Dead Water

Dead Water

A Shetland Mystery

Book - 2014
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"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 Bones, and Blue Lightning. When the body of a journalist is found, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted from outside to head up the investigation. Inspector Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed in this case, and he decides to help Willow. The dead journalist had left the islands years before to pursue his writing career. In his wake, he left a scandal involving a young girl. When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that the journalist was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn't want to come to the surface. In Dead Water, a triumphant continuation to her Shetland series, Ann Cleeves cements her place as one of Britain's most successful crime writers. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250036605
1250036607
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 22 cm

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fangger
Aug 15, 2018

Another good read by Cleeves. Love reading stories set in the Shetlands.

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orange_lobster_23
Apr 18, 2018

Although a long a fan of the t.v. series; this is the first of the Shetland series I read-- and it won't be the last! The book captures the misty, gray insular character of the Shetland Islands and nuanced dimensions of its residents---particularly the broody, grieving main character Jimmy Perez. This book explores the deaths of a journalist on the heels of a story of the emerging island oil export industry and a soon to be married groom. The remaining 7 books in the series (this is #5) don't necessarily need to be read in order to be enjoyed.

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63booklover
Apr 18, 2017

A treat as always.

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glenna14
Feb 08, 2017

I appreciate the description of the land and people. I was so enamored with Shetland that I got out a book on the islands. Ann Cleaves gives good character depth so you get to really understand the people.

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jazpur
Dec 11, 2016

I haven't read Ann Cleeves' Shetland series in any order. It makes no difference. An excellent series and Dead Water is no exception.

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maipenrai
Nov 16, 2016

The fifth book in the Shetland series

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gloryb
Jan 07, 2016

Set in Shetland, this novel uses both DI Jimmy Perez, recovering from the death of his fiancee, and Willow Reeves to solve 2 murders which seem to be related to the prospect of renewable energy plants to be built in the community. Be prepared for many villagers' names and the names of small communities where the detectives interview possible suspects and witnesses. Good plot with clues thrown in every once in a while to keep the action moving. Everything is explained in full detail at the end as the DIs rehash the motives for the murders and how it was done. It was the first Shetland book in the series I read and it did not matter to me not to have read the preceeding novels in that series.

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Roundcat
Dec 05, 2015

Cleeves deepens our knowledge of Perez and Rhona Laing and adds Willow Reeves to the sustaining cast of characters. The number of people keeping secrets made the mystery difficult to untangle, so the identity of the murderer was unexpected, but logical, which is what kept me turning the pages, although Jimmy Perez was a rather depressing character in this book. He's still recovering from having his fiancée killed by a psychopath, so that's realistic, but his actions, although explainable, make everyone around him off balance, not knowing what to expect from him--and he's not enlightening them, either. I'm looking forward to the next book, though, since I've become involved with the characters and the paths through the clues and the solutions to the mysteries are always absorbing.

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AUDREY HOMER
Sep 15, 2014

For those of you who enjoy this character (as do I) Knowledge Network will be airing this series starting Oct.5. Enjoy

Avid Reader of Mysteries

mayfairlady May 27, 2014

would love to see the series, the writing brings the islands to life!

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