The Seagull A Vera Stanhope Mystery
by Ann Cleeves
St. Martin's Press
Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 05 Sep 2017
Once again Anne Cleeves has given readers and her heroine Vera exactly what they want - a challenge. When an inmate, a former superintendent and colleague of her father, offers Vera the whereabouts of the body of a long missing man in exchange for checking in on his troubled daughter, she has doubts. Instead, not one body but two are discovered- the second an unidentified female. Who was the woman? What were her links with Vera’s father and his Gang of Four? But confronting the past has its costs as Brace’s son in law is murdered. Is Brace playing a game? Or is someone else determined to hide a murder? What are the links to the glamorous and notorious club The Seagull?
The Seagull is a fantastic mystery that allows Vera’s qualities to shine. Her energetic approach to investigating, her boundless curiosity and need to find informat...
The Moth Catcher demonstrates exactly why DI Vera Stanhope is one of the most popular British detectives. Ordinarily she is the kind of person people overlook, large, older, but during an investigation Vera has such a compelling energy. The reader feels how much it means to her to unravel the complicated threads to find the singular truth. It is difficult to express Vera's vibrant almost frenetic approach. Vera has a perceptiveness and ability to get people to open up, even when she makes them ill at ease. Her determination to be hands on doesn't always sit well with her team, but it does make for an amazing read.
The Moth Catcher is wonderfully perplexing. After all, what could be the connection between the murder of a house sitter discovered by the side of the road and that of an unremarkable middle aged man in a grey suit killed t...