Harbour Street

Harbour Street

Paperback - 2014
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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION DIAMOND DAGGER AWARD 2017"One of the best natural writers of detective fiction" Sunday ExpressHarbour Street is the sixth book in Ann Cleeves' crime novel series Vera - which is a major TV detective drama starring Brenda Blethyn on ITV. A KILLING. In Newcastle, Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie travel home on the busy Metro. The train is stopped unexpectedly, and Jessie sees that one woman doesn't leave with the other passengers: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. A WITNESS. No one saw the murder take place. How can this be, when the train was packed? Searching for a lead, DI Vera Stanhope heads to the quiet Northumberland town of Mardle to investigate. She can feel in her bones that the local residents know more than they are letting on: a killer is among them.A SECRET.Just days later, a second woman is murdered. Retracing the victims' final steps, Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past of this seemingly innocent neighbourhood, led by clues that keep revolving around one street: why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak? DI Vera Stanhope is back. And she wants answers.
Publisher: London :, Pan Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781447202097
Branch Call Number: MYS CLE
Characteristics: 382 pages ; 20 cm


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Jan 05, 2018

Really enjoyed this book,i have read quite a few of ann cleeves books so far,love the way she writes.this would be my favourite at the moment.I tried so hard to work out who the killer was,but never thought it would be that one?

Dec 17, 2016

I've only recently discovered Anne Cleves. Her Shetland series has made the transition to the small screen: that was my first exposure to her writing. This novel gives is the bassis for her Vera Stanhope series, also transitioned to TV where both were the basis for 90 minute episodes.
Harbour Street, which features an overweight, middle-aged copper who likes her occasional nip of the spirits to brighten her mood.
Harbour Street is set an a rather seedy down and out street in the fishing town of Mardle. Definitely the town has seen better days and more fish.
Margaret, an elegant and stylish sixty-something year old lives upstairs in the boarding house. She does good works in the community but she carries some secrets. On her way home from the city, two weeks before Christmas, riding the Metro in a jam-packed carriage full of Christmas shoppers, Margaret is stabbed to death. No one notices her death until the carriage finally empties of all its passengers.
So who killed Margaret? Who would want to kill Margaret? And why?
The novel answers these questions as best it can. Some of the characters Cleeves invents are unsavoury, other no so much. It seems there are many who might have an interest in making her disappear, especially as some of secrets surface.
Cleeves doesn't give up the truth surface easily. And when the truth does finally appear it is not what we expected?
Did I enjoy this book? Answer: I'm on the prowl for mor of Ann Cleeves.

Oct 21, 2016


Oct 08, 2016

One of the better ones. I like the book character better than the TV one - more eccentric. Also I like the italicized description of the character's thoughts.

Feb 07, 2016

i never even had a clue who the murderer would be in this novel. When the person was revealed, it was definitely a surprise. Another great read with Vera Stanhope as DI in a northern English seaside town.

Mar 14, 2014

The plot was good; however I wanted to strangle Vera many times; too controlling, too large (in every way) and felt sorry for her poor team.

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