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Author: Ann Cleeves Narrator: Janine Birkett Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Vera Stanhope Mysteries Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781427291653
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From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes The Seagull.

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent, and now inmate, John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper—and Vera played a key part in his downfall.

Now, Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer who disappeared in the mid-nineties, if she will look out for his daughter and grandchildren. He tells her that Marshall is dead and that his body is buried close to St Mary’s Island in Whitley Bay. However, when a search team investigates, officers find not one skeleton but two.

This cold case case takes Vera back in time and very close to home as Brace and Marshall, along with a mysterious stranger known only as ‘the Prof,’ were close friends of Hector, her father. Together, they were the ‘Gang of Four,’ regulars at a glamorous nightclub called The Seagull. Hector had been one of the last people to see Marshall alive. As the past begins to collide dangerously with the present, Vera confronts her prejudices and unwanted memories to dig out the truth.

The Seagull is the searing novel by Sunday Times bestselling author Ann Cleeves about corruption deep in the heart of a community—and fragile and fracturing—family relationships.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Janine Birkett’s marvelous narration enhances this riveting mystery…Detective Inspector Stanhope is well rendered, as are the story’s secondary characters. Descriptions of the locale are equally appealing…Listeners will appreciate Birkett’s handling of the dry humor, particularly Stanhope’s. Birkett’s portrayal of the strong personality of elderly Mrs. Marshall intensifies the story’s conclusion. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “I loved The Seagull—quite simply it reminds me why Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! I relish learning more about Vera with each book, and The Seagull provides fresh insight into one of our most complex and lovable sleuths.”

    Louise Penny, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This nuanced, adroitly paced tale should satisfy both series fans and new readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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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

Janine Birkett is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.