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White Nights (Shetland Island #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  6,961 Ratings  ·  548 Reviews
The electrifying follow up to the award-winning Raven Black

Raven Black received crime fiction's highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.

It's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws an elaborate
ebook, 479 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2005)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.75* of five

This is the second Shetland Islands Quartet thriller, which marketing decision was a good one...calling these thrillers instead of mysteries sets up the expectation of a whacking good read though not necessarily the play-fair-with-the-reader puzzle-solver that modern mysteries are.

Cleeves writes wonderfully clearly and carefully about flawed, real, lovable characters in bad emotional states because of violent, evil acts disrupting their very ordinary lives.

The stories she te
3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4

I raced through the almost 400 pages of this second of Cleeves's Shetland series just like the first Raven Black. This is the kind of mystery I really enjoy - a regular cast of characters that we get to know over time, relationships that develop in each book and contribute to the dynamics of the story, a place that creates a unique atmosphere and writing that's in sync with the culture of that place. Cleeves's writing in these novels particularly strikes me as complet
May 16, 2016 Τζο rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εμείς που έχουμε φάει τα αστυνομικά με το κουτάλι κατηγοριοποιούμε τα μυθιστορήματα αναλόγως το σασπένς, την πλοκή και την περιοχή. Τουλάχιστον, εγώ αυτό κάνω. Το μυθιστόρημα αυτό λοιπόν διαδραματίζεται στο σύμπλεγμα νησιών Shetlands στην Σκωτία, ένα υπέροχο μέρος για ένα βιβλίο μυστηρίου, μίας και τα νησάκια αυτά είναι κάπως ερημικά. Βοηθάει πολύ ο καιρός και το φαινόμενο τον «λευκών νυχτών» οπού δεν είναι πότε σκοτάδι αλλά το βράδυ κυριαρχεί το λυκόφως ή αλλιώς το σούρουπο. Οι κάτοικοι των νησ ...more
Arielle Walker
Shetland must be one of the most desolately stunning places imaginable. A place where the sun never really sets in summer, and never really rises in winter - eternal light followed by eternal darkness, the perfect setting for an eerie crime-thriller.

Raven Black, the first in this series, balanced this setting perfectly with its plot. It was dark, nail-biting, atmospheric, gorgeous. I expected exactly that from White Nights but have to admit, was a little let down. It's hardly fair to say the aut
Tanja Berg
An uknown actor is found hanged in a small Shetland town. It turns out to be murder rather than suicide and dective Jimmy Perez investigates. Before too long another person is murdered, this time a young, local celebrity. We're in it for another "whodunnit". I desperately wish this would have been a good book. It's well-written, the murderer, when revealed, is a surprise and the atmosphere is bleak and wind-blown. The story completely fails to engage. There is nothing to engage me in the caracht ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This is the second book in the Shetlands trilogy. Following Inspector Jimmy Lopez and his relationship with Fran from book 1., Fran is displaying her art at a joint exhibition with local celebrity, Bella Sinclair, also an artist and Jimmy is accompanying Fran on her big night. A stranger, makes a dramatic scene at the exhibition, claiming he has amnesia and not knowing his name and then disappearing as quickly as he appeared. Jimmy has spoken to the man, but cannot get any information from him a ...more
Sep 06, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-series
4.5 stars
Second in this murder mystery series set in the Shetland Isles. Loved it just as much as the first and although a gentle and conventional read it must have had a fairly big impact as I can't get my head out of Shetland...and I've never been there!
Kudos to Cleeves for creating characters that feel so real and invoking the spirit of the islands in a compelling series of stories.
Oct 14, 2015 Ms.pegasus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Book two in the Shetland Island series opens with a curious scene. A man in a clown mask and costume is distributing flyers at the dock in Lerwick. Who is he? What do the flyers say? Why the theatrical garb? The questions arise because this is an Anne Cleeves mystery. The questions will quickly multiply in typical Anne Cleeves fashion.

