The Long Call

The Long Call

by Ann Cleeves

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

From Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—comes the first in a gripping new series.

“Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers.”—Louise Penny

A PEOPLE MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF FALL 2019

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Vera and Shetland, beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250204448
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Series: The Two Rivers Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 639
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series—the BBC’s Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and ITV’s Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn—both of which are watched and loved in the US. Her brand new Two Rivers series will launch in September 2019, with The Long Call.

Shetland is available in the US on Netflix, Amazon Video, Britbox, and PBS, and Vera is available on Hulu, Amazon Video, BritBox, and PBS.

The first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017. She lives in the UK.

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The Long Call 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
Anonymous 6 days ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Maybe not as good as her Shetland series but still a good read.
Dawn-Read_Love 19 days ago
I’m embarrassingly late to the Ann Cleeves party. The Long Call is the first in a new series from the bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera Stanhope and Shetland novel series that have spawned popular British TV shows. While Vera is set in Northumberland and Shetland in the Shetland islands, this new Two Rivers series is set in North Devon. I visited North Devon in 2017 and was entranced. So the Devon backdrop for this tale was an invitation I could not ignore. Cleeves has perfectly evoked the region, lending her story even more believability with a palpably authentic setting that functions as a major character. Almost from the beginning, where we meet Detective Matthew Venn standing outside his father’s funeral viewing things in secret before he is called away to investigate reports of a body on the beach, it’s clear that The Long Call is going to carry a tone and weight to match its title – inspired by the long call of a herring gull, “the cry which always sounded to him like an inarticulate howl of pain.” The novel is moody but never bleak, filled with wonderfully written characters who each have their own private pain they are working through. While your gut reaction might be, “Man, these folks are all so unhappy,” the troubles Cleeves has written into their lives lends a realistic depth that only endears them to you more. These are flawed human beings, but they are never without hope. As you get to know the players, from the police staff, to the dead man, to his roommates, to the townsfolk, witnesses, and other connected parties, Cleeves takes time to flesh out each and every one. I like the people in this book. A married gay man, Matthew Venn is not your typical police detective. Cleeves’ Venn and her latest novel alike are smart and sensitive, and she handles difficult topics with thoughtful, compassionate ease. Because Cleeves takes her time setting everything and everyone up, The Long Call has a slow start, but it is expertly plotted and well-paced, with a nuanced human element that will make it another sure-fire hit series with her growing readers. If you like character-driven police procedurals, snatch up The Long Call and read it before the TV producers get wind of it. Well met, Ann Cleeves! Verdict: 5 of 5 Hearts. A smart and sensitive start to a new detective series for gifted writer Cleeves
Anonymous 4 hours ago
This is a brand new series from the creator of Vera and The Shetland Island series featuring Jimmy Perez. I have read all the books to date from these two series and was very happy about The Two Rivers Series featuring Detective Matthew Venn. This series takes place in North Devon where two rivers converge and run into the sea. While attending his father's funeral, Matthew receives a call which informs him that a body has been found on the beach. Matthew soon finds out that there are lots of secrets involved with this murder and soon even Matthew's past and present collide. I like the character of Matthew and find him a bit flawed and it will be interesting to watch him grow with this series. Ann Cleeves is an excellent writer and I always find it very difficult to solve her mysteries. She is an author who keeps a lot of clues close to her chest and the reveals are always very surprising. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who love mystery thrillers. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Minotaur Books for a copy of this book for an honest review.
SevenAcreBooks 2 days ago
A gripping and well written mystery. The Long Call is a must for lovers of Tana French and Louise Penny. When a murder causes Detective Mathew Venn to return to the strict religious community that previously shunned him, old wounds are reopened. The victim, a seemingly solitary and lonely drifter, appears to have many connections to a group of wealthy philanthropists and a community center that houses programs for adults with disabilities. As the case unfolds, Detective Venn finds himself at odds with his team and questions his own ability to investigate fairly. A wonderful book full of twists and turns, The Long Call is not one to be missed. Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read and review this title. All opinions are my own.
