Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
Macmillan, RRP $29.99
Cold Earth is the 7th book in
Ann Cleeves' Shetland series with Detective Jimmy Perez. NOW A MAJOR BBC SERIES
In the dark days of a Shetland
winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main
Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea.
At the burial of his old friend
Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through
a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the
wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In
his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed
with tracing her identity.
Then it emerges that she was
already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out
who she was, and how she died.
Also available in the Shetland
series are Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann Cleeves is the author behind
ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over twenty-five novels, and
is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved
both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold millions of copies
worldwide. Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and
auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder
Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction.
In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best
Crime Novel, for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. In 2012
she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame. Ann lives in