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White Nights: A Thriller

White Nights: A Thriller

Scritto da Ann Cleeves

Narrato da Gordon Griffin


White Nights: A Thriller

Scritto da Ann Cleeves

Narrato da Gordon Griffin

valutazioni:
4/5 (54 valutazioni)
Lunghezza:
11 ore
Pubblicato:
Mar 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781427266439
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descrizione

In this second audiobook of the Shetland Quartet to feature Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead, wearing a clown's mask.

Set in mid-summer, the audiobook captures the unsettling nature of a landscape where the sun never quite sets and where people are not as they first seem.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Pubblicato:
Mar 10, 2015
ISBN:
9781427266439
Formato:
Audiolibro


Informazioni sull'autore

Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on television in ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions 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. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.

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  • (3/5)
    The second entry in Cleeves Shetland series, and it is not nearly as good as the first book. I feel like she mucked up the ending - I had someone different picked for the murderer, and I think mine would have made for a better story. Also, some weird tension between the two lead detectives in this one which didn't really make sense to me since they got along fine in the first book. I like the lead characters and the setting, so I will continue with this series.
  • (3/5)
    White Nights is book two in the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves. I am late getting acquainted with this series; this second book was published in 2010. The good news there is I can jump into the next story without the laboriously long wait for the author to release the latest book. Sometimes it’s nice to discover a series that’s been out a while. White Nights refers to the long period of daylight in the Shetland islands.Our main detective character Jimmy Perez has a starring role again. Book one left it in the air whether he was staying on the island or returning to his childhood home. I haven’t seen the television series but have seen the comparisons about the books vs TV. Seems, as always, they are different. There are quite a few characters to keep up with in the book but it isn’t confusing, unless you stop reading for a bit and then go try and pick it up again. Having been ill recently, that’s what I did and had to reread the previous two chapters.The characters are likable but I’d push Perez to be more animated. He does an awful lot of ruminating over what he should have done in regard to Fran, his love interest. As for the investigative role he’s spot on.The book starts with a person in clown mask, handing out flyers to locals and tourists from a cruise ship. I don't like clowns but that didn't put me off. then we move to an evening at artist Bella Sinclair’s manse featuring a famous musician (Bella’s nephew) and artist Fran Hunter. They are displaying their work and hoping for sales and recognition.It’s not a great turnout, being as clown boy sabotaged the evening by handing out flyers stating the show was canceled. Mystery number one there. During the exhibition, an Englishman staring at a portrait suddenly drops to his knees and starts crying. Perez is at the exhibition with Fran, uncomfortably mingling as a guest and not there in his professional capacity as a police officer. Now he feels the need to get the crying man and see if he needs medical attention.What a drag for Perez, he just wants to enjoy the evening. The Englishman has no identification and claims amnesia. That’s mystery number two. While Perez is checking with other guests to see who he may have arrived with or if anyone knows him, the memory- loss Englishman disappears. Flip another chapter and he’s found hanging, an apparent suicide.Or is it?!We have another death then some old bones discovered in a cave near the cliffs (mysteries three and four!) The bodies are certainly piling up in this small island setting. Sometimes the story moved too slowly, my opinion, yet I wasn’t tempted to toss the book aside. It’s the flavor of the setting, a slower lifestyle and thoughtful conversations. There are only seven books in the series so I aim to finish the Shetland series this year. Maybe I will then check out the DVDs. This book is categorized as a mystery and thriller. More mystery, not so much a thriller.
  • (5/5)
    Another well written, empathetic mystery involving long held secrets in the Shetland Islands. Jimmys relationship with Fran is deepening, and this mystery centers around an Art opening for Fran and her friend Bella. 4 deaths later we find out the cause. I never would have guessed.
  • (4/5)
    Set in the Shetland Islands during the Simmer Dim, when the sun barely sets, this novel didn’t work as well for me as the first one. Mostly that was because of the plot, which I found uninteresting until the very end. The characters, however, are well-developed and ima, enjoying learning more about Jimmy Perez, the detective.
  • (2/5)
    2.25 starsA stranger has wandered into an art opening on the Shetland Islands, and makes a scene. He is later found dead – it is initially deemed a suicide, but on closer inspection, it appears to be a murder. So, the premise sounds really good. I was hopeful. But, I was also listening to the audio, and it just couldn’t hold my interest. I did follow enough at the start to get my little summary (and it’s why the extra .25 stars), but it really went downhill after that, and I could rarely focus on what was going on. It makes me not want to continue the series, but I feel like I should try the 3rd one, just not on audio, and decide from there. I don’t remember the first book blowing me away, either, though I did rate it as “good”.
  • (3/5)
