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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 Narrator: Gordon Griffin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9781427263346
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Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.

It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.

The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man---loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.

Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle U.S. mystery readers with this unforgettable series debut. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Chilling…enough to freeze the blood.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Beautifully constructed…Brings alive the tensions in a place where everyone knows everyone else and nothing can be forgotten. Raven Black is lively and surprising.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “A fine and sinister psychological novel in the Barbara Vine style. Cleeves is part of a new generation of superior British writers.”

    Globe and Mail (Toronto)

  • “Ann’s characterization is worthy of the best writers in the field…Rarely has the sense of place been so evocatively conveyed in a crime novel.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “Don’t miss this standout.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Cleeves’s taut, atmospheric thriller, the first in a new series, will keep readers guessing until the last page…When the shocking identity of the murderer is revealed, readers will be as chilled as the harsh winds that batter the isolated islands.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Cleeves offers up a dark, brutal, suspenseful page-turner that will keep even seasoned mystery buffs guessing right up to the end.”

    Booklist

  • A teenaged girl—a relative newcomer and outsider in a Shetland village—is found dead, with the village pariah the presumptive murderer. But he’s most certainly not the only suspicious character narrator Gordon Griffin tackles. This village is teeming with half-told histories and implied proclivities—almost too many. Griffin does justice to the full array: suspects, mourners, potential next victims, and some unnecessary bit players. If the plot plods a bit as it wades through them all, it’s not Griffin’s fault. His portrait of the elderly Magnus, vulnerable yet disturbing, keeps the story engaging. The moments when Magnus interacts with Inspector Jimmy Perez, a man preoccupied by his sense of personal failure, are the most absorbing.

    AudioFile

  • “A teenaged girl—a relative newcomer and outsider in a Shetland village—is found dead, with the village pariah the presumptive murderer. But he’s most certainly not the only suspicious character narrator Gordon Griffin tackles. This village is teeming with half-told histories and implied proclivities…Griffin does justice to the full array… The moments when Magnus interacts with Inspector Jimmy Perez, a man preoccupied by his sense of personal failure, are the most absorbing.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 2006 CWA Gold Dagger
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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

Gordon Griffin is one of the most prolific and sought-after voice artists in the UK. As well as narrating over 250 audiobooks and earning three AudioFile Earphones Awards, he can be heard on countless television and radio advertisements, corporate videos, training films, and documentaries. In addition to his voice work, he is also a respected dialogue coach and has worked on television productions as diverse as Byker Grove and Kavanagh QC. He is also casting director with the English Theatre of Hamburg.