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The Heron's Cry
The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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'Matthew Venn is a keeper...stunning' David Baldacci The No.1 Sunday Times bestselling series featuring Detective Matthew Venn, from author and creator of the Vera and Shetland series, Ann Cleeves - soon to be a major TV series. North Devon is enjoying a rare hot summer with tourists flocking to its coastline. Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. What he finds is an elaborately staged murder - Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed. His daughter Eve is a glassblower, and the murder weapon is a shard of one of her broken vases. Dr Yeo seems an unlikely murder victim. He's a good man, a public servant, beloved by his daughter. Matthew is unnerved though to find that she is a close friend of Jonathan, his husband. Then another body is found - killed in a similar way. Matthew finds himself treading carefully through the lies that fester at the heart of his community and a case that is dangerously close to home . . . The Heron's Cry is the second novel in Ann Cleeves' Two Rivers following her Sunday Times bestseller, The Long Call. Praise for The Long Call: 'As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter' David Baldacci 'Had me hooked ? a promising beginning to another fine chapter in the Ann Cleeves story' The Times 'A triumph that cements Cleeves' status as one of Britain's best crime writers' Daily Express 'Clever, compassionate and atmospheric... I am already a Matthew Venn fan' Elly Griffiths 'Cleeves combines a flair for evoking sense of place with a thoughtful, complex plot' Mail on Sunday 'A traditional mystery of the best sort' Guardian
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Lizpixie
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Bk6 & 7 of November are done. I managed to finish these by audiobook mostly while I was in hospital. I started the tagged book which is the 2nd in the series but couldn‘t remember the MC so went back to reread The Long Call first. I love the new setting for this, North Devon is not a place written about much so Google Maps was my friend. Highly recommend this & all Cleeve‘s work. The tagged was my #Doublespin bk for November‘s #BookspinBingo

CourtSmall I loved the first book but was bored out of my brain with the second book. Listened to both on audio 2d
rockpools Hope you‘re doing better! 1d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I didn't realize you were unwell!! Hopefully you are on the mend now!! 1d
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Lizpixie
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I‘m over 600pgs into The Reality Dysfunction by Peter.F.Hamilton but I‘m having a SciFi overload, so I‘m switching to some British crime for a few hours then I‘ll go back and finish it. I‘ve been looking forward to the new Cleeves for awhile, I really miss her Shetland books already & am hoping there‘s a new Vera coming soon🤞 #NovelNovember #readathon

Andrew65 I miss Shetlands 😢 Doing fantastically 👏👏👏 2w
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Lizpixie
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Bk2 of today‘s long overdue #Bookmail is the 2nd in Ann Cleeves new crime series. Set in the south of England this time(Vera was NorthUmberland & Shetland was the most northern part of the UK),Detective Mathew Venn lives & works in Devon, just above Cornwall on the SW coast of England. In an unusually hot summer, he‘s called to an artists retreat where he finds Dr Nigel Yeo fatally stabbed with a piece of one of his daughters blown glass vases.

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Bookgirl
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Gah. I loved the first Detective Venn book so was looking forward to reading this one. I just couldn‘t ever get excited about it. Matthew felt like a minor character with the main focus on other detectives. That said, I feel very distracted lately so this may be a case of “it‘s not you. It‘s me.” I‘m not sure??? I‘ll still read the next book in the series. In other news, first Michigan snow of the year! #imnotready

MidnightBookGirl Love this picture so much! 2w
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TrishB
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Second in this new series, knowledge of the characters is growing and so are the deaths.
Enjoyed this one as with all her books and didn‘t guess the murderer!

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m looking forward to read this new series. And watch the tv series! 4w
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm not got to the tv series yet! 4w
StellaB I really enjoyed the first one in the series, great to hear this one is good, too! 3w
TrishB @StellaB enjoy when you get to it 👍🏻 3w
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CarolynM
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Just as good as the first one. I love the characters and the North Devon setting. I'll be hanging out for the next in the series, and probably reading some other Ann Cleeves books in the meantime.

TrishB Good to know 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts You‘re on roll 👍🏻😊 1mo
Jeg I enjoy her books a lot. 1mo
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charl08
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Not herons but geese. And not the southwest but the northwest.

DivineDiana Love this photograph! 💙 2mo
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charl08
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'This is your full-time job? Working in the cafe?'

