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Wild Fire

(Shetland Island #8)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  7,334 ratings  ·  812 reviews
When the Flemings--designer Helena and architect Daniel--move into a remote community in the north of Shetland, they think it's a fresh start for themselves and their children.

But their arrival triggers resentment, and Helena begins to receive small drawings of a gallows and a hanged man. Gossip spreads like wildfire.

A story of dysfunctional families and fractured relation
Hardcover, 398 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Minotaur Books (first published 2018)
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Moirad No she wasn't. In the TV series, she is a teenager, but in the books has always been a child.
Dee Weaver Peter May's trilogy set on the island of Lewis is worth a read, and very similar to the atmosphere of the Shetland series.
Peter May's trilogy set on the island of Lewis is worth a read, and very similar to the atmosphere of the Shetland series.

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Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the last in the Ann Cleeves wonderful Shetland set series featuring DI Jimmy Perez. This is a shame because I have loved this series and this latest addition is brilliant. Helen, knitwear designer and her architect husband, Daniel, with their children, autistic Christopher, and Ellie, are recent incomers to the island, hoping for a fresh start from their busy London lives. However, in Deltaness, they have had the previous owner of Hesti, their home, hang himself in the barn and been gree ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

I have read some, but not all, of the books in the Shetland series. There are strands carried forward from books I hadn’t read, but it was easy to get up to speed. This book works fine as a stand alone.

The Flemings have recently moved to the island and their arrival has upset the locals. The prior owner hung himself in the byre and for some reason, they are blamed. I loved Cleve’s points about the herd mentality and how gossip spreads through the island like wildfire. Then, a nanny for another f
Diane S ☔
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shetland island has certainly seen it's fair share of murder and mayhem. A relative newcomer to the island, Helene, begins to receive crpyptic drawings of hanging men, a thinky veiled reference to the previous owner of their house who was found hanged in their barn. Soon after she shows the drawings to Perez, another body is found hanged in their barn, this time a young woman who was the nanny for another found.

This murder will bring, Jimmy, Willow and Sandy together for one final outing. A case
Veronica ⭐️
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, crime
This is my first Ann Cleeves novel and I seem to have come in on the tail end as Wild Fire is the eighth and final novel in Cleeves’ Shetland series featuring DI Jimmy Perez.

I did wonder if I would find the characters difficult to connect with coming into the story at the end of the series but this book can easily be read as a standalone. There were occasional references of past events however nothing that prevented me from grasping the storyline.

Wild Fire was an enjoyable, easy read featuring a
Life seems to designate our personal flame.

Some smoulder beneath the surface for eons. Some lend a spark that quickly is extinguished. And some set the makings of an eventual bonfire seen mile upon mile away from its original source.

Ann Cleeves sets the stage, once again, in the atmospheric wonderland of Shetland Island. Wedging your way into the confines of this close knit community is a steep challenge for newcomers. Helena and her husband, Daniel, have brought their family to a start-over ho
Leslie Ray
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the last installment of the Shetland Island series of mysteries. I tried to prolong this as much as I could as I really have enjoyed this series and felt like I really got to know the characters. The landscape that played so well into the mysteries, sounds so beautiful and makes me want to visit.
In this installment, the Flemings move to the island but misplaced resentment towards them manifests itself due to the suicide of the former owner. There is also a young nanny who works for a nei
Susan Johnson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
4.5 stars

I was so sad when this book was over because it is the last of the series. I don't know why the author has discontinued it because I love everything about it from traveling to the Shetland Islands, the characters, the Island traditions, and the mysteries. If you have not read the others in the series, I recommend that you do just because they are so good. This book can be read as a stand alone but, of course, quite satisfying to long time fans.

The Flemings have moved to the Shetlands
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Helena, her husband Daniel, and their two children didn't have the easiest start in their new house on Shetland. After they moved in the previous owner hanged himself in the barn, and the local community is not so welcoming. Helena has started to receive small drawings of a gallows with a hanged man. Then, their son makes a horrifying discovery out in the barn

Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
After having watched several episodes of “Shetland” on PBS, I have now had the opportunity to read what is the final book in Ann Cleeves Shetland series featuring Jimmy Perez. While I have read books in the Vera series, this is, somewhat ironically, my first of the Shetland. Jimmy Perez, the lynchpin in both media settings, is depicted in both as the compassionate, thoughtful man of the islands and people. The land and sea, nature itself, are characters and affect people’s lives on many levels. ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hold your family close. Hold their secrets closer..."

'Wild Fire' is the eighth and final book in the international bestselling Shetland series featuring DI Jimmy Perez. Although it's preferable to have read the previous seven novels to understand the evolution of the characters and their lives, it does actually work as a standalone too. I am a huge Cleeves fan and love both her books and the TV series' that are adapted from said novels.

One of the aspects I absolutely adore here is the setting.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mysterious, precise, and atmospheric!

In this latest novel by Cleeves, Wild Fire, we head back to Deltaness where DI Jimmy Perez finds himself immersed in the evidence collection and investigation into the murder of a local nanny whose childhood was marred by hardship and tragedy and whose recent past was full of unusual and strained relationships.

The prose is intricate and deft. The characters are flawed, complex and intriguing. And the plot is a compelling, well crafted, police procedural full
Roman Clodia
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How refreshing to read an old skool police procedural with realistic characters, a natural prose style and none of those ubiquitous 'twists'! I haven't read any of this series before (or seen any of the recent TV adaptations) but it's fine to drop in on what turns out to be the last of the series.

Cleeves cleverly updates the tropes of Agatha Christie so that here we have a closed circle of suspects, malicious anonymous letters, and a pair of murders. The ending isn't quite convincing but boy, I
Helen Howerton
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet, this one is. If you’ve been following the fortunes of Ann Cleeves, you know that “Wild Fire” is the final book in the Jimmy Perez/Shetland stories. Jimmy has decisions to make in this one, once Willow Reeves, the woman he’s been seeing, reveals some secrets of her own.

In the meantime, he’s got a murder investigation (and then another) to undertake. The first is that of a young nanny found hanged in a barn where an earlier hanging has taken place. Jimmy soon learns that she was the
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Slow to start, with some characters that seemed to me to be familiar from earlier books in the series, not intentionally, but just as “types” we have seen before. For me, these characters did not come alive as individuals as much as in earlier novels in the series, in particular four of the adult characters: the Flemings and the Moncrieffs. These are all caricatures straight out of Midsomer Murders. Perez’s ward Cassie seems to have become a bit of a burden for the author, and almost a victim of ...more
Sheila Beaumont
It was only in September of last year that I discovered this wonderful series, and now I have read the eighth and final book, which I am adding to my favorites shelf. It comes to a reasonably satisfying conclusion, but still I wonder what will happen next. Since I'm not likely to find out, I will probably give the author's Vera Stanhope series a try. But I will definitely miss Jimmy Perez, Cassie, and Willow.
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually it's 3.5/5 stars!

And with Wild Fire my imaginary journeys to Shetland islands alongside Jimmy Perez come to an end and I'm gonna miss both as I will miss Willow Reeves who came in late but I grew to like very much and wanted more of her relationship with Perez because I believe she suited him more and last but not least I'm gonna miss reading about sensitive and a bit insecure Sandy and I wish their adventures could continue for a while longer! I also liked that Fran wasn't mentioned so
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fitting tribute and farewell to Jimmy Perez. Having followed him and his cases since book one, this is the last in the series and there’s a very fitting ending although it’s a new start for many characters.

As for the case before that though. An interesting one. A woman comes to see Perez at home as she knew his wife, knows Cassie and has a problem. She moved to the village recently and now lives in a house where a man was previously murdered. Now that barn, the scene of the crime is the
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Sentence: Emma sat on the shingle bank and watched the kids on the beach below build a bonfire.

