The long call

Ann Cleeves

Book - 2019

From Ann Cleeves--bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows--comes the first in a gripping new series. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."--Louise Penny In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his... family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

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Series
Devon series
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York : Minotaur Books 2019.
Edition
First U.S. Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
374 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781250204448
1250204445
Main Author
Ann Cleeves (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The body on the beach in Devon was identified quickly as Simon Walden. He was staying rent-free at a home in the area, and he helped in the kitchen at the Woodyard Centre. Simple enough . . . just find out who blew his face away. But Detective Inspector Matthew Venn's investigation only reveals more mysteries. Turns out Walden wasn't a charity case but a respected chef who had run his own restaurant. And he'd just closed a real-estate deal that netted him a small fortune. He'd befriended a young woman with Down syndrome. He brought her candy. She perceived no threat. The case is personal for Venn, a gay man whose husband manages the Woodyard. Author Cleeves spends more than 200 pages setting this up, in prose as evocatively bleak as the Devon coast. Cleeves announces the plot's shift into high gear by revving the language: The clouds ripped apart to let through shafts of sunlight. As usual with this talented author, the key is relationships, and the murder is an occasion to examine them and then, finally, to expose what rips them apart. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

The body on the beach in Devon was identified quickly as Simon Walden. He was staying rent-free at a home in the area, and he helped in the kitchen at the Woodyard Centre. Simple enough . . . just find out who blew his face away. But Detective Inspector Matthew Venn's investigation only reveals more mysteries. Turns out Walden wasn't a charity case but a respected chef who had run his own restaurant. And he'd just closed a real-estate deal that netted him a small fortune. He'd befriended a young woman with Down syndrome. He brought her candy. She perceived no threat. The case is personal for Venn, a gay man whose husband manages the Woodyard. Author Cleeves spends more than 200 pages setting this up, in prose as evocatively bleak as the Devon coast. Cleeves announces the plot's shift into high gear by revving the language: The clouds ripped apart to let through shafts of sunlight. As usual with this talented author, the key is relationships, and the murder is an occasion to examine them and then, finally, to expose what rips them apart. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The CWA Diamond Dagger winner whose books are behind two hit TV series, the BBC's Shetland and ITV's Vera, Cleeves launches her first new series in two decades by sending Det. Matthew Venn back to North Devon, where his rebellion has left him an outsider to his parents' strict evangelical community. Matthew is led back to the community when a man with an albatross tattoo is found knifed to death on the beach in a case involving the local community center Matthew's husband runs. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Cleeves's new series stars Matthew Venn, a British detective living near the sea in North Devon with his new husband and facing emotional demons from the past as well as physical ones in the present. When a dead man is found on the beach and two women with Down syndrome are kidnapped, Matthew is convinced there is a connection between the crimes and fears that it may come too close to home. He grew up in the area as part of a strict evangelical community, the Brethren, which he abandoned, and was disenfranchised when he married. His husband is the director of a newly opened community center with links to both the leader of the Brethren and the victims. In Matthew, Cleeves gives us a flawed character rife with insecurities. The events in the book begin the process of his healing, as broken family ties appear to be mending. Matthew's team is introduced, with tensions and backstories developed. The plotting is complex and intriguing, the location comes alive, and the resolution satisfies. VERDICT Fans of Cleeves lamenting the end of the "Shetland" series will find much to love in her new characters and setting. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]—Sharon Mensing, Phoenix, AZ Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in Devon, England, this thoughtful series launch from bestseller Cleeves (the Vera Stanhope series) introduces Det. Insp. Matthew Venn, who spent his childhood among the Barum Brethren, a strict evangelical community led by the charismatic Dennis Salter. As a teenager, Matthew rejected the teachings of the community and was banished. Now in his late 30s, the tightly wound and reserved Matthew works in nearby Barnstable and is married to Jon, who runs a multi-use community arts center called Woodward. When a local man turns up stabbed to death on a beach near Matthew and Jon's house, the resulting investigation draws a few too many connections to Woodward—including that the victim volunteered there—and soon Matthew's past and present lives begin to collide. Cleeves makes good use of Devon local color and populates this subtle, expertly paced mystery with distinctive supporting characters. Hopefully, future installments will delve even further into the intriguing Barum Brethren. Agent: Sarah Menguc, Sarah Menguc Literary Agent (U.K.) (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a man with an albatross tattoo on his neck is murdered in North Devon, Detective Matthew Venn is forced to return to the strict evangelical community of his childhood, where his investigation uncovers deadly secrets.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From Ann Cleeves--bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows--comes the first in a gripping new series. "Ann Cleeves is one of my favorite mystery writers."--Louise Penny In North Devon, where tworivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his father's funeral takes place. Once loved and cherished, the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death. The case calls Matthew back into the community he thought he had left behind, as deadly secrets hidden at its heart are revealed, and his past and present collide. An astonishing new novel told with compassion and searing insight, The Long Call will captivate fans of Vera and Shetland, as well as new readers.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When a man with a significant tattoo is found murdered in North Devon, Detective Matthew Venn is forced to return to the strict evangelical community of his childhood to uncover deadly secrets. By the award-winning author of Raven Black.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!NOW A BRITBOX SERIOUS STARRING BEN ALDRIDGE AND PEARL MACKIEThe Long Call from Ann Cleeves—bestselling and award-winning author of the Vera and Shetland series, both of which are hit TV shows—introduces the first in a gripping new series, told with deep compassion and searing insight.“In Matthew Venn, Ann has created a complex, daring, subtle character.” —Louise Penny"Matthew Venn is a keeper. A stunning debut for Cleeves’ latest crimefighter."—David Baldacci In North Devon, where two rivers converge and run into the sea, Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family too.Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby: a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.