Raven Black

Raven Black

Book - 2007 | First U.S. edition
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When murder strikes a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands, and the body of a teenage girl turns up in the winter snow, Inspector Jimmy Perez launches an investigation into the killing that takes him into the heart of sinister secrets from the past. Winner of the 2006 Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

The basis for the hit series "Shetland" now airing on PBS.

Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award, Ann Cleeves introduces a dazzling new suspense series to U.S. mystery readers.

Raven Black begins on New Year's Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home waiting for visitors who never come. But the next morning the body of a murdered teenage girl is discovered nearby, and suspicion falls on Magnus. Inspector Jimmy Perez enters an investigative maze that leads deeper into the past of the Shetland Islands than anyone wants to go.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2007
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312359676
Branch Call Number: Mystery Cleeves
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 14, 2019

Very good start to a series.

Apr 06, 2019


SCL_Justin Feb 06, 2019

I don't read a lot of mysteries, but having watched a couple of episodes of the BBC Shetland show (which is based on Ann Cleeves' novels), I thought this might be something to try. The almost note-for-note similarity to the plot of the episodes I watched didn't give me a great impression. I also wasn't a huge fan of the scattered narrators that existed solely to keep bits of plot from the reader. Nothing terrible, but nothing that felt very unique. The setting was the main thing keeping it from being a James Patterson novel.

ArapahoeMarieC Oct 30, 2018

The first book of the series which the BBC show Shetland is based. Very atmospheric and captured life in the Shetlands. The mystery was less dark than those that followed.

Oct 14, 2018

Hm. I didn't like this book as much as others did. I guess there were two reasons: 1) I figured out who the killer was immediately. That never happens with me! Never. However, I found it to be pretty obvious. 2) I found many of the phrases and words to be unfamiliar, which made it difficult to figure what was going on. This was not a problem with what the author had written, however, but my own problem of not knowing the meaning of certain words and phrases that are used in Scotland. When I read the next book, I'll make note of the things I've never heard of and look them up! The only thing I was able to figure out on my own was that sledge was a sled. How sad is that, snort?

On the positive side, I loved Jimmy Perez. On the negative side, it seemed like all of the other characters were doing things that were illogical. Like I said, I do plan on giving the next book a try, though.

Oct 09, 2018

A little plodding for me, I like the dvd series better.

Jul 08, 2018

good read. Insp. Perez just starting out.

May 03, 2018

the first in Ann Cleeves "Shetland Series", which currently numbers 8, introduces the self-contained, reflective protagonist Inspector Jimmy Perez, and residents of the cold,isolated Shetland town, Lerwick. Tears after the unsolved disappearance of a young girl; town residents are again stricken with the death of a teen whose body is found by the circling of ravens overhead. What follows is a pace-quickening journey exposing the inner-most secrets of the community to a surprising (for me, anyway) conclusion. A real page-turner from an author who doesn't show her hand until end game.

Apr 20, 2017

Spellbinding. You simply cannot put this book down.

Dec 29, 2016

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered near the village freak, it seems the crime is solved before the investigation begins. Shetland native and policeman Jimmy Perez soon discovers there is more than meets the eye. Fast-paced and gritty, and with an excellent sense of place. First in the Shetland Mystery series.

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