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Dead Water: A Shetland Mystery (Shetland Island Mysteries) Hardcover – February 18, 2014

Book 5 of 6 in the Shetland Series

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*Starred Review* In the sixth of Cleeves’ Shetland Island series starring Inspector Jimmy Perez, a very controlled Scottish public prosecutor who seems passionate only about team-rowing, makes a discovery that threatens to tumble the Jenga-like structure of her life. The prosecutor, Rhona Laing, retrieves an unmoored boat and finds the body of a man seemingly placed across the seats, a briefcase next to the body. The dead man is a former local journalist who made good in London. The question facing Perez (who is inching his way back to work after the trauma of his fiancée’s death) and Willow Reeves, a detective inspector from the Inverness Serious Crime Squad sent to head the investigation, is what made the journalist a target? The answer has repercussions for the main characters, the tiny island of Aith, and for Scotland as a whole. Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot-functional, and Perez’s character keeps deepening with each book. The rough islands cresting the Atlantic fit the bleakness of the murders depicted here. This series is one of two that Cleeves has going; the other stars Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope and is a hit BBC series. --Connie Fletcher

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Praise for Dead Water:
"Cleeves returns to a sea-bound land of crofters' cottages, barren rocks and fog, especially the fog surrounding the murders...the well-constructed procedural grains another dimension from Jimmy's re-engagement with his work and his life." —Kirkus Reviews

“Cleeves has an unusually deft hand with characters; not one of them seems purely plot functional, and Perez’s character keeps deepening with each book. The rough islands cresting the Atlantic fit the bleakness of the murders depicted here. This series is one of two that Cleeves has going; the other stars Northumberland detective Vera Stanhope and is a hit BBC series.” —Booklist (starred)

"Absorbing...Cleeves keeps readers guessing until the final page." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for the Shetland Island series:

“Nothing short of riveting." —Louise Penny

"Creates a dark enough mood to keep you straining to see what will come to light next." —People

"In true Christie fashion, Cleeves once more pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction." —Colin Dexter

 
"Gripping from start to finish."
--Booklist

"Deserves the top crime writer's prize in the United States this year. Don't miss this standout."
--Rocky Mountain News

"A riveting read."
---Val McDermid

"If you're a fan of Frances Fyfield, Minette Walters, or Val McDermid, get to know Cleeves."
---The Globe and Mail (UK)

Praise for the Vera Stanhope series

"Excellent . . . Intricate plotting makes for a compulsive read.”
—The Independent (UK)

“Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation.”
—Bookseller (UK)
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Product Details

  • Series: Shetland Island Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250036607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250036605
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good plot, well developed characters.
Nancy Brantley
The mystery is a bit too convoluted -- too many characters with loose connections to the victims.
Judy Soriano
I enjoy any book by Ann Cleeves, was really pleased that she has continued her Shetland series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philip Ballard on October 20, 2013
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Having read each of Ann Cleaves Shetland books we were wanting more and Dead Water provided that further development. A great read with good characters, and it has a real sense of place and a plot with the unpredictable but utterly credible twists we have come to expect from Ann Cleaves.
We thoroughly recommend this book, having of course worked your way through the lead up books to ensure the same journey which we have enjoyed.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Susan Rankcom on May 31, 2013
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I think this is the best so far in the Shetland series, Jimmy is struggling to come to terms with the death of Fran. I still fail to understand why Ms Cleeves ended her last book in that way, it seems unnecessary and actually made me unwilling to read Dead Water but I am glad I did. What were you thinking Ms Cleeves?
I liked the new 'boss' in Dead Water and hope we will see her in the next book in the series. Dead Water was a very good read and kept your interest to the very end, I did think the murder plot was a bit weak but I still enjoyed the book. Let's hope Ms Cleeves does not continue to go down the path of so many authors who write detective series where the main character cannot possibly find any happiness. It is my one criticism of this type of book. I look forward to seeing what the next book brings to Jimmy's life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Renee The Painter on March 15, 2014
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I am a huge Anne Cleeves fan. I have read the entire Shetland Island mystery series. This is the only one that I found to be disappointing. I just could not care about one single character except Sandy in this book. Cleeves is clearly bringing him along and I look forward to seeing what happens with him next. Perez is realistic as grief stricken and in shock. But the plot line plodded and the end was a dud to say the least. Just not plausible at all. I will continue to read Cleeves but I rate this one as nearly a miss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Angerman on April 5, 2014
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There is something unique about this series, set in the Shetland Islands off England. The descriptions of the sea, the scenery, the houses, and the quaint and mostly quiet lifestyle are helpful in creating the setting. Our inspector hero is back after battling depression ensuing from the death of his lady love. He gingerly gets back into investigating two murders after taking time off to recover, all the while continuing to take care of her daughter, Cassie, because the natural father doesn't want to be bothered with anything but visits. The islands may seem calm and sedate but passions run deep and there are crimes to solve.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Dead Water
Ann Cleaves
Minotaur, Feb 18 2014, $25.99
ISBN: 9781250036605

