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Telling Tales

(Vera Stanhope #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,232 ratings  ·  340 reviews
It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel. Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence. Abigail's killer is still at large.

For one young woman, Emma Bennett, the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend--and of th
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pan Publishing (first published 2005)
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abigail Mantel was your typical 15 year old teenager; or was she. Blessed with good looks Abigail could have any fellow she took a fancy to, including the much older ones as well. However Abigail’s life was destined to be short when her cold body was found lying in a drainage ditch with a scarf wrapped tightly around her pale, thin neck. The detectives soon found the culprit, and Jeanie Long was sent to prison for the dastardly deed, who by all accounts was having a passionate affair with the fa ...more
Rachel Hall
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Cleeves is manna from heaven for nosy readers everywhere and Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is a pleasure to watch in action as she blusters onto a crime scene with her brusque line in questioning, scruffy attire and curious ability to make herself comfortable, even when she is an unwilling intruder. This second novel is another opportunity to devour Ann Cleeves unique brand of atmospheric crime fiction, marked out by her portrayals of village life against the rugged backdrop of the winds ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If The Crow Trap was the perfect teaser for Vera Stanhope, then Telling Tales cements her as one of Britain’s most popular modern detectives.

As new evidence comes to light that Jeanie Long had been wrongfully convicted with the murder of schoolgirl Abigail Mantel, DI Vera Stanhope travels to the East Yorkshire village of Elvet to uncover the truth as the real killer is still at large.

Vera’s presence is felt throughout the book, her no nonsense direct approach really fits with the Northern settin
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the Vera Stanhope series was better than the first, but I think there’s still lots of room for improvement. Much of the book is spent getting the reader comfortable with all the players, but I still had to stop every now and then to keep them straight in my head. Michael and Peg Long have a daughter, Jeanie, who lived with a man, Keith Mantel, whose daughter, Abigail, was murdered. Abigail's friend, Emma Bennett, wife of James and mother of Matthew, found the body. Jeanie is ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018

"'I'm Vera Stanhope. Inspector. Northumbria police. A case like this they send an outsider in. Fresh eyes. You know. Check they did everything right the first time round.'"

Cleeves portrays her Inspector as a very unlikable, larger than life character. She reminds me a lot of Columbo...she makes like she's dim, but she's an ocean of life. Telling Tales takes us to Yorkshire, where Vera is brought in to reinvestigate a closed case. Jeanie Long, convicted of the murder of a fifteen-year-old girl t
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telling Tales is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series and I loved this one as much as the first. Vera appears in this book much earlier than the first one. I still didn't guess the murderer in this one either, but had fun trying! The ending really surprised me in this book and although I loved the first book, I think I may have enjoyed this one even slightly better. Another well written, well-paced, engaging addition to the series. I'm starting to feel a little sorry for Vera, she appears ...more
Laurie Anderson
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A solid 3.75 stars, to be precise.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vera, cleeves
Telling Tales by Ann Cleeves.

This was my 1st Vera book and the 2nd in the series although I've been watching the Vera series on TV.
Main Characters:
Emma and James Bennett-parents of baby Matthew.
Robert and Mary Winter-parents of Emma and Christopher.
Dan Greenwood-former police office now spending his time in a pottery shed.
Keith Mantel-Abigail's father, a shady business man.
Joe Ashworth-Vera's right hand police presence on most interviews.

Emma Bennett and Abigail Mantel have developed a sort of
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite writers. I have read several of her Shetland Island series and now have started the Vera Stanhope series. I wish the Vera series was shown on the PBS in my area. She is a layered writer where as each chapter progresses, the reader know more about the characters. A young teenage girl was murdered 10 years ago and someone was imprisoned for the crime. Now it is proven that the girl who went to jail was innocent but it is too late for that girl. Vera is sent to reo ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Για τι είδος του καλό! Διαβάζεται εύκολα pour passe le temps!
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loving this series with Inspector Vera Stanhope. I had previously read the Shetland Quartet (one further one was added recently) and had hoped this series would be as good, and it is. This is the second of the series, so far, I think there are six published. Ten years after Jeanie Long has been convicted for the murder of 15 year old Abigail Mantel, Jeanie commits suicide after being turned down again for parole. Then, a witness comes forward and gives Jeanie an alibi supporting her claim she wa ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just love this crime/thriller story featuring Inspector Vera Stanhope (one of my favourite police characters EVER).
This is the second in the series and the third one I've read - I really don't think you need to read them in order as they work fine as stand alones although I probably will read in order from now on because I WANT TO READ THEM ALL!

Who murdered fifteen-year-old Abigail Mantel? The ex-girlfriend of Abigail's father has been convicted but 10 years later new evidence proves her innoc
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Telling Tales is the second Inspector Vera Stanhope mystery by Ann Cleeves. I had read The Crow Trap a couple of years ago and enjoyed very much, then got sidetracked by her Shetland series. Everything I've read by Ann Cleeves so far, I've enjoyed very much.

Telling Tales revisits a 10-year old murder after the woman convicted of the crime kills herself in prison and after a new witness comes up clearing her of the murder. Vera Stanhope is assigned to go to the Yorkshire village of Elvet to re-op
Sharon Mensing
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was having a bit of Jimmy Perez withdrawal after finishing the last of the Shetland Quartet, so I decided I needed to try another of Ann Cleeves' series. This book was actually the second in the Vera Stanhope series, since I couldn't get my hands on the first. It was a great book, with Cleeves' characteristic rich description of the setting and deep characterization. I feel as though I know the characters, and I am very much looking forward to getting to know Vera Stanhope better. In this book ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The author writes with painstaking care about each of the characters and how they interact with one another. There is a great attention to the details, which means the pace of the book is more leisurely. Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in this series.
Bought this because I'm a huge fan of the TV series and love Brenda Blethyn in the title role of Vera. This is certainly a well crafted and solidly delivered police procedural but I didn't quite appreciate the author's "Vera Stanhope" if that makes any sense. To my mind she didn't have the warmth, humanity that brings the title character to life on the page.

