Raven Black has been on my kindle for so long .... so delighted to finally read Ann Cleeves ... I loved this murder mystery, & the characters, and the setting !! The setting , Shetland .. I‘m looking forward to the next in the series.
This novel is the first in the Shetland Island series and it quickly became one of my favorite books! When the body of a young girl is found, suspicions immediately fall on the town outcast but did he really do it or is there a murderer running loose in a small town?
I fell in love with the setting of this novel and the characters. I just couldn‘t put it down and I can‘t wait to pick up the second in the series!
This was really good. Unfortunately I already saw it on Shetland, so no surprises.
This audio book was good escapism, even if bleak. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve seen the TV series, but I want to revisit for the visuals.
The snow is getting a tad ridiculous now. Today is super windy -maybe it will blow off the deck??? 😜🤞🏾 There is no opening the doors to shovel it even if we were motivated.
I have watched the first three seasons of Shetland last year, so I remembered some of the story and about 50 pages in, remembered who the murderer was. That didn't stop me from thoroughly enjoying this book. The show isn't completely faithful to the book, especially as far as character timelines go, and I'm really looking forward to continuing the series and reading all the backstory for the main characters.
#Raven Black is one of my favourite series, the Shetlands Series by Ann Cleeves. IA good start in this book but the series only gets better as you get to know the lead, Jimmy Perez. Sadly the last book in the series has just been published. 😢
So excited to FINALLY get this from the library. I requested it a few weeks ago, along with the second book in the series. I've had the second book for two weeks now, just waiting for the first to come in. It's rainy from the hurricane, so it'll be perfect weather to read this when I get home from work.
My first Ann Cleeves, read in advance of going to see her talk in a fortnight about the last in this Shetland series. I really enjoyed this, had no idea who dunnit at all - either she writes a really good book or I was oblivious, it could be either or both!! The weather and a pretty remote place are just as important characters. I‘ll definitely work my way through the series (and watch the tv version too!)
Well, I finished it. I know I‘m in the minority, and maybe it‘s just my current mood, but I didn‘t enjoy this first book in the Shetland series. While I am a fan of procedural mysteries, I am apparently not a fan of procedurals heavily built on small town secrets. I can see why others like it. The writing was good and I did not guess the solution early, but I still feel dirty. 😔
Struggling with this one a bit - on page 140. Part of the problem is my mood, I know, but the other part is the small-town skeevy underbelly feel. It‘s got the same feel to it as the mini-series Broadchurch, and I hate the family secrets and pervy male characters. It‘s sad and dirty and I feel like I need a shower with bleach and will still never be clean again. Do I power on or do I bail?
Only took me two weeks to get to the grocery store. These wafer cookies are my reward. Fingers crossed that they taste as good as they look. Evening plans-make progress in this library book and shovel cookies in my face, because I‘m a grown up dammit and I eat my feelings. 😂
Started this one. Problem? I started this because of the TV show Shetland and so far, while I read the show plays in my head. So, I‘m guessing the ending isn‘t going to be a surprise. 😜🤣
Excellent mystery...in large part because the villain isn't easily guessed at until the very end. First in a series, so I will definitely reading more. This series is the basis for the Shetland tv series on Netflix.
Really enjoying this so far!
Great first book in a series 👍🏻 enjoyed the setting, the detective and the characters. Didn‘t guess the ending - will definitely read more!
When you get a glow from a book 😁😁
Early morning train reading 😁 on way to University open day in Durham with my daughter. It‘s going to be a long day!
My daughter picked the last book this month- it‘s a new series to me and I know it‘s much loved by @Lizpixie and @Andrew65
I watched the Shetland tv series on Netflix last year. I finally read the first book in the Shetland novels. The location and the people were as interesting as the mystery. An unusual police officer, an insular community and a murder investigation , some twists and some romance - an enjoyable read.
Moody, dark and atmospheric. I've described a favorite book like this before. But this truly fits that description. The ending shocked me. I was NOT expecting such a plot twist, and was reading the last pages with bated breath. Absolutely well done. And highly recommended. #nospoilers #mysterylover
Mystery and Suspense is my favourite genre, so for #MysteryNovel have chosen the first book in six of my favourite crime series by six of my favourite female mystery authors. How could I just choose one! I strongly recommend all these series, The top three are set in the U.K., the others in the US! #ReadingWomenMonth
Seemed a little on the slow side for a thriller. Perhaps it‘s actually better characterized as a mystery. I enjoyed the characters and the twists. I can see why it it became a series on BBC.
