Raven Black

Raven Black

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The murder of teenager Catherine Ross sends shockwaves through a small Shetland community, and most of the fingers of blame point to loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But Catherine's vicious and sudden demise has thrown a veil of suspicion over everyone who knew her, and one local detective is keeping all options open.
Copyright Date: London :, Macmillan,, 2006
ISBN: 9781447274438
Branch Call Number: F CLE NVD


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Jul 05, 2019

I have enjoyed the series "Shetland" and until recently I wasn't aware that it was based on books by Ann Cleeves. I was able to snag a copy of this book for my eReader for under 2 dollars, so I figured I'd give it a go. I recently read "The Crow Trap" (by the same author), which is the first in the Vera Stanhope series and was surprised because I enjoyed this one more.

I realize that I am quite late in arriving, but I am looking forward to reading more of the Shetland Island series.

Jun 04, 2019

Another fantastic crime novel by Ann Cleeves.

Apr 14, 2019

Very good start to a series.

Apr 06, 2019


SCL_Justin Feb 06, 2019

I don't read a lot of mysteries, but having watched a couple of episodes of the BBC Shetland show (which is based on Ann Cleeves' novels), I thought this might be something to try. The almost note-for-note similarity to the plot of the episodes I watched didn't give me a great impression. I also wasn't a huge fan of the scattered narrators that existed solely to keep bits of plot from the reader. Nothing terrible, but nothing that felt very unique. The setting was the main thing keeping it from being a James Patterson novel.

ArapahoeMarieC Oct 30, 2018

The first book of the series which the BBC show Shetland is based. Very atmospheric and captured life in the Shetlands. The mystery was less dark than those that followed.

Oct 14, 2018

Hm. I didn't like this book as much as others did. I guess there were two reasons: 1) I figured out who the killer was immediately. That never happens with me! Never. However, I found it to be pretty obvious. 2) I found many of the phrases and words to be unfamiliar, which made it difficult to figure what was going on. This was not a problem with what the author had written, however, but my own problem of not knowing the meaning of certain words and phrases that are used in Scotland. When I read the next book, I'll make note of the things I've never heard of and look them up! The only thing I was able to figure out on my own was that sledge was a sled. How sad is that, snort?

On the positive side, I loved Jimmy Perez. On the negative side, it seemed like all of the other characters were doing things that were illogical. Like I said, I do plan on giving the next book a try, though.

Oct 09, 2018

A little plodding for me, I like the dvd series better.

Jul 08, 2018

good read. Insp. Perez just starting out.

May 03, 2018

the first in Ann Cleeves "Shetland Series", which currently numbers 8, introduces the self-contained, reflective protagonist Inspector Jimmy Perez, and residents of the cold,isolated Shetland town, Lerwick. Tears after the unsolved disappearance of a young girl; town residents are again stricken with the death of a teen whose body is found by the circling of ravens overhead. What follows is a pace-quickening journey exposing the inner-most secrets of the community to a surprising (for me, anyway) conclusion. A real page-turner from an author who doesn't show her hand until end game.

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