Synopses & Reviews
Ann Cleeves has thrilled readers everywhere with her critically acclaimed mystery series set in the Shetland Islands. Now, Cleeves is back with another compelling mystery series featuring detective Vera Stanhope.
When Vera finds the body of a woman in the sauna of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, shes uncovered a simple death of natural causes. But when a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victims throat, Veras team start their investigation. Vera and her colleagues soon uncover details in the victims past that may explain her untimely death. But Vera knows from experience that theres no such thing as a simple case, and this one gets more baffling by the minute.
With pitch-perfect writing, a finely tuned mystery, and a protagonist with a complex past of her own, Silent Voices is a stand out penned by one of Britains most successful mystery writers.
"Northumbrian Det. Insp. Vera Stanhope makes her winning U.S. debut in this mildly chaotic police procedural, the fourth entry in a series that's the basis for Vera, a British TV crime show now filming its third season. When Vera discovers the strangled body of social worker Jenny Lister in the steam room of Newcastle's Willows Health Club, she assembles her irreverent but loyal crew, who start interviewing the staff. They eventually focus on Danny Shaw, the club's sly temporary cleaner. Meanwhile, Vera discovers a strong link between several women in Jenny's village, Barnard Bridge, who all have ties to Jenny and her work with foster families and adoptions. The entire team wisely uses an investigator's greatest resource: village gossip. Yet it is Stanhope herself a homely, overweight spinster with blotchy skin, a fondness for alcohol, and a toxic personality who, using intuition and subtle intimidation, brings all the disorganization to an illogical but satisfying conclusion." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“I do love Vera!” —Val McDermid
"Excellent . . . Intricate plotting makes for a compulsive read.” —The Independent (UK)
“Detective Vera Stanhope is a remarkable creation.” —Bookseller (UK)
“One of the most appealing fictional detectives to emerge since Andy Dalziel got into his stride.” —Martin Edwards, Spintingler Magazine (UK)
“Watch out for Ann Cleeves . . . Snapped up by ITV, her creation, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope, is the new Frost, played by Brenda Blethyn.” —Red magazine (UK)
“Cleeves has hit the big time . . . This is going to be a winner!” —BBC Front Row (UK)
“An absorbingly cunning mystery.” —Daily Mail (UK)
“I do love Vera!”
“Its easy to admire Veras brainpower…her adventures have been a hit on British television, and readers devoted to Cleeves tales of Jimmy Perez will want to give Vera a try.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A nice mixture, in the British tradition, of social comedy and detective work. More Vera, please.” —Booklist (starred review)
When Inspector Vera Stanhope finds the body of a woman in the sauna room of her local gym, she wonders briefly if, for once in her life, shes uncovered a simple death from natural causes. But a closer inspection reveals bruises around the victims throat, and Vera quickly realizes that she has a murder on her hands. Silent Voices will thrill fans of Ann Cleeves's bestselling Shetland Island mysteries, as well as traditional mystery lovers looking for a new smart police procedural with emotional heft.
About the Author
ANN CLEEVES has been the reader-in-residence for the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, and was twice shortlisted for the Dagger Award before winning the first Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award for Raven Black, the first in the Jimmy Perez series which also includes White Nights, Red Bones, and Blue Lightning. The television show Vera is based on the Vera Stanhope series. Ann Cleeves lives in Yorkshire, England.