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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By the time of the first reunion - when the participants were in their early twenties - Rick and Charlotte were married, and Annie and Daniel were married and mourning the recent loss of an infant. They reminisce and celebrate the school trip where they first met as teenagers at the Pilgrim’s House. Absolute kudos goes to Ann Cleeves who after so many years of writing still manages to produce something that feels fresh and is immersive and compelling for readers to get their teeth into.

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. Bei dem heutigen Treffen wird plötzlich ein Mann aus der Gruppe, ein ehemaliger TV-Moderator, der wegen sexueller übergriffe an jungen Mädchen seinen Job vor einem Jahr verloren hatte, tot aufgefunden. Vera Stanhope is a person who likes very few people, she can be grumpy and tetchy if things don't go her way, but is an excellent detective. Holy Island has the distinction of being approachable only during certain hours, at low tide, when the causeway is accessible. I suspect Ann Cleeves has persistent body image issues, and these emerge in her writing/character development.You would think that an author that includes a plus sized woman as the main character and has done so for 10 books now (including a TV show, apparently) would understand the difference between fatphobia and plus sized representation.

The Sunday Times Who doesn’t love ‘large and shabby’ Vera Stanhope, the blunt detective in Ann Cleeves’s Northumberland police procedurals? Ann's success was announced at the 2006 Dagger Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Hilton, in London's Aldwych, on Thursday 29 June 2006. 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.

He hoped [Vera] would pull some solution out of the bag at the last minute like some overweight female magician, she often did.

It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder. I tried to slow down my reading because who knows when or if there will be another Vera book but I couldn't control myself.Rick has just stepped back from his popular show on BBC being accused of some unseemingly behavior with a female staff member. It seemed to have a touch of suspense towards the end, which I did not manage to figure out on my own, but Vera shines again! The story starts with a reunion of friends who meet every five years and, of course, there are hidden secrets and past sins that are threatening to resurface to the point that someone desperate enough is led to murder to keep his secrets hidden! So begins a case that seems at first to be slowly progressing as Vera and her team try to figure out if this is a crime that stems from the last or present. But when one of them is found hanged, after their first evening back together, the ghost of a death from 45 years earlier comes back to haunt them all.

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