Diving in, and I'm excited. #currentlyreading ❤️
#LitsyClassics #MayLovesClassics #day7 #Setting My favourite place to read about is the land of heather, lochs & mountains.I love all of Great Britain but Scotland is my souls home.I love the Scottish Islands, the Orkneys, Hebrides & the amazing Shetland Islands.Just their names are awesome,Unst,Yell, Bressay & don‘t forget the smallest inhabited island, Fair Isle.It‘s my biggest dream to go there before I die, or my soul will after.🏴
Ann Cleeves is another of my favorite Scottish authors. Raven Black is the first book of her Shetland Mystery series. She is also famous for her Vera Stanhope series. Both series have been made into BBC TV series. In Raven Black, the past of the Shetland Islands is brought up with the arrest of Magnus Tait for the murder of a teenage girl. It‘s very difficult to guess the killers in her books. You start suspecting all until the end is revealed.
I blame litsy for my new book discoveries and my renewed love for library ebooks
An enjoyable listen. The narrator had just the right amount of Scottish brogue - enough to add to the sense of setting but not so much as to make it difficult to understand him.
The plot wasn't wildly twisty and unpredictable, but the characterization along the way made the final reveal believable.
Just got this on kindle ! 99p #99ponKindle
I really enjoyed this slow burn of a mystery.
I really enjoyed this one! Strong writing and a denouement I didn't see coming! Interesting to see how they've mashed up the books in the series... I definitely want to read the rest of the series and check out her other books as well.
Looking forward to starting this series.
So thanks to Litsy, I started watching Shetland the TV show and got the first book in the series for a few dollars. I was actually reading Kristin Lavransdatter on Kindle but it was my eldest's 5th birthday week with the party later today, and yet I had to work every night, so I was a bit stressed out and in the mood for a lighter read. They certainly seem to drink a lot of whisky in Shetland 😊
Solid 3 ⭐️ murder mystery
Book 1 in the Shetland series
I thought I had the murderer worked out but I was wrong which was a pleasant surprise.
I like the remote island setting where everyone knows everyone and the scenery is beautiful.
The central police character Perez is endearing and I look forward to seeing how the character develops.
There are only two ways you can tell this is a 46-year-old‘s dinner rather than a four-year-old‘s dinner: 1) Some of my food is touching; 2) My book has no pictures in it. #whoneedsadulting
WOW! Didn't see that ending coming. Can't wait to read the next one in series. Now I really want to go to Shetland. 🚢 #travelgoals
Brodies Famous (says so on the label; must be true)Edinburgh tea in my cup. It's the closest thing I had to the Shetland Island setting of my book. Is there a Shetland tea? 🤓 #whatimreadingnow
#afternoontea #intheglasshouse #socksunday #booksandtea
The bright side of having a cold is getting to stay in bed and read. I've made a serious dent in my TBR. I've finished a Big Book - All Clear by Connie Willis. Completed my #LitsyAtoZ, read several short stories, and will probably finish this library book today.
I just finished this first book in the Shetland Island series and really enjoyed it. I had picked up the second book in the series this summer at my library book sale and had to hunt this one down so that I could read them in order. It had everything I look for in a good mystery series with an interesting setting and back story for the main characters. I'm glad there are more books in the series to look forward to.
@Ajessgirl well You really stalked me very well!!! All my favorite things in one box- Whiskey loves the card as well! Yup- I wanted to read another Tana French and was just debating which one- now I know! I have watched “Shetland” on bbc which I know is based on Ann Cleeves‘ books and love it- can‘t wait to read! I love skulls and Poe and dachshunds so Thank you, thank you so very much and Whiskey sends kisses too!❤️👍🐾🤩😍😍😍#booktoteswap
#23rd April is World Book Night in the UK, where books are given out free in some locations around the country.The focus is on reaching those who don't normally read. Raven Black from one of my favourite Series, the Shetland Series, was one of the books given out in 2017. #Novemberbythenumbers #twentythree
Wonderful mystery - I really became invested in the characters. I look forward to more with Jimmy Perez. 4 1/2 stars.