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Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary

Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2)

Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary Free read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award Summary Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From Ann Cleeves New York Times bestselling and award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series both of which are hit TV shows comes Telling Tales Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers Louise Penny It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen year old Abigail Mantel Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence Abigail's killer is still at large For one young woman Emma Bennett the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enuiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget tensions begin to mount But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pastsWith each person's story revisited the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl First book I ve read featuring Vera Stanhope and I haven t watched the TV series so no preconceptions about herAnn Cleeves weaves a skilful plot around the murder of a teenage girl and the subseuent suicide of the person charged with her murder I was immediately drawn in the story pulls the reader in a number of different directions Clearly there are people deeply affected by tragic events but who s got what to hide and why A diverse collection of characters gave real depth to the plot and kept me guessing right the way through There s a strong sense of location with sufficient description to place events in a real time and place setting thereby adding to the sense of this Being a true life investigation It s a really well crafted story with sufficient pace to keep the reader engaged from start to finish I particularly enjoyed the psychological probing Flawed characters just on the normal boundary make fascinating subjects I found Vera intelligent likeable and often amusing She s colourful without being intrusive and her conflicts both personal and professional made her very believableThe pace of the thriller really picks up in the latter third of the book as the strands come together and a real sense of urgency builds in the closing pages Loved it Have another couple featuring Vera and looking forward to those Reading this as a standalone worked well Happy to recommend

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Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary Free read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award Summary Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From Ann Cleeves New York Times bestselling and award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series both of which are hit TV shows comes Telling Tales Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers Louise Penny It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen year old Abigail Mantel Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence Abigail's killer is still at large For one young woman Emma Bennett the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enuiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget tensions begin to mount But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pastsWith each person's story revisited the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl Set in the fictional town of Elvet in East Riding so Vera is off of her usual stomping ground With a murder of a teenage girl ten years previously and the person imprisoned for the death always claiming her innocence so there is pressure mounting for the case to be re examined especially as the prisoner kills herselfLooking for an impartial person to lead an investigation to look into the first one so Vera and Joe are called in from a neighbouring police force but will they find anything that was missed the first time around Ann Cleeves builds up a community where the main characters come to life and we are taken back to the fateful murder and how things have altered in the previous ten yearsOf course as you would expect with something being reopened after such a period of time so old antipathies are brought once again to the surface and the realisation that if the police did convict the wrong person that a murderer still walks around the area With growing suspicions and paranoia there are Vera and Joe digging up people s secrets and thus perhaps adding to the rumour millIt is always sort of comical to see Vera appear for the first time in a new community with her making herself at home in other people s houses drinking their tea or coffee and whisky whilst stuffing her face with their chocolate biscuits and asking awkward uestionsThis book works so well because of the fully realised characters and the secrets that surround some of them which does give rise to a strong mystery element And with Vera hating it in an area that is comparatively flat and amongst the Yorkies as she calls Yorkshire people as well as wondering whether this is contributing to her eczema outbreak we can see her desperation to finish the case and get back homeIn all this is a good strong story that is well worth reading and is uite a meaty read with a number of possibilities thrown in our way to make us wonder if the police were right or wrong all those years ago

