- Series: Shetland Island Mysteries (Book 5)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (February 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250060958
- ISBN-13: 978-1250060952
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series―the BBC’s Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and ITV’s Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn ―both of which are watched and loved in the US.
Shetland is available in the US on Netflix, Amazon Video, Britbox and PBS, and Vera is available on Hulu, Amazon Video, BritBox and PBS.
The first Shetland novel, Raven Black, won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017. She lives in the UK.
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The procedural that takes up most of this book is classic Cleeves and deliciously serpentine and translucent, BUT somewhere in the last few chapters, the story just loses steam. The back-and-forth between the investigating characters seems increasingly forced and the tone of things slips into the melodramatic. By the conclusion--which isn't up to Cleeves' usual standards--the reader (this reader, at least), is pretty tired of the universally traumatized characters and not ready to buy the motives presented for crime(s)--especially for a second murder that is staged in such a way that leave even the book's principals disbelieving.
The good news about "Dead Water" is that Jimmy Perez has been resuscitated and will probably be back in a sequel. Hopefully, the author will have regained full footing for the next installment.
I’ll be honest: I’m only here reading this series because of 3 things: the television show; the Shetland Islands; and Douglas Henshall. Cleeves does one thing really well: leaves you parked inside just a few characters in detail whilst the events unfold all round. Might be the murderer; might not, but the deep dips into the individual gestures, thoughts and habits from an individual and isolated perspective in the story is good stuff.
But anomalies like the foregoing produce an exponentially negative effect on my enjoyment. Like every mystery/detective reader, I go for the clues, the details, with the expectation that the author is in full possession of them themselves and is leaving me a path of speculation, discovery. Little things like that might hide bigger things, so I become suspect of the author, and I’m disappointed it’s happened with Ann Cleeves. In Red Bones an even less significant anomaly takes place in a single scene involving the clothing the character of Sophie was wearing in the Pier House Bar. It changes.
All up, going to Shetland this way is atmospheric and largely engaging. Cleeves has her occasional moments with the literarily satisfying. But reading these books has mostly increased my admiration for the television team, its careful, selective script writers; its sublime cinematography; and Douglas Henshall. The elegant economy of his Perez has more in it than pages of indulgent descriptions from the book.