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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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Ann Cleeves takes you craggy windswept shores to unravel old secrets among old friends and to give us a story with people you like, food you can taste, weather you can feel through your pajamas and a really good story that you have not heard before! She was attracted less by the ornithology than the bottle of malt whisky she saw in his rucksack when she showed him his room. As a big fan of the TV series Vera and also love reading crime and police procedural novels I thought it was worth a punt to see if the Vera novels were as good as the tv series.

Vera herself - a chunky woman with a hearty appetite who's totally unconcerned about fashion - is my favorite character. It really puts me off because it doesn't do anything to advance the character development or the story itself, and it's just cruel. Egal, ob weiblich oder männlich, sie prüft sie, sie veräppelt sie, sie lässt sich die Ironie ihrer Sätze kaum anmerken, so dass diese gar nicht merken, wie sie auf die Schippe genommen werden. I am late to the party of reading the Vera Stanhope series (not just watching the wonderful tv series). I really enjoyed the Vera presented in this episode: more introspective about those she works with (and how she treats them!Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. A group of friends who knew each other in grammar school gather every five years on Holy Island for a weekend together. ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series-- Shetland , starring Douglas Henshall, and Vera , starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn--both of which are watched and loved in the United States.

Vera is certain the past, the history between these friends, is relevant, although her team are less convinced, but she is their boss and what she says goes. So begins a case that seems at first to be slowly progressing as Vera and her team try to figure out if this is a crime that stems from the last or present. Judith Marshall, a 'hippy new-age' personality who led the first group in bonding activities, is now retired and heavily involved in the church.Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands. This story takes place in England and all the high school reunions take place on Holy Island and the reunions are always in same place. At the Pilgrim's House retreat, 5 friends have been meeting for 50 years, celebrating their first meeting as teenagers, students at Kimmerston Grammar, when they had bonded so strongly and remembering Isobel Hall, lost to the rising tide across the causeway.

She has twice been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story The Plater, and the following year for the Dagger in the Library award.This is a brilliant crime series, and if you have never read it, I strongly urge you to give it a try.

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