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The darkest evening por Ann Cleeves
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The darkest evening (edição 2021)

por Ann Cleeves

Séries: Vera Stanhope (9)

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"From Ann Cleeves-New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows-comes the stunning new Vera Stanhope novel, The Darkest Evening. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."-Louise Penny "As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. . . . A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter."-David Baldacci on The Long Call On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help. But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the back seat. Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place she knows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds of Northumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It's also where her father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there's a party in full swing: music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to the revelers, a woman lies dead in the snow. As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezing Northumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family's complicated past"--… (mais)
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Título:The darkest evening
Autores:Ann Cleeves
Informação:London : Pan Books, 2021.
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It's a well-crafted police procedural murder mystery. High marks for plot, people and place. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Mar 21, 2021 |
Well, this was a slow burn and a slower read for me. I enjoy detective novels as a whole, especially a good series. I have never read this well-established and highly-acclaimed author before, but I will definitely give her another try.

For some reason, the writing and the characters were not clicking with me. Storyline was good, but it was just such a long, boring read for me. Vera reminded me of Columbo, the trench coat wearing detective (from the 70’s detective TV series) who was sly as a fox but came across as bumbling. I couldn’t connect with Vera, and found it hard to believe her raising to the ranks she did. A lot of characters, but they were easily followed. I had many unanswered questions at the end.

Thanks to Ms. Cleeves, St. Martin’s Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley for this ARC. Opinion is mine alone. ( )
  LoriKBoyd | Jan 17, 2021 |
I've only read one Vera book previously, although I've seen all seasons of the TV adaptation on BritBox. Anyway, this is the 9th book in the Vera series. We learn some new things about Vera, and of course there's murder, investigation, prevarication, misdirection, and so forth. Quite a nice read.

Anyway, Vera is driving home to her isolated cottage in a bit snow storm, and misses a turn. She feels lost and disoriented, but finds a road sign that should lead her to some semblance of civilization. But wait, there's a disabled car on the side of the road with the driver-side door open. Vera investigates, but the driver is missing from the car and doesn't appear to be lying about. Perhaps the driver headed off toward the lights Vera can barely see across the field. As she turns back to her car, Vera discovers that there is a small child in the back of the car, apparently left unattended. So, Vera, never one for maternal feelings, scoops up the bairn, deposits him in her car and drives off toward the lights, for shelter and warmth.

Interestingly, Vera realizes she knows the place she's heading. It is Brockburn, the country estate of the Stanhopes. Yup, Vera's own kin. Her father apparently was the black sheep of the family and had little to do with them other than the occasional visit to beg for money. Vera had been dragged along a few times, but had had not contact with the family in years. Who knew that a dumpy middle aged cop who tended to dress like a bag lady had patrician blood running through her veins?

Well, they're having a party at the manor house, and Vera isn't exactly welcome, but because of the baby, they grudgingly give her shelter. At the end of the party, a local tenant farmer comes to pick up his daughters, who had been waiting table, and he comes across a body in the lane. A young woman, Lorna Falstone, the daughter of another set of tenant farmers, has been murdered, bludgeoned to death.

Well, I'll stop the recap, but suffice to say, the fancy set claim not to know Lorna. After it's been established that Lorna is a local, they grudgingly admit to perhaps having run across her once or twice. There's a great mystery about the father of the baby, one Thomas. Vera is pretty sure that bit of knowledge is important. Several of the fancy folk are known to be a bit on the randy side. Might Thomas' father be one of them. What else are the folks hiding, and so on.

Vera and her crew, Joe Ashworth and Holly Jackman, slog along and eventually come to a conclusion, but not before there's another murder, and a few tense moments for one or another of the investigators.


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  lgpiper | Jan 10, 2021 |
As you will see from my list below, Ann Cleeves is one of my favourite authors, and one that I love to follow. This latest offering in the Vera series does not disappoint.

I particularly enjoyed the exploration of the connections between Vera's familial history and the stately home of Brockburn. In each novel a little more of Vera's character is tweaked out and we gain more insight into what makes her "tick".

A complex plot comes to the fore as Vera discovers what has happened to the child's mother. Several characters are explored and a number of red herrings laid across our path. There's plenty of mystery on our plate. A very good read.

For those interested, there are differences between the books and the television series, but I feel that central character of Vera is essentially the same person. There are differences in the personnel of her team, but the interplay between the main characters is similar. ( )
  smik | Jan 6, 2021 |
Good wintery Vera Stanhope mystery! We really enjoy these audiobooks. Good mystery, satisfying ending, real characters and great setting. ( )
  njcur | Dec 26, 2020 |
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"From Ann Cleeves-New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows-comes the stunning new Vera Stanhope novel, The Darkest Evening. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."-Louise Penny "As a huge fan of both the Shetland and Vera series of books, I had high expectations for Cleeves' latest. . . . A stunning debut for Cleeves' latest crimefighter."-David Baldacci on The Long Call On the first snowy night of winter, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope sets off for her home in the hills. Though the road is familiar, she misses a turning and soon becomes lost and disorientated. A car has skidded off the narrow road in front of her, its door left open, and she stops to help. There is no driver to be seen, so Vera assumes that the owner has gone to find help. But a cry calls her back: a toddler is strapped in the back seat. Vera takes the child and, driving on, she arrives at a place she knows well. Brockburn is a large, grand house in the wilds of Northumberland, now a little shabby and run down. It's also where her father, Hector, grew up. Inside, there's a party in full swing: music, Christmas lights and laughter. Outside, unbeknownst to the revelers, a woman lies dead in the snow. As the blizzard traps the group deep in the freezing Northumberland countryside, Brockburn begins to give up its secrets, and as Vera digs deeper into her investigation, she also begins to uncover her family's complicated past"--

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