Having returned to his home in the Shetlands after a stint in London, reporter Jerry Markham drives at night in Brae when an unlit vehicle forces him off the road. Moments later the journalist is murdered. Prosecutor Rhona Laing finds Markham's corpse.

Detective Inspector Willow Reeves arrives from West Scotland to lead the investigation into the Markham murder. She knows she must cooperate with Laing but finds the stressed local prosecutor acting odd and seemingly concealing something critical. Though still on partial leave as he grieves the death of his lover Fran (see Blue Lightning), Inspector Jimmy Perez agrees to assist Reeves on the case by interviewing the islanders he knows so well. Reeves and Perez find the locals split over their feelings re Markham due to an incident years ago involving Evie Watt before he fled the Shetlands. The two cops also learn Markham was digging into a story many islanders prefer he ignored, but who killed him with so many suspects proves difficult to identify.

The fifth Shetland police procedural (see Raven Black, White Nights and Red Bones) is an entertaining leisurely paced whodunit that requires a mental adjustment by series fans; as depressed Perez never displays any energy especially involving the inquiry. The murder mystery is well done and enhanced by a deep look at the constant debate between tradition and modernization (even the police seem enamored with pre social media methods).

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Bykovskaya on February 6, 2013
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Ann Cleeves has a gift to hide a murderer till the very end. I did not suspect it the slightest. However, personally I didn't like the new female character, I find her not appealing, hence only 4 stars. I hope against hope there will be no romance between her and Jimmy. However, it is also the first book in the series where male characters behave-feel-talk more or less the way I see (and read) them behaving/feeling/talking.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maja Tratnik on April 27, 2013
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Very nice description of characters and of the Shetland islands. I am looking forward to travel up there one day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ADITI SAHA on December 4, 2014
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The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”
----Jim Morrison

Ann Cleeves, the English best-selling author of Shetland series, which is now the major BBC1 drama starring Douglas Henshall, SHETLAND, has penned down the fifth book in the Shetland series, called, Dead Water .

Synopsis:
When the body of journalist Jerry Markham is found in a traditional Shetland boat, outside the house of the Fiscal, down at the Marina, young Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation. Since the death of his fiancée, Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his interest in this new case stirred and he decides to help the inquiry. Markham -- originally a Shetlander but who had made a name for himself in London -- had left the islands years before. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl, Evie Watt, who is now engaged to a seaman. He had few friends in Shetland, so why was he back? Willow and Jimmy led to Sullum Voe, the heart of Shetland's North Sea oil and gas industry. It soon emerges from their investigation that Markham was chasing a story in his final days. One that must have been significant enough to warrant his death...

Why have I never come across author Ann Cleeves in my life? Well, because of Ann Cleeves herself, I got a chance to read her new book in the Shetland series. She is utterly brilliant woman!

Inspector Jimmy Perez is back with an all-new mystery on Shetland Islands in Scotland. Jerry Markham, a local popular small-time journalist found murdered in the yoal, and following which begins a roller coaster ride of some hidden past secrets and emotions.
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