Winner of Britain’s coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to mystery readers.
Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus.
The novel started very well, I enjoyed the different POV and the sense of place ...more
2017 UPDATE The Shetland TV show version of this book isn't terribly faithful as adaptations go, but it certainly managed to retain the awful, uneasy undertones. And it's beautiful to look at.
Rating: 4.5* of five
The Publisher Says: Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for ...more
The Line - ”The devil makes works for idle hands.”
The Sinker - This is definitely not a fast paced mystery but a slow burn that interested me just enough to consider ...more
Leading the local police is Jimmy Perez, whose family (despite their name) are long time residents of ...more
She was his treasure, the raven in his cage.
----Ann Cleeves, Raven Black
Ann Cleeves, the award-winning British crime author, penned her first book in the Shetland series called, Raven Black , which later went on to win the The Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in the year 2006. Raven Black cannot be compared to atypical crime novel, instead, this book promises us with a mystery that will only pull us more into its darker side, and ...more
Symplistic/trite writing, lackluster characters (and characterization) and no sense of descriptive place (though set in the Shetland Islands, it could have taken place anywhere, IMO). The mystery was the only thing that kept me reading on - and the reveal was....ok at best.
Not recommended for anyone who ...more
While I enjoyed Raven Black by Ann Cleeves and finished it as a quick read, I was left with a disconnect in regard to her character development. We hardly had a grasp of one character before the author roundhoused us with another who, may or may not be, central to the plot. "Keep 'em guessing" is at the core of all mystery thrillers, but that person/persons have to matter or peak the interest of the reader. Only bits and pieces so as not to reveal the real ...more
When sixteen year old Catherine Ross is found murdered by Fran Hunter, the crime brings back old memories to the residents of the island. For eight years ago, another little girl went missing and her body was never found. At the time, ...more
When Fran Hunter discovered the body of a young woman in the snow on her way home from taking her daughter Cassie to school, she was in shock. ...more
The mystery is sound, there are plenty of suspects, and Cleeves is good at dropping clues without being obvious. I do feel the writing lacks some of the depth of other great crime writers such as Denise Mina or Louise Penny, but then again, sometimes there’s a ...more
Thanks Mike & Minty for the recommendations for this one - very enjoyable!
I loved the characters and the setting and the mystery was really well played out - looking forward to reading the rest in the series.
It is slow paced but in a luxurious, indulgent way that I imagine mirrors the pace of Ravenswick where it is set.
I can't say that it has a spectacular twist or that it deviates from traditional murder mystery BUT there is something about the writing that I really connected ...more
A small, almost, isolated community living on the edge of the world. Suspicious of the foreign imports coming to live on their Island. The trials and tribulations of the foreigners, people from mainland Scotland and England, trying to gain acceptance from the local community. It's a struggle for everybody to get along.
I just loves the way Ann Cleeves takes ...more
The story centers around the death of a girl, and is investigated by Jimmy Perez, a curious fellow I was instantly intrigued by. What made this book rather special, what made it stand out from all the other English mysteries, are the characters. Jimmy and Fran, the main characters, feel very real, ...more
I had thought that if I enjoyed this book I would possibly read the rest of ...more
This is my first Ann Cleeves book and I will definitely read more. This book started off stronger than it finished, but I still liked it. I liked the sense of place in this book. The setting is the Shetland Islands which is a part of the UK. I liked the village life. I also liked the hook that drew me in from the beginning.
There were a lot of characters in this (more than I care to keep track of) and I should have known that this would be an indication of the red herring chases. I liked ...more
She was his treasure, the raven in his cage.
I am not going to discuss the story, at all, because it would be so easy to ruin it. One comparison here, a nod there and a wink--it's all up, and who wants that? Right, so what can I say.
You want atmospheric and a whirl of a story then this is a good choice. The rotating point of view is not a favorite technique of mine, but I found it less intrusive here than I usually ...more
Jimmy Perez can trace his ancestry on Fair Isle (one of the Shetland Islands) back centuries to a wayward sailor from the ...more
Nicely atmospheric and liked the way the characters were presented. The author was able to convey the isolation and the intricacies of a closely knit community.
Had no idea who the culprit would turn out to be and that is a big plus in this genre.
A brilliant read that makes you want to hop on a plane up to Scotland. Murder in an isolated Shetland Island community, with an atmospheric feel of cold and claustrophobia. I absolutely love it when authors create evil acts in small town places and do it well.
In a place where everyone knows everyone, a teenage girl is murdered and the ...more
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