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Raven Black: Book One of the Shetland Island Mysteries

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ann Cleeves

Narrated By: Gordon Griffin

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: November 2014

Duration: 11 hours 20 minutes


Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands.
It is a cold January morning and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross.
The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man

loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors, while a killer lives on in their midst.
Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle U.S. mystery readers with this unforgettable series debut. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.


  • Babbie Jaco

    This book was pretty good but I probably wouldn't listen to it again. The narrator was very good and I've really enjoyed using audiobooks!

  • Janet Atkinson

    Good mystery read by a good narrator. Loved the authenticity. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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