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Seelentod (Vera Stanhope #4)

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Alles beginnt mit einer ärztlich verordneten Abmagerungskur: Unter den schlanken Schönheiten im Wellness-Hotel fühlt sich Kommissarin Vera Stanhope ziemlich fehl am Platze. Erst als sie in der Sauna eine Tote entdeckt, kann sie ihre Fähigkeiten unter Beweis stellen.
Während ihr Kollege Joe Ashworth darum kämpft, Familienleben und Job unter einen Hut zu bekommen, genießt Ver
Paperback, 399 pages
Published 2011 by Rowohlt (first published March 1st 2010)
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Rachel Hall
Feb 16, 2017 Rachel Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is murder ever as much fun as when DI Vera Stanhope and her creator, Ann Cleeves, allow readers to ride side-saddle? Incomparable and uncompromising, devoid of airs and graces and forthright to the point of being blunt, Vera is overweight and unattractive by her own admission and radiates a "like it or lump it" robustness. Maybe that is part of her success as her whole embodiment catches people off guard for the very fact that she is contrary to what you expect a senior detective to be - basical ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Cleeves is a masterful storyteller who deserves a wider audience here in the US. (With an upcoming British TV production of the Vera Stanhope series coming, hopefully that will be rectified soon.) An award-winning author, she's penned absorbing psychological thrillers, as well as two exceptional mystery series. In Vera Stanhope, she has created a wholly original character. Vera is an unattractive, overweight, uncouth middle-aged woman who is also one of the most intelligent, cunning and ruth ...more
Trev Twinem
Inspector Vera Stanhope is played to perfection in the TV series by the wonderful Brenda Blethyn and thus I was interested in reading this book when offered on the kindle daily deal. Vera is not like other detectives who tend to have affairs and problem home lives. By her own admission she is large and shambolic with bare legs and blotchy skin and never wears makeup. There is a comical, even touching scene when Vera interiews the main suspect in the murder of social worker Jenny Lister, and ther ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable murder mystery. The primary characters were well developed, realistic and likable, and the setting gave the book a good atmosphere.

I am of two minds about Ann Cleeves' style. On one hand, I like the fact that she leaves you guessing until the end. On the other hand, the reveal is always so sudden and so late in the story that it is hard to really buy into the conclusion. I am always left wondering, did the inspector figure that out? I wish there was a little more
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Reetta Saine
Aug 29, 2015 Reetta Saine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dekkarit, 2015
Olen rakastunut Vera Stanhopeen.
Jul 14, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves
Vera Stanhope series Book #4

From The Book:
When DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once, it's a death from natural causes. But closer inspection reveals ligature marks around the victim's throat . . .Doing what she does best, Vera pulls her team together and sets them interviewing staff and those connected to the victim, while she and colleague Sergeant Joe Ashworth work to find a motive. Whi
Feb 17, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book primarily because I enjoyed the Shetland Quartet series so much by Ann Cleeves. I will admit that I checked it out of the library twice and renewed it twice more before I actually sat down to read it. But then, once I started reading, I devoured the book. Vera Stanhope has been ordered by her doctor to get more exercise and so she decides that swimming will be her medicine of choice. While at a local health club where she has a membership, Vera finds the body of social work ...more
Tanja Berg
Feb 20, 2015 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery, audio
Another solid delivery in the inspector detective Vera Stanhope series. The second installment according to information on the Swedish site I bought from, but the fourth according to goodreads. Not that it matters. To my chagrin more Swedish audio books in the series are available.

Vera finds a woman dead in the sauna at a hotel. It turns out it's a social worker. I enjoyed the unravelling of the yarn and did not suspect who the murderer was until the big reveal. I will definitely return to the
Aug 21, 2015 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid murder mystery, well crafted and an enjoyable holiday read.
First Sentence: Vera swam slowly.

It’s not every day a police inspector finds a dead body sharing a sauna with her in a hotel health club, especially when that body is of a murder victim. Vera and her team work to find a killer in a village filled with people, and their secrets.

From the very first paragraph, one is caught up in the author’s voice; her dry humor and the character. By the end of the first chapter, on is also caught up in the story.

There is so much one could say about the characters
Feb 27, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I continue to enjoy this series. This is number 4, and in it we are treated to more of an investigation into Vera and her sergeant, Joe Ashworth, filling out their characters and perspectives. Clearly Ashworth appreciates Vera's talents but is less than pleased at the demands she makes on him, seemingly without thought.

At the same time I got the sense that Ashworth's marriage was not made in heaven after all. H
Jaime Krause
I won this as an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. I'm not finished yet, and I expected some typos as it's an ARC (and the typos don't bother me) but I do have some other issues with the book.

It is very slow going. It has some great potential and I am interested in the story but the presentation is sorely lacking. I wouldn't watch the TV series just for that reason. Vera and Joe are not bad characters, and have minds that I enjoy delving into. The plot itself is dry.

Cleeves puts unnecessary dashes in
Jul 17, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This was the 4th book in the Vera Stanhope series and the first book written for the TV series. The characters were well-developed and we got more insight into Vera and Joe's thought process in solving the mystery. The plot was less convoluted and flowed to an ending that was full of surprises. As in all of Ann Cleeves books she holds her cards close to her vest and does not give much away until
the very end. I look forward to reading the next book in the series in August and would highly recomme
Sep 11, 2014 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
A solid British detective book. Vera is an interesting character. I'm still trying to decide whether I like her. She is a bit self-absorbed and her habit of referring to people as "pet" or "hinny" and the like got a bit annoying. Still, she is different, and I like different. I want to know more about her.

