Harbour Street

Harbour Street

Paperback - 2014
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A silent community. A murderer among them.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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zipread
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.

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maipenrai
Oct 21, 2016

6TH BOOK IN Vera Stanhope SERIES. BOOK 5 AVAILABLE THRU MNLINK

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randalljay
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.

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gloryb
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.

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Daphne57
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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