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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,792 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie s innocence. Abigail s killer is still at large.

For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend--and of th
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pan Publishing (first published 2005)
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Jan 14, 2015 Noeleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telling Tales is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series and I loved this one as much as the first. Vera appears in this book much earlier than the first one. I still didn't guess the murderer in this one either, but had fun trying! The ending really surprised me in this book and although I loved the first book, I think I may have enjoyed this one even slightly better. Another well written, well-paced, engaging addition to the series. I'm starting to feel a little sorry for Vera, she appears ...more
Mar 30, 2017 Bill rated it really liked it
Telling Tales is the second Inspector Vera Stanhope mystery by Ann Cleeves. I had read The Crow Trap a couple of years ago and enjoyed very much, then got sidetracked by her Shetland series. Everything I've read by Ann Cleeves so far, I've enjoyed very much.

Telling Tales revisits a 10-year old murder after the woman convicted of the crime kills herself in prison and after a new witness comes up clearing her of the murder. Vera Stanhope is assigned to go to the Yorkshire village of Elvet to re-op
Bought this because I'm a huge fan of the TV series and love Brenda Blethyn in the title role of Vera. This is certainly a well crafted and solidly delivered police procedural but I didn't quite appreciate the author's "Vera Stanhope" if that makes any sense. To my mind she didn't have the warmth, humanity that brings the title character to life on the page.

Loved the setting and the well executed mystery component but to my mind it is the bleakness of the environment that is a wonderful backdrop
May 16, 2011 Sharonm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was having a bit of Jimmy Perez withdrawal after finishing the last of the Shetland Quartet, so I decided I needed to try another of Ann Cleeves' series. This book was actually the second in the Vera Stanhope series, since I couldn't get my hands on the first. It was a great book, with Cleeves' characteristic rich description of the setting and deep characterization. I feel as though I know the characters, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know Vera Stanhope better. In this book ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jan 17, 2013 Mary Gilligan-Nolan rated it really liked it
Loving this series with Inspector Vera Stanhope. I had previously read the Shetland Quartet (one further one was added recently) and had hoped this series would be as good, and it is. This is the second of the series, so far, I think there are six published. Ten years after Jeanie Long has been convicted for the murder of 15 year old Abigail Mantel, Jeanie commits suicide after being turned down again for parole. Then, a witness comes forward and gives Jeanie an alibi supporting her claim she wa ...more
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 04, 2015 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it
I first met Inspector Vera Stanhope on a television series on public television. I enjoyed the series so much that I had to read the books. This is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series. We don't see Vera in this book until about a third of the way through, but we are introduced to some truly unlikable characters before we do see Vera. I couldn't help thinking, "Hooray, finally a character that I can enjoy!" Vera has been called in to reexamine a case that was supposedly solved ten years a ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
2nd in the Vera Stanhope series, and a complete surprise ending. I may be terribly dense but I never even had an inkling 'who done it.' I'm a fan of Ann Cleeves and recently purchased the whole series. Have heard that British TV has filmed a series based on these books, would love to see that!
Oct 07, 2016 Geraldine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series, 2016
A decent and readable book with much to recommend it. 3.5 stars seems mean, because objectively, it's a very well crafted book. But it lacks that certain something to enable me to round up to a 4

I found it odd on a personal level, because it featured the Humber pilots. My sister-in-law's father worked for many years as a Humber pilot, from Spurn Head, thinly disguised in this novel. So, naturally, you'd think I'd be recommending this. However, she shares her name with the murder victim. In fact,
Louise Fligman
Jan 28, 2017 Louise Fligman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give it time and you'll soon be hooked

It took me a while to get into this book because it is a slow-burner. It doesn't have tense and thrilling action the whole way through like other crime novels, but I think that is what makes this series stand out. I like how Ann Cleeves not only introduces you to all the main characters, but gives you really deep information about them and their pasts. As I persevered, I became very intrigued, particularly after the first part of the novel. Tension and suspe
John Lee
Jul 12, 2014 John Lee rated it really liked it
A most enjoyable story. The authors style of starting the story in a very character based way is very similar to her previous book, The Crow Trap, is much to my taste.
As readers of my notes will know I am someone who tries to work out 'who-dun-it' before the denoument but the web was woven and covered so well here that I didnt have anyone in the frame, right up to the last chapter.

The TV characterisation of Vera, which I tried to avoid, just didnt work for me as Brenda Blethyn, fine actress that
Nov 13, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it