For the moment.' She walked out of the shallow water and joined him. I've got a degree. From Oxford. But there's not much call for students of Victorian fiction in contemporary Britain.'

Ross didn't know what to say to that.

Author's joke? (Bestselling Oxford English lit grad)

CarolynM 😆 2mo
julesG Oh. I didn't catch that one. 😂😂😂 2mo
charl08 @CarolynM @julesG I hope I'm not just reading top much into it! 🤔 2mo
julesG I'm sure you're right. 2mo
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MallenNC
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I love watching Vera and Shetland, the TV series based on on Ann Cleeves‘ other books, so I was excited to get to start a new detective series from her. This second book is just as good as the first. I love the setting in Devon, the main character, his husband, and his unusual upbringing. I think these elements are going to make for a great series so I‘m looking forward to the next one. And this is also being made into a TV show for ITV/BritBox!

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CourtSmall
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Book. 230/2021 Finished 26/9/21 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Audiobook

Disappointing , no where near as good as the first book

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Reecaspieces
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LizBurton Anne Cleves is one of those writers whose series really need to be read in order because the British/European style tends to be more detailed than their US counterparts. The details tend to accumulate from one book to the next, and aren't always included in every book. 2mo
Reecaspieces @LizBurton good point!!! 2mo
LizBurton @Reecaspieces If you know anyone with the Britbox streaming service, they're going to have a dramatization of the first book in the series, THE LONG CALL, this month. I'm really eager to see what they do with it. 2mo
Reecaspieces @LizBurton I want to watch her other shows from some of her other Book well 2mo
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DGRachel
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Ran out to PRB to pick up my preorder of the tagged book and grabbed a copy of Under the Whispering Door, too. I enjoyed the 1st Matthew Venn novel, so I‘m looking forward to this sequel. Did I preorder the B&N special edition of Under the Whispering Door? Yes. It should be here Friday. Did I order the special edition from Illumicrate that ship in October? Also, yes. Did I buy a copy today because all the Litsy posts made me jelly? Hell , yes.

EvieBee 🤣🤣 2mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 2mo
marleed Hell, yes! 2mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess Are you going to the book festival on Saturday? 2mo
DGRachel @Graciouswarriorprincess I am not. With the delta variant, I‘m not comfortable in crowds and wearing a mask all day is something neither Mom nor I want to do. Are you going? 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I wasn‘t planning on attending but with the change of being vaccinated, I am attending. I have an n95 mask plus I always double mask now. I will sit in my car between sessions with a cooler of food. 2mo
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julesG
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Thanks to this week's distractions, I had an inkling about who might be behind the murders, but - hold on tight - I was wrong. But the person I had in mind did some bad stuff to some people nevertheless.

I hope Cleeves is going to write more books in this series. I like the detectives.

EadieB Have you read book 1 in the series? 2mo
julesG @EadieB Yes, read it last week. Might have forgot to post about it. 2mo
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EadieB @julesG ok just checking because you said you wanted to read another book in this series. You should try to read her Shetland or Vera series. I really like them also. 2mo
julesG @EadieB Thank you! I'll try finding them through the library system. 2mo
EadieB @julesG Yes and you can also watch them on Acorn TV 📺 2mo
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julesG
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'Jen had drunk too much.'

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Just finished this one.

#SuperSeptember @Andrew65 @EadieB

EadieB I enjoyed this one too! 2mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Original plan was to listen to The Heron's Cry but then I found early copy so I ended up reading in Print.

When my @audible Preorder became available I went ahead and read a2nd time. Wanted to check out new Narrator. He hits his stride in Chapter 2 and it's excellent. Definitely recommend the audiobook.

With 2nd Readings of Mysteries, I always catch little things I missed. 'Knowing Who Done It' makes for different read. 🎧📖😎

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Lynnsoprano
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This is so good! I love the Shetland and Vera mysteries, but this may be my favorite Cleeves series. Complex, interesting characters and a very challenging murder mystery. I was completely taken aback to discover the murderer. Now I can‘t wait for the next book.

PhyllisH I‘m looking forward to reading this one. 😊 2mo
Andrew65 Such a great author. 2mo
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PatriciaU
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Cleeves' second in the Matthew Venn series is just as twisty and slick as her first, featuring skillful character development as well as engaging description and dialog. Cleeves is by far one of the best mystery writers practicing today, including intricate plots with lots of little off-shoot stories meant to deceive the reader until the final reveal. So happy to find out this series is being filmed!

