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Cold Earth
Cold Earth: A Shetland Mystery | Ann Cleeves
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From Ann Cleeves, winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger Award, comes Cold Earth. In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died. Cold Earth is the seventh book in the beloved Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC.
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kspenmoll
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Evening reading. Enjoying a Moscow Mule on this humid evening, watching the sun slowly disappearing in the trees greenery as it goes down to let the moon shine. #candlelight
#JimmyPerez #porchlife

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kspenmoll
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My last day of work!!!!! Reading on my porch, ordering grinders for dinner. I am soooo excited!
Continuing the Shetland series. #JimmyPerez #porchlife

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💙 2w
Freespirit Lovely reading spot! 2w
Cathythoughts What a nice place to be 👌🏻 2w
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Lynnsoprano
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Pickpick

Maybe the best Shetland book yet. So sad that I only have one left to read. I had lots of suspects, but it turned out that none of them was the killer. So many twists and turns! Great plot, beloved characters, and, having watched the series, I can picture the beautiful setting. Recommend as always. I have no cold weather pictures, but I do have rain, which is definitely in keeping with the story.

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Lynnsoprano
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Since we‘re getting drenched by the rains from the not-a-tropical-storm, it‘s a perfect day to stay in and read.

Bookzombie Beautiful photo! 3w
Soubhiville That is gorgeous. Plumeria? I love the way they smell. 🥰 3w
Lynnsoprano @Bookzombie @Soubhiville Thanks! Yes, it‘s plumeria. I love when I can sit on the patio and smell it while I‘m reading. No today, though😄 3w
Suet624 Gorgeous! 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🌸 3w
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Lynnsoprano
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Picked up my library hold yesterday. The website for hubby‘s new doctor actually suggests bringing a book, since he tends to spend a lot of time with patients and get behind. I appreciate their honesty, as well as the reading time.

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Jas16
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This was one of my favorites of the series. Starting with a landslide at a funeral that uncovers a body in a nearby Croft that was thought to be abandoning, Perez has to discover who the victim is what happened to her. I cannot believe there is only one more book left for me to read! Luckily I have the entire Vera to look forward to.

StellaB I enjoyed this one, too, I agree the plot was really well crafted. I personally prefer Vera to these, so hopefully you‘ll have lots to look forward to 🙂 8mo
Jas16 @StellaB I am so happy to hear that and even more happy that I have already purchased the entire series! 8mo
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StellaB
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Pickpick

I like Ann Cleaves‘ empathetic approach to her characters, and there‘s something about her writing that I find really pleasing and comforting. I‘ve read quite a few of hers now, and perhaps inevitably the story structure is getting a little repetitive. But for an easy comfort read this is my current go-to writer.

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MittenGirlPeach
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First book finished for #20in4! 4.5 hours of reading. Perfect timing too, as I need it to be an early night. Tomorrow after we get back I‘ll start a new one. I loved this book; the way the story unfolds is dreamlike. It‘s a book to savor, which is an odd thing to say about a mystery, but there you are. Just a terrific series. Another book crossed off my #BookSpinBingo card!

We finally got some rain!

robinb Lovely view! 1y
MittenGirlPeach @robinb thank you! It will be fun to post the changes as Spring moves along! 1y
robinb @MittenGirlPeach Yes! It's so wonderful to watch nature “wake up“. :) 1y
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Andrew65 Well done! 👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I'm with @robinb - I love seeing the gradual spring awakening - little bits of fresh green are starting to appear here!! 1y
robinb @TheAromaofBooks it‘s always great to have something to 😊 about...especially after a rough year. 🌼🌸🌺 1y
Andrew65 Love this series. 1y
MittenGirlPeach @robinb @TheAromaofBooks it‘s so appreciated this year especially, isn‘t it? I‘ll make sure I post lots of weekly updates! 1y
robinb @MittenGirlPeach please do. 😊👍 1y
TheAromaofBooks That sounds perfect!! 1y
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MittenGirlPeach
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I‘m definitely in, and I‘ll be reading a lot two of the three days, so we‘ll see how it goes! Saturday we have a trip north for my sister-in-law‘s funeral, but tomorrow and especially Sunday are dedicated to books. I‘ve had a good reading month, and it‘s helped a lot. Life is bittersweet, gotta concentrate on the sweet and on the now.

