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The Long Call

The Two Rivers Series Book #1

by Ann Cleeves

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The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2019
    384 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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From Ann Cleeves - bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows - comes the first in a gripping new series.

In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father's funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.

Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.

The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he'd left behind.

From Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of Vera and Shetland, beloved by readers and TV viewers alike, comes a spectacular new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.

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"Cleeves makes good use of Devon local color and populates this subtle, expertly paced mystery with distinctive supporting characters." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The plotting is complex and intriguing, the location comes alive, and the resolution satisfies...fans of Cleeves lamenting the end of the Shetland series will find much to love in her new characters and setting." - Library Journal (starred review)

"As usual with this talented author, the key is relationships, and the murder is an occasion to examine them and then, finally, to expose what rips them apart." - Booklist

"Fans missing detective Jimmy Perez (Wild Fire, 2018, etc.) will find a worthy successor in the equally complex Venn, who presides over an excellent mystery in this series kickoff." - Kirkus Reviews

"As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. She easily exceeded those expectations with The Long Call. Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter." - David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Brilliant, thoughtful and deeply engaging." - Sara Paretsky, New York Times bestselling author of the V.I. Warshawski series

"Ann Cleeves is a phenomenal talent. With unfailing skill, gorgeous setting, flawless plot and seamless voice, she brilliantly conjures new worlds in crime fiction. Her instantly iconic Detective Matthew Venn is a treasure―and we will all follow him anywhere."- Hank Phillippi Ryan, Nationally bestselling and award-winning author of The Murder List

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Victoria

So-so mystery title
Thanks to Minotaur Books and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this upcoming mystery. Overall, it fell flat for me. I didn’t find the mystery story that compelling and yet still felt it was wrapped up rather quickly towards the end. The main character is a detective and I hear this is going to be a new series. I’m not that interested though in reading more about him. I found him rather irritating. Well, all books are not made for all. I’m sure readers of British mystery series may like it.

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Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series―the BBC's Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, and ITV's Vera, starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn―both of which are watched and loved in the US. Her brand new Two Rivers series will launch in September 2019, with The Long Call.

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