White Nights (Shetland, #2)
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White Nights (Shetland #2)

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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...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published 2009 by Pan Books (first published 2005)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
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...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
Colleen
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...more
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
Marie
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
Larraine
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...more
Jo
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...more
Louise
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...more
Christine
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...more
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
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...more
Sandi
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.
Susan Johnson
The Internet and cruise ships bring the outside to the formerly isolated Islands and with them come problems. An ousider, dressed as a clown, tries to stop people from attending a local art show. Why would he do that? Jimmy Perez has to discover why and as he does he unwinds the secrets in an old Island mystery that reveals more than one skeleton.
A wonderful read and the setting makes the story really come alive. I really like this series.
Bev
Second in a series concerning Inspector Perez on Shetland.

This takes place during the summer on Shetland when the night never really falls and the weather is actually warm. Perez is starting a new relationship and investigating a murder. The murders begin to multiply.

The writing is great and the plot twists and turns and the finale is really a finale.

Brilliant story and a great back drop. Satisfying read.
Liz
The second book in the Shetland series, White Nights takes place in midsummer, approximately 6 months on from the events of Raven Black, and is again set on Shetland mainland. By necessity, many of the characters from the first book make a reappearance here, including our central character, Jimmy Perez, his love interest, Fran, and colleagues Inspector Taylor and the hapless Sandy.

The murder of a strange visitor on the evening of Fran's exhibition opening causes something of a stir. Suspicion al...more
Heather
4.5 stars- White Nights is better than the first book because the ending is fair to the reader- it all makes sense in the end (I was nervous after reading the first novel, which had a cheap ending).
We already know a lot of the characters from the first book, so there is a greater depth of personality built up.
I strongly recommend doing a bit of simple internet research on Shetland while reading these novels, if you're not familiar with the geography and history of the area. Even having a map of...more
Kerry
I read the first "Shetland" book by Ann Cleeves, Raven Black, during a mystery reading binge in 2013. I picked it more because my mother's family originally came from Shetland and she and my father visited there a couple of years ago to try to track that family, rather than because I picked that book in particular. I enjoyed it a lot and planned to read more in the series eventually.

Then I got the chance to watch the pilot 2 episodes of the BBC TV series, "Shetland", based by the third book in t...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4:
Crime drama set in Shetland at midsummer. A stranger brings trouble to a small village.
Marsha
I really like this series by Ann Cleeves that takes place way up north in the Shetland Islands off the Scottish coast. The hero/detective, Jimmy Perez, is a quiet, soft-spoken Islander (Fair Isle) who is one of them - but not quite one of them. He always manages to solve the cases in spite of the incoming chief. Incoming from Inverness on the mainland, that is. To complicate matters in WHITE NIGHTS, Jimmy Perez must deal with the summertime weather - it never gets completely dark up that near to...more
Paula
I wonder how many others want to visit the Shetland Islands or at least Google them while reading Ann Cleeves' Shetland Quartet. White Nights is the second in the series featuring moody, broody Inspector Jimmy Perez who finds himself in Lerwick, part of the Shetland mainland and home to Bella Sinclair, world-renown artist. We find ourselves at an open house for Sinclair and fellow artist, Fran Hunter, who is also Perez' love interest after meeting during the first book in the series. It is now s...more
Michelle
In this second novel of the Shetland Quartet, Jimmy Perez has been building his relationship with artist Fran. Set in the near endless light of summer, they attend an art showing where Fran's work is featured in a small village, home of the well known artist, Bella. When a stranger at the show claims to have amnesia, disappears, and is then discovered hanging in an outbuilding of a local farmer, Jimmy begins to investigate while waiting for the team to arrive from Inverness. He finds a complex t...more
Sunnie
Oct 06, 2008 Sunnie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Reading Ann Cleeves is a little like being an addict. You very quickly become hooked as Cleeves
drip-feeds background information of her characters in very measured doses. And you have to pay attention. Miss one piece of this information and you might miss a vital clue.

The protagonist, Jimmy Perez is a quiet thoughtful man, familiar with the Islands and the people. His boss D.I. Taylor, who flies in from Aberdeen for major cases is the opposite. He is unable to sit still and has a bull-at-a-gate...more
Judy
This is the second book in the Shetland Island Quartet and it is a good follow up to Raven Black--the first book. That novel took place during the winter on Shetland Island and there were few hours of daylight each day. White Nights takes place months later during the summer and the situation is reversed. There is a saying in the Shetland Islands that during the summer "everyone is a little mad" because it never really gets dark. During an art exhibition in Biddista, a remote village, an English...more
Regan
The first of Ann Cleeves Shetland Island Quartet, Raven Black, was dark and moody, fitting it's mid-winter, far north setting with so few day light hours. I expected Cleeves second installment in the series to match, but there was a subtle difference in style, this time matching the off-kilter mood that overtakes everyone in the round-the-clock June daylight hours of Shetland.

I was more enamored of Detective Jimmy Perez in the first novel than the actual mystery, and I was glad to see that his c...more
Terri
Aug 19, 2008 Terri rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery lovers and those who like atmospheric reads
Shelves: 2008
White Nights follows Raven Black in the Shetland Islands Quartet, but it is not necessary to have read these books in order. I didn't feel that I was missing anything by skipping straight to book two.

I'm always curious about the titles of books and how they fit into the story. The phrase "white nights" refers to the constant daylight during the summer months in the extreme Northern hemisphere. Several characters mention the somewhat maddening and sleep disturbing effect that the lack of darkness...more
Janebbooks
Long white nights of a Shetland Island summer....

A summer house party at The Manse, a large house at Biddista, with its tall thin church window that lights up the staircase of its two storeys. A masquerade ball hosted by the artist Bella Sinclair, a native of the Shetland Islands. A photo of male admirers who surround the artist clad in her signature red dress.

But that was fifteen years ago. Ann Cleeves opens her second Shetland Island mystery WHITE NIGHTS at The Herring House gallery with an a...more
Peyton
The author's purpose for writing White Nights is to entertain the readers. The novel is suspenseful and thrilling while taking you on a journey of a mysterious murder. One night at a grand opening of an art gallery, a man was murdered. The book takes you through the process of finding the person that murdered him.

The theme of the book is you never truly know who a person is and what they are capable of doing. In White Nights the person who kills the man is someone that no one would have suspecte...more
Jennifer
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Ruthiella
The second book in the Shetlander Quartet, Inspector Jimmy Perez has another mystery to solve, when an “incomer” (non-Shetlander”) is found hanging in a fishing shed; was it suicide or murder? The book begins about a year after the first installation “Raven Black”. I hope Cleeves keeps this series limited to four books as planned, if only because the Shetland Islands are sparsely populated. Too many murders would verge on “Murder, She Wrote” or “Midsommer Murders” territory, where murder is almo...more
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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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