    Cleeves writes characters with depth in locations that make you want to go there. This makes her books easy to read and enjoyable. In the background there is a murder plot of course, but she has a tendency to overdo the misdirection for the sake of a last chapter reveal.
  • (4/5)
    Loved this one more than the first in the series! Oh, how I wish I could live there!
  • (3/5)
    Love the characterization, love the writing, love the narration, but had a hard time with the mystery itself. Thankfully, the former make this totally worth reading :)
  • (4/5)
    Jimmy Perez is back with another murder to solve. I knew from the first book that there was probably going to be a unexpected twist but I still was surprised at the motive. There is a nice exploration of Jimmy's private life - very realistic and not without its bumps and bruises. The setting of artists and the creative world was interesting.
  • (5/5)
    A stranger dies in mysterious circumstances not long after speaking to DI Jimmy Perez at a local art event, setting in train a puzzling picture of events from 15 years previously. Captures well the special life of Shetlanders and the strange "white night" in summer when it never really gets dark. Interesting, believable, sympathetic characters and a plot which keeps you guessing.
  • (3/5)
    I love the location of this series and summer there, where the sun hardly seems to set. A reasonably interesting mystery here as a stranger appears at a gallery opening, only to show up dead the next morning.
  • (5/5)
    White Nights by Ann Cleeves; (4 1/2*)I enjoy these types of mysteries and not just for the mystery but also for the development of the key characters and the sense of space & time. I am enjoying finding out more about our detective, Perez, and more about the village & its inhabitants. The description of the bleak and stark but beautiful environment intrigues me. Summers are vastly different in the Shetlands from the winters.I think Cleeves does a good job of rolling out her characters & building them. Also I like how she gives the reader hints to help one guess who our villain is. Thus far I have been surprised in both stories I have read in this Shetland series.I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    Jimmy Perez (from Raven Black) is back in White Nights. Even though this is a sequel it could be read on its own. A few characters are the same but the plot is not a continuation of the first. This time it's midsummer in the Shetland Islands, a time when the sun doesn't set completely and there's always a hint of light. It's the time for insomnia and...murder. A stranger has come to the Shetland Islands to disrupt the art opening of established artist, Bella Sinclair. Crying and creating a scene, he succeeds in ruining the party and then disappears into the night. When the same stranger is found wearing a clown mask and hanging from the rafters in an old fishing shed Jimmy Perez must untangle the mystery. Who was this masked man, why did he create such a disturbance at Bella's party and why is he now dead? Jimmy is sure it's murder. Each question leads Jimmy to clues that further confuse him. When another man is found dead, this time the nephew of Bella Sinclair, it seems obvious someone wants to hurt Bella...but why?
  • (4/5)
    I like the characters, particularly Detective Perez. I love the setting. I was surprised by the outcome. I didn't know who the killer was, but I wasn't expecting the result. The characters, dialog, scenery and motives are so compelling in Ann Cleeves' books.
  • (5/5)
    I so enjoyed the Shetland TV series that I wanted to read the books. They have been wonderful reads. This is the second book in the series. Once again, I never saw the ending coming. I love being on the edge of my seat! I also enjoy the descriptions of Shetland - I've never been to there, but I can feel the weather and the wind and see where I would be. Superb writing!
  • (4/5)
    I never realized how depressing long summer nights might be, having grown up with that darkening mood descending only in winter. But author Ann Cleeves creates a clear impression of endlessly oppressive days in her second Shetland novel, White Nights. The story can be read alone of course, but it follows pleasingly on from an unmissable first book in the series. Characters and relationships grow in depth and relevance, and for someone who has seen the television series, it’s satisfying to note how the past in these novels grows into the present on screen. There’s a pleasing balance between love and need, beauty and integrity, romance and harmony, and image and truth. Mysteries are hidden in the mists, and the everyday is as real as the crime to be solved in a story that moves with the languidly deceptive calm of secrets, art and life. Ann Cleeves' Shetland feels vividly real, and starkly lit in this haunting tale.Disclosure: It was a birthday present.
  • (5/5)
    This is the 2nd book in Ann Cleeves Shetland Island series which is measuring up to be a very engaging series. In this book we learn some more about Shetland Island and it's inhabitants on the far side of the island. These characters have grown up together and know each other very well. When a visitor is suddenly murdered it throws them into a tale-spin as the police are eyeing them up. Ann Cleeves is very clever in spinning this tale which leaves us wondering right down to the last page. She is a slow-paced writer who keeps the pages turning. If you like mystery and secrets then I recommend this book for you.
  • (5/5)
    White Nights is the second book to feature Shetland Island detective, Jimmy Perez. As the book opens, Fran Hunter and a local celebrity artist, Bella Sinclair, are about to hold a joint exhibition of their work at the Herring House, a gallery/cafe in the tiny town of Biddista. Suddenly, a man bursts into tears in front of one of Fran's pictures. Jimmy takes him into the kitchen to calm down, but the man claims to have no idea of who he is, nor does he carry any identification. While Jimmy is seeing if any of the visitors know the man, he vanishes. The next morning, the crying man's dead body is found hanging in the boat shed on the beach.

