booklist (starred)

"Absorbing...Cleeves keeps readers guessing until the final page." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Shetland Island series:

“Nothing short of riveting." —Louise Penny

"Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next." —People

"In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction." —Colin Dexter

 

"Gripping from start to finish."

—Booklist

"Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout."

—Rocky Mountain News

"A riveting read."

—-Val McDermid

"If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves."

—-The Globe and Mail (UK)

Praise for the Vera Stanhope series

"Excellent . . . Intricate plotting makes for a compulsive read.”

—The Independent (UK)

“Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation.”

—Bookseller (UK)

Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-09
A grieving detective clashes with an incoming supervisor to solve a pair of murders on the main island of Shetland. Not long after photojournalist Jerry Markham has returned to Shetland after years in the south, someone runs his car off the foggy road from the oil terminal in Sullom Voe. Rhona Laing, the Procurator Fiscal of the district, finds his body in the boat in which she regularly rows with other women of Aith. When DI Willow Reeves arrives from the West Hebrides to supervise the subsequent investigation, she might as well be from another world. Willow grew up on a commune, wears baggy clothes that offend the obsessively tidy Laing, and is occasionally highhanded with the local force, including Detective Jimmy Perez. Still battling depression after the murder of his fiancee, Perez resents taking orders from a stranger, especially one he's attracted to in spite of himself. Interviews with Markham's family, his best friend, the young woman Markham got pregnant and abandoned, and the widower she's about to marry point to a green-energy movement as a common denominator among the involved parties. When a supposed straw effigy turns out to be a human—and a dead one at that—Perez and Reeves further question the real motive behind the murders and demand to know what Laing is hiding. Cleeves (Silent Voices, 2013, etc.) returns to a sea-bound land of crofters' cottages, barren rocks and fog, especially the fog surrounding the murders. Although some of the characters are sketchier than the setting itself, the well-constructed procedural gains another dimension from Jimmy's re-engagement with his work and his life.
Library Journal
02/01/2014
Broken-hearted DI Jimmy Perez sets aside his own grief to assist the local authorities with a case involving a murdered journalist. The victim had left the Shetland Islands for greener pastures, and it looks as if his return was the wrong move. This is the fifth series entry (after Blue Lightning) for the Gold Dagger Award-winning author. The books have become a BBC TV series, Shetland.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250036605
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Shetland Island Quartet , #5
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 81,680
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANN CLEEVES writes two series of traditional mysteries, both of which have been turned into hit TV series. The Vera Stanhope books star Brenda Blethyn and have been made into the hit series “Vera.” The Shetland novels feature Inspector Jimmy Perez and are being filmed by the BBC and titled “Shetland.” Raven Black, the first Shetland novel, won the CWA Gold Dagger. She lives in England.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    I have read all her books to date. Highly recommended.

    this author keeps the reader guessing all the time. All the way to the end

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