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Wild Fire (Shetland Book 8) Kindle Edition
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|Book 8 of 8 in Shetland|
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About the Author
ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy and New York Times 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. The Long Call, the first in the Two Rivers series introducing Detective Matthew Venn, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
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.
- File Size : 1752 KB
- Publisher : Macmillan; Main Market Edition (September 6, 2018)
- ASIN : B07BDLDKV4
- Print Length : 417 pages
- Publication Date : September 6, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #293,069 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was sorry to see the series come to an end, having gotten to know and like the characters over the years. But it leaves room for another series now, non? 😉
I very much enjoy Ms Cleeves‘ writing. It certainly makes me want to visit the Shetlands, experience the light and the moody weather the author so well describes. This particular book removed me from the oppressive California summer, with wildfires glowing in over 100 degrees (about 40 C). For 2 days the author took me away from my environs so completely I imagined myself in the Shetlands, taking long hikes, or heading across the waters to the mainland or Norway!
Jimmy is not perfect, never was, but he is compelling. And no, not every little thing needs to be wrapped up in a perfect package. Life just isn’t that way. In most novels, we enter while the characters‘ lives are in full swing, and we exit at a certain point, after we‘ve accompanied them for a while. It’s ok to leave some things open and mysterious. Even if the end seemed rushed, that’s how things often are. We brood and brood over a decision, sometimes for many months, and one day we have our answer. That’s what Jimmy did. He was thinking what to do for many days... and one day he had a solution. Perfect!
Nice shout out for Fjara! I highly recommend the mocha latte and a seat by the windows!
A well developed story, and a fitting final chapter.
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Wildfire? More like a pinched out candle flame.
Two deaths and no real drama in the whole thing until the end, which seemed rushed as tho she’d almost got her word count, got bored and stuck a pin in a list of suspects.
Maybe it’s because I usually watch the TV series where the drama is ramped up - the last series was amazing. If this was produced, as is, on TV it would be like watching paint dry for the first 5 episodes - the last wouldn’t exactly be edge of seat stuff either.
Not only was the ‘reveal’ of the killer disappointing - not to mention somewhat unbelievable, but the end story of Jimmy and Shetland was just so incredibly lame. I mean - come on, it was almost a disappearing into the sunset thing. I expected a bit more effort to wave Perez off. This was no way to say goodbye.
Perhaps it’s just as well Cleeves has decided this is where she and Jimmy Perez part ways as it seems evident that she is as bored as heck with writing about him.
Long live the TV series!
(The novels and the characters are so much better than the TV version, which I gave up halfway into the first episode, only to rejoin later because the Shetland Islands presence had overridden my prejudice against the wrongness of the characters and their stories.)
This is a satisfying finale. I hope we can look forward to a new series to follow.
The book centres on a murder in a small community but also includes some major changes in the lives of those investigating the crime. It is a big ask but she has pulled if off beautifully - a story encompassing both bleakness and community with not a wasted word.
Reading these novels has been such a pleasure and this last book may just be the best of them all.
A young woman from Orkney is a nanny to children of a Dr Moncrieff. She has had a troubled childhood with an abusive father. The doctor's oldest daughter has been spoilt and her parents seem not to notice that she's become distant and unsettled. The Fleming's, a neighbouring family of incomers from the mainland are being whispered about in the community, mainly because their son is on the autism spectrum and can be difficult to handle, with local children making fun of him and generally being unkind. The nanny is found hanged in the Fleming's barn. So starts the investigation. Then the local gossip and scandal monger is murdered which complicates things. Matters come to a head on a cliff top in dense fog in a dangerous situation.
There is little action in the books; more so in the TV 📺series, which can make reading them seem a little slow going. But I've always enjoyed the particular way Jimmy Perez goes about things. The ending gives us an idea of what Jimmy and Willow will do in the future, so let's hope all goes well with them.
I wonder who and what Ann Cleeves will bring us next?