Silent Voices

Silent Voices

Book - 2011
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The dead cannot speak . . .Silent Voices is the fourth book in Ann Cleeves' Vera Stanhope series - which is now a major ITV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn, VERA. When DI 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, she's uncovered a simple death from natural causes. Then Vera spots ligature marks around the victim's throat - death is never that simple . . . Vera revels being back in charge of an investigation again, working with Sergeant Joe Ashworth to find a motive. While Joe struggles to reconcile his home life with the demands of the case, death has never made Vera feel so alive. The duo investigates the victim's past and discovers a shocking case, involving a young child. Probing the secretive community, they try to stop a killer in the present who can't seem to let go of the past . . . Also available in the Vera Stanhope series are The Crow Trap, Telling Tales, Hidden Depths and The Glass Room. Ann Cleeves' Shetland series (BBC television drama SHETLAND) contains five titles, of which Dead Water is the most recent.
Publisher: London : Pan, 2011
ISBN: 9780330512695
0330512692
Branch Call Number: M CLE
Characteristics: 382 p. ;,20 cm

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Dec 30, 2016

Silent Voices. by Ann Cleeves.
After having enjoyed the TV adaption of some of her other novels this is one I haven't seen on the small screen. The TV Vera is gentler, less gritty than her her alter-ego in the novel. But I digress.
This master of murder mystery has crafted another of her tales that keeps you scratching your head until you get to very near the end. My only reservation about this story is that it is so jam-packed with a variety of characters I often found myself a bit at sea about who was who --- especially after a a two day break from reading. Best not to take a break but rather to read straight through. Not at all a daunting prospect.
All in all, a mm well worth reading.

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maipenrai
Oct 21, 2016

THIRD BOOK IN Vera Stanhope SERIES. BOOKS 1 AND 2 AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK

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gloryb
Mar 18, 2016

Cleeves keeps the reader guessing who did the murders until she reveals all. She knows how to pace all of the information too. Just when I got tired of following the clues and learning about the background of all of the characters, she moves quickly to put an end to the novel. Another good read, this one about child murders and why that would happen.

TheDirector14 May 16, 2012

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Vera will tell you she's not gunning for Nicest Cop Award. She's blunt, frequently to the point of rudeness. But to her credit, is dogged & tenacious in hunting her prey. Vera is not out to make friends, but to solve murders; and she's very good at that!! I am hoping the new television series based on Cleeves' Vera Stanhope books makes it's way across the pond on either TVO or WNED. I believe Brenda Blethyn will make a superb Vera. She is one of Britains greatest actors around.
If you're looking for what I think are reffered to as "Cozies", as in a cozy, mild read by the fire this might not be for you, but read it anyway because it is a very well written mystery.

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sjhy
Dec 31, 2011

I had not read any of Annn Cleaves books before. This one I enjoyed, it kept me guessing 'til near the end who dun'it & why.
Vera Stanhope is quite a character & she sure loves to eat !

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cheadlebeagle
Sep 14, 2011

I enjoyed this and the detective is a quirky character. I see there are DVDs of the tv series Vera based on these novels which should be interesting. I do prefer her stories set in Scotland though.

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emerge
May 20, 2011

Interesting protagonist but really long winded plot.

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Nords
May 19, 2011

A really good mystery novel. I love Ann Cleeves as an author, particularily her recent 4 books set in the Shetland Islands. This one is a Vera Stanhope book. But you don't really need to have read any of the other books with her as the lead detective. Ann Cleeves does a great job in moving the plot forward and slowly introducing possible suspects. The setting of her books (in this case rural england near newcastle) are always really interesting and different then ones by american or canadian mystery authors. My only critique would be that this novel has a large cast of characters and at times I kept forgetting who was who. Also, there are a lot of english terms that take getting used to but this also adds to the authenticity of the book. A great read for mystery fans.

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