EileenAW 3 days ago
The Long Call is the first entry in the new Two Rivers Series. It introduces Matthew Venn, a British police officer, in a same sex marriage and estranged from his mother due to being raised in a strict and cruel sect. When a woman walking her dog finds a man stabbed to death on a beach in North Devon, Detective Inspector Matthew Venn goes straight from his father’s funeral to begin the investigation. While the police are searching for motives for the murder, a woman with Downs Syndrome, who attended Woodyard’s day center and helped in the kitchen, like the murdered man, goes missing. As the team searches for the woman and for a possible connection with the murder, Matthew struggles with a possible conflict of interest because of his husband’s connection to Woodyard. When a second woman with Downs disappears Matthew is further conflicted, knowing his husband would never kill anyone. The Long Call is a very character-driven police procedural, and these are not happy people. The term “long call” refers to the cry of the herring gull, a cry that always sounded to Matthew like “an inarticulate howl of pain”. That sound is very appropriate. Matthew himself has been ostracized by his family since he rejected the small fundamentalist faith in which he had been raised. And although he clearly loves his husband and is loved in return, he is equally clearly very insecure about their relationship. The members of his team also have burdens to deal with. Jen is raising her two children alone after leaving her abusive husband. Their boss, DCI Oldham, has problems of his own that may endanger his career and that I expect to hear of more in future books. Matthew and his team successfully solve the case but not before Matthew himself is endangered. These characters and their lives have not been so easily resolved, though, and Cleeves has made us care about them and assured that we will want to hear more about them in future books. Ms. Cleeves provides a vivid portrayal of her locations. Her wonderful writing and descriptions make you feel the sea, marshes and atmosphere of North Devon. She wrote a wonderful story, with an intriguing plot and a great development of her characters. I definitely recommend The Long Call to other readers. I hope to see more, much more, of Matthew and his team. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
SherryF 5 days ago
I love the cover for The Long Call by Ann Cleeves and am always on the lookout for a good mystery. That being said, I really wanted to love this, but… Maggie loved talking to her friend but one day he didn’t show up. And so her mystery begins and she wants answers. The characters are gay, lesbian, mentally challenged… Everything, good and bad, centers around the Woodyard, a community center. It held no tension or suspense for me. I couldn’t get excited by the story or the writing but I am curious…so I will read on. I know a police procedural is not as exciting as a thriller, but I would put down The Long Call, read something else, come back to it, put it down…well, you get the picture. I was bored and my mind kept drifting. I did finish it and because I had to know the ending, I gave it 3 stars, for satisfying my curiosity. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.
Kwpat 5 days ago
The Long Call by Ann Cleeve’s is the first in her new Two River series. We are introduced to detective Matthew Venn and his husband Jonathan. Matthew has been estranged from his family. I felt that Cleeves had a powerful opening with Matthew watching his father’s funeral from a distance. He is called back to the office because a dead man has been found on the beach. It was an interesting mystery which involves the place where his husband works. I felt the story moved very slowly at times, and I think Cleeves might have been building depth to continue her series. I also felt the ending was rather abrupt. Thank you NetGalley and Minotaur Books (St. Martin’s Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3no7 7 days ago
“The Long Call” by Ann Cleeves introduces Matthew Venn of the Devon Police and his husband Jonathan. A body has been found on the English seacoast beach at Crow Point, and Venn is called to investigate. This is not only the story of a crime, but also of Venn, the police officer who must solve it. Cleeves unveils the story of a whole village, its culture and ambiance, its surrounding geography, and most of all its citizens. The village is defined by its people -- their back-stories, their relationships, and their interactions. One man upsets the tranquility, security, and purpose of the villagers, the dead man found on their beach. They all know him, but they know little about him. Cleeves creates an interesting and diverse cast of characters encompassing those who are creative, focused, disabled, and conventional. They are a complex and troubled collection, but they are genuinely concerned about each other, usually. They are all respectable people, but some of them have things to hide; some have past secrets that come back to haunt them, and of course, one of them is a murderer. Details unfold at a slow but steady pace as Venn conducts his investigation. He finds that the people are friendly but not always helpful. Residents are confronted with emotionally intense and unthinkable situations, both real and imagined, and yet as Venn searches for evidence, people seem to be hindering the investigation. Corruption and the desire for power have disrupted tranquil village life. Entitled people are worried about their own reputations, and conspiracy may have stripped them of any sense of humanity. “The Long Call” is the inaugural book in the new “Two Rivers” series, and I was given a review copy from Ann Cleeves and Minotaur Books. It has all the ingredients that readers love in Cleeves’ work, compelling characters with complex backstories, unlikely culprits with unusual motivations, and a timely resolution with just a touch of creepy but little actual blood or gore. Oh yes, and the wonderful English countryside. I cannot wait for the next book.
