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Author: Ann Cleeves Narrator: Kenny Blyth Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shetland Island Mysteries Release Date: April 2017 ISBN: 9781427288615
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From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes Cold Earth.

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea.

At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.

Cold Earth is the next audiobook in Ann Cleeves’ beloved Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Kenny Blyth transports listeners to the Shetland Islands with his delightful and easily understood Scots brogue. He subtly modifies that accent to reflect the many characters who allow listeners into their ordinary and mysterious lives…Blyth’s talent with acting and accents makes for an engaging, well-paced listen. One doesn’t have to be familiar with the earlier works in the series, but the backstory and earlier adventures are certainly worth seeking out.”


  • “Ann Cleeves confirms that she is the best living evoker of landscape with Cold Earth.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “The Shetland Islands provide a stunningly atmospheric setting for the complicated hero…a challenge he meets with determination and more than a little angst.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Plenty of suspects on a remote Scottish island mixed with the high quality of Cleeves’ prose make this a solidly plotted whodunit for procedural and traditional mystery readers.”

    Library Journal

  • Guardian Best Book of the Year in Crime and Thriller Novels

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About the Author

Ann Cleeves is the author of five series of mysteries, two of which have been turned into hit television series. Her first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. In 2016, she won the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honor in British crime writing. Cold Earth was a finalist for the McIlvanney Prize, and The Long Call was shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

About the Narrator

Kenny Blyth, an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator, earned his acting degree from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2000. He won the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award in the same year and spent nine months on the radio drama company. He continues to work in radio drama, theater, voice-overs, audiobooks, and television.