Raven Black

Raven Black

Book - 2010
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When a teenage girl is murdered in Shetland a veil of suspicion is thrown over everyone who knew her. While the police are investigating, residents look at each other with unnatural suspicion and fear.
Publisher: London : Pan Books, 2010, c2006.
ISBN: 9780330512947
Characteristics: 389 p.


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Apr 20, 2017

Spellbinding. You simply cannot put this book down.

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.

Dec 14, 2016

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

Dec 11, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

Aug 25, 2015

The first book in the Shetland Series. I couldn't wait to read the rest of the series!!
Now one of my favourite series.
The story is always tight and interesting; great characters and I enjoy the Shetland setting thereby learning a little more about the islands and the lifestyle.
I highly recommend all Ann Cleeves books.
Shetland series (BBC ) can sometimes be seen on PBS.

May 19, 2015

I decided to start this series on the strength of a review of a later book in the series. I'm glad I did. The solution to the murder was completely off my radar screen, but believable. It's not often that a writer manages to totally twist the plot so well. The characters were drawn from life--not likeable, but she got into their heads completely. The writing and plot were excellent as well. Cleeves does word pictures, so that you are there looking at them.

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