MikeStaff 7 days ago
I don't envy Ann Cleeves. Her new series will inevitably invite comparisons to the recently retired 'Shetland' series. And, while 'The Long Call' is a good book, it left me wishing for the return of Jimmy Perez. This new series features Matthew Venn but, to be honest, I liked the character of Jen Rafferty better. Cleeves does her usual fine job of presenting an interesting mystery. The book has a satisfying conclusion as the story moves forward rapidly once the pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
Christy41970 7 days ago
Since The Long Call is the first book I've read by Ann Cleeves, I didn't know what to expect. It took me a little while to get used to her writing style, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading. I love that this is the first book in a new series. The characters are new; therefore, you're not missing anything.  Detective Matthew Venn is a complex character. His upbringing was extremely rigid. Though he left the religious sect he was raised in, it still affects his character. It's hard to escape things that are ingrained in us from a young age. We move on and grow, but it's still a part of us. And it's still a part of Matthew whether he wants to admit it or not. The other characters are very well written, and I am looking forward to getting to know the recurring characters more. The mystery in The Long Call is really complex. There are many times when you think you know who committed the murder, and then you're completely thrown off. There are mysteries within the mystery too which make it an even more enjoyable read. I definitely will be reading more of this series, and I highly recommend it!
QuirkyCat 7 days ago
The Long Call is the first novel in a new series by Ann Cleeves, called Two Rivers. It’s not connected with any of her other novels or series. Which means it’s a great starting point for new fans! (Such as myself). Detective Matthew Venn knows what he wants in life – and he won’t exchange his happiness for the acceptance of his family. But that is a rough path to walk. His path in life is rocked when a recent murder brings it all too close to home for his liking. The Long Call is a tale of secrets buried upon secrets. Of a world that Matthew thought he had left behind. And of the world he and his new family had embraced. This is the moment when the two clash. This will likely be Detective Venn’s first of many mysteries to solve (if Cleeves’ preference for writing series has anything to say about it). So get settled and ready for a long run. “The day they found the body on the shore, Matthew Venn was already haunted by thoughts of death and dying.” The Long Call was by far the most character driven novel I’ve read this year. Using the main characters to push the plot forward through their reactions and connections to each other was a brilliant move. And one that was handled with excellent precision. The storytelling in this novel took what could have been an everyday mystery, and turned it into so much more. I can now see why people gush so much about Ann Cleeves’ writing. Now I just find myself wishing I had tried one of her novels earlier! This novel introduces a new protagonist, Detective Matthew Venn. I’m sure the rest of the series will be from his perspective as well, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’ll end up solving next. Though I hope we’ll see more of his husband and coworkers as well. Speaking of, Matthew Venn’s backstory ended up playing a major role in this mystery. It was an interesting choice, but I was happy to see Venn consciously be aware of that fact, and try to back away on more than one occasion. This is not the tale of an investigator trying to cover up for their family – and that fact is made quickly apparent (I don’t think I could have respected the story nearly so much, had that been the case). There were a lot of other characters and elements woven into this novel. The end result was something rich and full of life – no pun intended. The entire telling felt organic, as it progressed along, telling us what we needed to know, while also fleshing out the world around it. I’m happy that I had a chance to read The Long Call. Now I just need to decide on if I want to go through Ann Cleeves’ backlog or not! Though I think I’ll be sticking with this series regardless.
