Raven Black

Raven Black

Book - 2008
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The basis for the hit series "Shetland" now airing on PBS.

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.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780312359676
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 21 cm.


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ArapahoeMarieC Oct 30, 2018

The first book of the series which the BBC show Shetland is based. Very atmospheric and captured life in the Shetlands. The mystery was less dark than those that followed.

Oct 14, 2018

Hm. I didn't like this book as much as others did. I guess there were two reasons: 1) I figured out who the killer was immediately. That never happens with me! Never. However, I found it to be pretty obvious. 2) I found many of the phrases and words to be unfamiliar, which made it difficult to figure what was going on. This was not a problem with what the author had written, however, but my own problem of not knowing the meaning of certain words and phrases that are used in Scotland. When I read the next book, I'll make note of the things I've never heard of and look them up! The only thing I was able to figure out on my own was that sledge was a sled. How sad is that, snort?

On the positive side, I loved Jimmy Perez. On the negative side, it seemed like all of the other characters were doing things that were illogical. Like I said, I do plan on giving the next book a try, though.

Oct 09, 2018

A little plodding for me, I like the dvd series better.

Jul 08, 2018

good read. Insp. Perez just starting out.

May 03, 2018

the first in Ann Cleeves "Shetland Series", which currently numbers 8, introduces the self-contained, reflective protagonist Inspector Jimmy Perez, and residents of the cold,isolated Shetland town, Lerwick. Tears after the unsolved disappearance of a young girl; town residents are again stricken with the death of a teen whose body is found by the circling of ravens overhead. What follows is a pace-quickening journey exposing the inner-most secrets of the community to a surprising (for me, anyway) conclusion. A real page-turner from an author who doesn't show her hand until end game.

Apr 20, 2017

Spellbinding. You simply cannot put this book down.

Dec 29, 2016

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered near the village freak, it seems the crime is solved before the investigation begins. Shetland native and policeman Jimmy Perez soon discovers there is more than meets the eye. Fast-paced and gritty, and with an excellent sense of place. First in the Shetland Mystery series.

Dec 14, 2016

I enjoy her writing style and most of all the mood of this series. Always interesting characters.

Dec 11, 2016

Captivating atmosphere, setting and characters. Unexpected ending. If you're hesitating over reading it, don't. Go for it.

Aug 25, 2016

Uncomplicated character driven story that takes place in the Shetland Islands. Really liked the descriptions of the land and how it played it's own role in the story. Well written and recommend.

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