Jimmy Perez is still developing his relationship with Fran. After six months he has finally taken a big step — a first date. Well, sort of. He has offered to escor
Sep 14, 2013 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 4-star
I very much enjoyed this book, as I did the first one in the series. I'm a prolific knitter and the culture and history of the knitting and wool in the Shetland Islands is of great interest to me; so the setting probably makes me biased to like the book before I even start.

I would love to visit and it gives a delightful taste of what the islands are like ( not so much the murders) but the erudite descriptions of the scenery and the differing lifestyles. It felt like a solid yet easy read. The n
Mary Grand
Aug 13, 2016 Mary Grand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
realy loved this book, addicted to ann cleeves books at the moment
Aug 31, 2012 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Raven Black last year though I don't think I ever reviewed it. I love mysteries, especially ones set in the UK, and so I was delighted to find this series. The mystery here was intriguing and I admit I was guessing until the end- a sure sign of a successful thriller in my opinion. It is hard to share too many details of the story without spoiling it, but the writing and characters are excellent and truly make the novel.

What I like best about Cleeves' work is that the Shetland Islands play
Jan 29, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scotland - NOT Russia

Mysteries are not my genre. The few I've started in recent years were written like TV dramas (stock characters and more action than nuance), so I've put them down. I picked this one for its setting and was pleasantly surprised.

Writer Ann Cleeves held my attention for two days as I followed Jimmy Perez on the mystery trail. Cleeves created excellent characters; people whom you'd realistically expect to live in the Shetland Islands. She has a good sense of timing, introducing
The second Shetland mystery by Ann Cleeves, featuring Jimmy Perez, a "Fair Isle Man" working in Shetland, still seen as an outsider. This story was OK, but not as good as the predecessor, Raven Black. A visitor to the islands is found dead, with the death arranged to look like a suicide. As in the previous story, Jimmy has to call in Roy Taylor, the Liverpudlian detective based in Inverness, and the rivalry between the two men and their detective styles is again to the fore. The story centers ar ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Shetland series sees strange behaviours at an art gallery followed by death. Jimmy Perez is back investigating the bizarre goings on, in a place where people deliberately keep to themselves and ignore what happens under their noses. Everything is linked to a man's disappearance fifteen years ago.

Another well written, enjoyable revisit to Scotland. It really does feel like a different country. Perez is an interesting lead character, with his quiet intelligence and Shetland
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Detective Jimmy Perez on Shetland Island. Det. Perez has a girlfriend, Fran, who is an artist. Fran and Bella are showing their art together - but very few people show up. Except one man does - and he falls to his knees and weeps. Det. Perez questions the weeping man - but he says he doesn;t know who he is and then manages to run away. The next day, the man is found hanging in a fishing hut.

The relationships between people are central to this book. The stories develop from the relationships. The
An enjoyable read but not quite as good as the previous book in the series Raven Black. The highlights of this book for me were the Shetland Island setting and the author's insight into how insular communities work and are affected by crime. I found the ending to be a bit abrupt though and perhaps not in keeping with the pace of the rest of the book.
Lewis Weinstein
I didn't finish this one. On page 172, the "big-city" detective arrives and observes "There was so much do do and these local guys seemed to think there was all the time in the world." My sentiments exactly. The pace is sloth-like. There is a story here, but I'm not going to know it.
Jun 03, 2015 Camilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just thoroughly enjoy Ann Cleaves' writing. Descriptive. Excellent character development. A good read.
Feb 13, 2017 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading the second book in this Shetland Island series and I loved it! Cleeves strikes a great balance between adding new characters and keeping certain characters running through both books. I was surprised by the ending and also enjoyed the love story that is developing. These books have a very strong sense of place (my favorite attribute in a work of fiction) and i feel like I have been on a trip when I finish reading them. Just started the third....
Jan 11, 2017 Helga rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
i didn't get how the detective came to the conclusion who the culprit was
Paul Curd
A guest at the opening of a Shetland Isles art exhibition breaks down in tears as everyone else looks on in embarrassed horror. Jimmy Perez, on his first real date with one of the artists, Fran Hunter, helps the man to his feet, feeling it is his duty as a policeman to do so. The man, who is English, claims to have no memory of who he is or why he is there. Perez thinks that it has something to do with the light, the fact that the sun never quite slips below the horizon even at midnight. Here in ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Recently I read Raven Black, the first in Ann Cleeves' Shetland series. Overall I enjoyed it, but felt the characters and setting hadn't quite lived up to their potential. For me it felt very much like a promising introduction to a series rather than an outstanding mystery in its own right. I don't usually like to dive straight into the second book in a series but made an exception in this case. I was delighted that my suspicions were correct and that I found White Nights to be a much more satis ...more
May 30, 2012 Larraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having recently finished "Raven Black," the first in the "Shetland Quartet" by Ann Cleeves, I decided why not just zip through the entire set. I'm taking a break with my next book, but meanwhile I've just finished this one. "Raven Black" took place in the winter, a time when days are short and nights are long and dark. Shetland is in the far north of Scotland, a place where people motor over to Norway for fun.

