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Raven Black
Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Quartet | Ann Cleeves
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Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers. Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.
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BookNerdMama
Bailedbailed

Bailed on this one. It was just slow as molasses. I'm all for atmosphere - love Tana French and Dervla McTiernan and a good Gothic mystery. But I truly do not need to know about the size and shape of every single blade of grass in the entire Shetlands. Also, I could not stop rolling my eyes at the fact that there were siblings called Magnus and Agnes. Even if there was a plot twist there later, I just couldn't. Magnus and Agnes. Good grief.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This was the year we were supposed to go to Shetland. I purposely made Raven Black my pick for my January Books and Brews because I knew I would want to reread the Series before we went. And because it's a great choice for January as it takes place starting at New Years and going through Up Helly Aa. We've decided to postpone our trip so instead I will be traveling to Shetland via Book. ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm a gardener so I searched out a gardening book. And I already had Shetland cookbook. Also have a ton of books on my Kindle.
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Crinoline_Laphroaig And then I discovered Shetland Reel Gin. Husband found some in Dallas when he was there on a business trip a few days ago. Haven't opened it yet. Right now I'm just enjoying how beautiful the bottle is.

Thanks to author Erin Green I discovered Spirit of Shetland Tartan and ordered a @auroraorkneyjewellery scarf. ⬇️
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Honestly I'm relieved we've made the decision to wait to travel instead of remaining uncertain. I've a Travel Guide as well because planning is part of the fun. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿⛴📚📖🤓

#travelbybook #dreamingofshetland
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kspenmoll I love all your Shetland plans/ideas ! 5d
emmaturi Once you get there you will love it, I went in summer 2020 and had a wonderful time. 4d
Crinoline_Laphroaig @emmaturi what time of year did you go? Anything you would recommend? Or anything that took you by surprise? 4d
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EadieB
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView @Eggs Thanks for the tag!

Usually I like fast moving plots but I like what the author Ann Cleeves does. Her killer is hard to guess because she releases plot twists throughout the book which are mostly red herrings then the last plot twist discloses the killer which is a big surprise. So hard to guess the killer in her books 📚

The first book in her Shetland series is Black Raven.

TheSpineView Love when the ending surprises me! Thanks for playing! 1w
EadieB you‘re welcome! 1w
Eggs Love the Shetland series❤️❤️ 1w
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"Outside it was completely silent. There was no sound of wind. In Shetland, when there was no wind it was shocking. People strained their ears and wondered what was missing."

Perfect day for by the fire my #irlbookclub January Read for the Theme of Cold Book by a Warm Fire. I binged read this series about 4 years ago. Looking forward to reread.

Fun Fact it's warmer in Shetland 45 F/7C than Oklahoma today 28F /-2C
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Cathythoughts I like your picture ❤️ 2w
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ReadingEnvy
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Mehso-so

The placeness of the Shetland Islands in the first book of this series is well-written and also has a large impact on how characters interact or trust one another, or don't. So when a local young woman's dead body is found, many of the locals can't help but connect it to a child's disappearance that was never solved. Everyone assumes the local loner is the culprit but that might be too easy.

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Andrew65
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First book in the excellent Shetlands Series by Ann Cleeves. I totally recommend this series.

#Raven #Haunted

https://youtu.be/9uee_VeS5pE

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover 🖤🖤 3mo
Crazeedi @EadieB just sent me a book from this series! Can't wait to dive in to a new one!! Glad to know you enjoyed 3mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi It‘s a favourite series, @eadieb and I have incredibly similar taste in books. 3mo
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EadieB @Andrew65 @Crazeedi Yes it is true that if Andrew likes a book, chances are that I will like it too and vice versa! 3mo
Lynnsoprano One of my absolute favorite series! @crazeedi you will love these! I‘m currently reading the second book in the author‘s Vera series and have read both books in her new series, too. 3mo
Andrew65 @Lynnsoprano She writes great books but throughout keeps her cards very close to her chest, so often on tenterhooks under the killer is revealed. 3mo
Crazeedi @Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 @EadieB I'm excited now with all you giving accolades!! 3mo
Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 Usually I have a good idea of whodunnit, but not with her books. Maybe that‘s why I like them so much. The one I‘m currently reading, I‘m 80% through and still have no clue… 3mo
Eggs Love Ann Cleeves and Shetland 💕💕 3mo
Andrew65 @Lynnsoprano Typical of her. 3mo
Andrew65 @Eggs They are great. 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Last review for the morning and since I just finished this one last night I think I am as caught up as I am going to worry about haha I have been meaning to read this series forever and the first book did not disappoint! I loved the pacing, the setting, and the characters, and felt like the red herrings were well laid. I felt so sorry for Magnus tho! Definitely looking forward to reading the rest!!

#SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView
#BookSpinBingo

TheSpineView Awesome! 📚📚📚 4mo
EadieB Great series! 4mo
PhyllisH Welcome to the series. I love Ann Cleeves😁 4mo
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samanthagutt This was such a good book. I‘m going to have to continue with the series now that September is here! Fall is my favorite time of the year to cozy up with mysteries and thrillers 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @EadieB @PhyllisH - I'm super excited to continue reading them!!! And I love Perez!! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @samanthagutt - I don't know why, but I ended up on a suspense/mystery binge this week & read four in a row haha I'm onto something a little fluffier now but am definitely coming back to this series soon. 4mo
EadieB @TheAromaofBooks Perez is great! Ann Cleeves keeps her secrets and clues very close and you can‘t figure what‘s going on until the very end. Lots of twists! 4mo
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eanderson
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So I wasn‘t crazy about this book. It felt like I couldn‘t get to know the characters, kind of like they fell a little flat. It also felt like some of the story was rushed and other parts drug out without it really benefiting it. I‘ll definitely give the rest of the series a shot though! 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

TrishB This is definitely the weakest in the series. 4mo
eanderson @TrishB that‘s good to know! I‘ll definitely keep with the series then. 😁 4mo
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eanderson
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It‘s been a long week with little enthusiasm to read. I‘m glad it‘s the weekend and hoping to finish this soon!😁

Tove_Reads How are you holding up? 5mo
eanderson @Tove_Reads good. Chemo wasn‘t as friendly to me this time as it was prior. More fatigue than I‘ve had. But at least it was the last for now! 😀 5mo
Tove_Reads 👍🏽 for it being the last one ☹️ that it decided to be unfriendlier this time. Reading will do you some good 😊 5mo
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eanderson
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Chemo cycle 6!!! And prayerfully the last one!!! 😀 I‘m going to spend the day in Shetland! #20in4

TrishB Fingers crossed it‘s the last one 🤞🏻🤞🏻♥️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Sending positive vibes! 5mo
Tamra 💜💜 5mo
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batsy Sending you lots of healing vibes 💕 5mo
robinb 💛Thinking of you!💛 5mo
Bookwormjillk Sending good vibes. Enjoy the book 💛💛 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Hopefully this is the last you‘ll have to endure of the chemo. Stay strong!! 🌸 5mo
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eanderson
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New series on day 2 of #20in4 I‘m finally getting around to reading this book after owning it for 4 years! 🤦‍♀️

PhyllisH I love this series🥰. 5mo
Andrew65 Love this series and only gets better. Going well 👏👏👏 5mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
Pickpick

A intriguing mystery. 3.75/5 Read for the February #buzzwordathon - colours

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SKlich
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Loved the suspense, the characters and the setting! Can‘t wait to watch the series!

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Tera0707
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Bailedbailed

A thriller? Ooookay. I‘m so bored and the writing is so bland. #unpopularopinion

IamIamIam 👏👏👏 NEXT! 11mo
Yuki_Onna @Tera0707 Finally someone else is seeing this as well!!!👍 I thought i was the only one to be bored as heck... 11mo
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jenniferw88
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TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 13mo
MittenGirlPeach Love Ann‘s books! 13mo
Tove_Reads It‘s a good series! 13mo
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 19/12/20 @Cinfhen

Started top 2
Continued In These Times
Finished bottom 3

245pts #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious

Cinfhen Another great week, Jenny 😁 13mo
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Jolynne
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I think I‘ll read more of this author.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Fair Isle in Shetland gave its name to the unique knitting designs on the islands‘ most famous woollen #sweater s. The knitwear gained popularity when the Prince of Wales wore one in public in 1921. Det. Jimmy Perez from the Shetland series hails from Fair Isle. These pics were taken by photographer Chris Morphet where he documented the lives of Shetland islanders & the distinctive designs which are still influencing fashion today.
#wordsofoctober

OriginalCyn620 Very cool! 1y
Cathythoughts Lovely! My mother used to knit them ❤️ 1y
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MissHel
Pickpick

I tried reading this a year ago or so and could not get into it. BUT! I started listening to it yesterday while cleaning and I didn‘t want to stop. Damn, what a twisty story!

