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(Vera Stanhope #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  6,962 ratings  ·  731 reviews
Tuntud inglise krimikirjaniku Ann Cleevesi «Vareselõks» on raamat, millega sündis ülipopulaarse telesarja «Vera» kangelane politseiinspektor Vera Stanhope. Kolm naisbioloogi viivad Põhja-Inglismaa mägedes üksildases kohas paiknevas välibaasis läbi keskkonnauuringuid. Kõik nad on värvikad isiksused ja kõik nad teavad nii või teisiti, mida tähendab reetmine… Ja siis leitakse ...more
Paperback, 461 pages
Published 2018 by Varrak (first published 1999)
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Jonkonfui This book is nothing like Agatha Christies works. The crime is just a secondary thing and the explanation of it "all" is ridiculous and absurd (it…moreThis book is nothing like Agatha Christie´s works. The crime is just a secondary thing and the explanation of it "all" is ridiculous and absurd (it only takes 2 pages to explain the whys and the hows)
This is not a crime novel and it is a sin to compare it with Christie´s books
julia davey I first read The Moth Catcher which is the latest in the Vera Stanhope series, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read more starting with the…moreI first read The Moth Catcher which is the latest in the Vera Stanhope series, I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read more starting with the first in the series, I didn't find reading the series out of order a problem(less)
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Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and gee it was good! I very much enjoy the TV series based on these books and I have to say that they chose really good actors to represent both Vera and Joe. As I was reading I could just visualise them saying the words.
Such a good book - 535 pages but all of them so good that I seemed to be finished in no time. I always find that with a really good mystery I just never want to put it down and this is a really good mystery.
So good in fact that
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My first introduction to author Ann Cleeves and her protagonist Vera Stanhope did not go well.

The book first delves into the lives of three women who are sharing temporary quarters while conducting an environmental assessment prior to digging a quarry. One of them is killed. Each woman was given a lengthy chapter. Vera shows up officially to investigate at the start of Part Two, about halfway through. The book is overly long at 535 pages and generally plods along to the conclusion.

I checked revi
The Hook - Begin at the beginning, that’s my motto when it comes to most series mystery fiction.

The Line(s) - ”The rich onion flan might have come out of the freezer but Barbara had cooked it before it went in. It was topped with tomatoes and Parmesan and latticed with anchovies and olives. “
The above lines may seem strange to quote but I was intrigued by this dish intrigued me. Searching for a recipe I saw a latticed anchovy-onion tart, but flan it was not. If anyone has every heard of this or
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
"I expect you think I'm odd...Eccentric...That's not the case, and if I do have a reputation for eccentricity, I have one too for getting results."—Vera Stanhope

I attempted to read a physical copy of this book, but couldn't get into it. I knew that I just had to get along with Ann Cleeves, because I'm such a huge fan of both television series based on her books. So I decided to jump into the audiobook, and it was perfect! I chose to start it on a solitary road trip into the quiet of the forest.
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British mystery fans.
Shelves: giveaways, uk-crime
This is book 1 in the series. I enjoyed it and rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a long book, 535p., and moves slowly at times, while the author builds the scene. The book is told from the perspective of 4 women:
Rachael--1 of 3 women conducting a wildlife assessment to determine whether or a quarry would kill off any protected plants/animals. She has issues with Peter Kemp, whose company is running the assessment. Peter had an affair with her in order to steal her work. He then dumped her and ma
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I watched Vera on tv a few years ago and enjoyed that too. Now that I’ve read the book, I think the tv series did the book justice. I enjoyed the different POVs of the 4 women. It did seem a bit too long especially in the central section, not that it put me off. Will probably continue with the series at some point.
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Crow Trap is the first in the Vera Stanhope series by Ann Cleeves and one of the books in the series that the hugely popular ITV television show Vera is based upon. The extremely talented Brenda Blethyn is excellent playing the role of Vera in the TV show and it’s definitely worth a watch.

