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Shetland Island Series

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Ann Cleeves' Shetland Island Mystery series is set in the most northerly community in the UK. The islands are closer to Norway than to Edinburgh and in their bleak beauty they have much in common with Scandinavia. Her books feature Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, who grew up in remote Fair Isle, and the mysteries are quiet, intense, and give an in…
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Raven Black
Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries (Shetland Island Mysteries (1))
Ann Cleeves - Jun 24, 2008 (first published in 2006)
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The basis for the hit series "Shetland" now airing on PBSWinner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body...
Book 2
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White Nights
A Thriller (Shetland Book 2)
Ann Cleeves - Apr 01, 2010 (first published in 2008)
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The electrifying follow up to the award-winning Raven BlackRaven Black received crime fiction’s highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.It’s midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sin...
Book 3
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Red Bones
A Thriller (Shetland Book 3)
Ann Cleeves - Sep 01, 2009
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An island shrouded in mist and a community with secrets buried in the past . . .When a young archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains, the island settlers are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery?Then an elderly woman is shot in a tragic accident in the middle of the night. Shetland d...
Book 4
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Blue Lightning
Ann Cleeves - Oct 25, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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In the fourth book of Ann Cleeves' critically acclaimed series set in the Shetland Islands, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez brings his fiancée home to Fair Isle, a birder's paradise, where strangers are viewed with suspicions and distrust. When a woman's body is discovered at the island's bird observatory, the investigation is hampered by a raging ...
Book 5
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Dead Water
A Shetland Mystery
Ann Cleeves - Feb 18, 2014
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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. In...
Book 6
#6
Thin Air
A Shetland Mystery
Ann Cleeves - May 05, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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A group of old university friends leave the bright lights of London and travel to Unst, Shetland's most northerly island, to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears - apparently into thin air. It's mid-summer, a time of light nights and unexpected m...
Book 7
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Cold Earth
A Shetland Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries Book 7)
Ann Cleeves - Apr 18, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he...
Book 8
#8
Wild Fire
A Shetland Island Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries (8))
Ann Cleeves - Aug 06, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Hoping for a fresh start, an English family moves to the remote Shetland islands, eager to give their autistic son a better life.But when a young nanny's body is found hanging in the barn beside their home, rumors of her affair with the husband spread like wildfire. As suspicion and resentment of the family blazes in the community, Detective Inspec...