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claudiuo
Pickpick

Just finished this first book in the Shetland series and I loved it. I love the Vera series but had no idea that Ann Cleeves is not only the author of those books but of this series as well until someone here turned me to it. I am very grateful that happened because I loved the writing and the mystery, it kept me guessing til the very end.

claudiuo @TheAromaOfBooks One more read this month that is not a spin, single or double but it counts for my bingo which is still a long way from being completed. Maybe in September 😁 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! And I've heard a lot of great things about this series!! 1y
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Andrew65
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Day 1 of #20Series20Days #Top20Series

Shetland will always be one of my favourite series. Love the atmospheric feel of them being set in the Shetlands. Love the characters and the island feels like a character too. As for the shock in Blue Lightning! 😱 Anne Cleeves does know how to write a great detective series but does keep her cards very close to her chest. Keeps you guessing until the reveal. Love Jimmy Perez!

Mollyanna I love this series. I need to get back to it. So atmospheric... 1y
Andrew65 @Mollyanna Glad I‘m not alone in loving it. 1y
andrew61 I have only read the first so i will have to revisit as i enjoyed it a lot, thanks for the reminder - so many series!! 1y
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MsMelissa Still haven‘t started this series yet 😬. I think I have the first four or five books. 1y
Andrew65 @andrew61 They only get better too. 1y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa Sounds like you‘re ready to go with the series. 1y
MsMelissa Except I‘ve been ready to go for several years 🤣. I need to get to more Vera first 👍🏻 1y
Andrew65 @Book_Fiend_Melissa Another good series, although I prefer Shetland. 1y
Kangaj1 The first in this series is my next planned audiobook...glad to hear good reviews! 1y
inthegreensandblues I had no idea the titles in this series were themed like that. Have been wanting to check these out forever. 1y
Andrew65 @inthegreensandblues Yes the first 4 are the four seasons quartet sand the second four the Four Elements Quartet. Enjoy them when you get to them. (edited) 1y
Andrew65 @Kangaj1 Hope you enjoy it. 1y
TheAromaofBooks What a relief - these are already on the TBR! 😂 1y
LeahBergen I need to try this series (or the TV series 😆). 1y
Bluebird I really need to get started on this series! 1y
CarolynM I haven't read these but I LOVE the TV series @LeahBergen 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m loving this series! I‘ve only read two but I went ahead and bought all in the series! 😅 Now to find time to read them, amid the distractions of other books! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm @Andrew65 Is the Vera series as good? I‘ve watched a few of the episodes and enjoyed them. 1y
TrishB Loved this series ❤️ and yes that shock does make you go what!!!!! Very loudly. 1y
Andrew65 @TrishB That just wasn‘t what I expected from the series. 1y
Andrew65 @erzascarletbookgasm I enjoy the Vera series a lot, Vera is very different as a character but this one would always be my favourite. For me it‘s the island feel that adds to it. (edited) 1y
emmaturi I am in Shetland just now and our flat is just round the corner from Jimmy Perez' house! 1y
Andrew65 @emmaturi 💖💖💖💖 1y
Lynnsoprano I just started this series. Read the first two and loving it. I found them on Cloud Library, but they didn‘t have the third. I may have to break down and buy it 😄 1y
Nute I read the first book in this series while in the middle of reading another mystery series and everything was melding together so I pushed this one aside. But this series continues to call my name. 1y
Andrew65 @Nute You won‘t regret listening to that voice. 1y
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Bklover
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#ManicMonday #LetterR

Raven Black
Richard Bachman (see what I did there!)
Rear Window
REO Speedwagon
Radio GaGa

Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕💕💕

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CaitlinR
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Pickpick

Just starting the Shetland Island series and I loved this! I was sure I new who was responsible for the recent murders. Boy was I wrong; great twist!

Jimmy Perez is investigating the strangulation of a young “incoming” woman. Many of the islanders are quick to blame an older, mentally challenged man, who they believe escaped prosecution in the past for the murder of a young girl.

