Cold Earth : Shetland Island

  • by Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by Kenny Blyth
  • Series: Shetland Island
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the dark days of a Shetland winter, torrential rain triggers a landslide that crosses the main road and sweeps down to the sea.
At the burial of his old friend Magnus Tait, Jimmy Perez watches the flood of mud and water smash through a house in its path. Everyone thinks the home is uninhabited, but in the wreckage he finds the body of a dark-haired woman wearing a red silk dress. Perez soon becomes obsessed with tracing her identity and realizes he must find out who she was and how she died.
Cold Earth is the next audiobook in Ann Cleeves' beloved Shetland series, which is now a major success for the BBC.

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Most Helpful

Ann Cleeves wonderful as always

What made the experience of listening to Cold Earth the most enjoyable?

Another fabulous chapter in the Shetland series


What other book might you compare Cold Earth to and why?

Ann's Vera series. She has a way with making the location an equal to her characters. She creates a mood theme as well as very good mystery.


Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favorite?

Kenny Blyth is Shetland.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, just hope the next one will be in the near future.


Any additional comments?

I am not big on stars, commentary means more to me when I read reviews. If you like Ann Cleeves you will love this book. If you have not read her works start at the beginning if you can. Not sure how this would work as a stand alone, and the characters are not quite the same as the wonderful TV series.

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- wisconsinclark

Unique Setting and Characters

This has become one of my favorite mystery series. Before discovering these stories on television and in books I knew nothing about Shetland. Now I look forward to every literary visit to this place.

The characters in a story must appeal to me if I am to enjoy their story. I like Jimmy Perez. He is complex. He is brave. He is smart. He is gentle and loving. He has experienced difficult times through this series of stories. He has learned from his experience and managed to heal and survive without turning bitter or angry.

My enjoyment of this book does not rest solely on the "puzzle" of the crime to be solved. The author creates a cast of characters that I care about in a place that is fascinating. That is enough.

Narrator Kenny Blyth is superb.
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- Linda "snowbyrd13"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio