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Author: Ann Cleeves Narrator: Julia Franklin Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Vera Stanhope Mysteries Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781427288431
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"Demonstrating singular adeptness with mood and pacing, narrator Julia Franklin shines in this character-rich mystery set in northern England...Franklin's performance is direct and punchy, matching the speed and shrewdness of Vera's first-rate mind." — AudioFile Magazine

It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie’s innocence. Abigail’s killer is still at large.

For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend--and of that fearful winter’s day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch.

As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enquiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget, tensions begin to mount. But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pasts?
With each person’s story revisited, the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl…

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Quotes & Awards

  • Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception. Library Journal
  • A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please. Booklist
  • It's a dark, interesting novel with considerable emotional force behind it. The Spectator

  • Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next. People Magazine
  • “Intricate and engrossing…offers readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery.”

    Washington Post Book World, praise for the author

  • "Demonstrating singular adeptness with mood and pacing, narrator Julia Franklin shines in this character-rich mystery set in northern England. ...While Franklin's careful portrayals of persons of interest are clear and emotionally detailed, it's her portrayal of Vera that steals the show. Though much is made of Vera's appearance--she's squat and disheveled--she is not to be underestimated. Franklin's performance is direct and punchy, matching the speed and shrewdness of Vera's first-rate mind. AudioFile

  • I do love Vera! Val McDermid, bestselling author
  • Nothing short of riveting. Louise Penny, New York Times bestselling author
  • A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Best Mystery Narration
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2018

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About the Author

Ann Cleeves writes two series of traditional mysteries, both 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.

About the Narrator

Julia Franklin has a passion for audiobooks and has been narrating them for over twenty years. Her credits include Faith by Lesley Pearse, Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser, and The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Franklin combines her work as a narrator with radio broadcasting and scriptwriting.