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Vera's Tenth Case

The Rising Tide - UK edition

The latest mystery from award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves OBE is a new case - an amazing tenth case! - for her much-loved detective Vera Stanhope. The Rising Tide takes Vera from her wild Northumberland hills to the beautiful tidal island of Lindisfarne. Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island, forging a bond that has lasted a lifetime. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship, and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway at the first reunion.

The Woman on the Island, a Vera Stanhope short story

Vera is no stranger to Lindisfarne: it is an island full of memories for her. To find out why, you can download a FREE Kindle single story The Woman on the Island - which also includes a taster of the first chapters of The Rising Tide!

Or just read all about The Rising Tide here.

Meanwhile, VERA cast and crew have spent the summer in Northumberland filming series 12 - though that won't air until 2023!

Read more about all things Vera - in print and on TV - here.



Shetland series 7 - the DVD

Goodbye, Jimmy Perez!

The hit TV crime drama Shetland takes as its point of departure the characters and settings of Ann Cleeves's award-winning series of novels, but has developed its own stories, and over time the two have diverged. As series 7 began, Douglas Henshall dropped a bombshell, announcing that this would be his last season as Jimmy Perez. He said "It's been one of the privileges of my career to play Jimmy Perez for almost 10 years and to work with so many wonderful people both in front of and behind the camera, and also to spend so much time in Shetland."

Now the BBC has finally ended months of speculation, with the announcement of who will replace Jimmy Perez. When the show returns next year, DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander returning to the islands after 20 years working for the Met in London, will be played by Scottish actor Ashley Jensen. She will be joining regulars Alison O'Donnell, who plays Tosh, Steven Robertson (Sandy), Lewis Howden (Billy) and Anne Kidd (Cora). The series will be written by Paul Logue, who also contributed to the script of series 7.

If you haven't been keeping up with Shetland - or just want to binge on the whole of series 7 at once - hit is available to watch on catch-up. And for people who like to have their own drama library, Shetland series 7 is now also available on DVD (PAL format). All previous series are also available on DVD in the UK. US viewers can also watch it on BritBox or with Prime Video.

And of course, the original Jimmy Perez is still there in Ann Cleeves' eight Shetland novels, two whole quartets to read whenever you want to!

Read more about Shetland: the books, the TV series, and the islands!



The Heron's Cry

The Heron's Cry, UK edition

The latest mystery by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves is The Heron's Cry, a second case for detective Matthew Venn and his colleague Jen Rafferty, following their first appearance in The Long Call - as seen on TV, where they were played by Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie.

North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder - Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases.

"This character-driven exploration of people's darkest flaws is a sterling example of Cleeves' formidable talents."

Kirkus Reviews

The Heron's Cry is published in the UK by Pan MacMillan; also available as an audiobook read by Jack Holden. It is published in the US by Minotaur Books.

And if you haven't yet watched the dramatisation of The Long Call, it isn't too late! All four episodes were broadcast in the UK in October 2021, and the whole series is available on demand on the ITV Hub. In the US it is streamed on Britbox.

There's a new case for Matthew Venn in a short story, The Girls on the Shore, available now - and including an exclusive extract from the tenth Vera novel, The Rising Tide!

There's more information here, about the show, and about the books.



Other Books

Book Break guides you through the books of Ann Cleeves: you may know Vera Stanhope, but did you know about Ann's first series set in Vera's county of Northumberland, featuring Inspector Stephen Ramsay? Or maybe you're read all of the Shetland books, but didn't know about Ann's standalone titles. Or maybe you'd like to read some short stories next...?

Ann Cleeves says "Good short stories have a force and a clarity which it's almost impossible to achieve in a novel. That's why I enjoy reading them. I know that each word has been chosen with care.

"I don't send post cards when I travel; I write stories instead. The three pieces in the CWA anthologies bring back vivid memories of Tanzania, Finland and Alaska. Raven Black was originally conceived as another of those holiday snap stories."

In The Starlings and Other Stories, Ann has edited a collection of twelve short stories which are literally, if not snapshots, at least inspired by photographs. She has invited each of her fellow members of Murder Squad to bring in an accomplice, and write a short story inspired by the dramatic photography of Pembrokeshire-based author David Wilson. Ann's own contribution is the title story, The Starlings, featuring DI Vera Stanhope.

Read more about The Starlings and other short stories by Ann Cleeves.


"I do love Vera!"

Val McDermid

In true Agatha Christie style, Cleeves once again pulls the wool over our eyes with cunning and conviction

Colin Dexter

A most satisfying mystery set in an isolated and intriguing location

Peter Robinson


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