From the author of Shetland and Vera
Ann Cleeves is the author of over thirty critically acclaimed
novels, and in 2017 was awarded the highest accolade in crime
writing, the CWA Diamond Dagger. She is the creator of popular
detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez who can now be found on
television in ITV's Vera and BBC One's Shetland. The TV series and
the books they are based on have become international sensations,
capturing the minds of millions worldwide.
Ann worked as a probation officer, bird observatory cook, and auxiliary coastguard before she started writing. She is a member of 'Murder Squad', working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. Ann is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.
Perceptive, convincing, quietly compelling * Sunday Times *
A fine writer * Sunday Telegraph *
Cleeves is quietly carving out a reputation as the new Queen of Crime * Sunday Mirror *
Ann Cleeves is a skilful technician, keeping our interest alive and building slowly up to the denouement. Her easy use of language and clever story construction make her one of the best natural writers of detective fiction * Daily Express *
Nobody does unsettling undercurrents better than Ann Cleeves -- Val McDermid
Ann Cleeves has an enviable talent . . . I love these books * CrimeSquad *