Anne Cleeves does write a very good story! This is a very good book, but not a great book. I do enjoy Anne Cleeves writing - she writes a complex story quite often involving events from the past and leaves you thinking many of the characters could have had a convincing reason for being the murderer. I did, at one point, think the actual murderer could have been guilty, but it wasn't until towards the every end of the book that I finally worked out she must have done it. I do prefer the Shetland
Ruan Peat
Feb 29, 2016 Ruan Peat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-loved
So much different to the first and again a great novel, found myself unable to put down the book until I had the killer, again it was someone that had been visible from the start who had been in and out of the frame but never seemingly the center, even as you get to the end you still have to hang on to your seat. For me this is turning into a modern mystery series and I get the same feelings of joy from the twists and turns as I have had from Christie and Sayers, with the addition of a modern se ...more
Linda  Branham Greenwell
The novel takes place in a small Yorkshire village on the river where men make their living as pilots and coxswains guiding big ships..
Ten years previously, Cleeves' narrator Emma discovered the body of her best friend, 15 year old Abigail Mantel. A neighbor Jeanie Long was convicted of the crime and has killed herself in prison after being denied parole. Now there's new evidence of her innocence.
Enter Vera Stanhope - a most unusual police inspector - to solve the case. Vera is a very interestin
Carol Jean
Jan 16, 2014 Carol Jean rated it it was amazing
Fascinating characters and atmosphere. It's long and complex, so set aside a winter day and curl up by the fire with endless cups of tea. You can switch to whiskey partway through in synch with Vera Stanhope. Lovely!
Deanna McFadden
Jul 27, 2016 Deanna McFadden rated it liked it
I enjoyed this mystery - and didn't wholly guess the ending right up front which was refreshing. Overall, it had a bit of the Law and Order-s to it, but I love the Vera Stanhope character. It was a very good cottage read.
Nov 07, 2015 Ayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uiteindelijk nog een heel goed einde, maar het verhaal komt zeer traag op gang en daardoor had ik ook niet veel zin om verder te lezen.
Sep 02, 2016 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Ann Cleeves and Vera Stanhope is quite the colorful character...
Dec 31, 2016 Wend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed the book much more than the first in the series, Having all but read the Shetland books by Ann Cleeves it's good to have another series of hers to enjoy.
Laura Garner
Mar 02, 2014 Laura Garner rated it really liked it
I'm loving the depth and complexity of this series, and I absolutely love Vera. She's real, solid, pathetic yet heroic.
Donna Irwin
Feb 21, 2011 Donna Irwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not read Ann Cleeves before but saw this new one in the library. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Great story, a few twists, and a good character in Vera.
David Kilner
May 14, 2017 David Kilner rated it really liked it
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Lisa Foos
May 08, 2017 Lisa Foos rated it really liked it
I was guessing the solution to almost the end, I like that. Cleeves was clever in her plotting and making the info gathered obscure enough but not maddening. I felt engaged to the very end.
Laura Price
Feb 11, 2017 Laura Price rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable Vera book. For me, the start was a little slow, but as soon as Vera turns up it starts to get interesting. Very readable and lots of lovely description of the setting.
Mar 20, 2017 Stina rated it really liked it
3 and a half to 4 stars. Pretty much because I felt it dragging a little at the beginning. Even though Vera appeared earlier in this one than in The Crow Trap, I still felt she was a distant ring-in as it switched from one to another, with Vera popping up every now and then. I was longing to see who really murdered Abigail but disappointed with who it turned out to be. I think it would have been better with Robert as the murderer. It made sense. Or even Emma herself. That is one screwed up lady. ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Katya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, a-cleeves
This was my first book by this author. Frankly, this was a total cover buy at first, but as soon as I started reading it I liked it from the first chapter.
The way the author described Emma (a young mother) in this first chapter was just so spot on, I could totally relate (it was like she was describing me). This made me connect with Emma instantly :)

The storyline:
the book is about an investigation of the murder, which happened 10 years ago. A young girl - Abigail - was killed and her father's gi
Oct 02, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it
Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope has been sent to the small village of Elvet to re-open an investigation in the murder of a 15 year old girl, Abigail, which had occurred a decade prior. Jeanie Long was the scorned girlfriend of Abigail's father. She was quickly tried and convicted of Abigail's murder despite claiming her innocence. Now a reliable witness has come forward that can confirm Jeanie's alibi. So who murdered Abigail?

Vera deftly inserts herself into the local community, picking up str
Mar 21, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves
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10 years ago Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of 15-year old Abigail Mantel. Now new evidence has proved Jeanie's innocence. But Jeanie commits suicide in her prison cell, unable to face the people who had believed her capable of killing a child. On hearing the news, Emma Bennett is haunted once more by memories of her vibrant best friend, Abigail, and by the thought that her killer is still at large. Now Inspector Vera St
Telling Tales is the second novel to feature Inspector Vera Stanhope. She's been called in to re-investigate a ten year old crime when new evidence surfaces that proves Jeanie Long, found guilty of the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel, was innocent. It's too late for Jeanie, who committed suicide after her recent unsuccessful parole review. Nothing makes Vera madder than discovering an investigation was botched and the killer is probably still at large so she and Joe Ashworth head to th ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it
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A full cast of characters, including the inimitable Vera Stanhope, fills this novel. Set in the village of Elvet in East Yorkshire, the story begins ten years ago, when 15-year-old Abigail Mantel is found murdered. As the teen had been opposed to her father's lover, Jeanie Long, living in the same house, Long was soon charged with the murder and convicted. Now, ten years later, there is evidence that Jeanie is in
Richard Thompson
Nov 17, 2014 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it
With this book we have run out of Vera novels. We still have a couple of Cleeves' Shetland mysteries left... we will have to check out some of her other titles.

In this one Vera has been brought in to work with the Yorkshire police to assess an old case in which a young woman was wrongly convicted of killing a teenager in a small coastal village. New evidence has come to light that proves that the accused woman couldn't have committed the crime, but by then the woman had hung herself in her priso
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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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