Great sense of place, great characters.

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Lynnsoprano
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Pickpick

Excellent mystery! I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading more books in this series. The only time I‘ve seen ravens was at the Tower of London, and my attempts at pictures weren‘t very good. So I‘m using a picture from inside the White Tower.

erzascarletbookgasm I am enjoying this series 👍 2y
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Lynnsoprano
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Decisions, decisions! I‘m well into Nefertiti, I started the Prime first reads book I chose, and now this, which I‘ve had on hold for a couple weeks, came up via Cloud Library. I rarely have more than one novel going at a time, and I don‘t think I‘ve ever done three. This may be a first😄

ReadingOver50 I never heard of Cloud Library. I‘m going to check it out 😄 2y
Lynnsoprano @ReadingOver50 @Alisnazzy put it on my Kindle and signed me into her account. She has a library card from the West Palm Beach city library, which uses Cloud Library rather than Overdrive for online loans. I think some libraries use both, but our county library is strictly Overdrive. 2y
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samanthagutt
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Fast-paced mystery/thriller novel about a girl who was murdered and everyone (including the police) believes it‘s the outcasted old man in town. However, the detective on the case has doubts. My #booked2020 pick for #TartanNoir

TrishB Just reading the last in this series 👍🏻 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds good, if dark. Great job! 2y
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Jas16
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I don‘t usually consider mysteries as a genre I enjoy but lately I have been reading more of them. Set in Shetland when a young girl‘s murdered body is discovered everyone jumps to the conclusion that the old man they have shunned for years is the killer. Inspector Perez doesn‘t like easy answers, he likes concrete proof. I didn‘t love the ending but I am already eyeing the next book in the series. #tartannoir #booked2020

erzascarletbookgasm I plan to continue the series too 👍 2y
Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure @TrishB and @jenniferw88 both like this author/series 😻 2y
TrishB I‘m on number 6 in the series, loving it 👍🏻 @Cinfhen 2y
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen lol! I have them on the #tbr - but I haven't started them yet. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a fabulous introduction to the Shetland Island series featuring DI Jimmy Perez in the remote archipelago of Scotland, where the community is close, and deep in their culture. What stand out are the fantastic setting, and characterisation, especially of DI Perez. The slow pace may not be for everyone, but it‘s very atmospheric, and I find it compelling.

#Booked2020 #tartannoir
#mandmchallenge2020 #faraway

JennyM I‘ve been thinking of Cleeves for this prompt. Glad you enjoyed 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 2y
Cinfhen Great review 😍glad you enjoyed 2y
Lizpixie And they just get better! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How are you? I hope you are safe and healthy! Sending love ❤️ 2y
eanderson Great review! I started this yesterday, so I‘m glad to see this! 2y
Anna40 Loved the series because of DI Perez. Great character! 2y
Jas16 I picked up a copy for tartan noir too so I am glad you liked it. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice choice for both prompts! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you Misty, we are healthy and good. Stay safe ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts I loved this one too ...I think I‘m on the third one now ( can‘t remember ) but a great series ❤️👍🏻 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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‘Fair Isle in Shetland gave its name to the unique, multi-coloured knitting designs on the islands‘ famous woollen sweaters. It is claimed that these designs were copied from the clothing worn by shipwrecked Spanish sailors from the Armada and the patterns are different from the Norwegian knitting patterns.‘
I don‘t know anything about knitting but for those who knit, you‘ll probably know the difference. Tagging @Lindy as I know you knit a lot!😊

AmyG Those socks are gorgeous. 2y
Catherine_Willoughby Have to Anne books . I hope to read them very soon 2y
batsy Very nice. Cleeves is another author I've been meaning to get to! 2y
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Lizpixie One of my favourite series. I‘ve just finished the last book, Wild Fire.🔥 2y
CarolynM I love the TV series but I haven't read the books. Maybe one day🙂 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you get to them soonish, I liked this one and plan to read the rest in the series. She also wrote the Vera Stanhope, the Inspector Ramsay, & the Palmer-Jones series, & a few stand-alones. So many! @Catherine_Willoughby @batsy 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I‘ve only watched a few episodes of the Vera Stanhope series (but haven‘t read the books). Have not watched the Shetland series but I saw the trailer, the actor for Inspector Perez is so different from the book! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Lizpixie great to know it‘s such a good series 👍 2y
CarolynM So I've heard, but without having the book's version of Jimmy Perez in my head, I really like the TV one🙂 2y
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Blaire
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A great start to a series and perfect accompaniment to chores. Set in Devonshire, where everyone knows or thinks they know everyone‘s business, a cold case and a new murder prove that assumption wrong. Can‘t wait to see where this series goes, a lot of good character development set up for future books.

