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Wild Fire : The Shetland Series 8 - Ann Cleeves

Wild Fire

The Shetland Series 8

Paperback Published: 31st July 2018
ISBN: 9781447278252
Number Of Pages: 400

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Wild Fire is the eighth, and final book, in Ann Cleeves’ bestselling Shetland series – a major BBC One drama starring Douglas Henshall as Jimmy Perez.

Shetland: Welcoming. Wild. Remote.

Drawn in by the reputation of the islands, an English family move to the area, eager to give their autistic son a better life.

But when a young nanny’s body is found hanging in the barn of their home, rumours of her affair with the husband begin to spread like wild fire.

With suspicion raining down on the family, DI Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate, knowing that it will mean the return to the islands of his on-off lover and boss Willow Reeves, who will run the case.

Perez is facing the most disturbing investigation of his career. Is he ready for what is to come?

About the Author

Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook, and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.

Industry Reviews

Ann's characterization is worthy of the best writers in the field
Daily Express

Jimmy Perez is a fine creation -- Peter Robinson The best living evoker of landscape
Mark Lawson, Guardian

Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime
Sunday Mirror

The Quality of Cleeves' Writing Never Varies


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.



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ISBN: 9781447278252
ISBN-10: 1447278259
Series: Shetland
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 31st July 2018
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.5  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.55