Blue Lightening by Ann Cleeves
This is my review of the book Blue Lightening by Ann Cleeves which I read recently. This is the fourth book in the Shetland series with Jimmy Perez. I was under pressure to finish this as we had borrowed the series of books from a friend and they were going to be returned on Thursday. That being said being read through quickly did not spoil the story but rather helped bring it to life.
Jimmy takes his fiancée Fran to see his parents who are living on Fair Isle. It is a community where everyone knows everyone else and strangers are greeted with a Greer of mistrust. When the autumn storms rage the island is cut off and the tension mounts especially when a body is found in the bird observatory.
With no way off or onto the island Jimmy must work quickly and find the killer before he strikes again. The descriptions of the island, and the surrounding are fantastic and just bring the story to life. As I was reading it I felt as if I was there trapped on a wind swept hill looking for the clues myself. There is much made about the bird life on the island and it made me realise how little I knew about birds other than those I see flying around on a day to day basis. If I have time I will endeavour to learn more about them a possible resolution for 2015.
The story is a page turner and this helped as I needed to finish it quickly but it is very gripping and really sad at the end, but that would spoil the story to say any more. I am so pleased that Ann is continuing the Shetland theme with a new quartet of stories. I really look forward to reading them
This was a great book well worth reading and was book 5 week 4 fiction 5 (audio books 1) non fiction 0
Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
This is my review of the book Red Bones by Ann Cleeves which I read recently. This is the third book in the Shetland series that features detective Perez. Though I have never been to the Shetlands Ann manages to paint a very vivid picture of life in the islands.
When a young archaeologist studying on a site at Lerwick discovers a set of human remains - the island community is intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly lady is shot on her land in a tragic accident. Sandy Wilson the lady's grandson a police man calls in Jimmy Perez to investigate the death.
He finds two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness has divided the surrounding community. Jimmy is missing Fran who is in London, and he is surrounded by people he doesn't know and a community he has no links with Jimmy struggles to relate to the situation. Then there is another death and this starts to bring things to focus.
Can Jimmy solve the mystery before outsiders are brought in to do it for him. Mist fog rain and wind also feature strongly in this story. A snuggle up under the duvet sort of story, but still very enjoyable.
This was book 3 week 2 fiction 3 (audio books 1) non fiction 0
Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
This is my review of the book Raven Black by Ann Cleeves, which I read recently. The observant will have noticed that there has been a slight gap between books. This in no small part has been due to not having time to read.
The sun has shone, the rain has poured, the garden is growing leaps and bounds and we are fully booked with guests at the present, and I am building new websites for people which means not much time for reading. Anyway that is my excuse.
This is my second Ann Cleeves book – in fact I have read them slightly in the wrong order. This was book one and the previous month I read the book two, but that did not spoil the story.
It is all about murder in the Shetlands, and detective Jimmy Perez sets out to solve the case. Though I have never been to the Shetlands Ann manages to bring the characters and scenes to life, just as if I was watching in from a window.
It is a complex story that goes back through a generation. Initially the loner and simpleton Magnus Tait is blamed for the crime, but as the story unfolds it reveals layer by layer a much more darker story. Amazingly Ann kept me guessing till almost the very end, which is always a good sign.
I now need to find book three next and hope that that is as good as the first couple. So this was book This was book 47 week 35 fiction 44 (audio books 13) non fiction 3
Books read in June
There is a saying that time and tide wait for no-one. If one adds in internet connection problems then trying to keep a business running that uses the net this is an issue. Add keeping my book list reviews up to date is a real problem. (All I can say is if using BT Broadband then do read their spam emails because if they say they are going to change your settings even if you have not asked them to they will and it is not easy getting them to put things right and as to telling you why they changed things then “that is a mystery – The system seems to have a mind of it's own” as the man from their finance dept said).
So after much thought rather than playing catch up all the time, I will list all the 7 books I have read or listened to in the last few weeks without a review and then hopefully move on from there.
So this brings the total up to book 44 week 32 fiction 41 (audio books 12) non fiction 3
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