BookAddictFL 7 days ago
I'm just going to rip off the Band-Aid: I was bored with this book. To start with, the pace is oh so slow and the mood just feels dull. Then we have a large cast of characters, none of whom I found even remotely interesting. DI Matthew Venn wallows in self-doubt to the point that I wondered how he functioned as a cop. I wanted to empathize with him, but I only felt irritation. The plot, as far as the murder mystery, is a basic whodunit. We have a lot of storylines alongside the plot, such as Venn's issues with his homosexuality and religious upbringing, his female partner's sexual adventures and desires, an older man struggling with the loss of his wife and the future for his daughter who has Down's Syndrome, and two unlikable female roommates with an odd relationship and whatever secrets they were keeping. It's a lot of distraction that amounts to not much of anything. The setting has potential but never comes alive. I didn't get a good sense of place with the area, nor did I get much sense of the atmosphere inside The Woodyard. At the 53% mark on my Kindle, when still nothing much was happening, I gave up because I honestly didn't care who did it or why. *I received a review copy via NetGalley.*
Anonymous 7 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and St.Martin's Press for this fine review book. It is obvious why Ann Cleeves has such success with her mysteries and this one may be the best one I have read. A new series, this tale begins in North Devon with Matthew Venn's sadness at the early part of his life and ends on an upturn of those same facts. This was one book I essentially "read right through" unusual for me! In between comes a cast of interesting and complex characters who were developed exceptionally well which include Detective Matthew Venn, his husband Jonathon, Matthew's team and a cast of characters portrayed with warmth and dignity. Entrancing. Several women who had varied developmental disabilities were introduced to us, all of them very vibrant and likeable. Cherished by their parents and their educators they were drawn into a complicated plot to defraud where they and others were in harms way. I am so looking forward to the next book in this unique series
Anonymous 8 days ago
This new story doesnt live up to the pleasures of the Vera and Shetland series The conspiracy plot seemed contrivedand the new protagonist isnt very interestingLacks the atmospherics of the earlier works
MLyons 8 days ago
A great start to a new series! The Long Call revolves around DI Matthew Venn, a native of North Devon who was raised in a strict, evangelical cult — which he eventually renounced, causing him to be shunned by his family. While attending the funeral of his father, Venn is notified that a man’s body has been found on a beach near the house in which Venn and his husband live. As Venn and his team begin to unravel the clues surrounding the man’s murder, Venn’s past and present collide because the murder has links to the religious cult he had renounced (the Barum Brethren), his husband’s employment at The Woodyard (a sanctuary for the disabled and mentally impaired), and two teen-aged girls with special needs. The Long Call is police procedural whose plot is both intriguing and complex, as are the characters involved in it, particularly Venn. The storyline is multi-layered, and Cleeves is especially adept at character development, which truly shines here. I would classify this book as a subtle page-turner: never too heavy but with plenty of twists and turns that kept me wanting to read more. Overall, this was an excellent read. I have previously read and enjoyed books in Cleeves’ Shetland Island and Vera Stanhope series, just as I enjoyed this first book in her newest series. I definitely look forward to reading more about DI Venn!
DiiFL 9 days ago
Sometimes you cannot avoid having to go home, even years after you left, losing all you held dear. Detective Matthew Venn went “home” for a funeral and became part of a local murder investigation. Now he must face the demons of his youth, the strict and cultish religious group his estranged family clung to and still hold on to all he holds dear today, including his self-confidence and ability to do his job. THE LONG CALL by Ann Cleaves is a good old fashioned mystery that slowly builds, page after page, weaving its story into an intricate tapestry that explodes with a riot of action and color as it begins its rapid race to the finish. Each character comes to life, flawed, unique of personality and carrying their own baggage that at times weighs them down, yet gives them the strength to carry on. The main character is a man of substance, deeply thoughtful, emotionally charged and far from the sniping, edgy and slightly roguish detectives we often meet. He follows the rules, attempts to keep his own set of values while fighting an uphill battle with the ghosts from his past. An excellent read for British-style mystery lovers who enjoy the darkness and suspense of a well-written tale. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Minotaur Books! This is my honest and voluntary review.
JigsawGirl 10 days ago
This would be 2.5 stars. It took forever to finish this book. It never takes me this long to read a book. I have never read anything by this author before, and based on this book, I am not sure I will read anything else. I enjoy a good mystery. This moved so slowly and the characters seemed so wooden that I had a hard time connecting with any of them. I think Lucy was the most interesting. She had the most personality. The other characters didn't illicit much emotion from me one way or another. They didn't have much personality, or were kind of creepy. When they mentioned one of the characters later in the book, I had to go back and find out who she was and what her role in the story had been. I found it off putting that the person in charge of the investigation seemed unsure of his position, his relationship, and his ability to solve the case. I didn't care about Matthew and Jonathan being a couple, and thought their relationship seemed more like they were needy and desperate to hang on to each other than actually being in love. There were so many characters in this book that trying to keep up with them and there connection to the other characters became almost unwieldy. I thought the mystery itself was decent. At times, reading this book was like wading through a mud pit with heavy, wet clothes on. The best part of the book, which also had the best pacing, was toward the end, when the disjoint pieces were being pulled together. Had the rest of the book been paced the same, I'm sure I could give it a higher rating. The Long Call was not terrible. I would recommend you read it and judge for yourself. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book received from the publisher via NetGalley.
