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The Rising Tide: A dark, atmospheric mystery from bestseller Ann Cleeves, featuring Vera Stanhope, star of ITV's Vera

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The overweight, outspoken, dishevelled, poorly dressed Vera has been mentioned as resembling a bag lady and is mistaken as a cleaning lady in this story.

I must be getting used to Janine Birkett’s voice because it didn’t bother me as much with this book. She is adept at conjuring the texture of their complex relationships, their stories, and the stories they tell themselves to keep on going. In 1987 Tim, Ann and their two daughters moved to Northumberland and the north east provides the inspiration for many of her subsequent titles. Who doesn’t love ‘large and shabby’ Vera Stanhope, the blunt detective in Ann Cleeves’s Northumberland police procedurals?This isolation seems to bring Joe and Holly to a closer understanding, almost to a friendship, whereas before they have always been rivals for Vera's approval and affection. We all know how difficult it is for women to be believed in the first place, and false allegations are rare. On their first reunion, one of the participants, Isobel Hall, died when caught in the rising tide while crossing the causeway. For fifty years a group of friends have been meeting regularly for reunions on Holy Island, celebrating the school trip where they met, and the friend that they lost to the rising causeway tide five years later.

Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then – or now. All I have to say is this, sometimes things do not end in a whimper but instead they end with a howl.Rick has just stepped back from his popular show on BBC being accused of some unseemingly behavior with a female staff member. She is tenacious, intuitive, although a little too careless of her own safety as she follows leads in this most challenging and tragic of investigations. Ann's Shetland series bring us DI Jimmy Perez, investigating in the mysterious, dark, and beautiful Shetland Islands. Vera is a star of a protagonist, overweight, with a shambolic appearance that has her giving off the vibes of a bag lady, and here she is mistaken as a cleaner, not that it bothers her in the slightest.

Ann is the author of the books behind ITV's VERA, now in it's third series, and the BBC's SHETLAND, which will be aired in December 2012. Cleeves, who captures the world and its people in shades of gray tone, evokes compelling images of nostalgia, sadness, yearning, envy…and murder.

ANN CLEEVES is the multi-million copy bestselling author behind two hit television series-- Shetland , starring Douglas Henshall, and Vera , starring Academy Award Nominee Brenda Blethyn--both of which are watched and loved in the United States. I've learned a valuable lesson: beware of high school reunions,even if they are every 5 years, with all the same " friends" who you thought you knew so well, you will find out that you never really knew them at all! There’s a swathe of clues to go through, and false starts, overlayed by the sense of time and Hector’s bits of nonsense bullying Vera from the grave. I am late to the party of reading the Vera Stanhope series (not just watching the wonderful tv series).

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