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Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary Free read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award Summary Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) ä PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free From Ann Cleeves New York Times bestselling and award winning author of the Vera and Shetland series both of which are hit TV shows comes Telling Tales Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers Louise Penny It has been ten years since Jeanie Long was charged with the murder of fifteen year old Abigail Mantel Now residents of the East Yorkshire village of Elvet are disturbed to hear of new evidence proving Jeanie's innocence Abigail's killer is still at large For one young woman Emma Bennett the revelation brings back haunting memories of her vibrant best friend and of that fearful winter's day when she had discovered her body lying cold in a ditch As Inspector Vera Stanhope makes fresh enuiries on the peninsula and villagers are hauled back to a time they hoped to forget tensions begin to mount But are people afraid of the killer or of their own guilty pastsWith each person's story revisited the Inspector begins to suspect that some deadly secrets are threatening to unfurl 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 brusue line in uestioning scruffy attire and curious ability to make herself comfortable even when she is an unwilling intruder This second novel is another opportunity to devour Ann Cleeves uniue brand of atmospheric crime fiction marked out by her portrayals of village life against the rugged backdrop of the windswept and rugged Northumbria coastline Cleeves novels never fail to engage marked out by subtle characterisation and a cunning that sees her extruding hidden passions historic resentments and simmering frustrations 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 A particular joy in Telling Tales was that Vera made four big grand entrances within the first one hundred pages with her thick legs shapeless Crimplene clothes open toed sandals and blotchy skin Vera is the very anti thesis of a feminine and well turned out Detective Inspector However watch closely and you will see that very should never be underestimated and is as shrewd as they come She feels her way into the complexities of a situation and perceptively picks up on hostilities and lies Reading an Ann Cleeves novel feels like a homage to the good old days when crime fiction was populated by distinctive characters and littered with red herrings and blind alleys with the ensuing cracks providing leverage for a skilful detective to decipher the undercurrentsTen years ago when Emma Winter moved to the village of Elvet East Yorkshire and her early days were filled by her sole friendship with the vibrant and ethereal beauty of best friend fifteen year old Abigail Mantel 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 Within six months of moving to Elvet Emma s life was blighted by the discovery of her friends body strangled to death The much younger girlfriend of Keith Jeanie Long was sentenced to life imprisonment unable to offer a corroborated alibi and given her fractious relationship with Abigail and Keith asking her to move out of the home she had spent three months living at However ten years later and turned down for parole Jeanie Long s suicide prior to a new witness coming forward sees DI Vera Stanhope casting fresh eyes over an investigation that the neighbouring force of Yorkshire originally presided over It doesn t take Vera too long to unsettle villagers and enthuse Elvet with her mischievous energy and get to grips with the very ferocity of human emotions and the lengths that it can drive people toAfter the murder best friend Emma went away to university only to return and live her life as a married mother in the shadow of her overbearing and devout father parole officer Robert and obliging mother Mary and a marriage to an older man that lacks spark and has left her curiously disengaged with her surroundings Emma goes through the motions smiles at the right places and plays the happy wife but her dreams about the brooding and intense pottery maker who lives opposite Dan Greenwood are given colour when she realises that he was a young sergeant and sidekick to the original investigator Detective Inspector Caroline Fletcher Now a civilian Dan s past is shrouded in mystery but the arrival of Emma s self contained and studious brother Christopher who tells of his long held devoted love of Abigail makes Emma realise that perhaps she wasn t uite so close to her friend as she believed at the time As Vera mobilises Jeanie s father a man who thought his own daughter guilty and treats him with humanity and respect she scours and scrutinises the Elvet grapevine for both scurrilous rumour and truth If it has substance Vera eeks it out from attitudes to Keith Mantel regarded as lacking scruples in business and known for a string of glamorous young girlfriends to his importance as a local fundraiser And what of Emma s husband the genial pilot James Bennett and why is Keith Mantel so keen to send Vera chasing after himVera is genuine and astute lacking in airs and graces and is often intrusive and tactless but she also represents a brand of detective that the reader can identify with The readers learn of Vera is seems that behind her indomitable front she too has her own disappointments and grasp on human emotions DI Stanhope may be confident and very proud but crucially she also recognises her own fallibility and berates herself for missing the obvious although it is never uite so obvious to her readers as to Vera Despite looking on DS Joe Ashworth as an honorary son she is not blind to his sentimentality and how easily he is fed a sob storyTelling Tales is a magnificent novel marked out by some clever characterisation and the added hindrance that Vera Stanhope and her sergeant Joe Ashworth are operating in the neighbouring district of Yorkshire and hence not welcomed with open arms by their colleagues Given that the second murder is investigated under the authority of the the Yorkshire force and Vera has a tendency to rub people up the wrong way DS Joe Ashworth comes in handy as a foil to extract information in their tremendous double act Critically the denouement and motive behind both incidents was wholly believable and whereas sometimes in the past I have found the rationale behind the crimes that Ann Cleeves creates a little hard to swallow I was impressed with the wrap up Simply wonderfulReview written by Rachel Hall hallrachel


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  1. says: Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za

    Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za First book I've read featuring Vera Stanhope and I haven't watched the TV series so no preconceptions about herAnn Cleeves

  2. says: Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za

    Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za Free read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award Ann Cleeves is manna from heaven for nosy readers everywhere and Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope is a pleasure

  3. says: Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za

    Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za Set in the fictional town of Elvet in East Riding so Vera is off of her usual stomping ground With a murder of a teenage girl ten ye

  4. says: Read Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary

    Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za Telling Tales is one of the “Vera” series by Ann Cleeves which I know so well from the TV series In this novel Inspector Vera Stanhope has been called away from her home county of Northumberland to reopen a murder case in a small Yorkshire village by the sea east of Hull But first the author takes us into the mind of Emma Bennett who w

  5. says: Free read Å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ï Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award Ann Cleeves Winner of the Crime Writer's Association Diamond Dagger Award ï 5 Summary Read Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2)

    Read EPUB Telling Tales: A Vera Stanhope Mystery (Vera Stanhope, 2) – inspireconsulting.co.za It took me a while to get into this book because it is a slow burner It doesn't have tense and thrilling action the whole way through like other crime novels but I think that is what makes this series stand out I like how Ann Cleeves not only introduces you to all the main characters but gives you really deep information about them and their

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