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Lynnsoprano
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There are only a handful of authors for whom I‘ll pay full Kindle price, rather than waiting until it‘s marked down. Ann Cleeves is one, especially since I loved the first book in this new series. Starting this now.

PhyllisH I‘m the same. I downloaded my Kindle version yesterday. Enjoy!
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This is how you spend a Sunday: Veggie Burger, Key Lime Pie, & a good book. Great mystery! Kept me guessing right up till the end.

Said it before & I'll say it again, Ann Cleeves perfectly captures what it's like to leave a cult. Awkwardness in social settings. Struggle to find your place. It's why I love Detective Matthew Venn. You see his insecurities from his upbringing but also that he's made a good life for himself out in 'The World.'

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"Jen had drunk to much." ?
@ShyBookOwl
#FirstLineFridays

CoverToCoverGirl That might not end well.. 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Detective Matthew Venn is checking out the murder victim's house and finds: "One mug, rinsed and ready to go in the dishwasher, on the draining board in the kitchen. A pair of slippers carefully placed together close to the entrance to the hall. A copy of Friday's The Guardian, neatly folded on a coffee table."

What's he going to find in your house❓
Mine is empty whisky glass, hair clip, flowers & a stack of books.

Ruthiella A whole lot of cat hair! 😹 3mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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So there I was walking around Barnes & Noble w/ my Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte this isn't out until next week. AND I spot it on the New Release Shelf‼ Checked & my Preorder hasn't shipped. Talked to Booksellers, apparently Publisher didn't mark it as not to put on the shelf. She couldn't cancel my Preorder. Will call tomorrow & see about that. If all else fails I can return the one that I'm shipped.

Off to read past my bedtime. 🕵🏻‍♂️🫖📖

Crinoline_Laphroaig Goodreads, Audible, and Amazon all say release date is September 7th. 💃🏻 3mo
DivineDiana Congratulations on being at the right place, at the right time! Now, I want to try the PSL iced! 3mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @DivineDiana PSL was good Iced. Especially since it was 98F yesterday. 3mo
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Andrew65
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Book 6 finished for #AwesomeAugust

This is the second book in Ann Cleeves new series, and it was a great read following on where book 1 left off. This time we have a succession of murders but no real indications initially why. As usual Ann Cleeves writes great plots and great characters, and very much keeps her cards very close to her chest which makes it very difficult to work our the killer, but I do love her books. Totally recommended.

Andrew65 Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publishers for providing a copy of this book for me, for an an open and honest review. 4mo
kspenmoll Great review! 4mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Thanks 😊, Ann writes such great books. 4mo
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TrishB Looking forward to this one 👍🏻 4mo
Andrew65 @TrishB Hope you enjoy it. (edited) 4mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig Just finished it and never figured out the killer until I was told. 3mo
Andrew65 @Crinoline_Laphroaig Anne Cleeves has a habit of doing that! 3mo
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Andrew65
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Started reading book 2 in the Matthew Venn series, having received a #Netgalley Review copy.

Reading this as part of #AwesomeAugust

If anywhere as good as book 1 should be an excellent read.

MallenNC I‘m really looking forward to this one. I enjoyed The Long Call. 4mo
Andrew65 @MallenNC This one is just as good. 4mo
MallenNC @Andrew65 I‘m so glad to hear that. It will be fun to see where she takes a new series. 4mo
kspenmoll So happy to know another book in the series is on its way- 4mo
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EadieB
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#TheHeronsCry #AnnCleeves #BookSpinBingo #StackingTheSeries #SeriesRead2021

The Two Rivers Series, Book 2 Detective Matthew Venn is called out to a rural crime scene at the home of a group of artists. Dr Nigel Yeo has been fatally stabbed with a shard of one of his glassblower daughter's broken vases. Then another body is found--killed in a similar way. Matthew needs to find the killer before they strike again. Complex characters drive this plot.

EadieB This is a mystery full of surprises and Ann Cleeves is at the top of her game as she holds her cards close to her chest and the murderer is hard to figure out until the very end. Set in North Devon, this series is soon to be a TV series along with Shetland and Vera. If you like mysteries that are hard to solve, then you should read this series. I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for a free copy for an honest review. 4mo
TheSpineView Great job! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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