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

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

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

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The setting of Holy Island just felt desolate. I don't know if I would be comfortable running around a place that gets cut off due to the tides. That said, I’m thinking that this entry to the Vera series missed the mark for me on three main fronts: The history of this group was interesting and, of course, they all became suspects. There were other suspects as well. There were a lot of avenues to investigate and Vera's team stayed busy following all the leads. I've ready quite of few books in this series and have enjoyed them overall. Vera and her team work well together and each seem to have their own special expertise. I like the characters very much. I was disappointed by how many times the author mentioned that Vera was overweight, though. What's up with this? The ending to this was a real surprise to me. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this audiobook. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

If you like the TV series, you're in for a treat - because the atmospheric but realistic books are even better." The engrossing plot delves into the friends' reminiscences, which seem innocuous but possess an underlying menace. Vera—blunt, intelligent, frumpy and obsessive yet deeply affectionate toward her team—continues to prove her investigative mettle. A visit with Vera—whether in the series or via the television adaptation, now in its 11th season—is always welcome."—Oline Cogdill, Shelf AwarenessI must be getting used to Janine Birkett’s voice because it didn’t bother me as much with this book. If there is a criticism, it is that there is considerable repetition and too much time spent on the professional competition between Joe and Holly—“She didn’t dislike Joe, but she saw him as competition.” Vera knows exactly how to lead her team to get the best out of each of them, and Cleeves doesn’t do things without having a purpose. Learning the reason for the focus is a game changer. Cleeves crafts a clever central puzzle, then confers remarkable emotional complexity using her keenly drawn characters' advancing age, wistful nostalgia, and thorny shared history. A pinwheeling third-person narrative drives the pace, while Vera's candor tempers the plot's darker elements. Fair-play mystery fans will delight."

All eleven previous series of TV's crime drama VERA are now available to fans in both the UK and the US. They have been widely broadcast; VERA was nominated for an Edgar Award, for Dark Road, the first episode of series 6 (an original screenplay by Martha Hillier). VERA was ranked sixth best TV series of all time in a recent poll. In February 2019 it won the Judges' Award at the Royal Television Society NE Awards in Gateshead. Her main suspects are a group of men and women, all in their sixties, who’ve been friends for decades, all of whom have their worries, problems and issues….and it seems secrets…..Vera, with the help of her team, must painstakingly dissect their lives, looking for the truth of what has really happened. Ann Cleeves’s Vera Stanhope is a great character and series and The Rising Tide is now my favorite of her novels. It combines a complex plot with interesting characters who have known each other for 50 years and, naturally have a mixed history to go with that amount of time. Every five years, these former school mates meet for a reunion on Holy Island, a small piece of land that becomes a literal island at high tide. They stay at Pilgrims’ House, an austere setting and former nunnery, the scene of their initial getaway when they were teenagers. Read all about The Rising Tide here. Or visit Lindisfarne, and the setting for The Rising Tide, with The Book Trail.The performance by narrator Janine Birkett was fair. She uses tone, mood, and accents to distinguish characters. Her voice is a good match for the book. I could easily visualize Vera and the other characters in the book.

The Darkest Evening reminds us that the novels are richer, fuller, and more satisfying than any episode of television can be…[Cleeves] is a master of the genre and if anything has gained a step over the years.”— St. Louis Post-Dispatch Another sweltering month in Charlotte, another boatload of mysteries past and present for overworked, overstressed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Bear with the slow start at the beginning of THE RISING TIDE. Once Vera enters, in Chapter Seven, the story takes off and never lets go. Most of it takes place in a rather unique location—Holy Island—an area regularly cut off from the rest of There were awards for VERA at the North East Royal Television Society Awards, presented at a star-studded event at the Hilton Newcastle-Gateshead in February 2022. The programme, starring Brenda Blethyn as the tenacious Detective Vera Stanhope, won the prestigious Best Drama award and the actress won for Best Drama Performance. Accepting the awards, Brenda Blethyn thanked the Royal Television Society, and said: "I am absolutely thrilled to bits. This year sees us embarking on season 12 of Vera, so that means we'll have made 50 feature length Vera films." I think is the weakest of the Vera series. Ann Cleeves’ books are usually solid and well-crafted, with a decent plot that moves right along. This one, however, was much more simplistic and felt “rote” somehow. (There was a lot of interview/conversations; a lot of "telling," not much "showing.") I enjoy mysteries-with-more (the more being strong, well-developed characters) – and this series definitely fills that bill, although this one (until the twist at the end) really just tread familiar ground. I typically find Vera to be an engaging and refreshing crime-solver, and I usually look forward to a pleasant read from Ann Cleeves.The author is skilled at hinting at something coming without ever using actual portents. Nor does she resort to prologues which is such a relief. For those who both read the books and watch the television series, it must be said that it’s a pleasure to still have Joe Ashworth as Vera’s second in the books—“her surrogate son, and her conscience. … Her boy. Her favourite. Sometime, she supposed, she’d have to release him and send him out into the world beyond her sphere of influence, but not yet. She’d miss him too much.”

The most richly accomplished of the brothers’ pairings to date—and given Connelly’s high standards, that’s saying a lot. So it’s a nice, complex murder mystery, but it is Vera that draws the reader in, Vera who holds the reader’s attention. Admittedly, someone who hadn’t read several of the earlier Vera books would miss many of the references to her past, wouldn’t fully understand her tenacity, her reasoning, how life with Hector, her father, warped her mind. Hector was always there, bullying her from the grave. In this standalone that includes characters Joe and Holly, murder suspects drop their defenses before Colombo-like detective Vera Stanhope, a character who understands natives and criminals better than most—and who seems to carry a deep empathy for them all. My favorite part of the book is the location. Interestingly, the accesibility of Holy Island is totally dependent by the tides. The causeway to the island is totally inaccessible two times per day whenever the tide is high. This timing plays a big role in the story.When one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. 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, and now . . . Northumberland by the rise and fall of tidal waters. A fabulous setting for a murder mystery, with its sudden fogs, and the dangers stemming from its rising tides. The judging panel consisted of Geoff Bradley (non-voting Chair), Lyn Brown MP (a committee member on the London Libraries service), Frances Gray (an academic who writes about and teaches courses on modern crime fiction), Heather O'Donoghue (academic, linguist, crime fiction reviewer for The Times Literary Supplement, and keen reader of all crime fiction) and Barry Forshaw (reviewer and editor of Crime Time magazine).



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