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Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves
Photo: Duncan Lawrie

Ann Cleeves was working as a cook in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle when she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. She began writing her first series of crime novels here featuring the elderly naturalist, George Palmer-Jones. She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and works as associate trainer with the reader development organization, Opening the Book. She is reader-in-residence for Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and her reading passion is crime in translation. Her short film for Border TV, Catching Birds, won a Royal Television Society Award. Ann has twice before been short listed for a CWA Dagger Award - once for her short story "The Plater," and again for the Dagger in the Library award. In 2016, she won the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, the highest honor in British crime writing.

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Hidden Depths
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Hidden Depths

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Published for the first time in the U.S., an early book in Diamond Dagger award-winning crime novelist Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope series, brought to life in the hit TV series Vera.

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Available 01/23/2018

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The Seagull
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The Seagull

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes The Seagull.

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective...

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Available 09/05/2017

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Telling Tales
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Telling Tales

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes Telling Tales, an early book in the Vera Stanhope series, which has been brought to life by Brenda Blethyn in the hit TV series...

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Available 08/22/2017

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The Crow Trap
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The Crow Trap

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes The Crow Trap: the debut book in the Vera Stanhope series now available for the first time in the U.S.

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The Moth Catcher
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The Moth Catcher

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Life seems perfect in the quiet community of Valley Farm. Then a shocking discovery shatters the silence. The owners of a big country house have employed a house-sitter, a young ecologist, to look...

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Harbour Street
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Harbour Street

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Harbour Street is the next spellbinding installment in Ann Cleeves' series of crime novels about Vera Stanhope, played in the TV detective drama VERA by Brenda Blethyn.

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Thin Air
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Thin Air

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Shortlisted for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year

In Thin Air, featuring Ann Cleeves' beloved Inspector Jimmy Perez, a group of old university friends leave the bright lights...

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Dead Water
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Dead Water

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin

Ann Cleeves returns to her critically acclaimed Shetland Island series with this stunning mystery featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, who readers will remember from Raven Black, White Nights, Red...

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Silent Voices
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Silent Voices

Vera Stanhope

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series featuring detective...

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Blue Lightning
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Blue Lightning

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

In the fourth book of Ann Cleeves' critically acclaimed series set in the Shetland Islands, Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez brings his fiancée home to Fair Isle, a birder's paradise, where strangers...

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Red Bones
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Red Bones

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman fatally is shot and Ann Cleeves's...

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White Nights
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White Nights

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The electrifying follow-up to the Dagger Award–winning Raven Black

In this second thriller of the highly acclaimed Shetland Island series featuring Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch...

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Raven Black
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Raven Black

Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books

The basis for the hit series "Shetland" now airing on PBS

Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery...

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