    The lives of the people who live in Biddista are entwined: they knew each other as children, being at school together whatever their social class, and there isn't much about each others past that they don't know. The atmosphere is remarkable, catching the remoteness and isolation of the islands as well as that small town claustrophobia of a place where it's very difficult to have secrets.

    This is shaping up to be a good solid series, filled with lively, fully fleshed characters and complex and well-handled plots. It kept me guessing right to the end. Quiet and gentle Jimmy Perez is a memorable and attractive character; one strongly identifies with him, his concerns and his love for the lonely but beautiful Shetlands and quite possibly, Fran Hunter. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
  • (4/5)
    The White Nights refers to the phenomena in Shetland where it's Northern enough that the Sun doesn't really set during the Summer, which can lead people to be a bit off their form. It can lead to suicides which is the first assumption by Jimmy Perez when a body is found in a communal boat shed. The doctor called to check doubts this and his colleague whom he consults agrees. They bigger mystery is who the person is, he's not local.Taylor gets involved again and follows some leads around England. Jimmy is also dealing with his growing feelings for Fran and their blossoming relationship.I found it quite interesting but it was strange that this was the second book I've read recently with long winters and summers.
  • (4/5)
    Summers in the Shetland Isles are long long days followed by white nights, when the sun never truly sets. Old loves, old acquaintances and old fears resurface and the result: murder.Wonderful setting, which is a character all itself, and a complex mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.
  • (5/5)
    WHITE NIGHTS by Ann Cleeves is the second title in her SHETLAND series.Detective Inspector, Jimmy Perez, is our main character and must diligently sift through many layers of secrets in order to arrive at the truth of 2 murders and a long ago disappearance.The ‘sense of place’ in this series is incredible. The Shetland Islands Board of Tourism should pay Ms. Cleeves a commission for her brilliantly detailed descriptions of the Islands and inhabitants. If I had the money, I would be on the next ferry!The Islands and characters are described with rich detail and insights into the local culture. The threads of community and multi-generations are ‘knitted with care’ by Ms. Cleeves, just like a Fair Isle sweater.I am very impressed with this series and give it my highest recommendation.
  • (5/5)
    Another fabulous traditional police procedural set in Shetland. This one was made into a radio play by the BBC a year or more ago and I remember it haunting me at the time, mostly because of the stress laid on how the simmer dim causes sleeplessness and irrational behaviour. I dived straight into this one after Raven Black and loved it just as much - then found, to my delight, I'd bought the fourth one, too! I haven't enjoyed a series so much for ages.
  • (4/5)
    Tight plotting & great read in the 2nd outing for Jimmy Perez.
  • (4/5)
    It’s summer in Shetland and well-known artist Bella Sinclair is hosting an exhibition of her work alongside that of new artist Fran Hunter. Although there are not as many guests at the opening as Bella expected, one unknown Englishman does make an impression when he breaks down in tears at the sight of one of the paintings. Local Detective Jimmy Perez, attending the exhibition on a date with Fran Hunter, takes the man aside and discovers he has amnesia. When the man disappears from the gallery Jimmy doesn’t make much effort to find him but wishes he had done when the man is discovered dead the next morning. This presumed suicide and subsequent events all seem to be affected by the endless daylight of the far northern summer and the isolation of the islands.

