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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Cleeves, Ann Cleaves Narrator: Kenny Blyth Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Shetland Island Quartet Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781427241344
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Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Nothing short of riveting.”

    Louise Penny, praise for the series

  • “Cleeves returns to a sea-bound land of crofters' cottages, barren rocks and fog, especially the fog surrounding the murders...the well-constructed procedural grains another dimension from Jimmy's re-engagement with his work and his life. Kirkus Reviews

  • Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot functional, and Perez's character keeps deepening with each book. The rough islands cresting the Atlantic fit the bleakness of the murders depicted here. This series is one of two that Cleeves has going; the other stars Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope and is a hit BBC series. Booklist (starred)
  • Absorbing...Cleeves keeps readers guessing until the final page. Publishers Weekly
  • Nothing short of riveting. Louise Penny
  • Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next. People
  • In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction. Colin Dexter
  • Gripping from start to finish. Booklist
  • Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout. Rocky Mountain News
  • A riveting read. Val McDermid


    “If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves.

  • “In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction.”

    Colin Dexter, praise for the series

  • “Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next.”

    People, praise for the series

  • “If you’re a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves.”

    Globe and Mail (London)

  • “Deserves the top crime writer’s prize in the United States this year. Don’t miss this standout.”

    Rocky Mountain News, praise for the series

  • “Gripping from start to finish.”

    Booklist, praise for the series

  • “A riveting read.”

    Val McDermid, author of The Retribution, praise for the series

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About the Author
Ann Cleeves was working as a cook in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle when she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. She began writing her first series of crime novels here featuring the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and works as associate trainer with the reader development organization, Opening the Book. She is reader-in-residence for Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and her reading passion is crime in translation. Her short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award. Ann has twice before been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story "The Plater," and again for the Dagger in the Library award. In 2016, she won the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, the highest honor in British crime writing.
About the Narrator

Kenny Blyth 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, theatre, voice-overs, audiobooks, and television.