Harbour Street

Ann Cleeves

Book - 2015

"The shouts and laughter of Christmas revelers break the muffled silence as Detective Joe Ashworth and his daughter Jessie are swept along onto the Metro. But when the train is stopped due to the bad weather, Jessie notices that one lady hasn't left the train: Margaret Krukowski has been fatally stabbed. Why would anyone want to harm this reserved, elegant lady? Arriving at the scene, DI Vera Stanhope is relieved to have an excuse to escape the holiday festivities. Soon Vera an...d Joe are on their way to where Margaret lived to begin their inquiry.Then, just days later, a second woman is murdered. Vera finds herself searching deep into the hidden past led by clues that keep revolving around one street.Why are the residents of Harbour Street so reluctant to speak?"--

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Cleeves, Ann. Vera Stanhope series.
Mystery fiction
New York : Minotaur Books 2015.
First U.S. edition
Item Description
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Physical Description
375 pages ; 22 cm
Main Author
Ann Cleeves (-)
Review by Booklist Review

Margaret Krukowski, stabbed on a crowded Newcastle Metro train just before Christmas, is an unlikely murder victim. The refined and stylish elderly woman, whose Polish husband disappeared early in their marriage, was a longtime resident and helper at Harbour Guest House, where proprietor Kate Dewar considered her one of the family, and a dedicated volunteer at the local women's shelter. As they investigate, Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope and her protégé, Detective Joe Ashworth, find that the people of the south Northumberland town of Mardle including Krukowski herself keep secrets, often for decades, and sidestep the truth. The murder days later of prostitute Dee Robson, who had been befriended by Krukowski, intensifies the search for answers, as parallels are found between the two women and suspicion grows that the same person is responsible. Even the intuitive Stanhope hits some dead ends before she and Ashworth reach the same conclusion as suspense builds toward the climax. This sixth in the Vera Stanhope series (after Silent Voices, 2013) is a classic whodunit with the dogged Stanhope, like an overweight female Columbo, solidly at its core.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The fatal stabbing of 70-year-old Margaret Krukowski on a train car filled with Christmas shoppers propels British author Cleeves's excellent sixth mystery featuring Northumbrian Det. Insp. Vera Stanhope (after 2012's The Glass Room). While some members of Vera's team deal with the difficult task of identifying possible witnesses and suspects aboard the train, she and Sgt. Joe Ashworth, her protégé, begin the task of learning more about the victim, who lived in the seaside village of Mardle. The secretive Margaret resided at the Harbour Guest House, where she was almost part of owner Kate Dewar's family. Cleeves expertly handles the interplay among Vera-outsized both in stature and personality-her staff, and the villagers. In addition to the series's compelling regulars, the cast includes such brilliantly realized minor characters as Kate and Jane Cameron, who runs the Haven, a hostel for homeless women. You don't have to be a fan of the TV show Vera, now filming its fifth season, to enjoy this top-notch police procedural. Agent: Moses Cardona, Inkwell Management. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

The sixth in Cleeves's series (The Glass Room), which is the basis for the hit public television series Vera starring Brenda Blethyn, finds DI Vera Stanhope and Det. Joe Ashworth chasing a murderer shortly before Christmas. Joe's daughter, Jessie, discovers the fatally stabbed Margaret -Krukowski on the Metro. By all appearances Margaret was a kind and elegant lady, so who would want to kill her? It's not long before Margaret's friend is also found murdered. As a fresh blanket of snow covers the town, Joe and Vera try to unearth the many dark secrets of Harbour Street's residents. VERDICT Cleeves offers up evocative settings and flawed characters with depth, making her mysteries wonderfully addictive. Her latest is no exception. [See Prepub Alert, 6/8/15.] © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

A murder on the Metro presents a fifth case for a police inspector as smart as she is charmless. As Joe Ashworth waits to leave a rapid-transit train crowded with holiday shoppers, he realizes that for one passenger, stabbed to death en route from Newcastle, there'll be no more Christmases. Joe and his boss, Inspector Vera Stanhope, have to take the unhappy news about the victim, 70-year-old Margaret Krukowski, to Kate Dewar, who owns the Harbour Guest House in a dingy waterfront town at the end of the Metro line. Margaret had been living in the house long before Kate left behind her career as a singer to buy it, and the older woman stayed on as an employee and honorary grandmother to Kate's two children. Although Vera's supposed to supervise the case from her office, her love of digging into other people's lives, perhaps because she has no personal life of her own, sends her door to door along with Joe and her other subordinates to ask questions about the proper, private victim, who had something to hide beyond her recent cancer diagnosis. Nor are the people who were the last to see hera traveling book salesman, a local owner of a charter boat, a biology professor, even Kate's loverentirely honest with the detectives. When someone stabs a young prostitute Margaret had befriended, Vera finds the proof she needs that the girl's death and Margaret's are linked to the guesthouse, the boatyard, the local pub on Harbour Street, and to events from years ago. Then the chance recollection of one of Kate's old songs warns the team that if they don't act fast, they may have another murder, closer to home, on their hands. Even though you may wish you could prod Cleeves (Dead Water, 2014, etc.) to pick up the leisurely pace, the complexities of the people and plot make the wait worthwhile. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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