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Author: Ann Cleeves Narrator: Anne Dover Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Vera Stanhope Mysteries Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781427288394
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Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal....For team leader Rachael Lambert the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double-betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide...

When Rachael arrives at the cottage, however, she is horrified to discover the body of her friend Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide--a verdict Rachael finds impossible to accept.

Only when the next death occurs does a fourth woman enter the picture--the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, who must piece together the truth from these women's tangled lives in The Crow Trap.

Ann Cleeves's popular Vera Stanhope books have been made into the hit series “Vera” starring Brenda Blethyn and are available in the U.S.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's a dark, interesting novel with considerable emotional force behind it. The Spectator

    "Cleeves's softly, softly approach delivers a powerful punch.
  • Nothing short of riveting. Louise Penny
  • Cleeves’ taut, atmospheric thriller will keep readers guessing until the last page . . . Chilling. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • Intricate and engrossing . . . offers readers the pleasures of the traditional locked room/isolated island mystery. Washington Post Book World

    "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.
  • "Trauma, obsession, and murder entwine in a suspense-packed crime story that puts Ms. Cleeves in the Rendell class. Peterborough Evening Telegraph

  • Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next. People
  • Gripping from start to finish. Booklist

    "In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction.
  • If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves. —Globe and Mail (Canada)

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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

Anne Dover has recorded many audiobooks, as well as appearing on radio and television—Emmerdale Farm, Book Tower, Brideshead Revisited, A Kind of Loving. She’s happily married and shares an old cottage in a small Yorkshire village with her husband, her son, an English setter, a large French lop rabbit, and an equally large and hairy cat.