Andrew65 So difficult, we lost my wife‘s mother in law in January with COvID, reading does help at those times. Sending you strength for the funeral. 😘 1y
MittenGirlPeach @Andrew65 thank you so much, Andrew! Reading definitely helps, as does Litsy. 🧡 1y
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MittenGirlPeach
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I‘ve been reading a lot this past month, as shown by my #BookSpinBingo card. But it‘s been a tough month, albeit with bright spots. I got 💉 no 1 two weeks ago & my husband got 💉 no 2 a week ago. But the day after my first 💉 my dear sister-in-law died. She‘d had chronic health issues but was only 58. My brother and I lost our parents as teens and we‘ve always been close. But he‘s doing reasonably well, & here we all are. Love, hug, and be kind.

MittenGirlPeach I‘ve also read a couple of Banks mysteries that weren‘t on my card, and I‘m way behind on reviews. But a bingo is in sight! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss!! Even when it isn't “unexpected“ it's still unexpected. 😥 Hopefully you are all able to spend some time together as family & sharing memories. ❤ 1y
MittenGirlPeach @TheAromaofBooks thank you SO much, Sarah. We had a good visit last Friday, and we‘ll be together for a small service on Saturday. There‘s so much hope right now, and I‘m so sorry Elaine won‘t be here to enjoy it with us. She loved to read! I bought her books every Christmas. Happy memories. 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am so sorry for your loss. You send your family are in my thoughts. 💛 1y
MittenGirlPeach @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick thank you so much, Kelly. I really appreciate it. 🧡 1y
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rabbitprincess
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A darker installment in the series, fitting for the dark January days during which I read it.
#ShutdownReadathon book 20

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TrishB
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A miracle of lockdown- I read a book in a day 😁 wasn‘t working today which made it possible of course. Another great one in this series, which I‘ve nearly finished.

I also watched Atonement with my daughter 😢😢 didn‘t hit me as hard as the book, but still sad and infuriating.
A productive non work day.

Susanita Love the highland cows! 2y
TrishB @Susanita from my Scottish Litsy friend @Balibee146 ♥️ 2y
Balibee146 😘😘😘 2y
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Andrew65 I love this series. Such a shame there will be no more. 2y
TrishB @Andrew65 I‘m both dreading and can‘t wait to read the last one 🤷‍♀️ I have also promised myself I can start a new series when I finish or get up to date with an existing one! 2y
Andrew65 @TrishB That‘s a sensible strategy, wish I was as sensible. 😃🤦 2y
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TrishB
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It‘s just my name 😁
My current title is Head of Academic Quality and Standards, university manager is probably the profession.
Working - usually double the hours!
Tagged book is today‘s choice
Absolutely not, I don‘t think I‘m coping well at all so nothing I could pass on! Trying to focus on positive things, we‘re all at home and well and still getting paid.
#allaboutme

BookishMe Yes, remembering to be grateful for safety and income is also how I try get by *hugs* 2y
squirrelbrain Sending hugs - you‘re coping better than you think you are with those long hours that you‘re doing. 😘 2y
TrishB @BookishMe to you too 😘 2y
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TrishB @squirrelbrain thank you Helen, kind words always help 😘 2y
Blueroseis After moving to Wales I started to learn linedancing. The first dance I could do without copying anyone and one that started a new life for me was called Blueroseis to the song of the same name by Pam Tillis. I have a casual job with an agency owned by Royal Mail so I am classed as a key worker which meant that I have been working during lock down. Now reading the Frost Fair by Ed. Marston. 2y
TrishB @Blueroseis cool 👍🏻 2y
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Mehso-so

This is the first Ann Cleeves I've read, although I have watched the TV adaptation of the Shetland books. This is the 7th in the series but it's careful to recap the characters' backstories as it goes along. It's not outstanding, but is a good murder mystery, with likable characters ⭐⭐⭐

PuddleJumper The TV series is better. I like the changes they made to some characters and relationships and I thought they made it feel more connected to the uniqueness of Shetland. The books, for me, were quite flat. 2y
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Tove_Reads
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Look how pretty my fireweed drink is! Just made it on my lunch break, and enjoyed a glass while I read Ann Cleeves!

