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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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Now they are 50 years older, all at different places in their lives, about to begin another weekend of eating, drinking, meditation, swimming, and lots of walking and talking. For those who both read the books and watch the television series, it must be said that it’s a pleasure to still have Joe Ashworth as Vera’s second in the books—“her surrogate son, and her conscience. Due to her sloppy appearance, people tend to underestimate her as a detective but come to admire her sharp intelligence and crime-solving skills. Once it does start unravelling, the pace moves quickly and soon the tangled mess of people and motive becomes clearer. So along with delving into the complaints made about Rick recently, secrets from the past are set to be revealed as the team interview others who are part of the picture, including Rick's ex-wife Charlotte, retired teacher Judith Marshall, Annie's ex-husband, Daniel Rede, local boy made good with his exclusive holiday developments along the stunning coast, and his partner, PCC Katherine Willmore.

To all those who love a really good murder mystery with so many twists and turns to make your head spin and keep you guessing who did it until the end, this is the book for you! All I have to say is this, sometimes things do not end in a whimper but instead they end with a howl.

A group of aging friends meet every five years on Holy Island off the Northumberland coast for the past 50 years. I won't be reading anything further from this author after being bored by the story and enraged by the cruelness directed to her main character over and over again.

Die Figur, die von Ann Cleeves geschaffen wurde und von Brenda Blethyn dargestellt wird, ist unheimlich sympathisch in ihrer knorrigen Art. There’s a swathe of clues to go through, and false starts, overlayed by the sense of time and Hector’s bits of nonsense bullying Vera from the grave. A group of local sixth formers and their trendy young teacher first visited the island 50 years ago. In the present day, one of their number, a well-known journalist Rick Kelsall is found hanging from a vaulted ceiling.

A pinwheeling third-person narrative drives the pace, while Vera's candor tempers the plot's darker elements. They think the murder may be due to Rick's present transgressions or some rivalry among the group, but Vera is insistent that it is somehow connected to the long-ago death of Isobel.

In this, the tenth in Anne Cleeve’s excellent series, Vera find’s herself on the lovely but isolated island of Lindisfarne…. It wasn't very interesting and if not for the obligation I felt having been given early access on NetGalley from the publisher, I wouldn't have finished the book. They reminisce and celebrate the school trip where they first met as teenagers at the Pilgrim’s House. Vera is a star of a protagonist, overweight, with a shambolic appearance that has her giving off the vibes of a bag lady, and here she is mistaken as a cleaner, not that it bothers her in the slightest. The event, led by a young teacher named Judith Marshall, resulted in all night drinking, deep discussions, and exploration of the students' feelings.Overweight, disheveled, dowdy Vera resembles a bag lady and is mistaken for a cleaning lady in this story. Die Vielzahl an Nebenschauplätzen verleiht der Geschichte zusätzlichen Charme und hält den Leser in Atem. This story has so many threads going on, but it is a terrific story, with both a cold case and a new one, that I was totally engrossed in. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016.

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