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Blue Lightning : Shetland Island Quartet Series : Book 4 - Ann Cleeves

Blue Lightning

Shetland Island Quartet Series : Book 4

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Last weekend I picked up a second-hand copy of Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None (originally titled Ten Little Niggers!). I hadn't read it since I was a teenager, and was struck anew by its tightly written genius. It remains a benchmark in the closed community mystery that is a bedrock under British crime fiction.

Ann Cleeves has reprised the genre, and added a dose of contemporary psychological tension in her fourth novel featuring Shetland Island detective Jimmy Perez.

Jimmy faces a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancee, Fran, to his parents. It's a community where everyone knows each other, and strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. With the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. Someone is driven to murder.

When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair, the islanders react with fear and anger. With no support from the mainland and only Fran to help him – Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way. He soon realises that this is a murder of cold and calculated intention. With no way off the island until the storms abate – Jimmy knows he has to work quickly. There's a killer on the island just waiting for the opportunity to strike again.

Ann Cleeves deserves her growing reputation as a thoughtful and intelligent writer of gripping mysteries. Blue Lightning is her best yet ...


As reviewed by Chris Bilkey in the May 2010 Booktopia Crime Buzz. Click here to see all of Booktopia's Newsletters.

Book Description

Shetland Detective Jimmy Perez knows it will be a difficult homecoming when he returns to the Fair Isles to introduce his fiancee, Fran, to his parents. It's a community where everyone knows each other, and strangers, while welcomed, are still viewed with a degree of mistrust. Challenging to live on at the best of times, with the autumn storms raging, the island feels cut off from the rest of the world. Trapped, tension is high and tempers become frayed. Enough to drive someone to murder...

When a woman's body is discovered at the renowned Fair Isles bird observatory, with feathers threaded through her hair, the islanders react with fear and anger. With no support from the mainland and only Fran to help him – Jimmy has to investigate the old-fashioned way. He soon realises that this is no crime of passion – but a murder of cold and calculated intention. With no way off the island until the storms abate – Jimmy knows he has to work quickly. There's a killer on the island just waiting for the opportunity to strike again...

About The Author

Ann Cleeves lives near Whitley Bay. She is best known for her Inspector Ramsay novels, set in the Northumberland she knows so well.

ISBN: 9780230746657
ISBN-10: 0230746659
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: April 2010
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.4  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.392