Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

8th December 2021.

In the third of the Shetland series, DI Jimmy Perez is called out to investigate the shooting of an elderly woman at night. It appears to be a tragic accident, but Jimmy wants to be sure. There’s an archaeological dig in the grounds, which has exposed some bones. They may be ancient, they may not. While Jimmy waits for the test results, he continues his enquiries, uncovering some old secrets and rivalries that may shed light on the shooting.

Like the previous books in the series, this is a beautifully crafted and written story that paints a sympathetic picture of island life in a remote part of the UK. On the island there are no secrets. Everyone knows your business.

The island setting is brought to life, exerting its influences and pressures on daily life. The characters are vividly drawn, revealing their doubts and ambitions. Jimmy Perez is a sensitive, thoughtful detective, who works slowly and diligently, processing the facts and the gossip to reveal the killer and the motive.

The pace is gentle, the characters engaging, the setting atmospheric and the story is beautifully told. By the end you feel you know everyone better than your friends. I love these stories and can’t wait to read the next in the series.


When a young archaeologist uncovers a set of human remains, the island settlers are intrigued. Is it an ancient find – or a more contemporary mystery?

Then an elderly woman is shot in what appears to be a tragic accident in the middle of the night, Shetland detective Jimmy Perez is called to investigate.

The sparse landscape and the emptiness of the sea have bred a fierce and secretive people. As Jimmy looks to the islanders for answers, he finds instead two feuding families whose envy, greed and bitterness have lasted generations.

Surrounded by people he doesn’t know and in unfamiliar territory, Jimmy finds himself out of his depth. As the spring weather shrouds the island in claustrophobic mists, Perez must dig up old secrets to reveal the truth . . .

Red Bones by Ann Cleeves

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