Raven Black

Raven Black

Shetland Island Series, Book 1

eBook - 2008 | 1
Average Rating:
Rate this:
24
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: 2008
Edition: 1
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : Minotaur Books, 2008. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 854 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781429964371

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

b
beetlebaily
Jul 08, 2018

good read. Insp. Perez just starting out.

o
orange_lobster_23
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.

z
zipread
Apr 20, 2017

Spellbinding. You simply cannot put this book down.

r
ree86
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.

r
randalljay
Dec 14, 2016

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

r
reeread
Dec 11, 2016

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

t
TeresaWBrown
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.

c
conniedaugherty
Aug 19, 2016

I've been meaning to read this for a long time since it was recommended to me.

Briefly, a teenaged girl is found murdered in the snow. Everyone on the Shetlands is quick to point the finger at Magnus Tait, an old and rather feeble-minded man who was accused murdering a little girl a decade or so earlier. Jimmy Perez, the main detective, is a transplant to this main island and wants to pursue other possibilities.

I love the way Cleeves takes turns following several main characters' actions and thoughts; in the process, I grew to care about them and also itched to know more about each of them. It was also atmospheric, suspenseful, and well-timed.

I both read from the book and listened to the CD, both equally excellent formats.

coroboreefarm Apr 28, 2016

The television programme Shetland, Series 3 is currently airing on PBS television. This excellent show is based on an equally outstanding series of mysteries written by Ann Cleeves.
Raven Black is the first in the series. Set in the remote Shetland Isles, and featuring the brooding D.I. Jimmy Perez and his more approachable D.C. Sandy Wilson, these books provide extensive detail about the culture and landscape of the various isles of Shetland, written in context of intricately plotted and often shocking crimes.
Ann Cleeves is a masterful story teller. She uses atmospheric language and extensive detail to draw the reader into her dark and twisted plots and to her cold and somewhat claustrophobic landscapes.
The books in the Shetland series should probably be read in sequence to fully appreciate the character development through the story arc.

g
gloryb
Jan 27, 2016

Looking forward to read the next book in the Shetland series with Jimmey Perez as the DI in this Shetland community. An interesting plot as it concerns the deaths of 2 children - one 11 yrs old, the other 16 - killed 8 years apart. Why did the killer, assuming it was the same one wait 8 years? This novel has won an award for mystery.

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Skokie Public Library

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top