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White Nights (Shetland Island #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  8,511 Ratings  ·  660 Reviews
The electrifying follow up to the award-winning Raven Black

Raven Black received crime fiction’s highest monetary honor, the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Now Detective Jimmy Perez is back in an electrifying sequel.

It’s midsummer in the Shetland Islands, the time of the white nights, when birds sing at midnight and the sun never sets. Artist Bella Sinclair throws an elaborate
Paperback, 392 pages
Published 2009 by Pan Books (first published 2005)
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Beatrice *spoiler* What tipped me off is that the culprit had a very controlled, orderly life - everything was carefully in its place, including the…more*spoiler* What tipped me off is that the culprit had a very controlled, orderly life - everything was carefully in its place, including the relationship with the spouse. When someone has a life that is so completely organized, channelled, careful it's often because they are trying very hard to control their own emotions because to let their emotions have free rein would, they think, destroy everything. Hence they "put away" or bury their feelings and reactions completely, which then leads to the need to carefully control all their feelings and then every aspect of their life.(less)
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Richard Derus
Rating: 3.75* of five

This is the second Shetland Islands Quartet thriller, which marketing decision was a good one...calling these thrillers instead of mysteries sets up the expectation of a whacking good read though not necessarily the play-fair-with-the-reader puzzle-solver that modern mysteries are.

Cleeves writes wonderfully clearly and carefully about flawed, real, lovable characters in bad emotional states because of violent, evil acts disrupting their very ordinary lives.

The stories she te
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4000-books
Another really pleasurable read from Ann Cleeves. White Nights features many of the same characters as its prequel Raven Black, but this time is set in summer, a time when the daylight in the Shetland Isles is practically endless and the people are said to go a little crazy.
I really enjoy the main character, Inspector Jimmy Perez. He is delightfully calm and thorough and very likeable. He also knows his local people well and his understanding of them always helps him solve his cases before the c
Rachel Hall
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the atmospheric first in the series, Raven Black, Ann Cleeves follows up superbly with a brooding and equally menacing portrayal of life at the height of summer in Shetland and the curiously unsettling effect of the 'simmer dim' on life in the islands. In the long summer nights when it never seems to get dark the islands are a hive of activity with tourists flocking to the area on the cruise ships. With folk kept awake by the light an edgy and heightened sense of anxiety seems to pervade t ...more
3 1/2 stars, rounded up to 4

I raced through the almost 400 pages of this second of Cleeves's Shetland series just like the first Raven Black. This is the kind of mystery I really enjoy - a regular cast of characters that we get to know over time, relationships that develop in each book and contribute to the dynamics of the story, a place that creates a unique atmosphere and writing that's in sync with the culture of that place. Cleeves's writing in these novels particularly strikes me as complet
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Εμείς που έχουμε φάει τα αστυνομικά με το κουτάλι κατηγοριοποιούμε τα μυθιστορήματα αναλόγως το σασπένς, την πλοκή και την περιοχή. Τουλάχιστον, εγώ αυτό κάνω. Το μυθιστόρημα αυτό λοιπόν διαδραματίζεται στο σύμπλεγμα νησιών Shetlands στην Σκωτία, ένα υπέροχο μέρος για ένα βιβλίο μυστηρίου, μίας και τα νησάκια αυτά είναι κάπως ερημικά. Βοηθάει πολύ ο καιρός και το φαινόμενο τον «λευκών νυχτών» οπού δεν είναι πότε σκοτάδι αλλά το βράδυ κυριαρχεί το λυκόφως ή αλλιώς το σούρουπο. Οι κάτοικοι των νησ ...more
Arielle Walker
Shetland must be one of the most desolately stunning places imaginable. A place where the sun never really sets in summer, and never really rises in winter - eternal light followed by eternal darkness, the perfect setting for an eerie crime-thriller.

