Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
A Thriller (Shetland Island Thrillers)

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When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find—or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman is fatally shot and Ann Cleeves's popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. As claustrophobic mists swirl around the island, Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.

This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.


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 September 1, 2009 by Minotaur Books. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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But Inspector Jimmy Perez (White Nights, 2008, etc.), a man who delves into past relationships as quietly but deeply as any psychiatrist, suspects foul play.

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In Cleeves's excellent third Shetland Island thriller (after White Nights ), Insp. Jimmy Perez investigates the shooting death of Mima Wilson, the grandmothe

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I loved how Cleeves subtly highlighted Jimmy’s genuine compassion and respect for Sandy as one of a human being - an equal able to manage the challenges at hand - without appearing overbearing to Wilson or treating him like a bumbling idiot.

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Reviewing the Evidence

DI Jimmy Perez is called upon to look into the matter, especially since Mima's grandson, Sandy, is Jimmy's colleague and found her body.

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