Dead water by Ann Cleeves

Agnes’s mystery pick



Macmillan, 2013

This is the latest in Cleeves “Shetland” mystery series.
Originally billed as a quartet, this is book #5. I enjoyed the first three but was disappointed with #4. I was happy to find that the author decided to return to Shetland with “Dead water”.
With Inspector Jimmy Perez unable to return to work after the events in “Blue lightning”, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is introduced as a new character. She and Sergeant Sandy Wilson are left to start the investigation into the murder of journalist Jerry Markham, a local reporter who left under a cloud for the city when the home pond became too small for him.
This time, it gets personal for aloof Procurator Fiscal Rhona Laing. She finds the body, but just how deep is her involvement?
Jimmy reluctantly finds himself drawn to the investigation which involves post-oil boom Shetland and new green energy.
An atmospheric mystery, well woven through the Shetland fog


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