Regular price: $22.67

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $22.67

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Long a celebrated crime writer in Britain, Ann Cleeves' fame went international when she won the coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger for this amazing suspense novel, Raven Black. Like Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse or Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks, Cleeves' new detective, Inspector Jimmy Perez, is a very private and perceptive man whose bailiwick is a remote hamlet in the Shetland Islands. It is a cold January morning, and Shetland lies beneath a deep layer of snow. Trudging home, Fran Hunter's eye is drawn to a splash of color on the frozen ground, ravens circling above. It is the strangled body of her teenage neighbor, Catherine Ross. The locals on the quiet island stubbornly focus their gaze on one man - loner and simpleton Magnus Tait. But when detective Jimmy Perez and his colleagues from the mainland insist on opening out the investigation, a veil of suspicion and fear is thrown over the entire community. For the first time in years, Catherine's neighbors nervously lock their doors while a killer lives on in their midst.
Ann Cleeves is sure to dazzle US mystery listeners with this unforgettable series debut. 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.
©2006 Ann Cleeves (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 03-28-17

Great start to series, no audio problems anymore

Woo-hoo! I found a new crime series to love. Great setting (Shetland Islands north of Scotland), rich characters, strong plot. In this case, two girls ring the door of a man with mental disabilities on New Year’s Eve as part of a dare. One of them turns up dead a couple of days later, and the small community turns on the man because they’d always blamed him in the disappearance of a little girl years earlier. Bechdel test: Pass. Grade: A-

The narrator does well conveying old men and teen girls, not an easy feat. He gives enough of a hint of accent that you feel transported but without the characters being difficult to understand.

Some reviewers talk about audio problems but as of March 28, 2017, I heard none.

Read More Hide me

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By E. on 02-23-15

Defective Production

Good story, excellent reader, problems with the audio, as has been noted by other reviewers. I'll probably just read this somewhere, and return this book, as it is much too disconcerting to hear "Chapter 29" in the middle of a description of our protagonist reeling from a punch in the face -- this defect is at 1:05 and I have already heard several of these recorded overlays, which are interfering with the actual story.

I even deleted this from my library and downloaded again, in case Audible had decided to fix the problem. But they haven't as of 2/23/15.

Read More Hide me

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc