10 years ago Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year old Abigail Mantel. Now new evidence has proved Jeanie's innocence.
But Jeanie commits suicide in her prison cell, unable to face the people who had believed her capable of killing a child.
On hearing the news, Emma Bennett is haunted once more by memories of her vibrant best friend, Abigail, and by the thought that her killer is still at large.
Now Inspector Vera Stanhope is making fresh enquiries amongst the residents of Elvet, the small East Yorkshire village where Emma and Abigail grew up. Everyone is feeling vulnerable and uneasy, even guilty.
And when a second body is found, the investigation takes a frightening new turn...
"A riveting read. Ann Cleeves probes beneath the surface of a community to reveal the darkness that can fester when everyone thinks they know each other's secrets"
"Cleeves' portrayal of rural life is as far removed from chocolate box as you could hope for. The natural world here is all-powerful, striking rather than pretty and relationships in the community as bitter as the winds that scour the coast. Whether detailing the domestic world, life with a small baby or the work of the pilots on the ships, Cleeves has an accomplished eye. An excellent psychological thriller."
Cath Staincliffe, Tangled Web
Telling Tales is available from Amazon:
- in a new (January 2016) paperback edition (ISBN: 978-1-5098-1590-6)
- as a downloadable Kindle edition
- in a Charnwood Large Print edition
- in the original hardback.
and as a Soundings audio book (order direct from the publisher), read by Julia Franklin, available on CD or cassette.