Blue Lightning

Blue Lightning

Book - 2010
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Inspector Jimmy Perez takes his fiancé home to Fair Isle, the tiny island he comes from, to meet his parents. The island is a magnet for bird watchers, who congregate at the local inn and lighthouse. When a local married celebrity, who had an eye for the lads, is murdered, Perez discovers that the suspects are very close to him indeed. With a sensational ending destined to create much buzz in the mystery world, Blue Lightning will thrill suspense fans everywhere. This series is the basis for the hit BBC show Shetland, starring Douglas Henshall, which attracted over 12 million viewers in its first two nights on the air.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312384357
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 27, 2019

I respectfully disagree with those who say that the order in which you read this series is unimportant. .

Apr 06, 2019


Jan 04, 2019

A good read.

Dec 06, 2016

I'm forever looking for something good, something different on tv. And the Buffalo PBS station usually provides it. After watching an episode of the BBC series "Shetland" I noticed in the credits "based on Ann Cleves Blue Lightniung". Something to follow up and follow up I did.
Cleeves' novel is set on The Fair Isle in the Shetland Islands. A place of perpetual rain wind and birds. And Perez, an Inspector on the police force finds himself on the island, the place of his birth when two grizzly murders are committed.
Cleeves writes the classical murder mystery: one copper; one murderer; two victims; and a room (in this case, half an island) full of people.
The plot loves to lead you astray. Who do you think it is? First this one, then that.
The novel moves you along sedately. Except for the elements.

Oct 27, 2016

Not so thrilled about the ending either but still a good read - especially if you've been to the Shetlands.

Feb 10, 2016

Jimmy Perez returns to his home on an island in the Shetlands and needs to solve 3 murders. Expect lots of info on birdwatching as the murders take place while birders are on the island. Good description of the barren, windswept island. As usual, Cleeves comes up with a murderer that I didn't even suspect.

Oct 01, 2015

The ending is a shock, but the clues were there. I just didn't "get" them. It was a good puzzle and the ending gives a lead in to more stories, just with a completely different twist, I expect. I'll be reading the next one to see how she develops the lives of the main characters. They are people I have come to know and care about.

Aug 25, 2015

One of my favourite series.
The story is tight and interesting; great characters and I enjoy the Shetland setting thereby learning a little more about the islands and the lifestyle.
I highly recommend all Ann Cleeves books.
Shetland series (BBC ) can sometimes be seen on PBS.

janefmooradian Aug 09, 2014

The ending was VERY disappointing!

Aug 23, 2013

This was a good book but for some reason it seemed to take me forever to get through it. Maybe because I knew what was coming at the end (I innocently read a synopsis of the next book in the series d'oh). Jimmy Perez takes fiancee Fran to meet his parents on Fair Isle and while there two murders are committed. Due to a storm, Jimmy's on his own investigating for a while. Things get muddy when it seems his own father might have had a role in the second murder. Interesting characters, each with his/her requisite secret, abound. I liked this book but really hated how it ended. Why do so many authors not allow their policemen characters any happiness?

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