I enjoy Ann Cleeves' writing, find her stories compelling and complete, with a rare loose end ever to be found. Her latest release, Wild Fire, is planned to be the last in the Shetland series featuring the all-too-human 'inlander', Jimmy Perez. I think it a pity if this is to be the last because, like her character Vera, Jimmy has become a bit of a worldwide favourite who will be sorely missed by many – both on the written page and in the BBC One television series based on Cleeves' writing. A young nanny is found hanged, with the hanging secondary to what killed her; she had been strangled before being hung from a rafter in a byre on a property in the town of Deltaness. The home was redesigned and rebuilt after its previous owner fell on hard times, its byre also the site where that earlier owner returned one night to hang himself. Is it coincidence or is there a connection? And what, too, is the meaning of three scraps of graph paper bearing hangman symbols? Ann Cleeves weaves an intriguing tale around the family who employed the live-in nanny – was the husband having an affair with her? – and a broad cast of characters, including a high-functioning autistic teen boy and his sister. A further level of interest surrounds news brought to the island by Jimmy's boss and occasional lover, DCI Willow Reeves, who flies in to be senior investigating officer. In a way, the fact I can't tell you a whole lot about the book is, in itself, a bit of a spoiler, but a whole lot less than if I were to divulge much of the story itself. Suffice to say, it was a two-night read that kept me involved from the first page to last, and I believe this will be the case with the majority of readers. Just one thing: Despite the inevitable twists in plot, I felt Ann Cleeves telegraphed her story to a degree – but that might only be me. Even so, the enjoyment of her convoluted tale was never compromised. A grand yarn with great characters that will be appreciated by old readers and new.