Jimmy Perez, the local detective, was introduced in the first book. Despite the Spanis
Child Deirdre
It has its moments where it is gripping but, on the whole, the story drags unnecessarily and half of the characters are daft. I think I'm going to give up on this series and stick to the fantastic BBC show.
Jan 01, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book in Ann Cleeves Shetland series, starring Shetland Island police detective, Jimmy Perez. I've seen the TV series based on the books, but I find the books different enough that they are still new and interesting. Ann Cleeves paces her stories very nicely, developing the story, developing the characters involved in the particular mystery. Perez is a folksy islander and has a nice way with his fellow islanders and his manner of investigation. I like that he is starting to get in ...more
Cathy Austin
Oct 21, 2015 Cathy Austin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally hooked on this series now. Just put the third book on hold. Cleeves is so good at rolling out the story I breezed through this in two days, nearly 400 pages. Detective Jimmy Perez is a bit distracted in his new relationship with Fran Hunter. She appeared in Raven Black, the first book. So, when a stranger shows up in Biddista, Shetland, at a gallery event, bursts into tears and then is found dead the next day wearing a clown mask Perez has his hands full of residents' secrets, mysteries ...more
David Zerangue
I certainly enjoyed reading this novel but I did not find it quite as enjoyable as the first, Raven Black. One of the odd things with this book was that the speed at which I read had a direct impact on the quality of the read. I found myself having to slow down to actually enjoy the story. A quicker pace resulted in my struggle to understand the flow. I do not think I have ever experienced this before in a book. Of course, reading difficult books result in re-reads because it is simply not compr ...more
Carol Rogers
Oct 09, 2014 Carol Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book of the series and the second Ann Cleeves book I have read. I enjoyed it a great deal, but not sure if I thought it was as good as the first.

We have the same main characters and the same island. This time instead of midwinter, we have mid summer - hence the white nights - and the time of year when people are unable to sleep due to the constant daylight.

We have chance meetings, the continuation of a budding romance, and a sudden death.

The plot seemed to flow in a disjointe
Apr 21, 2014 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not the page-turner for me that the first book in the series was. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about the Shetland Islands during the summer, when the sun slides low late at night only to start sliding up again in the wee hours.

These nights were present almost like another character. They affected visitors and even some locals in various ways - sleep deprivation, anxiety, and the induction of a kind of dreamy trance or other behavior that disappears come winter.

Events turn aroun
All in all, I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first book, but ... well.

I think it's ultimately the way the cases seem to be resolved that I don't quite get on with? I mean, I love these books as character studies, as books about the places and the people, with the murders sort of in the background, not really the focus of the books. But even so, for me the way the books meander around and then the resolutions are just presented as a neat narrative in the end ... it's just not entirel
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Ann is the author of the books behind ITV's VERA, now in it's third series, and the BBC's SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012. Ann's DI Vera Stanhope series of books is set in Northumberland and features the well loved detective along with her partner Joe Ashworth. Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands...

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