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howjessicareads
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Pickpick

I finished book number 1 of my #readathon! I do love reading about Shetland. Someday! #deweys24hourreadathon

Mitch I love Shetland. It‘s a truly amazing set of islands and wonderful people. 💕💕💕 4y
Linsy Love that poster!⚡️ 4y
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Katiesbookishlife
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So good, can‘t wait until the next one is released.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

I love this series! Always a solid mystery with a twist I didn't see coming. Love the language of Ann Cleeves writing style and learning Shetland words like Knapping - losing the accent for the benefit of Soothmoothers - those not native to Shetland. I hope when I visit no one Knapps for me. #shetland #bookishtravels #teaandbooks

Andrew65 Me too, one of my favourite series. 4y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Perfect weather for reading the latest Shetland Mystery. 🌧🌧🌧
#shetland #rainydayread #lovemylibrary

LazyDays Cute mug!💕 4y
rabbitprincess Love that cup and saucer! 4y
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Andrew65
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Getting ever closer with the #24in48 #Readathon , just over two hours to go and 7.30 pm here but also have other things to do in preparation for work tomorrow. Finished the second section of the Group Read for Cold Earth So now halfway through the book and will move back to Botswana with Mma Ramotswe!

TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 4y
Andrew65 @TrishB Thanks, just finished First raft of work emails so not got any further yet. 😊 (edited) 4y
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Andrew65
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Time for a change of tempo, and reading the next section of Cold Earth for a Group Read. #24in48 #Readathon Now up to page 712 in Pillars Of The Earth after a concentrated read on that today.
Dong well so far on the Readathon and ahead of schedule!

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Andrew65
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Switched to the physical book on waking up this morning. Great to be back in the Shetlands with Jimmy Perez. Now above 4 hours but need to eat to keep my energy up! #24in48 #readathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks 👍, a good start. 4y
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Andrew65
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Starting Cold Earth by Ann. Cleeves, Book 7 in the superb Shetland Series by Ann Cleeves. I love the remote location and the characters and feel of community within the book. I love spending time with Jimmy Perez. If you can‘t tell in thoroughly recommend this series. #shetland

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Andrew65
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These will be my books for the #24in48 Readathon. I will be starting in around 2 hours at midnight and reading midnight UK time on Friday/Saturday to Midnight Sunday/Monday. Don‘t think I will get to 24 hours but let‘s see how much I do clock up. Strategy : Physical books when I am awake enough, Audiobook (The Pillars Of The Earth) when too tired to physically read or am driving. Already part way into three of these.

eanderson I haven‘t read anything by Ann Cleves but I‘ve seen good reviews! I‘ll have to give them a whirl. 4y
Andrew65 I would strongly recommend her Shetlands series, love that series. Cold Earth is Book 7 in the series. 4y
Eggs Love Shetland 4y
Andrew65 @Eggs Glad I‘m not alone. I also loved the Lewis Trilogy by Peter May. 4y
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howjessicareads
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This could end badly...

