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The Darkest Evening (#9 Vera Stanhope)

Ann Cleeves

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Macmillan
03 September 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Crime & mystery
Series: Vera Stanhope
DCI Vera Stanhope returns in The Darkest Evening, the ninth novel in Sunday Times bestseller Ann Cleeves' enduringly popular series.

Driving home during a swirling blizzard, Vera Stanhope's only thought is to get there quickly.

But the snow is so heavy, she becomes disoriented and loses her way. Ploughing on, she sees a car slewed off the road ahead of her. With the driver's door open, Vera assumes the driver has sought shelter but when she inspects the car she is shocked to find a young toddler strapped in the back seat.

Afraid they will freeze, Vera takes the child and drives on, arriving at Brockburn, a run-down stately home she immediately recognizes as the house her father Hector grew up in.

Inside Brockburn a party is in full swing, with music and laughter to herald the coming Christmas. But outside in the snow, a young woman lies dead and Vera knows immediately she has a new case. Could this woman be the child's mother, and if so, what happened to her?

A classic country house mystery with a contemporary twist, Ann Cleeves returns with a brilliant Vera novel to savour.
By:   Ann Cleeves
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   470g
ISBN:   9781509889525
ISBN 10:   1509889523
Series:   Vera Stanhope
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   03 September 2020
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for The Darkest Evening (#9 Vera Stanhope)

Superb . . . This page-turner is must reading for fans as well as newcomers -- <i>Publishers Weekly</i> (starred review) Cleeves has a fine time constructing a clockwork murder plot * Booklist * Fans will enjoy matching wits with Cleeves' eccentric sleuth right up to the dangerous surprise in her denouement * Kirkus Reviews * Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers! -- Louise Penny Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves -- Val McDermid One of Britain's best crime writers * Daily Express *


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