DI Jimmy Perez is approached by a Helena, a woman whose family are new residents on the island. She has been receiving anonymous notes with images from the game "hangman," and asks for Jimmy's help. When Emma, the nanny to the children of the Island's Doctor Moncrieff, is found hanged in Helena's barn, where the previous owner hanged himself, by her autistic son Christopher, Jimmy calls together
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-novel, shetland
I love this series, and was glad to get back to one of the books. Shetland, as it is called by who live there, refers to the entire archipelago and includes 16 inhabited islands. The TV series is wonderful but the details about Jimmy Perez, the police inspector who works out of Lerwick on the main island, are quite different in the books. The personality is very much the same - taciturn, self contained, compassionate, lonely, and a very good police inspector. But the details of his personal life ...more
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure if Jimmy Perez has run his course or if I had run mine, but this was my least favorite of the series that has dropped since shortly after Perez’s personal loss.

Mired in grief and guilt, he has trouble moving forward and even living in the present. It’s hard to hold up a series with a protagonist who is that stuck.

The plot and characters felt overly familiar and uninspired in this story too. Not bad, just a little limp all over.

I’ll miss Shetland, and I’ll miss Sandy, who grew on
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I almost hated to read this book as it would be the end of a fabulous series. Saying goodbye to these characters was a bit like saying goodbye to friends and family. Ann Cleeves certainly ended the series on a high note. As is Ann Cleeves usual habit she gave us suspects galore and a perfectly good reason for each of them to have committed the murder. She manged to keep us guessing until the very end. I'm glad to see that she has chosen to allow life to go on for the characters that we have come ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the final Shetland novel but only my first and I think if I had started at the beginning of the series instead I may have enjoyed this more. I couldn't quite immerse myself in the story. The characters didn't quite come alive for me and it was quite slow to start. It was a decent enough read but I think I went in with too high expectations. I do like the Vera books so I'm tempted to read these from the beginning and try it again at a later date. At this moment in time though it didn't qu ...more
Hannah Stewart
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
After much consideration, I’ve changed my rating from 5 to 3 stars.
*I have been through a lot of stuff whilst reading this book, my feelings about all that were taken into consideration and I have evaluated the book on its own, so this is an accurate review. *
I loved this book and was disappointed in it in equal measures. The characters felt different, forced somehow. A lot was made of the characters from other parts of the UK, not the Shetland Islands. In previous books, they would have been r
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
My rating is 3.5. I took away half a star because I identified the killer before the reveal and I had some minor issues with the Perez/Willow angst. I am sorry this is the last in the series but kudos to Cleeves for ending the series before it became trite or repetitive. I will miss the Shetlands.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sadly another end of series book. A little slow to start but soon picked up. Classic Anne Cleeves. So much better than the tv series.
Cathy Ryan
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Helena, a well known knitwear designer, her husband Daniel, an architect, and their children, Ellie and Christopher, are recent incomers to Shetland. They’re leaving behind a hectic existence in London and are hoping for a better quality and more tranquil way of life, but find some of the local community less than friendly. Christopher is autistic, a loner and ostracised by his peers. The previous owner of their new home in Deltaness, Dennis Gear, was found hanging in the barn by Daniel. He’d be ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Really only 2.5 stars but hated to give it only 2. It was a disappointing end to the Shetland series. It was obvious the author just wanted it to be done. The characters involved in the murder investigation were mostly unlikable and one dimensional. The recurring characters were only ghosts of themselves, not compelling at all. The series went on too long, but it deserved a better sendoff.
Chris Conley
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, a great mystery. I was so sad to see it was the last one. I will miss these books a lot.
Tanja Berg
I listened to this installment in the Shetland series. I am not entirely sure why I keep reading, the cast of the usual characters don’t appeal to me much. The latest development in detective Jimmy Perez’ private life is interesting though.

The murdered girl is a nanny, found hung in a barn. She’s not the only one to have died there, although the first clearly was a suicide. The plotting is clever, I had no inkling toward the culprit.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Wild Fire – Ann Cleeves at her best

With Wild Fire being the last in her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves has once again given us a master class on how to write crime fiction. Her writing is evocative, deftly building up the characters, and every book in this series was better than the last.

With her words Ann Cleeves paints pictures that bring The Shetland Isles to life, that are atmospheric, and the fog does help that, but it helps set the Shetlands as an intriguing and isolated location. It also sh
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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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