If you enjoy English murder mysteries, this is an extremely well written, engaging read and a great start to the series. Although over 500 pages long, it doesn't feel like it as the writing reads easily an
This is the first Vera Stanhope novel. It took a long time to get the the point when Stanhope enters the story which is my reason for 4 stars. There are characters who hide their past and even their identity. There is an early suicide which leads Vera to investigate hidden links between characters. The setting is the North Pennines which are in County Durham, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Cumbria.
Vera's backstory in the book varies somewhat from the TV series. And although she is not a fash
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read many good reviews about this author, so being a lover of British mysteries, I decided to give her book a try. Well I was not disappointed, what a great read! This is the first novel I had read by Ann Cleeves and it won't be my last. It is also the first book in the Vera Stanhope detective series. She is not even introduced until you have read 2/3 of the book but the other characters are so fascinating that you don't even notice. Before I had even finished this book, I ordered the seco ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
As a long time fan of Ann Cleeves Shetland series does it feel a bit odd to admit that it has taken me this long time to read a book from her Vera Stanhope series. Especially since I have seen the TV series and like it very much. But, I'm a bit grateful for waiting for this gave me the opportunity to read the first book in the series.

I found THE CROW TRAP to be a bit different from the usual crime novels. Of course, I'm used to books with several different points of views, but this book starts o
Rachel Hall
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Crow Trap has the indomitable Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope in fine fettle, once against unsettling all and sundry in her presence. Although it is not until over two-hundred-pages into the novel that she becomes known to the guests at remote Baikie Cottage, bringing with her a brash demeanour and distinctly unfeminine appearance, she more than makes up for her late entrance. Originally published in 1999, this is a timeless case with a host of suspects confusing matters and keeping reader ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What a drag this book was! I have fallen in love with the tv series starring Brenda Blethyn and I was so excited to start a new mystery series. Now of course I am wondering if I should even bother with the second book in the series, "Telling Tales." As other reviews have noted, Vera doesn't even show up in this book til the 40 percent mark (Kindle version) and then we don't even get a Vera POV until I think it was around the 75 percent mark. Instead we focus on three women and go back and forth ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves.

This is the 1st in the Vera Stanhope series. This book is divided into sections describing in detail 3 women: Rachel, Anne and Grace. These 3 women are connected by their endeavors in an environmental project. They are all naturalists and educated, but there's so much more to their backgrounds and what brought them together in the first place.

The story begins with Rachel discovering Bella had committed suicide. Shocked by this tragedy she is interviewed by the local
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tanja Berg
For some reason I've been reading the DI Vera Stanhope books utterly out of order. I've also seemed to think it was impossible to place an order for them, I've just bought and read them as I've found them. So now I happened on the first.

Three women - Rachel, Anne and Grace - are together in an isolated cottage doing an environmental study. It regards whether there are any particular environmental reasons not to expand a quarry. The story is told through each of the women's point of view. It sta
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well I finished The Crow Trap in the end, partly because after the character of Vera Stanhope (inspector) was introduced the pace picked up a little. For my taste there were too many unlikeable characters swirling in a morass of damaged interpersonal relationships; absent, obsessed &/or alcoholic fathers, sibling rivalry &/or manipulation, suicidal mothers and others. I also felt that Vera’s character was a bit of an attempt at a female version of Inspectors Frost (R. D. Wingfield), Dazi ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challenge, crime
This book introduces possibly the strangest police officer in fiction: Inspector Vera Stanhope. Middle aged, loud, and, in some ways, extremely common, Vera also has a sharp mind and an instinct for murderers.

In "The Crow Trap" a woman hangs herself, and another young woman is find strangled near by. Is there a link? Is it murder and suicide, or could it be two murders? Vera is intent on finding out.

Well written, well plotted and a thoroughly absorbing read.

Highly recommended.
Sharon Mensing
This, the first of the Vera Stanhope mysteries, could have benefited from a little editing. At over 500 pages, with Vera not even appearing until after the first 200 pages, it was overlong. In the book, three women come together to investigate the possible effect on wildlife a new quarry operation would have. They, as well as Vera, are from the area and the plot swirls around the various relationships of members of the community. The complicated plot sorts itself out at the end of the book in a ...more
Simply brilliant.
This is a detective mystery which follows the police procedural rules in some ways but not in others which gives it an edge over other books in the genre.
That is a bit of a vague statement but I don't want to give anything away and I honestly can't quite put my finger on exactly what it is that makes it appeal to me so much.
I love the English setting and it's love of the countryside.
I love Vera who is the main detective.
I love the depth of all the characters involved in the myst
3 1/2 stars

I've been eager to read this first Vera Stanhope mystery novel for a while now based on how much I love the tv series, so when a group I belong to here on GR picked it for the March group read, I thought now is the time! True to Ann Cleeves' writing style, this focuses as much on character development and on painting a picture of the landscape as it does on the murder mystery.

