Raven Black

Raven Black

Shetland Island Series, Book 1

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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

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ValinOR14
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.

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matcat44
Oct 09, 2018

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

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beetlebaily
Jul 08, 2018

good read. Insp. Perez just starting out.

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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.

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zipread
Apr 20, 2017

Spellbinding. You simply cannot put this book down.

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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.

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randalljay
Dec 14, 2016

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

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reeread
Dec 11, 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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