Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

28th December 2021.

The fifth book in the Shetland series is another story of secrets about to be exposed and one person’s attempt to prevent this.

It starts with a journalist, Jerry Markham, returning to Shetland, looking for a big story. Is it something to do with a new renewable energy scheme that’s met with local opposition? Or does the story have its roots in the past? When he’s found dead inside a boat belonging to the Procurator Fiscal, Rhona Laing, DI Willow Reeves, called over from the mainland to take charge, senses a link.

Jimmy Perez, still on compassionate leave, is drawn into the investigation, he weaves snippets of gossip and information from interviews with local knowledge and the relationships on the island that are rarely kept secret. A second murder leads him closer until he works out the identity of the killer.

But is he too late to save a third murder?

Once again, Ann Cleeves weaves her magic with another intriguing and complex murder mystery. The characters are beautifully drawn and evoked, from the uncertain, but determined DI Reeves, to the quietly spoken Perez, who has more than murder to contend with. The bleakness and raw beauty of the Shetlands wraps itself around the whole story, shaping the lives and behaviour of its inhabitants.

Like the other books in the series, this is a sheer joy to read.


A journalist working a story. Now his murder is a headline . . .

When the body of a journalist is found in a traditional Shetland boat, Detective Inspector Willow Reeves is drafted in to head up the investigation.

Jimmy Perez has been out of the loop, but his local knowledge is needed and he decides to help the inquiry. Originally a Shetlander, the journalist had left the islands years before to make a name for himself in London, leaving a scandal in his wake. He had few friends in Shetland, so why was he back?

When Willow and Jimmy dig deeper, they realize that he was chasing a story that many Shetlanders didn’t want to come to the surface. One that must have been significant enough to kill for . . .

Dead Water by Ann Cleeves

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