    I’m a sucker for books set in remote locations. They are as different from my inner-city life as it gets (and not somewhere I’d willingly spend more than about 5 days) but I love reading about them. Cleeves does a superb job of immersing readers in the isolated world populated by familiar faces who, although they share much, all seem to work incredibly hard at keeping a little piece of themselves private. I quickly developed an image of Biddista, the village of half a dozen houses where most of the action takes place, and its inhabitants thanks to Cleeves’ imagery and her depictions of how the locals interact with the various ‘incomers’ in the story.

    Cleeves takes time too to develop a range of characters. Jimmy Perez is engaging as he pursues both personal and professional interests despite the fact he is unsure of himself in both spheres. I thought his mixture of introspection and decisiveness quite realistic although I was a bit bored by his somewhat laboured relationship with Fran. Several of the island ‘old-timers’ were utterly absorbing including Kenny who has the misfortune to discover more than one body and who seemed to represent the Islands’ struggle to have its traditions coexist with modern ways. The Inverness Inspector in charge of the case, Roy Taylor, was a different type of character all together but equally well depicted and a good source of conflict for the novel.

    For me the book fell down a bit in its story. The establishment portion was quite good but after that I found the plot fairly predictable and I actually thought the ending a bit too melodramatic (and not terribly credible) which was out of keeping with the earlier events. As all the suspects were highlighted then rejected during the final scenes I got the sense that the culprit had been chosen for shock value more than continuity.

