The Darkest Evening: Book summary and reviews of The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves

The Darkest Evening

Vera Stanhope #9

by Ann Cleeves

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The Darkest Evening by Ann Cleeves
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2020
    384 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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 the stunning new Vera Stanhope novel, The Darkest Evening.

On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help. But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the back seat.

Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place she knows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds of Northumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It's also where her father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there's a party in full swing: music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to the revelers, a woman lies dead in the snow.

As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezing Northumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family's complicated past.

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"[S]uperb...This fair-play mystery brims with fully developed suspects and motives that are hidden in plain sight. Skillful misdirection masks the killer's identity. This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves' eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement." - Kirkus Reviews

"Cleeves has a fine time constructing a clockwork murder plot...Loneliness plays both sides of the aisle here, afflicting both Vera and the murderer she hunts." - Booklist

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Ann Cleeves Author Biography

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Ann grew up in Herefordshire, Endland, then in North Devon. Her father was a village school teacher. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs - child care officer, women's refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard - before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.

While she was cooking in the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle she met her husband Tim, a visiting ornithologist. Soon after they married, Tim was appointed as warden of Hilbre, a tiny tidal island nature reserve in the Dee Estuary. They were the only residents; there was no mains electricity or water and access to the mainland was restricted to low tide. If you are not fascinated by birds - and Ann isn't - there isn't much to do on Hilbre, and that was when she ...

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