Blue Lightning (Shetland Island Series #4)

Blue Lightning (Shetland Island Series #4)

by Ann Cleeves
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Blue Lightning (Shetland Island Quartet #4) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
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
knaresPF More than 1 year ago
consistent quality as with previous books in the series
MysteryReader More than 1 year ago
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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Knitting-MomJP More than 1 year ago
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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I hated this last book. Why did she have to kill off Fran. What a stupid and cruel ending.
Colona More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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