    I haven’t read the first book in this quartet but I didn’t feel that I was at any disadvantage. There were mentions of earlier events but I wasn’t troubled by not knowing the details which scores bonus points from me as books which can be read independently seem to be a rare commodity in crime fiction these days. Although the story wasn’t the most gripping I’ve read there is much else to recommend this book, especially when narrated by the delightful Gordon Griffin who managed to portray an entire range of people without really changing his voice at all.
  • (4/5)
    AUTHOR: Cleeves,AnnTITLE: White NightsDATE READ: 01/03/13RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2008/St. Martin's Press/392 SERIES/STAND ALONE: #2 Shetland Islands QuartetTIME/PLACE: 2000's, Shetland Islands (Scotland)CHARACTERS: Detective Jimmy PerezFIRST LINES: Jimmy Perez glimpsed the back of the street performer as he drove through the town, but it didn't register. He had other things on his mind.COMMENTS: It is summertime in the Shetland Islands -- a period of almost endless daylight. The White Nights are causing insomnia for some and for others just throwing them off their daily rhythms. Local artist Bella plans for a huge gallery event featuring her works and the paintings of another local artist, Fran. Bella has had quite a following locally and afar, and expects a grand gathering. When there is a slim turnout followed by the murder of Englishman, Perez investigates the connection. I loved the 1st book Black Raven, and this is still a very good read but just didn't measure up to # 1 for me.
  • (5/5)
    I read Raven Black last year though I don't think I ever reviewed it. I love mysteries, especially ones set in the UK, and so I was delighted to find this series. The mystery here was intriguing and I admit I was guessing until the end- a sure sign of a successful thriller in my opinion. It is hard to share too many details of the story without spoiling it, but the writing and characters are excellent and truly make the novel.What I like best about Cleeves' work is that the Shetland Islands play such a crucial role as a character, and also help to create the feeling of a locked room mystery because the list of characters and settings is so short and outsiders are so unlikely to wander into the story. Jimmy Perez is a truly interesting character, one with the kind of backstory that pulls the reader into his viewpoint. His relationship with the islands and their residents, as well as with the crime scene experts who come in from outside, is deftly drawn and highlights the insular nature of the entire community.I highly recommend this series; I'm about to read the third and hope there are more to come!
  • (4/5)
    As the second book of Ann Cleeves Shetland Quartet opens, it is midsummer, the time of "White Nights", where the sun never sets and nights become a time of murky twilight. These books are full of wonderfully real, slightly flawed characters who often have secrets. Living in such close quarters on these small islands, one learns look the other way in an effort to protect everyone’s privacy.When the body of an off-islander is found hanging in a fishing shack, the locals don’t seem too concerned. Learning that this man didn’t commit suicide but was murdered, gave everyone a pause, but when the violence escalates and one of their own turns up dead, it is a time for secrets long kept, to come to the surface. Once again Jimmy Perez, as the local lawman, is the one to delve into the past and put the pieces together.Cleverly plotted, with strong characterizations, Anne Cleeves continues to produce an outstanding series. Set in the beautiful, but desolate Shetland Islands, this author knows how to make the most of both the seasonal changes and the landscape to deliver a atmospheric and interesting mystery.
  • (4/5)
    If you are looking for mile-a-minute action and constant edge-of-your seat suspense, this isn't the book for you. This is subtler stuff. But if you like a more slowly-unfolding mystery with interesting characters in an unusual setting, you're likely to enjoy this book.
  • (4/5)
    A local artist Bella Sinclair is hosting a joint exhibition at her home, the Manse, in Biddista, Shetland Islands. A mysterious man shows up at the Manse and when Jimmy Perez, the local policeman, speaks to him, the man is acting rather confused, claiming a case of amnesia. The next morning Jimmy is called to investigate a body that has been found. It turns out to be the man no one claims to know, holding a mask in his hand. Roy Turner from Inverness comes in to help with the investigation. They must determine who the man is and why someone in Biddista would want the man dead. It's an interesting case. There were plenty of options as to whom the murderer might be. I had not completely settled on a suspect in my own mind when the outcome was revealed. I did enjoy this second installment, although I believe I enjoyed the first one slightly more. This review is based on an Advance Readers Copy loaned to me by a friend.
  • (5/5)
    I loved Raven Black, but I loved White Nights, the second in the Shetland quartet by Ann Cleeves, even more. This author has a knack of drawing you into a story and throwing in lots of twists and turns, which means that the reader has no idea who the murderer is - I certainly didn't, and it was a great surprise when I found out.I am now going to get hold of the next in the series, Red Bones. The Shetland Isles are a wonderful backdrop, with the stark but beautiful landscape, and the small community feel, and the reader can really get a sense of what living there might be like. Inspector Jimmy Perez is a great main character too, a silent but strong man. I enjoyed the development of his relationship with Fran Hunter in this novel and look forward to seeing how it features in the last two books of the series.