Julsmarshall Yes! Always! 5y
TheLibrarian Yes!! 5y
TheRiehlDeal If you're up to it, sure why not! Yes. 5y
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DGRachel This is a rhetorical question, right? 😂🤣😂 5y
Ashley_Nicoletto It is Saturday... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
Smangela Yasssss do it! Do it! 😈 5y
Bookzombie Yes! 5y
Bks4Wrms Remember, you have children that will be up bright and early tomorrow morning...they won‘t care that Mommy stayed up too late reading! 5y
RadicalReader @jess.how never a bad time to start a book 5y
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howjessicareads
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My #readathon stack for tomorrow! I have an unavoidable church thing in the afternoon, and let's face it, I won't be staying up all night. 😜 But hopefully I'll have a good 10 hours of reading time! So I have a couple of addicting thrillers, a graphic novel and some kidlit to break things up, and When Dimple Met Rishi and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty on audio, for when my eyes need a break. #deweysreadathon

ChasingOm I loved Dimple on audio! 5y
daydreamin_star I love Dimple and A Darker Shade of Magic! Good luck! 5y
FelicitytheRat A darker shade of magic is AMAZING 5y
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charissharpe
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I really enjoyed this book, I have seen the series, Shetland, which is very dark & moody and helped set the scene reading the book as the Shetland islands are very different to where I live now or grew up. The book & the series are not miles apart & I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

#crimethriller #shetland #murdermystery

EvieBee Sounds lovely! My library just started ordering all of her books so I'm happy. I've only watched Vera, but I'll have to check out this series in both book and tv formats. 5y
charissharpe @EvieBee I LOVE Vera! 5y
robinb Think I might like to check out this series. Thanks! 5y
charissharpe @robinb they're quite character driven & the Shetlands shine as a character in its own right too, I hope you enjoy them. 5y
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charissharpe
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This will be me really soon... today is my last day at work & then I'm on holiday! We're off to Dorset & it will probably rain so somehow I don't think I'll look quite as glam as the lady in this pic (found via Pinterest) 😂 but I really don't mind!

Taking The Pillars of the Earth, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and The Stars Are Legion books with me to read & am hoping to keep up with #lotrchapteraday & The War on Women on my kindle 📖

Texreader Sounds like wonderful me-time 5y
Texreader Didn't mean to put a spoiler tab on that! Late here... 5y
charissharpe @Texreader 😂 sounds like somebody needs to get some 💤 5y
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Texreader @conversationswithcharis Yeah I know. Just started steroids and I've been wide awake for hours. It's 2:20 am here. And a full day webinar tomorrow. I can see lots of 💤 tomorrow during 8 hours staring at the computer screen. 5y
Texreader 3:30 check in! Why can't I just sleep!?!? 5y
charissharpe @Texreader oh dear 😔 5y
kathedron Enjoy Dorset! If you visit Lulworth Cove, say hello to it from me. 🚣 5y
charissharpe @River_Voice will do 😉 5y
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charissharpe
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And home from work, it was a tough shift, but now I'm in my onesie with a glass of Malbec 🍷 & im going to read a chapter or three before bed!

#bookish #bookworm #booksbeforebed

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emmaturi
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I loved this book and the whole series! I missed books 5 & 6 so will have to go back, can't wait! #books #bookcollection #

charissharpe Ohh I've got one of these sitting on my kindle waiting to be read, enjoyed the series. 5y
emmaturi Well I really enjoyed all the series! @conversationswithcharis 5y
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emmaturi
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Pickpick

So far so good! I love this series, set in the Shetland Islands! #books #pages #words #anncleeves #bookaddicts

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Lizpixie
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Bk7 in the Shetland series.Not as good as previous ones, it felt a bit rushed I think,but still a pick for me. I read them more for the atmosphere and the beautiful descriptions of life in Shetland, it's so hard to find great stories based in the Scottish Isles,either Shetland, the Orkneys or the Hebrides. Jimmy Perez is at Magnus Taits funeral when there's a landslide. Rushing down to check, he finds the body of a woman, but was she already dead?

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Lizpixie
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Got to Chapter9 with Flavia but wasn't really feeling it, so I'm switching to the last (so far hopefully) Shetland book, No7 in the series. Attending the funeral of Magnus Tait, DI Perez watches as torrential rain triggers a landslide that sweeps down to the sea. But along with the mud, a body is uncovered. Sounds like another great addition to a fantastic series!

JazzFeathers Well, that's a great premise ^_^ 5y
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