The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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This is a superb setting especially as the tide rises and rolls in adding an extra dimension of atmosphere especially as concealed secrets find their way to the surface, bubbling up like the waves. Ann Cleeves's latest DI Vera Stanhope is a chilling and shocker of an addition to her wonderful Northumberland set series. Yet, somehow, every mention of Vera Stanhope implies she eats like she’s never going to get another meal, or like her meal will be taken from her so she shovels it in as fast as she can and is constantly thinking about eating. The Sunday Times Who doesn’t love ‘large and shabby’ Vera Stanhope, the blunt detective in Ann Cleeves’s Northumberland police procedurals? All I have to say is this, sometimes things do not end in a whimper but instead they end with a howl.

This story has so many threads going on, but it is a terrific story, with both a cold case and a new one, that I was totally engrossed in. They reminisce and celebrate the school trip where they first met as teenagers at the Pilgrim’s House. A dumpy woman with an incisive mind, a terrier-like hold on problems, and the habit of chivying her staff to get results, sometimes pitting them against each other, all in the name of solving the case. The core group, now in their mid to late 60s, reconvene on Holy Island for their latest gathering with each member assuming their expected and traditional role. Es werden so viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten präsentiert, dass man sich als Leser ganz schön aufs Glatteis geschickt fühlt.The plot thickens nicely when closer examination reveals that the apparent suicide is murder and a few more suspects on the mainland are thrown into the mix.

As a big fan of the TV series Vera and also love reading crime and police procedural novels I thought it was worth a punt to see if the Vera novels were as good as the tv series. Ann's success was announced at the 2006 Dagger Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton, in London's Aldwych, on Thursday 29 June 2006. Overweight, disheveled, dowdy Vera resembles a bag lady and is mistaken for a cleaning lady in this story. Although the story is written with multiple points of view, it is Annie, the organizer and mainstay, who is the principal of the secondary characters and the one with the greatest depth of character—“The years, stretching ahead of her, seemed empty, devoid of light or fun.Vera is certain the past, the history between these friends, is relevant, although her team are less convinced, but she is their boss and what she says goes. A group of friends have been meeting every five years on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) since their initial, school organised trip, as teenagers. In the present day, one of their number, a well-known journalist Rick Kelsall is found hanging from a vaulted ceiling. Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves' eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.



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