The book was well-written and plotted. I guessed the murderer correctly, but not because I picked up on clues, but because I chose an unlikely suspect. Not sure it all made sense to me. But I
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The book begins when Vera discovers the body of a woman in the sauna. Vera had started swimming in the morning per her doctors instructions - now her team will know that she is going to the gym :)

Vera immediately goes into super curious mode to discover everything she can about the victim - and everyone connected with her. It seems the victim was a child social worker and Vera begins looking at her cases. Secrets become known. Great character development; great story
A fun, old-fashioned "whodunit". The murders take place in a small village (think Midsummer Murders) with Insp Vera Stanhope & her team solving the case. This book isn't the best in the series but it's still a solid 3.5 star effort. A pleasant summer read.
Jan 23, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good - very sad story though! Only got half way to guessing the denouement. Once again, enjoyed the background details - she is very good at setting the scene.
Troy Lindeman-Wyner
Another winner by Cleeves. I just love Vera!
Aug 04, 2016 Marjan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect summer read!
Jan 22, 2017 Edith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
2 1/2 stars. This is the first Vera Stanhope novel I've read, though I have seen several dramatized. I enjoyed Ms. Cleeves' characters, especially Vera, who is overweight, something of a drinker, often grumpy--and a very intuitive detective. The series is set in Northumberland, which Ms. Cleeves describes beautifully. However, this particular outing was beset by repetition, and an almost incomprehensible plot. (However did Vera actually figure out the solution? Darned if I know!) The book ends f ...more
Abbie Lundberg
Dec 30, 2016 Abbie Lundberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the first book I read in this series (Harbour Street), it seemed to me that Vera Stanhope was written to be an intentionally unsympathetic character. This put me in conflict between the character and the author - I felt Cleeves was feeding negative stereotypes about both powerful women and overweight women, and this kept me from engaging fully. By Silent Voices, however, Cleeves has come to strike a better balance, keeping Vera's unique characteristics - her insecurities, selfishness, brillia ...more
Louise Fligman
May 27, 2017 Louise Fligman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully complicated case

The case in this book is the best one I have read out of all the Vera Stanhope novels. The opening chapter ended on such a cliff-hanger that I was hooked from then on. Although not a fast-paced book throughout, the tension gradually builds as more pieces of the puzzle are revealed. The last few chapters were so tense that I was on the edge of my seat with excitement and anticipation to find out the identity of the killer. When it was revealed, I was shocked beyond bel
May 26, 2017 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
Vera gets more and more interesting as a character: a curmudgeon with a soft heart for those who deserve it. In this book we get even more of her thoughts, with occasional hints at what Joe Ashworth is thinking and feeling, which makes their complicated relationship even more interesting. Jenny Lister's murder bring up an old case when Mattie Jones had drowned her little boy to get her boyfriend back. Jenny had been the social work supervisor at the time, had known Mattie as a child, and had bee ...more
Vic Van
Jun 03, 2017 Vic Van rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the character of DCI Vera Stanhope, but that is because I had watched several episodes of the television show before picking up the first book in the series. Thanks to that I see Brenda Blethyn before me all the time and she does a magnificent job impersonating the anti-social, unattractive but funny woman DCI.

This story is revelatory as to the relationship between Vera and side-kick Joe, and to the way they regard each other.

The main story is surprising until the very end.

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Selvianty Selvianty
Just like watching TV series. The case wasn't as complicated as I thought, Ann Cleeves had just throw us round and round to build the background. It was entertaining if you want light reading. No gloomy or dark settings, nor gore scenes. Just a standard police procedural. It came odd to me that the main character, the police chief, was not in a good relationship with her team members. Maybe Ann Cleeves had set it that way. The case background though was good. It's about social workers of sort an ...more
Jun 04, 2017 Readnponder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of the Shetland series and had the opportunity to hear Ann Cleeves at a recent author event. (By the way, she is delightful!) While waiting for my turn to check out "Cold Earth," I decided to try a Vera Stanhope mystery. "Silent Voices" was my first exposure to this middle-aged, overweight, mentally sharp inspector. I will definitely be back for more of Vera this summer. So glad that there is another Cleeves' series for me to enjoy.
DI Vera Stanhope finds the body of upstanding social worker in the sauna of fitness center, beginning an investigation into secrets and family tragedies that might rely a bit too much in coincidence but is satisfying nonetheless. Cleeves is in deft control of dialogue and characterization, especially Vera's loyal sergeant Joe Ashworth and a spot-on mosey neighbor.
Jul 18, 2017 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ann-cleeves
A fantastic Series of Crime Fiction - if you love Vera on TV, then you'll enjoy these .. the programmes don't follow the books to the letter, and there have been more than 7 Episodes shown. However, I think that the books are better .. you find out much more about Vera herself and her back story, plus her thought processes in solving the Murders. The team dynamics are also richer. Cannot wait for more, Book or on TV.
P.G. Harding
Jan 10, 2017 P.G. Harding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Loved the female lead character. Plot was quick and smooth with only a couple of spots where it was a bit slow. I really liked the concise writing style, not too much description but enough to provide good visuals. I'd give it a 4.5 if there was a way to pick that.
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