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Ann Cleeves

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Ann Cleeves is the author behind ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland. She has written over thirty novels, and is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez – characters loved both on screen and in print. Her books have now sold millions of copies worldwide. In 2012 she was inducted into the CWA Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame and is the 2017 recipient of the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. Ann lives in North Tyneside.

Genres: Mystery
Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Dagger Awards Best Novel winner (2006) : Raven Black
McIlvanney Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : Cold Earth

Ann Cleeves recommends
The Cipher Garden (2005)
(Lake District Mystery, book 2)
Martin Edwards
"A beautifully crafted book, and for lovers of the classic whodunnit, there's a delicious twist in the tail."
The Great North Road (2007)
Annabel Dore
"A gothic, surreal melodrama... perceptive and affectionate."
Witness (2011)
Cath Staincliffe
"A painfully honest exploration of an ordinary family under stress... A stunning piece of work."
Everyone Lies (2013)
(DI Kate Simms, book 1)
A D Garrett
Shallow End (2017)
(Stonechild and Rouleau Mystery, book 4)
Brenda Chapman
"Great cast of characters and very clever plotting... Altogether a very satisfying mystery!"
Brothers in Blood (2017)
(Zaq & Jags, book 1)
Amer Anwar
"A fine debut novel. With his engaging characters and skilful plotting, Anwar brings a fresh and exciting new voice to the genre."
Sweet Little Lies (2017)
(Cat Kinsella, book 1)
Caz Frear
"An astonishingly confident and individual voice."
The Weight of Angels (2017)
Catriona McPherson
"Quite simply, McPherson is a terrific story teller."
Beside the Syrian Sea (2018)
James Wolff
"This important book...brought home to me the complex and shifting situation in the Middle East and the danger of looking for simple responses or explanations. I loved the character of Jonas - the quiet man pushed by his own guilt into becoming a hero."
Splinter in the Blood (2018)
(Carver and Lake, book 1)
Ashley Dyer
"A taut and compelling thriller, as sharp as the thorns that feature in the plot."
The Quaker (2018)
(Duncan McCormack, book 1)
Liam McIlvanney
"This is a terrific novel, dark, powerful and beautifully written. I finished it a while ago, but I'm still haunted by the characters and the place."
Red Devil Drive (2018)
(John Q Mystery, book 3)
J M Gulvin
"A subtle sense of place, the clear writing pulls you in right from the start, and its ingenious plot line is both shocking and inevitable."
The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox (2019)
Claire Gradidge
"A terrific debut novel, which captures brilliantly the atmosphere of wartime Britain."

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