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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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Cleeves turns the location of Holy Island, that simply drips with atmosphere, into a wonderful central background character, popular with tourists, with its menacing mists and fogs, and the dangers of the rising tide. Egal, ob weiblich oder männlich, sie prüft sie, sie veräppelt sie, sie lässt sich die Ironie ihrer Sätze kaum anmerken, so dass diese gar nicht merken, wie sie auf die Schippe genommen werden.

Vera is certain the past, the history between these friends, is relevant, although her team are less convinced, but she is their boss and what she says goes. She’s brilliantly intuitive, instinctive, a little bit manipulative of her team (in a good way) and her affection for her team especially DS Joe Ashcroft is almost transparent. 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. Cleeves presents a myriad of suspects, trying to glean the motive, which is not at all obvious, and fully engages the reader.THE RISING TIDE is yet another example of Cleeves’ skillful writing, especially including a reference to COVID without dwelling on it. They stay at Pilgrims’ House, an austere setting and former nunnery, the scene of their initial getaway when they were teenagers. Plus, the pacing was very, very slow, with frequent detours into the private thoughts of various characters.

Now a second member of this small group, journalist Rick Keisail has hung himself in his room on the reunion weekend. The rising and waning tides impose a parenthetical relationship upon both residents and the dwindling swell of tourists to the historic Holy Island of Lindisfarne in October. 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. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

This story takes place in England and all the high school reunions take place on Holy Island and the reunions are always in same place.

In present day, the friends are getting rather old and one of them is murdered at their weekend gathering. A group of friends have been meeting every five years on Holy Island (Lindisfarne) since their initial, school organised trip, as teenagers. The first Shetland novel, Raven Black , won the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel, and Ann was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger in 2017.The event, led by a young teacher named Judith Marshall, resulted in all night drinking, deep discussions, and exploration of the students' feelings.

The TV series and the books they are based on have become international sensations, capturing the minds of millions worldwide. Now they are 50 years older, all at different places in their lives, about to begin another weekend of eating, drinking, meditation, swimming, and lots of walking and talking. After dropping out of university she took a number of temporary jobs - child care officer, women's refuge leader, bird observatory cook, auxiliary coastguard - before going back to college and training to be a probation officer.To all those who love a really good murder mystery with so many twists and turns to make your head spin and keep you guessing who did it until the end, this is the book for you! Although there is quite the pack of characters in this one, Cleeves works her magic and keeps Vera's intuitive nature at the forefront. I won't be reading anything further from this author after being bored by the story and enraged by the cruelness directed to her main character over and over again. Rick has just stepped back from his popular show on BBC being accused of some unseemingly behavior with a female staff member.

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