Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

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Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

Telling Tales (Vera Stanhope, 2)

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This second novel is another opportunity to devour Ann Cleeves unique brand of atmospheric crime fiction, marked out by her portrayals of village life against the rugged backdrop of the windswept and rugged Northumbria coastline. We also follow up with the original investigator and another officer on the case and we find out how their lives changed too.

Both misfits in their own way, Emma longed for escape to the Old Chalet and Abigail’s glamorous lifestyle with her widowed and charismatic father, Keith. I just love this crime/thriller story featuring Inspector Vera Stanhope (one of my favourite police characters EVER).Ann Cleeves is manna from heaven for nosy readers everywhere and Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is a pleasure to watch in action as she blusters onto a crime scene with her brusque line in questioning, scruffy attire and curious ability to make herself comfortable, even when she is an unwilling intruder. The plot is one of Cleeves' strongest and, as always, I was drawn into the characters lives and relationships. Overweight and shambolic, DI Vera Stanhope certainly elicits strong reactions with her attempt at a dithering and out of her depth old woman, managing to send a ripple of fear through not only the guilty party but those reticent to be drawn. We start off with a young housewife, Emma Bennett who sits around having fantasies about the local potter, Dan. When I finished the series, I realized that I DID want to give the books a try [I had read the first one, which is what led me to the TV show] and so I dove in.

Hopefully there will be more character-building in the third book which I will probably read at some point. I found very few of the characters likeable, and even appreciated how one unreliable narrator was modeled after Emma Bovary (of Madame Bovary notoriety). She seems to have three voices, crotchety old man/woman - they sound closely alike, implausibly naive young woman and young hooligan. With such a muck up of the investigation including sending an innocent to jail, DI Vera Stanhope has been assigned to re-open the murder case and find the real killer. As this was Vera’s first full appearance, I found myself mainly focusing on her traits and mannerisms.

Now, evidence has emerged that proves her innocence and means that Abigail’s killer still roams free. It is a compelling mystery as a young woman is wrongfully accused of murdering her boyfriend's teenage daughter.

It seems a bit strange that so much time goes into exploring Emma's life and family post-murder but it's engrossing and sets up the personality of the village and of Abigail herself.Whether detailing the domestic world, life with a small baby or the work of the pilots on the ships, Cleeves has an accomplished eye. They were the only residents, there was no mains electricity or water and access to the mainland was at low tide across the shore. On hearing the news, Emma Bennett is haunted once more by memories of her vibrant best friend, Abigail, and by the thought that her killer is still at large.

She went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the Inside Books project, became Cheltenham Literature Festival's first reader-in-residence and still enjoys working with libraries. And there were elements that were different in the book than in the show [which helped with my confusion and I was totally okay with that] and when I finally *thought* I DID remember, I was close but ultimately wrong. Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands.While she was cooking in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle, she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. There was more information about her in this book than the first, but I haven’t been “grabbed” by this character yet.

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