Loved the setting and the well executed mystery component but to my mind it is the bleakness of the environment that is a wonderful backdrop
Louise Fligman
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give it time and you'll soon be hooked

It took me a while to get into this book because it is a slow-burner. It doesn't have tense and thrilling action the whole way through like other crime novels, but I think that is what makes this series stand out. I like how Ann Cleeves not only introduces you to all the main characters, but gives you really deep information about them and their pasts. As I persevered, I became very intrigued, particularly after the first part of the novel. Tension and suspe
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Telling Tales is book 2 in the Vera Stanhope series and is just such a great police procedural. I started reading it while cooking Thanksgiving dinner and had such a hard time tearing myself away every time I had to stop to tend to some cooking. Vera is her usual insightful, stodgy, and somewhat unnerving self.

In this mystery an old case that was thought to be solved is now reopened and Vera is brought in as a new set of eyes. The death of young girl in the past is tied to the death of a young m
Carol Jean
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating characters and atmosphere. It's long and complex, so set aside a winter day and curl up by the fire with endless cups of tea. You can switch to whiskey partway through in synch with Vera Stanhope. Lovely!
Chrissa Vasileiou
Αρκετός ντόρος έγινε για τη σειρά βιβλίων της Ann Cleeves με ηρωίδα την αστυνομική επιθεωρήτρια Βέρα Στάνχοουπ και, επιτέλους, βρήκα την ευκαιρία να πιάσω στα χέρια μου κάποια από αυτά. Εντάξει, δεν μιλάμε πια και για ΤΗΝ περίπτωση ηρωίδας. Καλή, αλλά τίποτα το ιδιαίτερο ή το αξιομνημόνευτο.

Η πλοκή μας μεταφέρει σε ένα μικρό χωριό, όπου ένα έφηβο κορίτσι είχε βρεθεί δολοφονημένο δέκα χρόνια πριν. Η γυναίκα που οδηγήθηκε στη φυλακή με την κατηγορία της δολοφονίας τελικά αποδεικνύεται πως ήταν αθ
Nancy Ellis
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! I love the way she draws you in, filling out the stories of all the characters involved, making you hope the murderer isn't your particular favorite, but always managing a whopper of an ending. The TV series is terrific, but as always, the books are even better.
Vera Stanhope is growing on me but it was hard to like anyone else in this book
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

Anne Cleeves does write a very good story! This is a very good book, but not a great book. I do enjoy Anne Cleeves writing - she writes a complex story quite often involving events from the past and leaves you thinking many of the characters could have had a convincing reason for being the murderer. I did, at one point, think the actual murderer could have been guilty, but it wasn't until towards the every end of the book that I finally worked out she must have done it. I do prefer the Shetland
Ruan Peat
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-loved
So much different to the first and again a great novel, found myself unable to put down the book until I had the killer, again it was someone that had been visible from the start who had been in and out of the frame but never seemingly the center, even as you get to the end you still have to hang on to your seat. For me this is turning into a modern mystery series and I get the same feelings of joy from the twists and turns as I have had from Christie and Sayers, with the addition of a modern se ...more
John Morris
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how i like my mystery novels. Small coastal town, surprises and secrets in every house and anyone or everyone could be guilty. Nice!
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars

Jeanie Long was convicted of the murder of fifteen-year old Abigail Mantel. Sent to prison, she commits suicide ten years later. Abigail’s young friend Emma Bennett found the body and has been traumatized ever since. Abigail’s father, Michael, is haunted by the event.

The police are looking into Abigail’s murder once more. For evidence has been found that perhaps Jeanie didn’t commit the murder. DI Vera Stanhope is in charge of the new investigation.

She starts her investigation by interv
Lucy Burdette
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm such a huge fan of Ann Cleeves's Shetland series that I was loathe to switch over to Vera Stanhope. I have warmed up to her with this book, although some of her observations about herself are puzzling to me. I will be interested to see where the author takes the character. But meanwhile, Cleeves is the master of claustrophobic settings and simmering family tensions.
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, crime, series
A decent and readable book with much to recommend it. 3.5 stars seems mean, because objectively, it's a very well crafted book. But it lacks that certain something to enable me to round up to a 4

I found it odd on a personal level, because it featured the Humber pilots. My sister-in-law's father worked for many years as a Humber pilot, from Spurn Head, thinly disguised in this novel. So, naturally, you'd think I'd be recommending this. However, she shares her name with the murder victim. In fact,
Shirley Schwartz
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I first met Inspector Vera Stanhope on a television series on public television. I enjoyed the series so much that I had to read the books. This is the second book in the Vera Stanhope series. We don't see Vera in this book until about a third of the way through, but we are introduced to some truly unlikable characters before we do see Vera. I couldn't help thinking, "Hooray, finally a character that I can enjoy!" Vera has been called in to reexamine a case that was supposedly solved ten years a ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope has been sent to the small village of Elvet to re-open an investigation into the murder of a 15 year old girl, Abigail, which had occurred a decade prior. Jeanie Long was the scorned girlfriend of Abigail's father. She was quickly tried and convicted of Abigail's murder despite claiming her innocence. Now a reliable witness has come forward that can confirm Jeanie's alibi. So who murdered Abigail?

Vera deftly inserts herself into the local community, picking up s
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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)
  • The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope, #1)
  • 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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