Ann Cleeves ´ 1 READA new series from Sleeves takes us to North Devon and introduces us to police detective Matthew Venn Venn an ex member of the eligious sect the Brethren has been booted out for non belief He and his husband Jonathan live on the shore where a body of a young man will be discovered An interesting case that unravels many different threads uncovering multiple layers that will drag others into its net Really Cleve has the enviable knack of conjuring atmospheric A Mother and Daughter Diary of Raw Food Recipes for Beginners reads and characters with fascinating back stories In fact Iead today
That This New Seriesthis new series already been optioned for a TV series I have a feeling Matthew will grow on me in subseuent eads as the series progresses That said I will still miss Shetland and Jimmy Perez ARC from Netgalley I have been wanting to try Ann Cleeves for several years now When I saw she was starting a new series and I had a chance to get an advanced eview copy I decided it was time to pull the trigger AKA click the green button and finally dive into her works After eading The Long Call I now have my eyes on the first books of her Vera Stanhope and Shetland series The Long Call is a one of those murder mysteries that clicks all the boxes for me The characters have depth and are mysteries that clicks all the boxes for me The characters have depth and are though it took a while for DC Ross s admirable side to come forth There are a number of intriguing townspeople that I wasn t sure if I could trust or not always fun The plot is intricate and twisty with a storyline that I had no idea whatsoever how to put together I want all my crime fiction and thriller books to be this way The author is an outstanding writer with a flair for creating atmosphere including the title that is explained early on and the type of suspense that sneaks up on you out of the blue She also deals with interesting concepts such as adults with Down s syndrome and their vulnerability and the challenges facing gay people as they struggle to overcome the disapproval of small two meanings of small here town folks I am pleased to see this will be a series I think there is much to explore in this town and with these characters and I am very curious as to where Ms Cleeves goes
book 2 I do know I will be Indistractable reading it Until then will be lining up in the library ueue for a look at The Black Raven and The Crow Trap the first books of her two most popular longunning series Pleased to meet you Ms CleevesMany thanks to Net. For the first time in 20 years Ann Cleeves international bestselling and award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series both of which are hit TV shows embarks on a gripping new seriesIn North Devon where two ivers converge and un into the sea Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father. ,with book 2 I do know I will be eading it Until then
Galley Minotaur Books and Ms Ann Cleeves for an ARC of this novel Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way Ann Cleeves has started a new series with The Long Call The book named for the cry of a herring gull The cry which always sounded to him like an inarticulate howl of pain Cleeves has developed a great set of characters here Our main character Matthew is a DI in Barnstaple He s smart a complex thinker a loving and loved man in a healthy elationship The story starts with Matthew watching from afar the funeral of his father
He S Left The Evangelical Church Hes left the evangelical church he up in It soon becomes apparent it s because he s gay But Jen is probably my favorite character She s one of Matthew s DS s and she s transferred to Barnstaple to escape her abusive husband She s got great instincts and I love her insights not only into motherhood but into the people she s interviewing Even Ross the brown noser is eventually shown as a complex person Cleeves also gives us a true sense of the area It s easily apparent why her books are turned into TV series as they e accessible smart and engaging The same is true for this new series It s suspenseful and I had no idea how things were going to shake out until almost the end I can only hope that Cleeves writes enough of these books so that some wise tv producer can pick up this series as well My thanks to netgalley and St Martin s Press for an advance copy of this book The veteran crime writer Anne Cleeves begins a new series set in North Devon between the 2 ivers Taw and Torridge where DI Matthew Venn a gay man Is His 40s Married To His Husband his 40s married to his husband is about to lead his first big murder inuiry when
dead body of a is discovered on the sands the victim has a tattoo of a albatross on his neck and has been stabbed Venn is a local boy who grew up with his parents part of a strict evangelical church known as the Barum Brethren His family and the church ostracised him when he enounced their faith their God a creation in their own image as hard cold and inflexible as they are He is feeling a sense of egret his father has just died and he never got to see him as his health deteriorated Venn s partner Jonathan is the head of The Woodyard a community hub combining the arts a cafe and a day centre for learning disabled adultsWithin Barnstaple Police Matt is primarily helped by DS Jen Rafferty a woman who left. ’s funeral takes place Once loved and cherished the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in he lost his family tooNow as he turns and walks away again he eceives a call from one of his team A body has been found on the beach nearby a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck stabbe. ,The Dead Body Of A
Her abusive husband in Liverpool settling locally with her children although she still misses city life The other main cop Ross May is deemed to be the eyes and ears of DCI Joe Oldham a fact that makes others wary of him The victim turns out to be Simon Walden a former forces man whose marriage had broken down after he killed a child whilst Driving Under The Influence Of Drink He Had Been Working under the influence of drink He had been working a seasonal chef at a hotel been homeless with alcohol and depression issues He had been provided with a home by Caroline Preece and artist Gaby Henry Attending the Day Centre
At The Woodyard Are DownThe Woodyard are Down Syndrome women Lucy Braddock and Chrissie Shapland As connections between the murder and The Woodyard begin to emerge Venn is plagued by his personal connections to the case which should mean he should not be part of the investigating team whilst his past history with The Brethren proves to be invaluable to the case Anne Cleeves provides her trademark vibrant sense of location I felt as if I was ight there in North Devon I have high hopes for this series a lot of effort went into establishing and embedding the sense of place and the characters This is not a fast paced ead it s a character driven novel I particularly enjoyed the inclusion of the learning disabled women Lucy Chrissie and Rosa Holsworthy and their central ole in the mystery For the most part this book was a 4 star ead but somehow in the last uarter it became a 5 star ead as the multiple threads begin to come together so skilfully I found this an absorbing and engaging crime ead although it might possibly be a little too slow moving for some eaders I am eagerly looking forward to the next in the series Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC What a pleasure it is to ead such a well written character driven mysteryBritish author Ann Cleeves has brought to life a very fine new character in Senior Detective Matthew Venn He is not your typical drunken wise ass detective Instead Cleeves has given us a compassionate and introspective mind Matthew is a senior investigator who is unsure of himself when leading his evening briefings with his team unbeknownst to them which is very endearing Also to my liking is the way Matthew s mind works when deducting clues from all his sources of information Smartly doneMatthew s background is very nicely brought to light in the first of Cleeves new series A bod. D to death The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are evealed and his past and present collideAn astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland as well as new eader.