Cathythoughts Oh it‘s great you liked it 👍🏻 👍🏻I‘m enjoying the series ... only at the 2d or 3d book so far 2y
Blaire @Cathythoughts I‘m about to start the second. They‘re all available on hoopla so makes it easy to continue the series on audio. 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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This book starts with one of the saddest paragraphs I have ever read then goes on to introduce the reader to a range of interesting characters and a location that is a character in its own right. The reveals of what exactly happened to the various missing and dead girls was very well set up so even though I didn't really see them coming (⬇️) both reveals made perfect sense. I really liked Jimmy and Fran. I expect I'll be continuing this series.

bookandbedandtea I really expected Catriona's death to have been due to a fall or similar and was surprised by the culprit. In the case of Catherine's murder, I thought the reveal was really well done. I did kinda suspect the culprit but only because I had suspected everyone at one point. 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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Laundry*, NFL playoffs, a good book... Sunday, you're my favorite. (*To be clear, I strongly dislike doing laundry but I enjoy the feeling of satisfaction when it's done)

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bookandbedandtea
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Susanita
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I‘m cheating a little with this. While it‘s not entirely #setonnewyearsday it does start on New Year‘s Eve (Hogmanay) and continues through January to Up Helly Aa and the burning of a Viking boat.

I was hoping to get back to Scotland on the way to #readingretreat2020 but the logistics of that were making my head explode. So instead I‘ll start this series and also keep watching the show.

#AuldLangReads

rockpools Ha! Sadly the logistics of getting to Scotland and/or North Wales frequently make my head explode, and I‘m starting in the same country! But Ann Cleeves is a great read, regardless. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year 🎊🎆🎈 2y
OriginalCyn620 Happy New Year! 🎉🥳🎊 2y
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Christinak
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Recently even in winter it was full of strangers and cars. In the summer it was worse. Then there were tourists. They cam odd the overnight ferry from Aberdeen, blinking and staring, as if they‘d arrived at a #zoo or different planet, maybe, turning their heads from one direction to another looking all around them. #QuotsyDec19

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulReads #blackinthetitle
This is the first in the Shetland Island series. Ann Cleeves also wrote the Vera Stanhope series; both of which have been adapted to TV series.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖤 2y
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jenniferw88
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I'm very proud of this entry for #chillingphotochallenge, as not only did I spell #october in book titles, I only used #teamslaughter's genre! 🤣🤣🤣 @Clwojick

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I've tagged the book you can't see.

marleed That‘s so cool! 2y
Clwojick Ohhhh! I love this idea! ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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EadieB
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Crazeedi I just borrowed my first ann cleaves. Now I have to add this on to my tbr!!! 2y
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Cathythoughts
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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.

TrishB I started this series a while ago - read 2 so far! 2y
eanderson I really need to read this! I‘ve had the book for a long time but for whatever reason still haven‘t picked it up. 2y
Melissa_J I‘m in the same boat as @eanderson ! I have read a few of Cleeves‘ Vera Stanhope books though, and enjoyed them. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Yessss! 👏❤️ 2y
batsy Sounds good! 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB it‘s so good 👍🏻I‘m heading straight into the 2d one 2y
Lizpixie One of my favourite series👍 2y
Cathythoughts @eanderson I know ! I was the same ... it turned out to be such a good read 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @Melissa_J oh ! Vera Stanhope 🤔... interesting, must look those up 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm It was so good Jessie 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy 👍🏻👍🏻really good 2y
Cathythoughts @Lizpixie I can see why 👍🏻 Sooo good 2y
emmaturi I have read all 8 books! They are great. TV series is also great! 2y
Cathythoughts @emmaturi I don‘t know the telly series. Must be fab 👍🏻♥️ 2y
emmaturi Yes it is, would recommend it! 2y
Blaire About to start this one...just found out it‘s available on hoopla! Your review makes me even more excited for it. 2y
Cathythoughts @Blaire oh good ! I hope you like it. I‘m looking forward to starting the 3d one soon. 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I have the first three books in the Shetland Island Mystery series to be read.

