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Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries (edição: 2008)

de Ann Cleeves (Autor)

Séries: Shetland (1)

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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD 2017NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMAIt is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance ... The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst. Raven Black is a haunting, beautifully crafted crime story, and establishes Ann Cleeves as a major talent in psychological crime writing.PRAISE FOR RAVEN BLACK"A riveting read." Val McDermid"Chilling ... enough to freeze the blood." New York Times… (mais)
Membro:HopkinsLibrary
Título:Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries
Autores:Ann Cleeves (Autor)
Informação:Minotaur Books (2008), Edition: 1st, 388 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca, Jim, eBooks
Avaliação:****
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Raven Black de Ann Cleeves

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I picked this book to read both because it took place in the Shetland Islands in Scotland, and by the indication it had won an award for mystery. I wasn’t entirely won over by the presentation of the setting, and was perplexed by the award.

The body of Catherine Ross, 16, is found in the snow near the waterfront, and also very close to the house of Magnus Tait, a mentally challenged older man who lives alone since the death of his mother. The villagers immediately suspect Tait, just as they surmised him to be responsible for the presumed death of a little 11-year-old girl named Catriona who had gone missing eight years before.

A team is called in from Inverness, headed by DI Roy Taylor, to manage the case But Taylor still needs to rely on the local knowledge of the Shetlander DI, Jimmy Perez.

The story mostly consists of the detective team’s efforts to get to know who Catherine was and who might have wanted to kill her, or conversely, to find enough evidence to pin the crime on Magnus.

The atmosphere of the Shetlands is conveyed mostly in relation to the Lerwick Up Helly Aa, an annual celebration of Shetland’s Viking history with a Mardi Gras flavor, which is also the setting for the denouement of the book.

Evaluation: The author managed to throw in a few twists, but overall I thought the writing was heavy-handed and the pacing a bit tedious. As for the characterizations, the teenagers weren’t very interesting, and the adult characters remained enigmatic. ( )
  nbmars | Aug 23, 2021 |
Good sense of place, sympathetic to all characters. I'm not sure I'm convinced by the killer's psychology but I'm coming to realize that's a pattern for me and may be a facet of the mystery genre. There has to be a death and there has to be someone responsible. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
A story of insiders and outsiders, locals and others.

I'm not sure why I enjoyed it so much. Perhaps the clarity and ease of the writing style? ( )
  Stephen.Lawton | Aug 7, 2021 |
this was an easy, intriguing, and somehow compelling read with some interesting characters and location, and (for an especially nice change) an investigator that isn't falling down drunk. i also liked that the potential romance was just that and nothing more, and that the investigation wasn't compromised because of stupid risk taking or rule breaking. the common themes of being an outsider were done well and weren't overly drummed into the reader.

cleeves really deftly handled the many possibilities of who committed the crimes, and the misdirections. everyone seemed possible as the killer at some point, and i kept questioning what i thought i knew. there was so much that she did right in this book.

that said, i did know who did it (the second murder) about halfway through, although i didn't know the motive. (i had an idea but it wasn't quite right.) for whatever reason, even as i enjoyed reading it for all the reasons above, i didn't love this. but i'd have no qualms about reading her again. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | May 11, 2021 |
This is the first book in an apparent series and the first I have read. It took a while to get into the story and the people. The story, it turns out, is a good one. I am still withholding judgment on the key characters. ( )
  TGPistole | May 10, 2021 |
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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD 2017NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMAIt is a cold January morning and Shetland lies buried beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a vivid splash of colour on the white ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbour Catherine Ross. As Fran opens her mouth to scream, the ravens continue their deadly dance ... The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when police insist on opening out the investigation a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbours nervously lock their doors, whilst a killer lives on in their midst. Raven Black is a haunting, beautifully crafted crime story, and establishes Ann Cleeves as a major talent in psychological crime writing.PRAISE FOR RAVEN BLACK"A riveting read." Val McDermid"Chilling ... enough to freeze the blood." New York Times

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