tsinclr 11 days ago
New author and new series for me. I was excited to read this book but was a little disappointed based on the description. It was well written with great characters, just not what I expected. Very detailed but not lots of fast paced action but still gets my recommendation.
Anonymous 12 days ago
The Long Call By Ann Cleeves Minotaur Books The awesome Ann Cleeves introduces a new character in her latest can't-put-down mystery. He is Detective Matthew Venn, a complex but winning character whom we first meet as he stands outside his father's funeral. He's not welcome there as he's no longer a member of the Barum Brethern into which he was born. Matthew had publicly withdrawn from the group which shamed his mother and distanced her. Had that not been enough Matthew is now married to Jonathan and happily so. Soon we are introduced to Maurice Braddick, the widowed father of 30-year-old Lucy who has Down's Syndrome. She spends her days at Woodyard, a center for adults with learning disabilities. The elder Braddick keeps going to the window watching for Lucy to come walking up the path from the bus stop. eventually she does but is unhappy because "The man wasn't on the bus today." It seems a man has usually boarded the bus, sat next to Lucy and given her sweets. Her father questions her concerned that the man might have harmed her, but that was not the case. Matthew's fellow detective is Jen, the divorced mother of two, and a perfect counterpoint for Matthew. She loved her children and sometimes worried about not spending enough time with them but work gave her life structure and meaning. Cleeves has a remarkable gift and that is somehow with her words making readers care about the characters, be they good, bad or in between. She slowly, carefully unrolls her story making it impossible to top turning pages, especially when a dead body is found on the beach and identified as Simon Andrew Walden, a volunteer at Woodyard. Walden has been murdered, a brutal stab in the back. As her story unfolds Cleeves reveals secrets in the lives of her characters which kept this reader up until the wee hours of the morning. Sorry when the story was over I turned the last page ever so grateful to the amazing Cleeves for another remarkable journey.
Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com 12 days ago
This was a very slow start for me but the great reviews kept me reading and I'm so glad I did. I hadn't read Ann Cleeves before but she's totally on my list now. I can't pinpoint what exactly about this one resonated so well with me - the characters are well developed but not so individually compelling that they stood out for that alone. The plot was intricate and well paced but again not anything so specifically unique that it would do it on its own. The writing was very crisp and tight - which in itself is always worth remarking upon - and that was probably the single most significant contribution. Frankly, I think it was the combination of all of them - this was, quite simply, a well-written, well-rounded story prepared by someone who is clearly in mastery of her writing. It kept my attention, engaged me, made me feel for the characters, and kept me curious and guessing right up until the end. I'm certainly going to keep this series on my watch list! Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my obligation-free review copy.
