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Cold earth

Cold earth

Cleeves, Ann, author

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main Lerwick-Sumburgh road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and peaty water smash through a croft house in its path. Everyone thinks the croft is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. In his mind, she shares his Mediterranean ancestry and soon he becomes obsessed with tracing her identity. Then it emerges that she was already dead before the landslide hit the house. Perez knows he must find out who she was, and how she died

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Macmillan, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Ann Cleeves
ISBN: 1447278186, 9781447278184
Note: TV tie-in.
Physical Description: 386 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: The Shetland series
Subject: Perez, Jimmy (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Police Scotland Shetland Fiction.
Series Title: Shetland series.

Author note

Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. She has written over twenty-five novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez - characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold millions of copies worldwide.

Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. In 2006 Ann was awarded the Duncan Lawrie Dagger (CWA Gold Dagger) for Best Crime Novel for Raven Black, the first book in her Shetland series. Some of her other novels include the popular Shetland series, Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning, Dead Water and Thin Air. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the 2017 recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing.. Ann lives in North Tyneside.


A fine writer||Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime||Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves||Ann Cleeves is a skilful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction
Daily Express

Back cover copy

As far as they could tell she'd been the only casualty. Her dark eyes stared out at him. Perez still felt the weird and irrational attachment that he'd experienced at the scene.

Praise for the Shetland series

'Ann's characterization is worthy of the best writers in the field . . . Rarely has a sense of place been so evocatively conveyed in a crime novel' Daily Express

'Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime, and this chilling thriller should help her on her way' Sunday Mirror

'Cleeves deftly paints in the personalities and their relationships, as the police inquiries disrupt the close-knit community. It's a good, character-led mystery, which displays the art of storytelling without recourse to slash and grab' Sunday Telegraph

'Like a smoky Shetland peat fire, this elegantly written, slow-burning intrigue shrouds you in mystery and crackles with inner heat' Peter James