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Shetland Island Mysteries

Ann Cleeves’ Shetland series is set in the most northerly community in the UK.  The islands are closer to Norway than to Edinburgh and in their bleak beauty they have much in common with Scandinavia.  Her books feature Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez, who grew up in remote Fair Isle, and the mysteries are quiet, intense and give an insight into the domestic and working lives of Shetland Islanders.  RAVEN BLACK, the first of the series, won the CWA Gold Dagger, and was adapted as a radio show in both the UK and Germany.  RED BONES was made into a popular TV drama and six more episodes will be broadcast this year by the BBC under the series title SHETLAND.  The books have been translated into more than 25 languages.

 

Books in this Series

Cold Earth
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Cold Earth

Shetland Island Mysteries (Volume 7)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

Named one of The Guardian's Best Crime Books and Thrillers of 2016.

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Thin Air
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Thin Air

Shetland Island Mysteries (Volume 6)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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 (Volume 5)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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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Blue Lightning
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Blue Lightning

Shetland Island Mysteries (Volume 4)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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 (Volume 3)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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 (Volume 2)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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 (Volume 1)
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

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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Shetland: The Four Seasons: Books 1-4

Shetland: The Four Seasons: Books 1-4

Shetland Island Mysteries
Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press

CWA Diamond Dagger winner Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Island series has long been beloved both by fans who have been intrigued by Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the very first page, and recent...

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About the author

Ann Cleeves

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.

Photo: Duncan Lawrie

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