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Wild Fire

(Shetland Island #8)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  3,866 ratings  ·  486 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
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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.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
Fariba Arjmand
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
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.
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
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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.
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
Lucy Burdette
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ann Cleeves's Shetland series is probably my favorite mystery series ever written. So when I heard Wild Fire would be the last book, I waited a long time to read it. I hated to say goodbye to the characters, moody Jimmy Perez, his sidekick Sandy, and his boss Willow Reeves. Cleeves is a master with setting--lonely, wild Shetland reflects and affects the people who live there and the crimes they commit. As usual, I never guessed the murderer, though the pool of suspects was not large. Maybe becau ...more
Alison S
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great start to a new reading year. This was an excellent read and a very satisfying end to one of my favourite series. I am very sad that a series I have loved so much has finished. I will really miss the characters, but I think I will miss the Shetlands setting even more.
3 1/2 stars

I was sad to hear that this, book eight in the Shetland Island mystery series, was to be the last. But now having read it, the series feels complete, and it seems that Cleeves has run out of ideas to keep things fresh and interesting. Too much of this book is spent on shopworn aspects of the characters and their relationships. Jimmy thinks he’s too emotional and compassionate for this work. Sandy is portrayed as the dumb kid from Whalesy who more often than not “just doesn’t get it”
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

I am so sad that this is the last Jimmy Perez novel.

Daniel and Helena Fleming have recently moved to the Shetland Islands. They have bought a place that was foreclosed upon and remodeled it. It belonged to a farmer Dennis Gear who fell on rough times and lost the home. Daniel has been depressed since he discovered the body of the former owner hanging in one of the outbuildings just recently. But there is more to the story than that. Helena is the mother of an autistic eleven-year old son
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
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Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Wild fire” By Ann Cleeves, is part of the Shetland series and the inspiration for TV's crime drama of the same name. It is not necessary to have read the previous books, and new readers can jump right in without any problem. Each character is briefly introduced, and current scenarios easily reveal the previous books and relationships. Throughout the series, we have watched Jimmy Perez grow and change. He is now struggling with very big changes, as continuing characters should. We know the major ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incomers are not always welcomed with open arms when they move to the Shetland islands. Suspicion, perhaps resentment, surrounds the Fleming family when they purchase a croft from native islander, Dennis Gear. The sale of his property was motivated by financial problems. Daniel Fleming, an architect by trade, designed the beautiful addition to the original house. It's a perfect spot for the family to have a quieter life until Gear hangs himself in one of the outbuildings. Gossip, it spreads like ...more
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