Raven Black by Ann Cleeves
Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet (Shetland Island Thrillers)

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Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.


About Ann Cleeves

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ANN CLEEVES is reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and was twice shortlisted for the Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black, the first in the Jimmy Perez series which also includes White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. Vera, the television show based on the Vera Stanhope series, is now filming its third season. It is available to stream on Netflix. Ann Cleeves lives in Yorkshire, England.
Published June 24, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Raven Black infuses a flawless blend of old-fashioned whodunit with a psychological element not captured as adeptly as Cleeves’ delivers effortlessly.

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The Bookbag

Summary: This novel won the Crime Writers' Association Duncan Lawrie Dagger for 2006.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Septuagenarian Magnus Tait is a loner in an area of Shetland where everyone seems to be a loner, despite the tight-knit community's insistence that everyone in it knows everyone else, and everything about them.

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Spinetingler Magazine

Ann Cleeves has been publishing excellent crime novels, mainly set in rural Britain, since the late 1980s, but it is only in recent years that she has begun to receive the acclaim that the quality of her work has long merited.

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John Baker's Blog

A couple of days later a young girl is found strangled in the field below the old man’s house and the islanders are all certain who the perpetrator is.

Jan 19 2007 | Read Full Review of Raven Black: Book One of the ...

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