SharoninAZ 12 days ago
This is my first Ann Cleeves novel, but it was so good that I'll be looking for her earlier books. I was also thrilled to learn that The Long Call is the first in a new series starring police detective Matthew Venn. When the book begins, we meet Venn as he stands at a distance watching the funeral of his estranged father. While there he gets a call about a murder in the area. This murder case brings Venn back into the religious community where he grew up and from which he was banished. Venn is an intriguing character, well developed by Cleeves; he is compassionate and smart. We're also introduced to Venn's husband who runs a center (The Woodyard) dedicated to the arts and to helping disabled and the mentally impaired. The murdered man has an affiliation to The Woodyard, as well as to a missing girl with Down's Syndrome, who Venn is asked to find. The Long Call is a complex and compelling mystery, which I highly recommend. My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Daphnepf 13 days ago
Barnstaple, North Devon, England - Present Day Detective Inspector Matthew Venn watched his father's funeral from a distance, knowing he'd not be welcomed by the Barum Brethren, the religious cult in which his parents belonged, and how he was raised. Discovering the "real world" when he went to college, Matthew left the restrictive Brethren, thus making him an outcast from both the cult and his family. Matthew hadn't planned on returning to his home town, but he was transferred to the Barnstable Police. From afar, he can hear the leader of the Brethren, Dennis Salter, droning on about Matthew's father, when he gets a call from his constable, Ross May, informing him that a body has been found on the beach near Matthew's house. The body is that of a man, stab wound to his chest, no identification except for a scrap of paper with his grocery list on one side and an address on the other side. There is also a tattoo of a bird on the man's neck. Detective Sergeant Jen Rafferty was there with Ross. Matthew sent them to check out the address, as Matthew went to his house to let his husband, Jonathan, know that he would be late that night. Jen and Ross meet one of the occupants of the address, Gaby, an artist who works for Woodyard, a day center that Jonathan manages. She informs the detectives that indeed there was a man who was living there with her and her landlady, Caroline, a social worker. His name is Simon Walden, and yes, he has a bird tattoo on his neck. Interviews with the couple living at the toll house near the beach proves less informative despite the fact that the husband, Colin Marston, is an avid bird watcher who is out on the dunes daily. Meanwhile, in the tiny village of Lovacott, elderly Maurice worries about his daughter, Lucy. She has Down's Syndrome, and, although high functioning, her father knows she can be too trusting. Today she's come home from Woodyard on the bus, as usual, but is upset because a man who has sat with her recently and given her candy, was not on the ride today. Lucy tells him that the man tells her secrets and makes her laugh. Matthew assigns his crew to follow up on various leads, most of which seem to be linked to Woodyard where Simon volunteered as a cook. Caroline is his landlady, and, according to Gaby, had allowed Simon to move in with them after he turned up at her work down and out. The daughter of the man who helped start and finance Woodyard, Caroline, known also as Caz, is dating the young cleric at the church nearby. Some of the people who daily attend Woodyard are, like Lucy, mentally challenged, others are students or locals learning art from Gaby, or attending counseling sessions held by Caz. Upon questioning by Matthew, most knew Simon as a cook, but no one seemed to be aware of where he came from or why he was there. He paid his rent to Caz, and had worked at a nearby restaurant at one point. The investigation seemed to be going nowhere. It isn't until a young Down's Syndrome woman disappears that Matthew and his staff begin to gather more clues, although nothing seems to make sense. They have no suspect for either the murder or the possible kidnapping. THE LONG CALL is the first in author Ann Cleeves' new Two Rivers series. Readers will be pleased to know that as her two previous detective series, The Vera Stanhope, and Shetland books, her new detective and his environment are equally entertaining.
Alfoster 13 days ago
I enjoyed Book 1 of this new series by Ann Cleeves. Lots of characters that will play out in the next books, and most are quirky but likable so I'm anxious to read the entire series. Matthew and Jen are police detectives investigating the stabbing of a man discovered on the beach. Because he's not a local, there are no leads initially and many secrets to be discovered. Add to it the disappearances of two young women with Down Syndrome, and the plot thickens. It's a multi-layered plot with lots of twists and turns--just what I like in a police procedural! I await the next book in the series! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
mweinreich 13 days ago
2.5 moved too slow for me stars. I have once again bucked the tide of wonderful reviews for this book and found that it was just too slow moving for me. I do appreciate the time and effort this author put into the story of a small town and a man who was murdered and her descriptions of the various characters, but for me there was not enough zest to the story to keep me totally involved. So, sad to say I will not be continuing this new series, but I do encourage everyone to take a look at the other more positive reviews of this book.
Bedford_Bookshelf_1 13 days ago
The Long Call introduces a new series by Ann Cleeves. When a body is found on a nearby beach, Detective Inspector Matthew Venn and his team investigate. Is there a connection to the community center where the the man worked or something in his past? As usual Ms. Cleeves doesn’t disappoint! This was a great read. It was well written with an intricately plotted mystery. The descriptiveness of the writing and how it evoked the beauty, and sometimes solitary nature of the coast of Devon is of particular interest. But, this was also a story with complex characters and relationships. The backstories unfold in a way that allows you to get to know these individuals intimately. I was particularly drawn to Matthew and his personal struggles to get beyond his past, and to come to grips with his own insecurities. This is a terrific thriller with mounting suspense and several twists. I was captivated from the beginning. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press for the advance copy of this book for my review.