Raven Black, the first in this series, balanced this setting perfectly with its plot. It was dark, nail-biting, atmospheric, gorgeous. I expected exactly that from White Nights but have to admit, was a little let down. It's hardly fair to say the aut
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Raven Black last year though I don't think I ever reviewed it. I love mysteries, especially ones set in the UK, and so I was delighted to find this series. The mystery here was intriguing and I admit I was guessing until the end- a sure sign of a successful thriller in my opinion. It is hard to share too many details of the story without spoiling it, but the writing and characters are excellent and truly make the novel.

What I like best about Cleeves' work is that the Shetland Islands play
Tanja Berg
An uknown actor is found hanged in a small Shetland town. It turns out to be murder rather than suicide and dective Jimmy Perez investigates. Before too long another person is murdered, this time a young, local celebrity. We're in it for another "whodunnit". I desperately wish this would have been a good book. It's well-written, the murderer, when revealed, is a surprise and the atmosphere is bleak and wind-blown. The story completely fails to engage. There is nothing to engage me in the caracht ...more
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This is the second book in the Shetlands trilogy. Following Inspector Jimmy Lopez and his relationship with Fran from book 1., Fran is displaying her art at a joint exhibition with local celebrity, Bella Sinclair, also an artist and Jimmy is accompanying Fran on her big night. A stranger, makes a dramatic scene at the exhibition, claiming he has amnesia and not knowing his name and then disappearing as quickly as he appeared. Jimmy has spoken to the man, but cannot get any information from him a ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 4-star
I very much enjoyed this book, as I did the first one in the series. I'm a prolific knitter and the culture and history of the knitting and wool in the Shetland Islands is of great interest to me; so the setting probably makes me biased to like the book before I even start.

I would love to visit and it gives a delightful taste of what the islands are like ( not so much the murders) but the erudite descriptions of the scenery and the differing lifestyles. It felt like a solid yet easy read. The n
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-series
4.5 stars
Second in this murder mystery series set in the Shetland Isles. Loved it just as much as the first and although a gentle and conventional read it must have had a fairly big impact as I can't get my head out of Shetland...and I've never been there!
Kudos to Cleeves for creating characters that feel so real and invoking the spirit of the islands in a compelling series of stories.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Book two in the Shetland Island series opens with a curious scene. A man in a clown mask and costume is distributing flyers at the dock in Lerwick. Who is he? What do the flyers say? Why the theatrical garb? The questions arise because this is an Anne Cleeves mystery. The questions will quickly multiply in typical Anne Cleeves fashion.

Jimmy Perez is still developing his relationship with Fran. After six months he has finally taken a big step — a first date. Well, sort of. He has offered to escor
Mary Grand
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
realy loved this book, addicted to ann cleeves books at the moment
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Circling back to read #2 completes the set of 7 Shetland Island books for me. I don't recall if I saw a production of this particular book as it has been some time since I watched them. It seemed like fresh material to my memory as I read the book. But then I am old.
Ann Cleeves knows her island people, animals, tides and secrets that can be held for years. A competitive Inspector Taylor from Inverness joins Perez to take over the investigation of murder most mysterious. The murders multiply and
Miriam Smith
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book by Ann Cleeves I love, I especially love the Shetland series and this was no exception. Highly recommend! 😊
Marie Eriksson
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shetlandssuget ökar. Sorglig historia. Bättre än Svarta nätter.
Mark Robison
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first book in the series, but good. It’s set on a northern Shetland Island at a time when it doesn’t get fully dark at night and involves an elegant but hippie-ish artist whose art show is disrupted by a stranger who freaks out over amnesia and then turns up dead. Lots of possible suspects, and the deepening backgrounds of the recurring characters are fun to follow. Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: B+
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scotland - NOT Russia

Mysteries are not my genre. The few I've started in recent years were written like TV dramas (stock characters and more action than nuance), so I've put them down. I picked this one for its setting and was pleasantly surprised.

