Silent Voices: A Vera Stanhope Mysteryby Ann Cleeves
Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands, which began with the award-winning Raven Black. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series (set in Northumberland, England). This one features detective Vera Stanhope, the lead character played by Brenda Blethyn on the hit/i>… See more details below
Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands, which began with the award-winning Raven Black. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series (set in Northumberland, England). This one features detective Vera Stanhope, the lead character played by Brenda Blethyn on the hit television series "Vera." Destined for the same kind of fame achieved by Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse, the show is a favorite of millions of viewers in the U.K. and is available here on Netflix, PBS, and Amazon.
When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, she's uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victim's throat, Vera's team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victim's past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that there's no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute.
With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, Silent Voices is a stand out penned by one of Britain's most successful mystery writers.
“I do love Vera!” Val McDermid
“It's easy to admire Vera's brainpower…her adventures have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves' tales of Jimmy Perez will want to give Vera a try.” Kirkus Reviews
“A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please.” Booklist (starred review)
Meet the Author
ANN CLEEVES has been the reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and was twice shortlisted for the Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black, the first in the Jimmy Perez series which also includes White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. The television show Vera is based on the Vera Stanhope series. Ann Cleeves lives in Yorkshire, England.
Ann Cleeves was working as a cook in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle when she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. She began writing her first series of crime novels here featuring the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and works as associate trainer with the reader development organization, Opening the Book. She is reader-in-residence for Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and her reading passion is crime in translation. Ann has twice before been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story "The Plater," and again for the Dagger in the Library award. Her short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award.
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I wish all of Ann Cleeves's books were available on the Nook. I've ennjoyed the Vera series as much as her Shetland Island books. Cleeves is up there with James, Rendell, and Dexter.
I read SILENT VOICES by Ann Cleeves because 1) it was the only Vera Stanhope title in e-reader format; 2) I was so impressed by her Jimmy Perez/Shetland series that I just had to have more of her writing and 3) I saw in a BBC catalog that there were several highly-rated Vera Stanhope tv productions. I was not disappointed in my choice. SILENT VOICES was a well-written mystery and a good introduction to Vera. Ahhh, Vera. What to say - she is cranky, grumpy, rude, bossy, over-bearing and quite grubby in appearance. These negative traits are balanced with intelligence, intuition and organizational ability. I liked the plot and characters. I am waiting for more of Ms. Cleeves’ books to appear in e-reader format, so I can continue the series. I would also like to watch the BBC productions.
I watched the PBS program with Blethyn and thought it was very interesting so I bought t he book. Very disappointed, will not bother with the written series but will watch it if more come onto PBS. Too convoluted to make the ending reasonable IMO.