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Harbour Street

A Vera Stanhope Mystery

by Ann Cleeves

Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves X
Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2015
    384 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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Harbour Street is the next spellbinding installment in Ann Cleeves' series of crime novels about Vera Stanhope, played in the TV detective drama Vera by Brenda Blethyn.

As the snow falls thickly on Newcastle, the shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence. Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along in the jostling crowd onto the Metro.

But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, and the other passengers fade into the swirling snow, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed.

Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. As she stands on the silent, snow-covered station platform, Vera feels a familiar buzz of anticipation, sensing that this will be a complex and unusual case.

Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera knows that to find the key to this new killing she needs to understand what had been troubling Margaret so deeply before she died - before another life is lost. She can feel in her bones that there's a link. Retracing Margaret's final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighborhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street...

Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?

Told with piercing prose and a forensic eye, Ann Cleeves' gripping new novel explores what happens when a community closes ranks to protect their own - and at what point silent witnesses become complicit.

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"Starred Review. You don't have to be a fan of the TV show Vera, now filming its fifth season, to enjoy this top-notch police procedural." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception." - Library Journal

"Even though you may wish you could prod Cleeves (Dead Water, 2014, etc.) to pick up the leisurely pace, the complexities of the people and plot make the wait worthwhile." - Kirkus

"Cleeves once again proves herself a master of mystery, with fine writing, a broodingly atmospheric setting, a twist-filled plot, and a shocker of an ending." - Booklist

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Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves writes two series of traditional mysteries, both of which have been turned into hit TV series. The Vera Stanhope books have been made into the hit series "Vera" starring Brenda Blethyn. The Shetland novels feature Inspector Jimmy Perez and are being filmed by the BBC and titled "Shetland." Both series are also available in the U.S. through Netflix and PBS. Raven Black, the first Shetland novel, won the CWA Gold Dagger. Thin Air, the sixth Shetland novel, was shortlisted for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year in 2015 and Ann was presented the Lee Child Dead Good Readers' Award for Best Loner or Detective for Vera the same year. Ann Cleeves lives in England.

Please visit her Web site at http://www.anncleeves.com

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