- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Pan (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330518720
- ISBN-13: 978-0330518727
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hidden Depths Paperback – 2010
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If you are a fan of Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendall and/or Karin Fossum, you will most likely take kindly to "Hidden Depths". The story is largely about the characters and their problems and relationships. At the same time, author Cleeves works in some interesting sidebars such as birdwatching (a carryover from the Shetland Islands series) to very good effect. An excellent read and recommended.
In Hidden Depths, Stanhope finds herself at a bit of a loss when faced with two murders with a similar modus operandi. Both victims were strangled before being placed in water and covered with flowers. The victims initially don't appear to be connected in any way, but with some determined digging, Stanhope, her capable assistant Joe Ashworth, and the rest of the investigative team do come up with a tenuous connection. As they work on the case, some startling discoveries are made, revealing human frailties and compulsions that result in tragic consequences.
Readers who like Karin Fossum's psychological Swedish procedurals might appreciate the DI Vera Stanhope series.
None of that Mickey Spillane/Mike Hammer stomping in and bullying everyone to comply. Vera uses meticulous attention to detail, careful observation and low-key interviews where the subjects spill everything out to the empathetic listener who hardly ever asks a question. This detective confines her acerbic comments to her team, who live in fear that they will disappoint her and face her sharp wit. This is a woman who agonizes over the fact that she’s happy to have an interesting murder to investigate.
Anne Cleeves is a writer of intricate detail. As befits a detective novel, conversations, scenes and actions are all laid out with finesse. Vera unravels the clues the same way, noting fine details and understanding personalities.
So we have to read carefully. Any missed detail, any skipped-over description might be the key to the solution of the crime. These are psychological detective stories, and learning the minds of the players is an important part of the experience.
Every since Nero Wolfe and his orchids, detective novelists think it is important to spice their novels with some interesting hobby or occupation,. In this case, it’s bird watching, which Cleeves seems to know a lot about. However, she slips the bird watching scene in gently, as she does all her other extrinsic material, to give us insight into the personalities and interactions of the characters.Read more ›
This mystery is about a group of people in a small English town who are all somewhat connected. It begins with the murder of Lukas, a young man/boy, who is discovered strangled in his bathtub with flowers floating on the surface of the water.
Shortly afterwards a similar murder occurs. They seem completely unrelated, But Vera begins to try to untangle the murders finding hidden connections between the two
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book and this series. Glad to find the book on Amazon. It was not in our libraries.Published 1 month ago by Kathryn L.
I find ann cleeves's writing excellent and I really love all her books. Can't wait for the next vera Stanhope book.Published 2 months ago by Noelle Stewart
Vera Stanhope better in each novel...why not Kindle editions available for each title? ?Published 3 months ago by Barbara Ripp Safford
One of my favorite mystery/procedural characters is Vera Stanhope. I met her first in a book written by Anne Cleeves, but then I saw the most wonderful TV series about Vera... Read morePublished 4 months ago by prisrob
Wonderful read, poor old Vera though, lovely characterisation and full of surprises akin to Agatha Christie's style but then I like that - it makes you think outside the boxPublished 6 months ago by Hetty