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Publisher's Summary

Three very different women come together at isolated Baikie’s Cottage on the North Pennines to complete an environmental survey. 

Rachael, the team leader, is still reeling after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Anne, a botanist, sees the survey as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace, a strange, uncommunicative young woman hiding plenty of her own secrets. 

Rachael is the first to arrive at the cottage, where she discovers the body of her friend, Bella Furness. Bella, it appears, has committed suicide - a verdict Rachael refuses to accept. 

When another death occurs, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope enters the picture....

©1999 Ann Cleeves (P)2018 Isis Publishing Ltd

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GREAT suspense!

Very well designed mystery! Only rarely do I find a mystery that keeps me guessing to the very end.
Well done Ann Cleeves!
Thank you

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Vera and Ann (and Janine!) have another fan...

Slow to start, but lovely. Just like a Scottish vacation with a mystery thrown in.

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love Vera

Vera comes into the story a little later than usual. Glad she arrived :) The voice of Ashburn seems not a great fit. Since I have watched the series, he is a much younger man so the voice doesn't seem to fit. Had to get my head around that. Still loved the story and as usual, had to wait for the ending to find out.

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too long and rambling

i have listened to all of the shetland series and thought it was excellent
this book was a disappointment all
around - too many characters - rambling story line - a lot of irrelevant background information- and an abrasive main character- will not read any of this series again

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Not the same as the TV series but still excellent

Excellently woven tale, building the story from multiple view points. Worth waiting for Vera's arrival.

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The Crow Trap

Very enjoyable. The characters were very well developed. The narrator excellent. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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No Vera Until More than Half Way Through

I now understand why this book has not been as available as subsequent Vera Stanhope novels. It just doesn't stand up. It was the first and it seems Anne Cleeves didn't even think up the character of the crusty female detective until she was well into the book. It is a fairly tedious story of 3 women (or really 4 counting the initial corpse) that goes on and on and on and on until Vera finally arrives well into the story, and she certainly isn't the fully developed character we have come to know and love in the following books. Frankly, I wouldn't bother with this one. But the narrator is great.

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Very good story

Took a while to get going, but once it picked up speed it was a great introduction to Vera Stanhope and her ways of detection. Excellent narration by Janine Burkett.
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Great book

I liked the story and I really liked the narration a lot. I don’t know why the author is so obsessed with Range Rovers but she mentions them over and over and over and over and.......

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Great listen!

Really enjoyed the storyline. Felt like I was being told a great story. Surprising humour in the character of Vera Stanhope. As usual Anne Cleeves’ character portrayals are on point.

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Pleasant surprise

Great story and good clear narration. I have seen some of the tv episodes about Vera Stanhope and they are fine but I enjoyed the book more.

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  • Chantal Noordeloos
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Goes on a bit too much

This book did not have me gripped. There was a little too much ‘tell’ and not enough ‘show’. The characters were somewhat on the dull side. The story is okay, but could use a serious amount of editing. There is not enough plot or character development and I struggled to keep concentrating.