#LetsTravelAugust #Scotland

Cathythoughts I‘m reading Raven Black at the mo .... I‘m loving it & I think you will too 👍🏻♥️ 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Glad you‘re loving it! I hope to read this series soon. 2y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 2y
Eggs Shetland is my binge tv choice 💗 2y
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NikkiKey94
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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!

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vlwelser
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This was really good. Unfortunately I already saw it on Shetland, so no surprises.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Some #birds titles sitting on my shelves.

#springintoreading

Blueberry Anna and the Swallow Man ♡ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale 💗💗 3y
vkois88 Great picks 3y
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Tamra
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Pickpick

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.

TheBookHippie The wind is nuts I‘m hoping it blows all the snow in the lake 🤣🤣🤣 3y
AmyG Wow! 3y
Tamra @TheBookHippie we can always dream. (But I‘m not holding my breath. 😆) 3y
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Cathythoughts Oh great ! I have this on kindle & am keen to read it 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts I think you‘ll like it. 🤞🏾 3y
Cathythoughts I think I will too! Also she highly recommends a book I just finished & was excellent 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts ohhh, that looks entertaining! 3y
Cathythoughts As you are snowed in , I hope you are safe & stocked up with food & fuel & books 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Tamra @Cathythoughts thank you! 😁📚 3y
CouronneDhiver Yep, that‘s a lot! 3y
JacqMac That‘s too much. Send some back. 😝 3y
Tamra @JacqMac 😂 What is the return policy on snow anyway? 3y
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booksandsympathy
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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.

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Andrew65
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#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. 😢
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RadicalReader @Andrew65 love both covers of this book the one you posted and the one on Litsy‘s description of the raven‘s wings forming the V in the title 3y
eanderson I have had this book for a while now... I really need to read it! 3y
Andrew65 @eanderson I love the series and would make my list of top 20 series. 3y
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Andrew65 @RadicalReader All the covers throughout the series are great. 3y
Tove_Reads @andrew65 No you didn‘t... 😜 now you need to let me know your top 20! 3y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Will Need to give that some thought. 😂😂 Will let you know. (edited) 3y
Tove_Reads Still waiting for your top 20... 3y
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads Totally slipped my mind. Will pull it together and let you know by Christmas. 3y
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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.

Texreader Stay safe! 3y
KarouBlue Can‘t wait to hear what you think! Be safe! 3y
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Laru79
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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!)

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Mehso-so

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. 😔

Andrew65 Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it more! 😣 3y
DGRachel @Andrew65 I actually feel really guilty. I wanted to love it because I know you and @TrishB both do, but I just struggled. I almost bailed and really only finished because I switched to audiobook for a few hours today to make some progress. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
TrishB I always say not all the books are for everyone 💕 and sometimes there‘s no rhyme or particular reason for not liking! Though you definitely have a reason 😁 move on and enjoy something else! 3y
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Andrew65 @TrishB @DGRachel That is the power of books, amazing how we can all relate differently to books, even when we have other books out there we agree we all love. 3y
LiteraryinLawrence So this series was recommended to me by a co-worker (not someone who I know super well) and your review is making me wary. If I like mystery/thrillers but not ones that are really graphic, should I skip it? Like I can‘t read some of Gillian Flynn‘s books. 3y
DGRachel @LiteraryinLititz I‘ve never read Gillian Flynn, so I can‘t compare the two, but there wasn‘t anything gory or really graphic. My issue was the motivations of characters, the small town dirty secrets and pervy characters, not any particular violence. You should be fine on that score. 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Thanks! I‘ll give it a try and see how it goes. 3y
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DGRachel
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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?

howjessicareads POWER ON. I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ this series. 3y
Reviewsbylola Everything you described is right up my alley! I don‘t know what that says about me. 😂😂😂 3y
DGRachel @Reviewsbylola 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 3y
minkyb I was in a pervy male characters! 😝 3y
BlameJennyJane It is a fun series... pervs and all. Lol 3y
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