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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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    Sep 2019, 384 pages
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    Aug 4, 2020, 384 pages

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Ann Cleeves, the author of four successful mystery series, has started a new one with her latest book, The Long Call, set to be the first in the Two Rivers series.

Penning a great murder mystery seems like it would be particularly challenging. The story often fits into a standard template: there's a murder; someone investigates; clues and red herrings are introduced; and finally the person at fault is revealed. An author must find a way to fit his or her plot within that framework, however, while still managing to make it fresh. Ann Cleeves does this perfectly in her latest novel, The Long Call, pairing a memorable protagonist with a baffling crime that is complex yet believable.

Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, the book's central character, is attending the funeral of his estranged father when he's called to the scene of a murder near where he grew up in North Devon, England. To his shock, Venn finds that the crime happened a stone's throw from the house that he owns with his husband, Jonathan, the director of a daycare center for individuals...

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