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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

  • A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please. Booklist (starred review)
  • Ann Cleeves is a skillful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction. Sunday Express (UK)
  • If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves. —Globe and Mail (Canada)
  • 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)

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • "Narrator Kenny Blyth transports listeners to the Shetland Islands with his delightful and easily understood Scots brogue...Blyth's talent with acting and accents makes for an engaging, well-paced listen. AudioFile Magazine

  • Nothing short of riveting. Louise Penny
  • In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction. Colin Dexter, author of the Inspector Morse series
  • Intricate and engrossing...offers readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery. The Washington Post Book World

    "This sixth in the series of Jimmy Perez Shetland mysteries is every bit as good as we have come to expect from Cleeves.
  • Cleeves excels in capturing Shetland’s stark, harsh beauty: the windswept land, the gray churning ocean, and hovering clouds. The often gloomy landscape is the perfect setting for tragic death by murder. Always eerie and haunting (thanks to the ghost of Peerie Lizzie) and certainly mysterious, Thin Air is perhaps the best and most compelling in the series so far. Curled Up
  • Top-notch police procedural. Publishers Weekly (starred)
  • Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception. Library Journal (starred)
  • I didn't expect the final reveal. Those cleverly disguised dead ends had me completely fooled, which is just the way I like it. But I was sorry to say goodbye. Crime Fiction Lover
  • “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

  • “The stark Shetland landscape provides an atmospheric backdrop for Cleeves’ complex, relatable characters, especially Perez, a kind man dealing with his own tragic past.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • 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.