These mysteries take place in Northumberland, England on the border of Scotland. In this story, an environment
I have loved the series Vera for a long time. but now I finally got around to reading the first book in the series. I really enjoyed it, not only because I love the character of Vera Stanhope but because it gave me so much more than the tv show.

Vera really isn't even in half the book. The characterizations of the women working on the environmental project are very in depth and gives a greater sense of the players involved as well as the murder victim(s). I was surprised how much STORY there was
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was my first outing with Hoopla via my local Public Library. I was excited to discover this title on Hoopla (it wasn't available in audio elsewhere via the Library) & be able to download the e-audiobook version directly to my iPod! I have watched the TV series, "Vera" avidly & love Brenda Blethyn in the title role. It was interesting to read the book & discover that she had played the role very true to the character as written by the author. The tale unfolds slowly with lots of ...more
Paul  Perry
3.5 stars

After a wonderfully evocative opening and first few chapters, I found that this first book in the Vera Stanhope series became rather bogged down in social minutiae, and at times was something of a slog.

Despite the generally high quality of the writing and, especially, a deft touch at drawing characters, for much of the novel I was struggling to care, and barely managing not to skim.

Strangely, all the characters were suberbly constructed - except Stanhope herself, who I found rather broa
First thing to say, I've read and very much enjoyed Ann Cleeves' books before. Second thing, I've not seen the television adaptations, so my views aren't coloured by these.

If this had been my first Ann Cleeves, it might have been my last. She writes well, but in this instance could have benefitted from some serious editing. This is not a story that merits 550 pages.

It's a slow burn. Almost half the story is taken up in introducing the plot from the standpoint of the three environmental scientis
Mike Sumner
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't often do things back to front but here is one such case. I enjoyed the Vera Stanhope series on TV and when I came across 'The Moth Catcher' in Waterstones I bought a copy and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is number seven in the series. I took a step back and read number six, 'Harbour Street'. Both copies were liveried in the TV tie-in covers and when the remaining five were so issued I jumped in and bought the lot. I like book covers. So here I was, ready to read this the first in the seri ...more
Hmmm... How to rate and review this one? There was nothing that I hated about it but nothing that was exceptionally compelling to read either.

This book took me forever to read. It was one of the ones that I kept reading, and reading, and reading and never seeming to get any closer to the end. At times, I forgot what the mystery was about; I forgot the plot line and had to read the blurb to remind myself it was a murder mystery.

But at the same time, I kept reading and reading. Again, nothing to
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a different mystery writer. I enjoyed it very much. I had seen a couple of episodes of the TV series, Vera previously and Ann Cleeves had received some recommendations from my goodreads acquaintances. So I finally got the first book and took the time to read it. Quite different from the series which is, of course, Vera-centric. In the book, you don't really meet Vera Stanhope until about half way through and she is almost peripheral as we explore the other women's lives and the events ...more
There are a several reasons why I chose to read this book:
1. It was on offer (often a deciding factor for me)
2. I like thrillers and mystery/detective stories
3. It's the first in a series (always a good place to start)
4. I enjoy watching the TV series, Vera, which is based on this series of books
5. It features a character called Rachael

And now after finishing this book, I'm questioning my choice. It was slow in places and there was quite a lot of detail that could have been cut. ✂
Sometimes, wit
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Giving this five stars despite several errors (spelling, wrong homonym, etc) that I found...often that will annoy me enough to stop reading, but the story was of the variety that was simply difficult to put down. First case involving Inspector Vera Stanhope, and in this book we actually don't even meet her until halfway through the book. Initially the story is told from the viewpoint of each of three young scientists, women staying at a remote rural cabin to do scientific research counting plant ...more
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Rachael discovers the body of her friend Bella, it appears that she has committed suicide - but Rachael finds it impossible to accept.
It is only after the next death occurs that a fourth woman enters the picture - the unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope . . .

This is the first book in the Vera Stanhope series and coincidentally my first introduction to the character too.

The first part of the book is told through Rachael, Anne and Grace points of view, these three women having co
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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...


Other books in the series

Vera Stanhope (8 books)
  • Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, #2)
  • Hidden Depths (Vera Stanhope, #3)
  • Silent Voices (Vera Stanhope, #4)
  • The Glass Room (Vera Stanhope, #5)
  • Harbour Street (Vera Stanhope, #6)
  • The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope #7)
  • The Seagull (Vera Stanhope #8)
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