The Darkest Evening

The Darkest Evening

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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. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."-Louise Penny "As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. . . . A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter."-David Baldacci on The Long Call 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2020
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250204509
Characteristics: viii, 372 pages ; 24 cm.


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Dec 03, 2020

Seemed slower, a lot slower.

Nov 20, 2020

my first Vera book evem though I watch the series avidly.
Loved the book -especially like the way Holly is coming into her own.
Great read

Nov 10, 2020

I've been trying new authors (and being disappointed) so it was lovely to come back to a tried and true author and series. This series has improved with each book. Cleeves listens to her audience, and all the annoyances of the first two are gone. Vera is still old and fat and ugly--but Cleeves no longer beats us over the head with it in every chapter. Joe has become a great leading man and not just a foil. Holly is really coming into to her own both personally and professionally. The surrounding characters are well-developed and interesting beyond just elements of the crime.

debwalker Oct 24, 2020

VERA! Back with the perfect read for dark winter evenings.

Sep 29, 2020

I have to admit that although I was initially a Shetland series fan, with each book I read in the Vera Stanhope series she chips her way a little deeper into my heart. Sorry Jimmy.

Sep 17, 2020

I always enjoy the latest Vera Stanhope mystery. Brenda Blethyn is wonderful in the filmed series. Highly recommend Ms. Cleeves. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 08, 2020

Vera Stanhope is back solving another murder mystery and yes, for you perceptive readers, the title is from Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Book 9 in the series has Vera and her team trying to find the murderer of a young mother and a retired teacher. Taking place just before Christmas, the cold, bitter winter of Northumberland play a part in the challenges of solving the murder. As usual, Cleeves writes an excellent police procedural and the character of Vera in her frumpy clothes remains strong although in this book she is feeling her age. I hope that is not a sign that the series is coming to an end.

Sep 03, 2020

Absolutely loved spending time with Vera Stanhope, my favourite fictional detective. In this story, Vera and her team must untangle secrets and lies to uncover who murdered a vulnerable young single mother.

I've read many of Ann Cleeves's police procedural novels and this was one of the best: moody and atmospheric, filled with interesting characters and a tricky plot. I enjoyed every minute of it!

Jan 29, 2020

I always enjoy the latest Vera Stanhope mystery. Brenda Blethyn is wonderful in the filmed series. Highly recommend Ms. Cleeves. Kristi & Abby Tabby


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