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Hidden Depths Paperback – 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Vera Stanhope Series

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Product Details

  • 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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By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 28, 2011
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I came to "Hidden Depths" from Ann Cleeves' Shetland Island series, which I admired very much for its intelligent and original story lines. "Hidden Depths" has a different setting, Northumberland, England, and a very different protagonist in Inspector Vera Stanhope. This essentially a dark drama peopled with a cast of unhappy, spiritually wounded or struggling characters in whose midst two murders are committed. The victims are both very young and unusually beautiful--one young male and one young woman. Inspector Stanhope, a woman with personal issues of her own (she's basically built like a rugby player), starts out on a procedural investigation that gradually sorts through suspects and their catalog of misdeeds to track down the killer who is about to add a third victim. This is a slow and basically intelligent reveal that respects the reader's intelligence.

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.
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This is my second Cleeves novel featuring DI Vera Stanhope, the first being Silent Voices, and I must admit that this series is becoming a firm favorite. DI Stanhope is razor-sharp and an astute judge of people, though she herself is not your typical heroine. Stanhope is not glamorous nor even charismatic, she is dumpy, overweight, and can judge people too harshly, yet her excellent deductive skills make up for these flaws as she goes about solving murder mysteries.

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.
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I watched " Vera" on PBS and felt her character was one that I needed to explore. I had a hard time gathering up the books in the series but Amazon came through and I was greatly rewarded. Vera is one of the more interesting characters I have met in mysteries in recent years. I feared that the book and the TV series would be too redundant and I would not enjoy the read but nothing was further from the truth. I highly recommend the series and they should be read in order.
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There oughta be a subgenre: Women’s Detective Novels. There probably is, somewhere, genre description being as unrestricted and disorganized as it is. If there was such a designation, Anne Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope series would be right up there near the top.

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.
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A good Vera Stanhope mystery. I read this one out of order...somehow I mussed it earlier
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
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