Writer Ann Cleeves held my attention for two days as I followed Jimmy Perez on the mystery trail. Cleeves created excellent characters; people whom you'd realistically expect to live in the Shetland Islands. She has a good sense of timing, introducing
The second Shetland mystery by Ann Cleeves, featuring Jimmy Perez, a "Fair Isle Man" working in Shetland, still seen as an outsider. This story was OK, but not as good as the predecessor, Raven Black. A visitor to the islands is found dead, with the death arranged to look like a suicide. As in the previous story, Jimmy has to call in Roy Taylor, the Liverpudlian detective based in Inverness, and the rivalry between the two men and their detective styles is again to the fore. The story centers ar ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Shetland series sees strange behaviours at an art gallery followed by death. Jimmy Perez is back investigating the bizarre goings on, in a place where people deliberately keep to themselves and ignore what happens under their noses. Everything is linked to a man's disappearance fifteen years ago.

Another well written, enjoyable revisit to Scotland. It really does feel like a different country. Perez is an interesting lead character, with his quiet intelligence and Shetland
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Detective Jimmy Perez on Shetland Island. Det. Perez has a girlfriend, Fran, who is an artist. Fran and Bella are showing their art together - but very few people show up. Except one man does - and he falls to his knees and weeps. Det. Perez questions the weeping man - but he says he doesn;t know who he is and then manages to run away. The next day, the man is found hanging in a fishing hut.

The relationships between people are central to this book. The stories develop from the relationships. The
An enjoyable read but not quite as good as the previous book in the series Raven Black. The highlights of this book for me were the Shetland Island setting and the author's insight into how insular communities work and are affected by crime. I found the ending to be a bit abrupt though and perhaps not in keeping with the pace of the rest of the book.
Lewis Weinstein
I didn't finish this one. On page 172, the "big-city" detective arrives and observes "There was so much do do and these local guys seemed to think there was all the time in the world." My sentiments exactly. The pace is sloth-like. There is a story here, but I'm not going to know it.
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just thoroughly enjoy Ann Cleaves' writing. Descriptive. Excellent character development. A good read.
Bev Taylor
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a hanging body is found in the small community of biddista in the shetlands. suicide. but perez soon realises it was murder

who was the man who appeared at an art exhibition where perez ran into him but he feigned amnesia

taylor is bought up to assist him from inverness. they have worked together before but they r different as chalk and cheese

then another body is found but this is a local and the stakes rise ....

perez knows he must do everything in his power to break this cycle but with so man
Nancy Ellis
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Cleeves has become one of my most favorite authors. Both in this series and in her Vera Stanhope series, she tells such a wonderful tale and gives her characters such depth, you truly come to empathize with them and understand why they act the way they do. This second book of the series is set in the summer on Shetland Island, a time of very, very long daylight referred to as the "simmer dim" by the locals. It tends to drive people a bit mad. At the opening of an art gallery, one of the gues ...more
The story is really good, but I disliked the two main male characters so much that it spoiled the overall enjoyment of the book. It would get a 4-star without them.

According to the end of this story, the worst of the males is leaving for another job, so hopefully I can continue with this series and not meet him again.

I am a mystery lover and have read hundreds of them, but his book had me fooled all the way along. I thought I had the whole thing figured out by page 100 (not necessarily a bad thi
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
I'm catching up on the early Shetland novels by Ann Cleeves and this was perfect airplane reading on the long haul to London, on my way to the Outer Hebrides, where a different series of mysteries was set.
Loved it.
Judy Costigan Basil
I liked the book. The characters were interesting and well developed.
Many plots and possible suspects. Very surprised at the ending! I guess that I am not such a wonderful judge of character as I thought!
Only my second book by this author, but certainly not my last!
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this BBC series, and I like Ann Cleeves a lot. The pacing here is slow, methodical. Enjoyed the character development.
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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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Shetland Island (7 books)
  • Raven Black (Shetland Island, #1)
  • Red Bones (Shetland Island, #3)
  • Blue Lightning (Shetland Island, #4)
  • Dead Water (Shetland Island, #5)
  • Thin Air (Shetland Island, #6)
  • Cold Earth (Shetland Island, #7)
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