9 April 2013

Crime Fiction Alphabet 2013: A is for Ann Cleeves, DEAD WATER

Following a pattern established in 2012, my contributions to the Crime Fiction Alphabet in 2013 will feature authors or books that I have read recently.

And my contribution for the letter A is a book I have only just finished and reviewed, DEAD WATER by Ann Cleeves. I guess the A is actually featuring Ann herself rather than the book.

Some readers will remember that Ann is the author of the Shetland Quartet, four novels that centred around Jimmy Perez. Each novel is set in a season, and the series enedd with a terrible blow for Jimmy that left the readers gasping. But Jimmy is back as you'll see from my review.

Ann Cleeves has grown in stature in the crime fiction world in the last few years with many people drawn to her writing through the successful TV series VERA, featuring that very scruffy detective Vera Stanhope whom I've always thought was a bit like a female version of Reginald Hill's Andy Dalziel.

Check what others have chosen for the letter A.


Margot Kinberg said...

An excellent choice, Kerrie :-)

Scott said...

Sounds interesting.

Margaret @ BooksPlease said...

I love Ann Cleeves's books. I'm so glad she's decided to write more Jimmy Perez books (and I loved the latest one). Red Bones (with some alterations) has been made into a TV drama and there are more to come later this year.

I went to one of Ann Cleeves's talks recently - she's an excellent speaker and it was fascinating to hear how she first went to Shetland and came to write crime fiction set there.

Peter Reynard said...

I'm so woefully uninformed about modern mystery writers (not to imply that I'm all caught up on the older ones). I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a Cleeves book.


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