Red bones

Ann Cleeves

Book - 2009

In the aftermath of a young archaeologist's discovery of human remains that may be modern, Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate a case that is further complicated by the subsequent murder of an elderly woman.

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New York : Minotaur Books 2009.
1st U.S. ed
Item Description
"A thriller."
First published in Great Britain by Macmillan.
Physical Description
vi, 391 p. : map ; 22 cm
Main Author
Ann Cleeves (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Here is the third in Cleeves' series of mysteries set on the Shetland Islands and featuring Detective Jimmy Perez. There are few major crimes in the Shetlands, so it's a shock to Perez when eccentric octogenarian Mima Wilson is found shot dead. Her nephew Ronald shoulders the blame. He was drinking, decided to go out shooting rabbits—a popular evening sport in the Shetlands—and assumes one of his shots went wild and hit Mima. The Procurator Fiscal is ready to absolve him of any crime, but Perez isn't so sure. His gut instinct says Mima was murdered. Then another suspicious death occurs. Perez is sure the cases are connected, and, using his familiarity with the locals to break down some of their notorious reticence, he uncovers a dark tragedy with roots deep in Shetland's past. Cleeves once again proves herself a master of mystery, with fine writing, a broodingly atmospheric setting, a twist-filled plot, and a shocker of an ending. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this third Shetland Island thriller (after White Nights and the Dagger Award-winning Raven Black), Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez must investigate two murders and unravel the mystery of the human bones found in an archaeological dig. The island of Whalsay, populated by intermarried families, is a place where everyone knows everyone's business all too well. The only thing unknown is the motive for the killings and the identity of the body buried on a desolate farm. VERDICT Moody and atmospheric, this well-written tale will appeal to readers who enjoy Simon Beckett's novels. [Library marketing campaign.] [Page 54]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Cleeves's excellent third Shetland Island thriller (after White Nights), Insp. Jimmy Perez investigates the shooting death of Mima Wilson, the grandmother of Perez's bumbling if well-meaning underling, Sandy Wilson. While some believe Sandy's cousin Ronald accidentally shot Mima late one night near her croft on Whalsay, a small Shetland island, Perez has his doubts. Mima's land is the site of an archeological excavation led by eager Ph.D. student Hattie James, who recently uncovered a skeleton of indeterminate origin. When another body turns up near the dig site, Perez becomes more suspicious, even though the second death is an apparent suicide. With Sandy's help, he begins to unravel a knot of tall tales and family betrayals that stretches back to a WWII resistance movement known as the Shetland Bus. As in the best traditional English village whodunits, the killer lurks among the townspeople, but his or her identity still comes as a shock. (Sept.) [Page 1]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a young archaeologist discovers a set of human remains, the locals are intrigued. Is it an ancient find - or a more contemporary mystery? Then an elderly woman fatally is shot and Ann Cleeves's popular series detective Jimmy Perez is called in. In Red Bones, a claustrophobic mists swirl around the Shetland Islands, and Inspector Perez finds himself totally in the dark.