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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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Rick is a celebrity journalist recently fired after an intern complained that he sexually assaulted her. The story starts with a reunion of friends who meet every five years and, of course, there are hidden secrets and past sins that are threatening to resurface to the point that someone desperate enough is led to murder to keep his secrets hidden! Ann Cleeves takes you craggy windswept shores to unravel old secrets among old friends and to give us a story with people you like, food you can taste, weather you can feel through your pajamas and a really good story that you have not heard before! Vera knows exactly how to lead her team to get the best out of each of them, and Cleeves doesn’t do things without having a purpose. The dynamics between Joe and Holly are interesting as Joe is clearly Vera’s favourite and Holly longs to be noticed more by the boss.

The Rising Tide is another triumph for Vera and for Ann Cleeves, who provides such a compelling and ever-developing series set in such a fabulous part of the country. I am late to the party of reading the Vera Stanhope series (not just watching the wonderful tv series).Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016.

This is a superb setting especially as the tide rises and rolls in adding an extra dimension of atmosphere especially as concealed secrets find their way to the surface, bubbling up like the waves.Cleeves, who captures the world and its people in shades of gray tone, evokes compelling images of nostalgia, sadness, yearning, envy…and murder. The island is linked to the mainland by a causeway that floods twice a day – the rising tide of the title that plays a key role in the action. 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.

Publication information is for the USA, and (unless stated otherwise) represents the first print edition. Zu allen Figuren und speziell dem Polizeiteam fließen viele private Informationen ein, die für Spannung in allen Nebensträngen sorgen. 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. And, as is usual in these books, the conclusion of the case brings its own poignancy and heartache to the investigative team. After a quick review of the scene and much to her delight, Vera is sure that it’s a murder and not a suicide.In addition to questioning the four who last saw Rick and were also witnesses to events prior to Isobel's death, other vital connections may play a role in the murder and its solution. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

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