The Long Call
In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father’s funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the ...more
You know the long call is the most complex vocalization of GULL’s repertoire can be heard year-round in mostly served as aggressive signals! So the GULLS SCREAMING, metaphoric WAKE UP CALL because this heart-wrenching, dark, twisty, nerve-bending story taken place at North Devon, people liked to act like THREE WISDOM MONKEYS!
They see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil because their reputatio ...more
British author, Ann Cleeves, has brought to life a very fine new character in Senior Detective Matthew Venn. He is not your typical drunken, wise ass detective. Instead, Cleeves has given us a compassionate and introspective mind. Matthew is a senior investigator who is unsure of himself when leading his evening briefings with his team, unbeknownst to them, which is very endearing. Also to my liking is the way Matthew’s m ...more
I have read 1 other book by Ann Cleeves, "The Crow Trap" which is book 1 in the Vera Stanhope series. I gave that book 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because it moved very slowly at times. This book moved along well and held my interest. The characters were believable and I was not sure who did what until towards the end, The DI(Detective Inspector) in charge of a murder investigation is Matthew Venn. He is a gay man married to Jonathan, head of The Woodyard, ...more
The new series opener from the prolific crime writer Ann Cleeves establishes the foundation for another enthralling series, that I'm sure will receive many justified accolades. The Long Call builds wonderful depth to a location, a community, multiple complex characters and a plot with enterprising threads that continuously surprise.
DI Matthew Venn is the main character and will lead the investigation of a man found murdered on the beach at Crow Point. The area is situated where the ri ...more
Cleeves has developed a great set of characters here. Our main character, Matthew is a DI in Barnstaple. He’s smart, a complex thinker, a loving and loved man in a healthy relationship. The story starts with Matthew watching from afar the funeral of his father. He’s left the evangelical church he grew up in. It soon becom ...more
My first Ann Cleeves did not disappoint. I am already anticipating the next installment to this all new, Two Rivers, series and it hasn't even been announced yet.
You know that's a good sign and seriously, though, when is the next book coming?
I was so pleasantly surprised with this. By far the best traditional Mystery I read in 2019.
It is obvious from the first pages that Cleeves is a veteran Mystery writer.
Following Detective Matthew Venn an ...more
The Long Call is a one of those murder mysteries that clicks all the boxes for me. The characters have depth and are likeable (though ...more
An interesting case that unravels many different threads, uncovering multiple layers that will drag others into its net. Really, Cleve has the enviable knack of conjuring atmospheric reads and characters with fas ...more
On the day of his father's funeral, Detective Matthew Venn receives a phone call informing him of a dead body on the beach. A man has been stabbed to death. Who is this man? Why was he killed? Who is responsible?
Running alongside this investigation is the story of an elderly man who is living with his daughter with downs syndrome. He is being urged to give her more independence and make ot ...more
DI Matthew Venn had been secreted behind the tall bushes near the church. It was to be his father's funeral for the invited. Matthew had been disowned by his family for his lifestyle and his marriage to Jonathan. But there was to be no closure for Matthew on that day or for a ...more
North Devon - A dead body is found and Inspector Matthew Venn and his two detectives are on the case; one who tries his patience daily and the other the best he's ever worked with.
The murder mystery is a good one, multi-layered with quite the cast of diverse characters, but none of them really stood out to steal the show or retain my interest enough to continue on with the series.
A bit slow-moving (for me) UNTIL the last qu...more
There are a few things you need to know about Venn as they inform his character & how he conducts himself. His mother & father belonged to a strict evangelical community & he did too until the day he no longer believed in God. And it ...more
Our main detective, Matthew showed strong morals and deep compassion for all the victims he encountered, especially those with diminished mental capacities. The plot unfolded at a non-hurried pace but was still fast enough to keep me interested. I felt if the conclusion were more concise, it would have been a five star read for me.
I recommend this ...more
'Christine Shapland. Gentle soul. Down's. Very quiet. A bit shy. She just seemed to disappear.'
'Sorry. I haven't seen her since last week.' Gaby thought Jonathan had come to the studio to escape the panic in the rest of the b ...more
Ann Cleeves is well known for her popular Shetland Island mystery series, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez and her Detective Vera Stanhope mystery series, set in northern England.
This book starts a new series for Cleeves, set in North Devon, and featuring police investigator Matthew Venn.
Detective Inspector Matthew Venn of the North Devon police grew up in a family that belonged to a small, strict religious sect called the Barum Brethren.
Matthew rejected the order's beliefs when h ...more
I have once again bucked the tide of wonderful reviews for this book and found that it was just too slow moving for me. I do appreciate the time and effort this author put into the story of a small town and a man who was murdered and her descriptions of the various characters, but for me there was not enough zest to the story to keep me totally involved.
So, sad to say I will not be continuing this new series, but I do encourage everyone to take a look at the oth ...more
Years ago Detective Matthew Venn left the church he grew up in, which also meant losing his family as well. He is now in charge of a murder investigation that is hitting close to home. His past and his present seem to be on a collision course which might make solving this crime more difficult tha ...more
It is Matthew whom we see in the opening scenes hovering at the fringes at his father’s funeral. He was raised in a conservative fundamentalist religious sect, the Brethren. Now he is an outcast, not only because he has reject ...more
Detective Matthew Venn is outside the church where the funeral is taking place for his estranged father. His father was part of a strict religious community that Matthew had left a long time ago. Just as he's about to leave, he receives a phone call about a death in his area. A body has been found on the beach. Then a disabled girl goes missing.
This new series is set in Devon. We are introduced to a new set of characters who each bring different qualities. Matthew Venn is the new le ...more
Detective Matthew Venn is new to his job, estranged from his family and is newly married. Matthew is standing outside of where is father's funeral is, when he receives a call. A call telling him that a body was found on a nearby beach. The victim was stabbed, has no ID and no witnesses.
Matthew, Sergeant Jen, and Constable Ross are on the case. These three make a great team. The se ...more
I enjoy the Shetland series in which the beautiful and som ...more
Matthew is conflicted in how he feels about his home community, but a case where a man is stabbed to death draws him right back in.
Ann Cleeves has an insightful way of layering her characters. I definitely liked Matthew and his vulnerability and want to follow more of his story. He’s also brilliant and I loved that. The Long Call is a story you can ...more
As the investigation moved forward, Venn, ...more
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