Cold Earth

Cold Earth

Book - 2017
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In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea. At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250107381
Branch Call Number: F CLEEVES
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jan 14, 2018

A landslide destroys a Shetland house which is thought to be abandoned. A woman's body is found in the debris. and her death was not accidental. Jimmy Perez, local law enforcement, investigates. Well written mystery.

Jan 04, 2018

A little too many characters and plot twists for my old mind to keep track of. I am still going to read another one of the books to see how it goes.

Sep 25, 2017

As is evident, Cleeves has bifurcated the Shetland series: the initial 'color' Fran phase, to wit, Raven Black, White Nights, Red Bones, Blue Lightning; the subsequent 'classical element' post-Fran phase, namely, Dead Water, Thin Air, and just published, Cold Earth. One need not be a scholar of ancient Greek philosophy to hazard a guess as to the key term in the next Shetland series novel's title. By the way, the latest offering is an average, but quite readable, whodunit.

Jul 31, 2017

A landslide on Shetland Island buries a house and a dead body is pulled from the rubble but the landslide didn't kill her and so begins the latest Ann Cleeves mystery...good read!!!!!!

Jul 04, 2017

I’ve not read the first 6 Shetland Mysteries. More background into the characters would have been helpful, but it also makes me want to read the others in the series. Character development is excellent and the mystery was intriguing. If nothing else was accomplished while reading this mystery, I noew want to visit the Shetland Islands

May 04, 2017

This latest Jimmy Perez mystery should make Northerners from any continent feel right at home with the dismal early spring rain, mud and general discomfort. Then there's the discomfort of most of the characters with their life situation and each other. The amount of time spent with Jimmy, Willow Reeves and other characters giving us their perspective on their relationships and emotional status together with the dismal weather detracts from the solution of the murders. The number of suspects made it a good puzzle, but some of their situations were left hanging at the end, which was unsatisfying. I like Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves, and will continue to follow them, but hopefully the next book will not be set in the spring rain and muck and more time will be spent on clues and other pertinent details.

Mar 03, 2017

Really loved most of this book but ending was very disappointing.

Feb 03, 2017

Very good indeed. Ann Cleeves knows her Islanders.This one is a landslide, literally. Nothing is as it seems but it's all quite simple really once everything is factored in. It will make an excellent addition to the TV series.

Feb 02, 2017

Not too many novels start off with a landslide. But this one does. And it destroys an old croft and exposes a body. A dead body. One that died before the landslide. All of this in thy rain.
Set in the Shetland Islands, Anne Cleeves' novel, Cold Earth, seems to feature the weather as a chief protagonist. There's rain. And wind and rain. And cloud and rain. And fog. And eaves rattling rain. And snow. And more rain. There's so much rain it's almost enough to make you want to grow gills.
And then there's the plot. Beware of the characters: there are a lot of them. By the time you get halfway through the book, just when you figure out the identity of the murder you realise Cleeves has fooled you. Back to the plot.
Just about where you think the book ought to be finished, some minor character is unearthed as the guilty party. A bit of a cheat I think.
If you like wet and rainy mystery novels that goad you on then this might be for you. For sure, it won't keep me from picking another Cleeves from the shelf.

Dec 27, 2016

Most noticeable in this story were the innumerable mentions of drinking coffee/tea and Jimmy's many reflections of Fran - just over done. Story seemed a bit drawn out without tips and leads to solving the 2 murders until the final pages when all is revealed. However, the ending seemed contrived - coming out of nowhere until the author gives the "backstory". There was too much space and innuendo given to Kevin's and Jane's problems that gradually became annoyingly repetitive, probably because that storyline wasn't going anywhere. Another annoying ploy was the the lack of phone connectivity just when it was most needed, putting the Inspector in danger. This story has a slow pace. I fell asleep several times while reading this novel.


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