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The Crow Trap (Vera Stanhope #1)

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Vera Stanhope's first appearance was in The Crow Trap, published in 1999 and now available in a new edition; it forms the third episode of the TV series Vera, adapted by Stephen Brady.

At the isolated Baikie's Cottage on the North Pennines, three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning
Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Pan MacMillan (first published 1999)
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Stephanie I'm not finished yet with the fist book, but I have to say, I like the story and the way it's writting. It's more focused on the characters around the…moreI'm not finished yet with the fist book, but I have to say, I like the story and the way it's writting. It's more focused on the characters around the victim than the murder it zelf, well it's the impression that it gives sometimes, but like I said the writing's good and I'm happy I started reading the book.

Which I would never have known of if it wasn't for the TV series. Shame of me.

Their different from Agatha Christie's but it's a good in a different way.(less)
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
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
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
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
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.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: British mystery fans.
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
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Rachel Hall
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: no
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
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
Sharon Mensing
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, 2017-challenge
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.
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
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
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
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, england
The first book in the Vera Stanhope series begins with sections about three women who are staying at an isolated cottage in the North Pennines of England. Rachael, Anne and Grace are conducting an environmental and ecological review which will be used to determine whether or not the area can be developed into a quarry. When Rachael arrives at the cottage she discovers the body of close friend Bella Furness, who appears to have committed suicide, a verdict Rachael refuses to accept.

When another
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
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
Noella  Van Looy
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerste boek over de politie-inspecteur Vera Stanhope. Het duurt echter wel tot ongeveer 1/3 in het boek eer ze haar intrede doet. Vooraf maken we kennis met 3 vrouwen die aan een milieu-onderzoek meewerken om te bepalen of er in het gebied een steengroeve kan komen of niet. En ook met andere mensen die bij het project betrokken zijn. De kring van personages wordt ook nog uitgebreid met familie, kennissen en vrienden, en zo raken we op de hoogte van enkele onverwachte relaties. En dan worden er m ...more
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
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 in fact - and so much better than the itv film adaptation which sucks as far as i'm concerned
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-mystery
Slow, uninspiring, boring, with no charm whatsoever. Story did nothing to draw me in. I persevered through the first chapter, trying to pay attention to all names, details and relationships, only to turn the page and see that the next chapter is a retelling of those same events from perspective of another character.
And then the third.

Once fourth character enters the play (yeah...), the book picks up pace. By that, I mean something happens, as opposed to "suicide and nothing" in the first half of
Paperback Cottage
I must admit that I had never heard of this author and discovered her quite by chance. I love British drama series and as I was browsing the selection on Hulu, I came across "Vera" starring Brenda Blethyn whom I simply adore. Once I realized this series was based on the books by Ann Cleeves, I immediately made it my mission to locate every book in the series. After all, we all know the book is so much better than any film adaptation! And I could not be more pleased with this first installment in ...more
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-reads-2014
Crow Trap is the 1st book in the Vera Stanhope series. I was introduced to Ann Cleeve's wonderful writing from reading her Shetland series. I enjoyed this book very much. The format of the book is different than most mystery books. We are first introduced to three females who are doing environmental studies. The study is to see what changes to the environment a proposed quarry will do the the country side in the North Pennines England. Vera makes her appearance a little over 200 pages into the b ...more
This is my third crow-related book in as many months. Not sure how the mini-trend of all things alar came to be, but glad to fly out of it for a while after trudging through A. Cleeves' sludgy tale set in Northumberland. Usually, I prefer the book over the adapted version of a literary work. However, in this case, thank goodness the amazing actress Brenda Blethyn and the creative powers at ITV set things into motion to rightly position the colorful and unforgettable DCI Stanhope as the main char ...more
Jake Haynes
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked, 2017
Well this was good. At times it was great. I have to praise Ann cleeves because her writing style is very natural and for someone who can be picky with his psychological crime, I felt like she dragged me in to the characters lives and I did feel attachments to some of them, most to some who died ironically. I felt that it was an anti-climax. Whilst I was surprised at who it was, I expected more of a confrontation and more of a conclusion too. The story deserved a more intense finish as the plot ...more
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