Red Bones

Red Bones

Paperback - 2015
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When a young archaeologist studying on a site at Whalsay discovers a set of human remains - the island community is intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then in the middle of the night, an elderly is shot in a tragic accident. Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate by her grandson - his own colleague, Sandy Wilson. The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. Mima Wilson was a recluse. She had her land, her pride and her family. When Jimmy looks to the local community for answers he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations. Surrounded by people he doesn't know and in unfamiliar territory, Perez finds himself out of his depth. Then there's another death and, as spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Jimmy must dig up old secrets to stop a new killer from striking again.
Publisher: London :, Pan Books,, 2015
Edition: Paperback edition
ISBN: 9781447274469
Branch Call Number: MYS CLE
Characteristics: viii, 405 pages : map ; 20 cm

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May 06, 2017

Always, Cleeves sets her narrative against the backdrop of the Shetland Islands and usually that backdrop is limned in rain and wind and even sleet. Nights are usually long and days amazingly brief unless it happens to be summer in which the opposite is true. But there's still wind and rain. Jimmy Perez is the local law enforcement officer charged with solving crime on the islands. He moves slowly, shows tremendous patience but always solves the crimes however improbable the case may be.
In "Bones..." Perez is called upon to solve two murders, related in origins as well as perpetrator. The roots of the crime go back, way back, to the days of World War II and the Shetland Bus, a covert operation that spirited Norwegian resistance officers back to England.
As usual, foxy author Cleves leads you on a merry chase that lets you think you know who the murderer but then, like some exploding Rubik's cube everything you thought you knew comes undone and the culprit is someone else again.
The is a book you'll read non-stop. Just put on a sweater.

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jazpur
Feb 11, 2017

An archaelogical dig, old and not-so-old bones, fogs and Shetland islanders...Jimmy Jerez and Sandy Wilson have their hands full. Ann Cleeves tells a very involved story where nothing can be taken at face value. Hope this one makes it to the TV.

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randalljay
Oct 27, 2016

A bit of a different story. Keeps you engaged throughout.

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Catwriter
Aug 25, 2015

One of my favourite series.
The story is tight and interesting; great characters and I enjoy the Shetland setting thereby learning a little more about the islands and the lifestyle.
I highly recommend all Ann Cleeves books.
Shetland series (BBC ) can sometimes be seen on PBS.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 14, 2014

Cleeves in her third book still doesn't disappoint. The characters are nicely developed and the plot moves at a nice clip. Interesting historical elements are included involving the WWII Norwegian resistance.

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nhoj
Oct 24, 2013

Set in the Shetland Islands this is- to use a colloquialism- a moody and atmospheric novel. It features his recurring policeman Insp. Perez who tries to solve an apparent accidental shooting of an elderly resident and then an apparent suicide of a young archeologist. The book was slow to start as he set the mood, terrain and culture of the island but as we become more acquainted with the characters the interest and pace picks up.
Ann Cleeves is a good and literate writer whose imagination produces intriguing stories.

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lpreston214
Jul 12, 2013

A woman is found dead at an archeological site on Whalsay Island the apparent victim of a stray bullet from a rabbit hunter?s gun. Jimmy Perez and Sandy Wilson investigate but it looks like an accident. However, when one of the archeologists is found dead of an apparent suicide, it all looks too coincidental. Was it murder? Will secrets from the past lie at the heart? I really liked the mystery in this book. Also the character of Sandy Wilson is developed and allowed to grow up and spread his wings.

akarenina Feb 03, 2012

Very good after the disappointment of White Nights.

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