9 October 2017

Review: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, Ann Cleeves

  • format: Kindle (Amazon)
  • File Size: 2745 KB
  • Print Length: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (February 4, 2017)
  • Publication Date: February 4, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074FJVL9Z
Synopsis (Amazon)

Too Good To Be True is a gripping Quick Read from Ann Cleeves, featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the bestselling Shetland series.

When young teacher Anna Blackwell is found dead in her home, the police think her death was suicide or a tragic accident. After all, Stonebridge is a quiet country village in the Scottish Borders, where murders just don't happen.

But Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez soon arrives from far-away Shetland when his ex-wife, Sarah, asks him to look into the case. The local gossips are saying that her new husband, Tom, was having an affair with Anna. Could Tom have been involved with her death? Sarah refuses to believe it - but needs proof.

Anna had been a teacher. She must have loved kids. Would she kill herself knowing there was nobody to look after her daughter? She had seemed happier than ever before she died. And to Perez, this suggests not suicide, but murder . . .

My Take

Although it was published only recently, this short novel goes back into Jimmy Perez' past. The time frame is shortly after his fiancee Fran's death, his daughter Cassie is about 6 years old.

Jimmy has been contacted by his ex-wife Sarah about the death of a local school teacher. Jimmy soon learns that Sarah hasn't told her husband that she has contacted Jimmy, and that there is a lot she is not telling him.

A satisfying one-night read, which adds a bit to what we already know about Jimmy Perez.

My rating: 4.4

I've also read

mini-review RAVEN BLACK - Shetland #1
WHITE NIGHTS - Shetland#2
RED BONES - Shetland #3
5.0, BLUE LIGHTNING - Shetland#4
5.0, DEAD WATER  - Shetland#5
4.6, THIN AIR - Shetland #6
4.3, MURDER IN PARADISE - Palmer-Jones series #3
TELLING TALES (Vera Stanhope) #2
4.8, SILENT VOICES, (Vera Stanhope) #4
5.0, THE GLASS ROOM (Vera Stanhope) #5
4.9, HARBOUR STREET, Ann Cleeves (Vera Stanhope) #6
 4.5, BURIAL OF GHOSTS - stand-alone
4.8, THE MOTH CATCHER, Ann Cleeves (Vera Stanhope #7)

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